Why Get Your Paws Wet?

Try telling this dog it’s not the Captain of the ship, Master of its domain?!! As I watched the boat powering through the river with the dog proudly standing at the helm, how could I let the moment pass by?

As a casual observer, I never had the opportunity to find out whether this dog was an avid swimmer and water dog or a land lover who couldn’t think of getting its precious paws wet.

However, after my recent post A Different Type of Rescue Dog where a Newfoundland Dog threw its anxious visitor far into the river to stop its yapping and get it where it wanted to go, this dog really caught my eye. He didn’t need to swim. He had a boat. No doubt a boat it considered its own.

How does your dog manage around water? Do they love swimming or perhaps they’re more into dry land. Let your stories flow!

xx Rowena

This photo was taken at Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River, Sydney.

Photo: Rowena Newton.

11 thoughts on “Why Get Your Paws Wet?

  1. Pet Barrier

    The dog looks like a labrador, so odds are he loves swimming. The same cannot be said for my border collie, who just hates all water except for rain. -Ellie

  2. Rowena Post author

    Ellie, my Border Collie is exactly the same. Their coat must be waterproof because he doesn’t even seem to notice that he’s getting wet.
    You would know how Border Collies love fetching things and ours is an obsessive ball chaser. My parents had a house on a tidal waterfront. One day, his ball fell in the water at high tide and he was peering over he edge with such intensity watching to rescue his ball but he just couldn’t do it. My daughter ended up getting it out with the pool scoop. You can see the photo here: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/dogs-guide-to-fighting-fear/
    xx Rowena

  3. Pet Barrier

    That scene is very familiar to me! Our Bordre collie loves chasing tennis balls too, any many a times his ball has fallen in the pool in our home and he’d stare at it it just like yours. Of course, eventually he learned that if he dropped it in the water, someone would get it out and throw it 🙂

  4. Rowena Post author

    Ha! Had a few laughs reading your reply. Aren’t they funny?!! When we’re down at the beach with all the other walkers and their dogs, Bilbo barks until someone throws the ball. Not very sociable behavior. I guess he’s learned the same thing as your dog. Someone will throw it.

  5. Rowena Post author

    Well said, Tom. I knew I’d seen that look somewhere before and you nailed it.
    Max might appreciate a boat like that so he doesn’t get his paws wet.
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    xx Ro

  6. Suvi

    Hi Rowena! We don’t have a dog but this summer we met a sailing couple on one of the islands who said that their dog has started to fear the water and sailing as he’s grown older 😦 Apparently he used to love it before. So now they have to leave their dog behind or go on super short voyages as not to stress him too much. x

  7. Rowena Post author

    That’s interesting that their dog has started to fear the water and sailing after loving it before. I guess old dogs are like elderly people and if he’s struggling with his balance or mobility in any way, the movement of the boat might scare him.
    By the way, I was meaning to message you to let you know that I nominated you for the three Day Quote Challenge don’t feel you have to do it and I’ve missed a day with my third quote. Here’s the link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/sailing-to-the-soul-quotes-day-2/
    xx Ro
    PS Our son has done a three day entry level sailing course this week. He’s on a small craft with a mainsail and a jib. Now that it’s warming up, I hope we can get out there soon.

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