Thursday, September 16, 2010

fancy a dip?

this may just be the cutest thing ever...

doggy hydrotherapy!!!

doggy hydrotherapy!! (sorry about the photo quality - it's a little blurry, he was swimming so fast!).
after the initial "what the heck is this?!?" reaction (understandable - even for a laid-back, adaptable pooch, this was a little weird) he absolutely loved it (the squeaky chicken toy may have been key). & until you've seen a dog wagging his tail underwater, you haven't seen true happiness.
he's now completely wiped out, & happier than i've seen him in ages - he was getting a little bummed out over the lack of exercise & excitement in his life, what with all the post-surgical restrictions. he's still in recovery, and won't be completely back to normal for a good few weeks yet, with no long walks or off-the-lead playing until probably the end of october! but swimming is great - all the exercise with none of the joint stress (plus, squeaky chickens!!).
lucky for us (& the pooch!) our insurance will cover a fair few sessions, so we'll be doing this twice a week for the next few weeks. & the bonus of this for me (in addition to the extremely happy puppy) is that it will hopefully tire him out enough to be left on his own for longer periods, so i can finally get back on a better work schedule.
after so long away from my normal working days, though, it may take more than a squeaky chicken to motivate me...


Maelys said...

That is indeed very cute! Thanks for making me smile on a rough day.
Keep us posted on your dog, he looks like a sweetie.

Anonymous said...

I just love the amount of concentration on his face, seemingly just to keep hold of the rubber chicken!
He s such a beautiful puppy :)