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It's hysterical to see her cutting through the water like a knife, stub sticking up like a tiny rudder.

Yes, it DOES sound hysterical! But where are the peectures so that the rest of us can enjoy it too???

Weell, it's a bit difficult to balance camera and bumper without being creamed by hysterically-leaping crazy-dog.
With Lucy, the technique we used with Pablo didn't work ... in a shallow stream) and now will voluntarily wade in.

Yah, well, I live with the Dog That Woulst Drown. Viva can't swim. Really. I know I've talked about it ... labs. It's hysterical to see her cutting through the water like a knife, stub sticking up like a tiny rudder.

Yeah, it's a funny thing about which dogs can or cannot swim. Eons ago I was chatting with a Scottie person who told me that her dogs sank like stones and her explanation was that Scotties can't swim because "their short legs couldn't displace enough water to keep them afloat." I bought it since the person telling me was a Scotty person and it sounded reasonable enough to me. But in the past year I've come to know four Dachies who are fantastic swimmers and their owners can't keep them out of water. So it's not just short legs with Scotties.My Pablo is a rangy, lean guy (26" and 65 lbs) and there's little fat on him but he swims just fine. Maybe he has lightweight bird bones unlike Viva (isn't she about the same weight & height?). I was chatting about this with Soren and he suggested it was Pablo's "Easter Egg" that keeps him afloat (Pablo has a lipoma inbetween his front legs that feels just like a hard-boiled egg. Last Easter, I joked with Soren that the Easter Bunny - that 'wacally wabbit' - must have hid an egg inbetween Pablo's front legs.

No Soren doesn't really believe it but the lipoma now has a nickname.). Now I hope the Easter Bunny doesn't sneak an Easter Egg on Viva even if it would help her float. Pablo has long enough fur to keep his egg hidden but since Dobies have such slick short fur, Viva would look just awful.

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Pablo and Lucy
Yes, it DOES sound hysterical! But where are the peectures so that the rest of us can enjoy it too???

Weell, it's a bit difficult to balance camera and bumper without being creamed by hysterically-leaping crazy-dog.

I understand that, but for all of our sakes, YOU MUST TRY!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
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I contemplated throwing the ball into the middle of the lake again, but I didn't.

A missed opportunity, IMO.
But I enjoyed the story!

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My Pablo is a rangy, lean guy (26" and 65 lbs) and there's little fat on him but he swims just fine. Maybe he has lightweight bird bones unlike Viva (isn't she about the same weight & height?).

Viva, thin enough to easily see ribs, is 24.5" tall and weighs about 69 pounds. So denser. She has a littermate sister who can swim, but can't do it in an efficient way she must splash with her front feet to keep going.

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I hope the Easter Bunny doesn't sneak an Easter Egg on Viva even if it would help her float. Pablo has long enough fur to keep his egg hidden but since Dobies have such slick short fur, Viva would look just awful.

Yeah, an easter egg would have to go.
Cala is lighter boned than Viva but not that much, she is 24" and 60#. I think part of it is body density, and I think part of it is not getting the hang of it when you're a puppy. I started Cala out very young and she caught on fairly quickly. I tried a bunch of different methods for Viva over the course of 2 years and she never got it and got more and more upset about it, so I quit.
Viva, thin enough to easily see ribs, is 24.5" tall and weighs about 69 pounds. So denser. She has a littermate sister who can swim, but can't do it in an efficient way she must splash with her front feet to keep going.

I don't really understand why Solo has such buoyancy problems. He's just under 23" at the withers and weighs a mere 45-47 pounds (depending on whether it's a "fat week" or a "thin week" he is an easy keeper). Fly is at least two or three inches shorter than him (since she never stands up straight she's impossible for me to measure) but only weighs ten pounds less and is more muscular and "cut," with less body fat (as far as I can tell given the difference in coat) than Solo. Fly appears to float just fine. Solo is solid for a Border Collie and definitely has more bone than Fly but he isn't exactly a mastiff.
Maybe Solo doesn't kick enough in back, but still, it doesn't seem, from watching other dogs of comparable size and shape swim, like it should be so hard. I suppose it could be that Solo is a black hole, which would also explain his oddly magnetic presence.

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: Viva, thin enough to easily see ribs, is 24.5" tall and weighs about 69 pounds. : So denser. She ... hard. I suppose it could be that Solo is a black hole, which would also explain his oddly magnetic presence.

One of the BCs my family had when I was growing up was a miserable swimmer. Andy was square-built, maybe 45 lbs at prime weight, and he swam like a crocodile. He just walked into the water and kept going, relying on the tidal volume of his lungs to keep him afloat, tail floating straight out behind him, with only his eyes and nostrils above the surface. He would nearly drown himself retrieving a frisbee and anything larger than a ripple would trigger major snorting.

Kathleen
: Viva, thin enough to easily see ribs, is 24.5" tall and weighs about 69 pounds. : So denser. She ... Solo is solid for a Border Collie and definitely has more bone than Fly but he isn't exactly a mastiff.

Bonnie, my border collie (mix?), has trouble swimming too, especially when she's at her ideal weight. Barely keeps her little nose above the water. She, though, loves to swim.
My lab-mix has a much easier time of staying above water, but she hates to swim. Go figure.
Mary W.
Weell, it's a bit difficult to balance camera and bumper without >being creamed by hysterically-leaping crazy-dog.

I can relate to that remark! 'Tis similar to why I have no decent peectures of Rocsi diving*, and few of her kamikaziing off the rocks... as well as no really good pictures of either her or Morag doing their "backflips".
My 24-yo niece is coming for a visit next week, and I'm hoping the weather will permit her to throw the ball and/or rocks so that *I* can get some decent shots of the former activities, and maybe of Rocsi's flip-flap. Morag's flip is trickier, because she only does it for me - my sister took a zillion shots of it during a visit a couple of months ago, and could NOT manage to get her at the apex; she got a bunch of the moment before launch, and a couple of the moment just after the flip, but wasn't able to catch the peak.
I'll have to post what she got, though - they're still cool shots.

*Literally diving - she goes all the way underwater to get stuff off the bottom, although so far only in shallow water.
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