May 29, 2004

Bobbin' For Rocks

Image copyright Fred First
I'll have to say to Buster, the Black Lab's discredit: water, water everywhere and he never got it. Tsuga, on the other hand, gets it. Buster's tongue would be hanging out after a run or a good round of groundhog wrasslin', but he would NOT drink out of the creek--had to have his water out of his blue plastic bowl. And heaven forbid that he would actually go to the creek in the summer for a dip. No thank you sir.

But Tsuga, after getting over his puppy fears of moving water, has opted the Baptist way and accepts total immersion as the full gospel way to heaven. Sprinkling? Pfffft! For sissies! He drinks it, chases glimmers on its surface, digs in it--even bobs for rocks. And not just ANY rocks, mind you. He must keep his eyes open under water because he carefully selects rocks that are on the tan or white end of the spectrum-- "flesh-colored" if you're a yeller lab-- and prances with them in his mouth back to the house.

He has a new, dark green collar as of a few days back. The highly-visible orange one spent so many hours in the water it had faded; and each time it got wet, it left a brilliant pink ring around Tsuga's neck--not a status-building attribute among male country dogs.

I haven't yet seen him chase a crawdad, much less catch one. That should be interesting. I can see that picture now: the dog leaping, frame frozen in mid-air, water-droplets spraying off in all directions, a big brown crab-claw firmly attached to Tsuga's black nose. Click! Got it!

Posted by fred1st at May 29, 2004 06:21 AM | TrackBack

Brings back momories of a Dobie that we used to have. She would get shoulder-deep in the water before she went for rocks. All you could see was the stub of her tail and just below that - not a very nice picture (but funny).

Posted by: bogie at May 30, 2004 07:01 AM

Nice. Does Tsunga swim in deep water yet?

Posted by: Marie at May 30, 2004 11:03 AM

Thanks for the first gigantic laugh of the day! :) What a dog....!

Posted by: Michelle at May 31, 2004 03:05 AM

I can picture just the tail above water, like the dog in the Thorne Smith books - invisible except for its tail.

Posted by: Ian at May 31, 2004 07:18 AM

Friend of mine had a collie named Barnie. Toss a rock in the creek and Barnie would find it. Not any old rock, mind you. The exact rock you tossed in. To make sure we were correct, we marked the rocks. And not in a shallow creek - we're talking swim out to the spot the rock landed.

He would stay down darn near as long as it took; if he had to come up for air, he would still find the correct rock.

That was over 25 years ago and Barnie is long gone. Probably in dog heaven, telling tales of how he used to mystify the humans.

Posted by: Lew at May 31, 2004 06:05 PM

Tsuga looks like he is defying gravity. My first lab (Amanda Blackvelvet) loved it when I would fill up a garden pail with water. She would put her long nose in it up to her eyeballs. We called her a crocigator. She also liked to dive for snails and shells at Pensacola Beach. (Oops. No dogs allowed there anymore.)Thanks for reviving some sweet memories.

Posted by: Beth W. at May 31, 2004 11:09 PM

Great photo of Tsuga!

Posted by: Jenny at June 1, 2004 04:30 AM

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