Now that I have started a blog when going through old photo files I come across photo’s and pasts events I HAVE to share. This post has lots of photo’s so I better keep my words to a minimum and let the photographs do the work.
In Tahoe our Golden’s become REAL mountain dogs. They are in heaven at Tahoe and the Truckee River. Here are some highlights of Sasha’s first trip to Tahoe in June 2011 when she was about 4 months old. She had swim a bit in the pool at home but NEVER in real water. So we started in the shallow waters on the beach at Tahoe Tavern, North Shore. It was a dark cloudy cool day but that makes no difference to the dogs. Water is water. BALL STICK WATER GO.They are off. Not sure if they are after a stick or a dirty tennis ball. Yolo in the lead of course with Maisie and Sasha following. Sasha has no idea what she is doing she just follows Mom and Uncle Yolo. Instinct I quess.On the way back Sasha already knows how to play defense. Against her own mother!This being Sasha’s first time in the competition……she falls back a bit short in the running.A proper shake off is in order.Ears are the most important part to shake the water out of.After the beach we venture out to the pier for a look. Mama Jo says no swimming from the pier for Sasha until she gets a little more experience.Maisie’s coat has all but fallen out after having a litter four months ago. As you can see the cold air on her wet coat does not dampen her spirits a bit. Sasha looks around not knowing what in the world is out there. Miss Maisie Rose on the other hand is eyeing some kind of unsuspecting bird about to land on the water.
This was just a quick introductory visit to the pier. It is time to move on towards the Truckee River. Mr Lassen and Maisie in the lead. Yolo hangs back with the baby.I’m AM fast mom WATCH me.Oops I got ahead of everybody. I’ll rest and wait.Once at the Truckee River Sasha combs the shore. Sneaky little one, readies herself to pounce when it is time.It is time to pounce on Mom.Sasha thinks twice about trying to pounce on Yolo. Smart girl.Meanwhile within seconds Maisie is gone and on the hunt after this handsome pair swimming upstream. Good luck. Just as I though Maisie is back in a flash, no bird in mouth.Sasha HAS to see if Mom got anything on the hunt
Nope, oh well I’ll just comb the shores some more.
Back to sitting, hunting and pouncing at the river side. Sasha gets her nerve up and decides to wade in all the way. She is a little baffled as to why swimming is a little tricky in this big river. But in no time she is after the big dogs even in the strong current. Sasha’s getting the hang of this sport called retrieving.Sasha makes it back to shore thank goodness and sticks with Mom.Lassen makes it back too with part of a stick. I wonder who got the other end of the stick?At this point Lassen not being the most competitive guy takes a breather next to the soaking leash pile.Maisie on the other hand can’t get enough and goes back into the frigid waters. She is determined to get the stick from Yolo.Yolo graciously allows Maisie to share the stick. A Golden tradition.Until the whirlpool effect comes into play. Will Maisie make it?I don’t know.Oh dear.
As I mentioned before, Maisie is determined to get the stick. I think this is about when she decided to dunk and turn forwards. She may have had to let go of the stick for one millisecond.That a girl….and boy.Sasha quietly sinks back in for a swim and poses for the camera.Puppy got wet.And wetter.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Sasha’s First Trip to Tahoe. Introduction to swimming from the pier. The BIG pier.
Great photos!! Loved this post. Can’t wait for part two. Love the name Yolo too! So fitting for a golden 🙂
Thanks from Mama Jo and the Sundogs. Like all Golden’s they are so darn cute I can’t stop clicking away. Stay tuned.
Hi Jo, you have had some great blogs, loved the cowgirl get away weekend.
I love these pictures and am actually in Tahoe for the week right now. Maggie is having a great time, as always but seems lonely with only her and I and sure miss Chloe. How do you get all those dogs in your car?? How fun!
I am sorry I did not reply about the calendar. Really busy right now, my son is getting married in Tahoe this July so up here making arrangements.
Hope all the puppies are doing well including one eye.
Melodie and Maggie
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Good to hear from you. Wish I was up there. We have upgraded to a truck now with a covered bed. We used to squish into my RAV4 believe it or not. No problem about the calendar. Just let me know when you have time. Hugs to Maggie.
I loved these photos, especially Sasha waiting for the big dogs on the pier. So sweet. Can you believe that I am four years old and I have never been for a swim? What is wrong with my humans? Can I be a Sundog?
Tell your humans Golden’s are meant to be in the water. Tell them to take you to the nearest body of water soon or else……
I plan to put my foot down–make that all four feet–and insist on at least one swim this summer. I promise that there will be pictures to share . . . although they won’t be as beautiful as yours!
Good for you. I’ll be watching in your blog to see if it happens.
Oh….I bet you would fit right in with “The Sundogs”. They would show you how to not be afraid of the water.
Goldens–the most epic dogs ever! Love your photos : )
Epic…I like that description. Thanks, Judy
De nada. Happy weekend! : )