It Looks Like Fun, But I’m Not So Sure

I wanted to follow up yesterday’s post with some more photos, this time of Meadow. Once again, I had a hard time choosing, so I’m going to share them in another slide show. But before hand, I feel Meadow’s shots need a little more explanation…

When Meadow saw Toby having so much fun, she seemed very interested in the pool (which is a big improvement from last summer when she avoided the pool like the plague) but she was still a bit standoffish. I first tried tossing a stick in, which she retrieved, but only by stretching her neck in to grab it. What finally got her to go in was me tossing in some yummy treats – and even that took several tries.

But she finally did it, and she looked pretty proud of herself when she did. I hope you enjoy watching Meadow overcome one of her uncertainties. Click on any of the photos below to start the slide show.

Will there be another photo show of Leah in the pool tomorrow? Nope…Leah doesn’t “Do” water, and at her age, I have given up trying to convince her otherwise.

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22 Responses so far.

  1. jan says:

    What a clever picture sequence. Food conquers fear in young dogs.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks! Although she looks young, Meadow’s nearing six already. I can’t believe we’ve had her over two years already. How quickly time flies…

  2. Pamela says:

    I find few things as lovely as watching a dog get her confidence up. She looked so proud of herself at the end. :)

    • Donna says:

      That’s the look she gets whenever she “conquers” a fear, (usually by “touching” a scary object.) Meadow’s a very expressive dog.

  3. Jodi says:

    Usually a good treat can overcome a lot!! Did she go back in again (or will she) or will you end up coaxing again?

    Looks like her stitches aren’t bothering her too much!

    • Donna says:

      She didn’t go in again, and I quit while I was ahead. The photos were taken about a week before the surgery, (just behind in getting posts up), but actually the stitches are doing well. Once her stitches are out and all of the incisions fully healed, I plan to give it another go with the pool.

  4. LOL Meadow sure doesn’t look sure of the pool. Maybe little by little she will like it. :)

  5. YAY Meadow!!! Now you will be able to cool off on the sooooooooo hot days!

  6. Kelly says:

    Yay for Meadow! See, Toby was right- the pool is kinda fun once you stick a paw in!

  7. Basil says:

    Hee hee her ears are just like mine!Big cheer for Meadow, well done you!!!

  8. Leslie says:

    Would you look at Meadow go! Good girl. Treats + scared-y dogs = a very good combination. :)

  9. Kristine says:

    Again, the last one is by far my favourite. She looks so proud of herself for finally conquering her fear of the pool.

    Treats worked wonders for getting Shiva into the water, too. It’s funny, one of our tests for good kibble these days is to see if it floats!

    • Donna says:

      Ooohh…that’s a good idea. I was using dried venison, and if she didn’t slurp it right up, it sunk to the bottom…and with all the mud Toby dragged in the pool, it made them difficult to find.

  10. Pup Fan says:

    Awww… go Meadow! :)

  11. lauren says:

    Ah, yes. We know this pool dance well. In fact, I think we know that pool well. It looks just like the one we have. :-)

    • Donna says:

      K-Mart? Toby just put two holes in this one (he’s taken to carrying it around the yard)…and now it leaks. I guess it will make it easier to dump it when he’s done playing.

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