Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Should have gone to Specsavers?

I took Jet for a walk along the canal today. All was going very well and we were both enjoying our stroll in the dappled sunshine despite a constant shower of acorns raining down on us. Jet had done his usual thing of dipping his toes in the water every now and again, annoying the ducks. We were on our way back when he decided to walk up to a low wall along the waters edge. The top of the wall is level with the water and there were lots of leaves floating on the surface of the water. Jet, being the super intelligent hound that he is, thought the leaves were dry land so carried on walking, straight over the edge of the wall into the full depth canal!! He panicked immediately, so I had to reach in and haul him out by his collar. I had one wet trainer, wet trousers and he was soaked from head to toe and covered in leaves! Of course once I'd got him out, I laughed myself silly, nearly causing myself to have a moment!!!
He is now in the garden drying off :)



I did however see a Great Spotted Woodpecker on my walk which was lovely :)




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  1. Poor puppy, he has my sympathy, I'm blind as a bat even with my glasses on.

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    1. Hmm, I think his was more to do with stupidity than poor eyesight!

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  2. Yep, our Rosy did the same thing a couple of weeks ago, she thought pond scum was solid ground and went straight into the pond, our car smelt terrible on the way home!!

    It's really special when you see a woodpecker isn't it, we used to have one come and visit the bird feeder at our old place, I haven't seen one since then.

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    1. The woodpecker was on someone's bird feeder at the bottom of their garden alongside the canal. There's so much wildlife along the canal banks - a real joy :)

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  3. Sol loves the water of any description I am surprised Jet doesn't just dive in, Labs love swimming, I hope it doesn't put him off, we have a few woodpeckers that feed of the peanuts in the garden, never tire of watching them, they are nervous birds :-)

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    1. Jet loves water, but only if he can walk into it. He has never jumped in without knowing he can walk back out again. Obviously this was a mistake!!

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  4. Oh bless him. Maybe he'll know better another time. My dog did that once with a deep muddy puddle. X

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    1. Yes, it was a real Vicar of Dibley moment!

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  5. On a canal boat holiday - years ago - Col was at the back steering, I was walking the towpath and our collie-cross Lucy was at the front of the boat. For some reason Col called her and instead of going through the boat she jumped straight into the water. Problem with canals is the steep banks so I had to call her so she swam to me and then I had to lay flat on the muddy towpath to haul her out with the collar. she avoided all water after that!

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    1. That would have panicked me as well as Jet! Luckily the banks a bit lower down the canal are more beach like, but he was panicking so I just hauled him out. They do get carried away sometimes!

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  6. I can not let Ben loose near water, he loves it but it would not help his skin, plus once in he has to be pulled and lifted out.

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    1. I'd certainly have to do some different walks is Jet wasn't allowed in the water! He loves it :)

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  7. Our dog used to do the same in the duck pond. He would be so jealous of them gilding away gracefully I n the water off he would jump. Nothing gracefully about him in the water.

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    1. The ducks in the canal looked at him in total scorn and disdain! I'm pleased they were the only onlookers though :)

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  8. Our last dog went into a canal for a swim when we lived in Oxfordshire and, because of the steep sides, couldn't get back out. I was all for stripping off to go in and rescue her but we managed to haul her out by the collar (not easy with a large dog!) and spared lots of people the pain of seeing me half undressed!! x

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  9. Oh bless him.... he must have had a real shock! Jx

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  10. That brings back such good memories! When I was a child my Dad and brother took our miniature fox terrier out in our kayak on a river while Mom & I played on the bank. The dog got bored, the water was glassy smooth and he just walked off the boat thinking it was solid. The expression on his face when he surfaced was priceless. He swam to shore very fast and wouldn't ever go near the boat after that.

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