Memorial Day is all about, family, friends, barbecues and a show of support and remembrance for those who have defended our country so well in the past.
This year at the lake, it was all about family, dogs, and a little Westie who finally went in the water!!!
First dog in!
Brother and sister...the biggest (Mac) and the runt (our Lily)
Sharing is encouraged
Oh dear, I feel sooo left out!
Human sister and human niece
Come on, Lucy!
Come on Luce, you can do it!
Schucks! (I can do it, I can do it...can I do it?)
I'm in!! I feel like Columbus...
How did I get here?!
This isn't so bad...wait til Snowy sees this!
You're next, Mom!
Westies are not water dogs. They are dirt dogs. They love to dig, go into holes and chase anything that moves fast, especially cats and squirrels. They are also very, very stubborn. When they want something, they will wear you down. I have yet to win an argument with Lucy. When I think I have and the case is closed, she will come back for more and fight another day.
Westies are not meant to be swimmers, their little legs are not built for the water. The beach is fine, they can touch the sand and they have control of going in and out. The lake and the pool are a different story. .. they feel lost and out of control. Lucy has a life jacket, but she knows what it's for and refuses to put it on. The poor thing suffers when she sees her sister Lily go in the water and play for hours on end chasing her toy. She wants so desperately to go in, but in the end, terror wins over fun. The only way she will come close to the water is in the kayak and that takes some prodding too.
This weekend's activities were too much for her to resist and we finally talked her into making the jump...into the kayak that is. After the pictures were taken, she couldn't wait to get out and watch from afar..Perhaps with time and exposure she will go in on her own. We will try that life jacket again, very soon...when she let's us.