This evening we were going to free run Ushi since it was so warm. We decided it would probably be too hot to run her so we went for a walk instead.

I decided not to bring her harness as i thought that it would be too warm again for that. I just had her on lead but i had my halty in my pocket just in case. I didn’t want to use it unless i really really had to.

We went into town first, then went for a walk to a place called the “ecos” centre. The actual centre is just about energy efficient stuff but there are some lovely walks around there.

After a water stop we decided to keep walking on this walk. My sister suggested lengthening Ushi’s lead as if we were going to spend her but keep walking. There was nobody else around and if we saw someone coming i would have shortened her up again. She was having a whale of a time just sniffing when my sister stopped to take photos.

My sister went down near some water to take some better pictures and because Ushi couldn’t see where she had gone to she whined quite a bit before sliding under the gard rail that was put up so she could see more. Thankfully it was grass for a bit so she was okay. We then splashed some of her water over her back to cool her down but she didn’t like this much.

We finally decided to go onto a gravelly beach for more pictures but Ushi wanted to get closer to a very still clear clean river. I let my sister walk her onto the beach and she was grand.

I first of all let Ushi walk around on it for a bit on her long lead, but dad said that if i wanted i could let her off because he would be watching her. Well after a lot of encouragement, she went in, then came out quite a bit. She eventually went in until she was up to her belly. She never once swam, but more waded into the water.

This is huge progress for her. She wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole before! But today her tail was wagging and she kept going in for more. It could have been that she was cooling off but i think she enjoyed herself.

So maybe this could be a place we take her to free run! All i need now is some toys that would float if they were thrown. All her toys at the minute are too heavy or are cuddley. So any recommendations would be good apart from balls.

I’m so pleased she got the courage to go into the water as that was just what she needed! Well done Ushi!


5 Comments on “She…wades!”

  1. Nadja Öberg says:

    BS"DIt sounds like you'd a nice evening! I don't think it's too warm to work her though. The only thing you need is to be observant of her signals and bring water with you. It's lovely that she has started to enjoy water, I hope to take Hera to the sea soon.LeSholom,Nadja

  2. Jen says:

    OJ has a kong bone that floats in the water. Most pet shops probably sell them.

  3. Kong also has a product called the Aqua Kong and it floats.Personally, I wouldn't be worried about it being too hot for her to work or free run in the UK. It doesn't really get hot enough here, but it is your decision obviously.

  4. Mango says:

    They make floating dog toys. Peewee has an aqua floating dog toy which is like a stuffie except that it floats. I am glad that Ushi is getting into the water because she is supposed to be a water dog, right? And a nice swim is perfect on a hot day. Have you thought about getting her a wading pool? We have a kiddie pool in our yard that Peewee likes to just lay down in.Slobbers,Mango

  5. Torie says:

    I think it is probably me being paranoid about the heat lol.We have a paddling pool yeah.Ushi is supposed to love water, but i think she forgot that! I'll have to get a floating kong lol.Xxx.

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