Join Date: Jan 2011
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Boats 'n dogs
1st golden retriever really wanted to go boating with us so we took her. She decided she could swim from shore to boat so she started walking out into the water. Suddenly she realizes there are “THINGS” crawling on the bottom and across her feet. Ever see a dog try to walk on water?
She was terrified of dolphins and would bark like a crazy thing when she heard them breathe. Once she began to associate salt water with dolphins, her sailing days were over, she was terrified.
Next Golden Retriever and Catahula. Wife decided they needed to become boat dogs. Unfortunately, it was choppy and windy. Nothing worse’n two large seasick dogs. When the boat neared the dock, the Golden dove for the dock from the boat., missed of course, You ever try to haul 90 lbs of salt water soaked dog up out of the water onto a dock? OK, we took em for a walk to calm down. When we walked back and they could see the boat at the dock, both refused to go any closer. I had to drive my truck to where they were to get em.
Took Golden to a lake for canoeing. Got into canoe and called to him, he came bounding up only to have gator come out of the water in front of him. At least he knew not to approach it but he knew it was a “BAD THING” and refused to come closer. About a month later, my wife decided her Golden just had to go canoeing to a diff lake. I had to lift that crazed terrified dog into the canoe where he sat on he bottom whimpering cuz he just knew there were “BAD LIZARD THINGS” in the water.
No more boat dogs for me.