Puppies’ First Swimming Lesson

by Naomi on October 1, 2010

in Daily Life

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‘Come quick! She’s in the pool!’ Merriam calls – earlier this afternoon.

EEK! MAD DASH . . . phew, Quilla’s fine, frolicking on the top step πŸ˜€ Quest hovers on the deck, nosing his sister anxiously. He’s totally unsure what to make of this. Meanwhile, I’m torn in two – the camera or the swimming costume?? Temptation wins! In I go, despite the chilly water. It’s a spectacular Jo’burg day, but still EARLY summer here.

However, the cold can’t compare to the captivating fun! Quest responds to coaxing, so the puppies launch together into their first swimming lesson. Both are cautious, preferring the security of the steps, but with support and playful urging they get into the game.  Turns out Quest is a natural, innately confident at anything new. Quilla’s her mildly haywire self, sending far more water flying than nearly necessary. But at least it works for her πŸ˜€

Within a few tries they get the drift, also grasping where the steps are located. I’m chuffed about that, although this summer seems set for loads of soggy mayhem!

No pics in the pool, but here they are afterwards, sporting the wet look.

QUILLA's Wet Look

And Tex looking on in his grandfatherly way. Swimming has never been his thing!

TEX in Grandfather mode

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy October 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm

They seem to have passed with flying colours, Diski cried like a little girl πŸ™


Naomi October 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Ah, poor baby! Actually, Dave’s not so pleased to hear about this, envisaging wildly wet bodies haring around the house. Perhaps it’s better when they don’t enjoy it πŸ™‚


Lance October 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm

They sure look content after that dip in the water!! Hmm….and your talk of summer…has me missing ours!!!


Naomi October 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Sorry for that Lance!! I can’t pretend I’m not loving it though, right along with the puppies πŸ˜€


nrhatch October 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm

How fun!

And how brave of you to dive in with them so early in the season!

Thanks, Nome! πŸ˜‰


Naomi October 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Hehe, thanks Nancy πŸ˜‰

This was brilliant fun, although I more ‘slithered’ than ‘dived’ in…couldn’t quite face freezing my head!


Jamie Dedes October 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm

What fun … and what great pix … suppose Dave has a point and clean-up is something of a job, eh?

I just love your dogs! Thanks for posting this. Have to allert the family now …


Naomi October 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Thanks for the chuckle, Jamie πŸ˜€

Sorry to say that Gypsy may not approve of the puppies at all, along with Jina – we have a serious stand-off between them πŸ™


Jamie Dedes October 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

So cat-ish of them! πŸ™‚


Jingle October 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm

how cute,
Thanks for the sweet visits,
you are sunshine to my place…


Naomi October 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Ah, THANKS, Jingle! You are sunshine to mine πŸ˜€


kateshrewsday October 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm

First sight of your dogs, Naomi, and what beauties! The wonderful characterful faces! Swimming is never more fun than with a dog: we used to bellyboard in the Atlantic surf with ours.


Naomi October 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Awesome, Kate! If only for some seaside close by!!


souldipper October 2, 2010 at 6:09 am

Oh, boy, what fun. If those dogs are going to live with Naomi and Dave, they’ll be snowboarding by next winter.


Naomi October 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

LOL!!! I’ll warn them, Amy πŸ˜€ XO


RiikaInfinityy λ§ˆμ™• October 2, 2010 at 7:13 am

The last picture got me lol, funky hair style! Grandfather is on a roll~ XDXD


Naomi October 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

Thanks for LOL too, Riika! So glad you enjoyed the pic of our seriously elderly fellow. I’ll tell him you like his hairdo πŸ˜€


Paula Tohline Calhoun October 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm

LOL! Love these pics! How old are the pups? Grandpa manages to look a bit proud, even if he doesn’t like to swim. Guess he figures someone has to be around to effect a rescue if need be!


Naomi October 2, 2010 at 8:05 pm

What a gorgeous comment, thank you, Paula! Although I’m not sure Tex deserves that much credit πŸ˜€ The puppies are almost five months now…all ears up already πŸ™‚


buttercup600 October 2, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Awesome pics…how gorgeous are they and loved how grandfather just looked on…showed Coco the pics but he looked the other way…swimming is not his thing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ xxxx Enjoy them my friend xx


Naomi October 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

LOL! Thanks so much, Amanda…enjoying big time πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week, beautiful one! xx


Tokeloshe October 3, 2010 at 12:35 am

Ag shame, how c-u-t-e!



Naomi October 4, 2010 at 11:02 am

Thanks Tok…too sweet of you! xx


Jingle October 3, 2010 at 2:21 am
Naomi October 4, 2010 at 11:03 am

Thank you, Jingle, you’re so kind! Wonderful week to you too, honey xx


the WORST mother October 3, 2010 at 2:35 am

Your puppy is too cute and I loooove Tex! I have to show you a pic of my dog one day, Naomi. He’s part Yorkie part Grizzly Bear.
ps: I showed my daughter the pictures on your site (she’s an aspiring photographer–13 yrs old) and she was soooo impressed… as I always am. πŸ˜‰


Naomi October 4, 2010 at 11:08 am

Thanks so much, Lin! Would love to see a pic of your dog…he sounds amazing πŸ˜€

Thank you for sharing our pics with your daughter – big hug and encouragement to her!!


Tammy McLeod October 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Great photos of your dogs and how fun that you jumped in with him. My pups have never been into the water – of course, our season is just winding down so we won’t be in again until May.


Naomi October 9, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Thanks Tammy…I’d love to see some pics of your pups! One thing we never get here is snow, which I’m sure ours would love πŸ™‚


cherokeebydesign October 8, 2010 at 6:41 pm

LOL, the wet-look doesn’t do him justice.



Naomi October 9, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Agreed πŸ˜€

Missing your fabulous posts and beautiful photography, Raven!


Brett October 9, 2010 at 12:08 am

Hey there Naomi! Long time no speak. I’m so sorry about that. I’ve been getting ready to go back to my fishing job on a boat in Alaska and packed up all of my things, including my computer, when I thought they might call me. However, I do have my phone with me and have finally bookmarked your lovely site and boy howdy am I glad that I did. I simply can’t wait to get caught up on all of your posts!

That being said, let me say how absolutely wonderful your writing is on this post. You have done it perfectly spot on and every word was delightful to read. I can’t wait to here more on the pups and their watery South African adventures for the summer!

Thanks for being patient with me Naomi and I sincerely hope you can forgive my lack of posts, replies, and comments. Thanks again for sharing your lovely country and family with all of us and I wish you the most wonderful Summer ahead!


Naomi October 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm

How wonderful of you to drop by again, Brett, and leave such a lovely comment – Thank You so much!! It’s great to hear from you! Your life sounds seriously busy, which more than accounts for your quiet blog πŸ™‚ No worries, I’ll keep in touch via my subscriptions, although I’ve also been otherwise occupied lately too. Hoping to find more time this week to visit my fabulous online friends!

All the very best with your fishing job, and take good care as it looks pretty wild from that video clip you posted!! Thanks again for such kind thoughts and warmest SA wishes back to you πŸ™‚


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