We did some painted furniture and chairs for a couple in Flagler Beach last week. They asked us if we would come by to help them with their placement and see it in place.
When we arrived they had two small dogs, so they invited Paris in to play while we all talked. After we checked out the new painted dresser, they wanted us to go out back to see the Adirondack chairs.
When we opened the back door there was very little room between the pool and the deck. Because the pool had a solar cover on it, we didn't think it would be a problem with Paris because at home we have an open in ground Spa and she doesn't give it a thought. When we all started out, Paris edged in between us and went right for the pool. When she realized it was feeling funny and her feet were getting wet, she turned around and headed for me. When she got to the edge of the pool deck and went to jump off the cover, it mashed down and she fell through into the water. She didn't start swimming and went under about two feet. When she surfaced she was under the solor blanket. She was in reaching distance for me to get her, but before I grabbed her the lady who owned the pool jumped in with all her clothes on and grabbed her. She handed her to me and I was checking to see if she needed any type of CPR. Believe it or not she wasn't even coughing. She must have known to hold her breath. The ladies husband who was down on the boat about 15ft away was looking at all the action and thought I had pushed his wife in and couldn't figure out why or what we were doing? After he came up to get the story they were laughing so hard they were crying. By luck the pool was heated, so at least she didn't freeze.
While coming home Susie and I were talking about the fact that she didn't paddle. We thought all dogs could swim on instinct. So now we weren't sure because it all happened so fast. Paris was needing a bath anyway so we decided to heat the Spa and introduce her to the water. She was not afraid, and had a nice bath. We let her stand on the step, so she knew it was a safe place and her head was out of the water. That was the first lesson. The second lesson will be to move her out in the middle and lower her down to the point that she starts paddling. After a few times of practice we will let her swim to the steps. Hopefully this will help her in the event she ever falls into any water again.
We know she thinks she cute but she can't walk on water. Yet! Just another day with the puppy.
Big Bad John & Runaround Sue