Bella, like many ladies approaching later middle age, isn’t quite as svelte and athletic as she was when she was a puppy, and I have noticed that she gets a little winded when she goes for a dip. We have tried to put her on a diet, but when she looks at you with those big, brown, soulful eyes, you just have to give her your uneaten buttered mashed potatoes.
A few weeks ago we were fishing at Bear Lake and met a couple excercising their four labrador retrievers who were decked out in colorful, stylish Outward Hound life jackets. Being a worrier, I ordered one for Bella as soon as possible.
The rainy weather pattern seems to have been thwarting our efforts to try it out, but it finally broke yesterday with a warm, sunny Sunday just perfect for swimming, so we loaded the truck with swimming (and fishing) gear and headed north for Wolf Lake.
Bella enjoyed her swim without becoming winded:
…and I enjoyed reading on the dock without worrying about her.
Some scenery shots on the way home: