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Friday, July 10, 2015

Water Paradise

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Water Paradise


Happy fit dog Friday! We've had a busy week, but it's been a lot of fun! 

We've gone to the river a couple times, I have a favorite swimming spot I discovered last summer that we hike out to. Since you have to hike to get to it we've never encountered anyone else there. And it was the perfect place to try out my new camera!






Dante, Ziva, and Jack weren't bothered at all by the fireworks which is nice since our neighbors are still randomly setting their leftover firecrackers off. I just feel bad for the dogs in our area that I know are affected by the noise.

Last night we even had a thunderstorm! It was wonderful, I love a good summer storm and since the dogs don't care, we opened up the windows and listened to it with everyone snoozing in happy little piles of cuddle. And since we had a wet day, I put on a hat and took advantage of the cool weather by playing with the dogs and doing some individual training time before the thunderstorm started.

It was awesome! We haven't been able to do any playing in the afternoon except swimming due to the heat, so Ziva was thrilled to be able to run full tilt after her tennis ball.


Ziva's knee is healing up nicely, at this point we're just continuing to try and take it easy on her. We're doing lots of swimming to strengthen her muscles without the pounding of running. And we are taking at least the month of July off of agility, maybe even August. But don't worry, we're still practicing at home, I don't want to be left to far behind our agility buddies!

Last weekend we found a beautiful new place to swim, it is such a paradise! Hubby took Jack out for an hour jog, while Dante and I explored the river. It was pretty hot, but the dirt trails were all covered in shade and hubby took a nice easy pace stopping regularly to water and get Jack cooled off and thoroughly soaked.

Dante and I started off heading towards a spot that I was familiar with, their were lots of families out however and my location ended up being already occupied by another family. As I was surveying the scene I heard an all too familiar, "Buster Come!" as two french bulldogs started chasing after us. We quickly jumped into the water and headed towards the other side as a third (also off leash) very large and not so friendly looking bully mutt entered the water.
Way to go guys! Another group of idiots with off-leash dogs in a highly populated swimming hole surrounded by other people with dogs.

Oh well, continuing upstream we came to this location. Isn't it gorgeous! And not a soul in sight! Their was a group on the bend ahead of us, and behind us so we just stayed here.

I didn't bring my camera for this trip, because I tend to get really wet when we play here. The river is full of slick, smooth rocks, and sand. I usually fall at least once. 




The water was clear and beautiful, with a slow lazy flow. I could see all the way to the bottom, and at it's deepest point it was at least ten feet deep.

Hubby and Jack joined us after their run, but for about 45 min Dante and I had this spot to ourselves, and we loved it!

Since Dante has been training for flyball, I occasionally leave his rope and tug toys home so that we can work on his ball drive. For this occasion I brought only a tennis ball for him to play with, and he did great! We played lots of fetch and he got tons of swimming in. Afterwards when we went home he passed out on the couch.

Flyball update to come soon!! We're going to go watch a tournament this weekend that our trainer's team is running in!


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18 comments:

  1. You are right, that is a beautiful spot - can't help but relax in that environment. New camera seems to be working good - great shots.

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    1. Thanks slim! I'm loving playing with the different settings. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much!! *Wags & Kisses!

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  3. What a lovely place to play. Have fun watching flyball! Some people have tried to recruit Mr. N as a height dog but I worry about him getting injured.

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    1. It is soo much fun! If he's prone to injury I can understand the concern, but if you have a good trainer and he gets his box turns down right that's the only hard part and he'd be just fine. :-) We decided to train Ziva for flyball since it's a easier sport on the body than agility, less chance for injury.

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  4. Gorgeous location and it looks like you had the entire place to yourself. I want to take our dogs to the beach this weekend. With the cooler temps, we may be alone :)

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    1. We did have it to ourselves! That's one thing that I love about Oregon. :-) Have fun at the beach!

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  5. That's awesome! I'm sorry Ziva hurt her knee and I hope she feels better! We've been doing a lot of water activities, too!

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    1. Thanks! She's improving nicely. :-)

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  6. What an wonderful day packed with plenty of activity! The location upstream looked gorgeous, and how awesome that you had it all to yourselves. It's such a bummer that people can't obey rules and leash their dogs when it's required.

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    1. Sadly i've just come to expect people to break the rules and I just keep my radar on for off-leash dogs.
      Can't let it ruin the fun!

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  7. Love your water photos! It's fun to try shooting at different speeds with water. Looks like a beautiful place!

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    1. Thanks!! It was gorgeous, can't wait to go back!

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  8. Swimming is such a great way to workout, especially in the summer. Great photos too!

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    1. Thanks Emma!! We love swimming. :-)

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  9. Makes me wish Bain was more of a water dog, but he's like me. He enjoys areas knee deep and nothing in the deep end!

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    1. At least he kind of gets in. :-) Maybe you can bribe him out with a toy? He's too big to carry out like we've done with Jack. I'll carry him out and have him swim back to shore.

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