Monday, September 5, 2011

Harrison Takes His First Swim of 2011

We have had such a fantastic spring and summer with Harrison, going around doing all the things we used to do, but for the first time in his new condition. Going to the park, playing fetch, but especially going swimming! Each old new event is a milestone that reaffirms our decision to have his life-saving surgery last year. If there was ever any doubt, all you have to do is look at his face and see how happy he is to be alive! (The picture at the top of this blog is from the day we brought him home from the surgery.)

In June, we got to take him swimming for the first time in his new life jacket! He was so excited on the way over to Casey's dock the first time. As I set him down on the dock and got ready to lower him in the water, he gave me a look that said, "You mean, I get to do this again, too??" We were hopeful that being in the water would trigger some movement in his hind legs or his tail. Though the hind legs did not repsond, we got very excited once when his tail went straight up in the air until we realized...he was pooping!! He had a fantastic time swimming and fetching the ball. A family of ducks even came by to say hello. I wondered if the new momma duck was the same duck that came to play with Harrison last year. (She swam back and forth, closer and closer to the dock until Harrison got in the water and followed her. Too cute!)
Stay tuned for the next post: Harrison's Travels :)


Randy said...

glad to see Harrison swimming. I met you all a few weeks back at the outlets in Grove City. he is a beautiful Beagle. My beagle annie says AROOOO!!

Sahayoga said...

Man - he looks so cool swimming in the water. We are planning to put a salt water pool in, either this year or the start of next - specifically for the dogs. Wanna come for a visit????