It was a rainy day with nothing to do. We had to find something or the kids would resort to killing each other slowly. And not with kindness either. That's when we found it, in the paper. Peak Performance: K9 Sports. Because I just don't do enough carting kids around during what I call the chauffeur years. Which overlaps generously with the bake sale years. Dude, I'm just doggy paddling trying to keep my head above water over here. But yes, I really think we should get our dogs Bonnie and Clyde involved in sports. It will teach them self-esteem and perseverance. Maybe that's only what it does for kids. God, I just hope they don't shit in the pool.
Bonnie was skeptical at first. Peering off the dock into the empty pool. She'd already been intimidated by Diamond. Who's got a flashy expensive stripper name. And she's a professional. Not a stripper, a dock jumper.
Bonnie worked through all the self deprecating voices in her head. Then, focused on Jade's voice calling her from in the pool. And she wanted that camouflage octopus toy like it was a hit of crack. Turns out she has grace and poise in the water. Especially the way her and Jade swam together in the water. Hmmmm. I imagine a bathing cap and nose plugs and intricately choreographed splashes and inversions. Maybe I'll start my own dog synchronized swim team. (It was my high school sport after all.) If Clyde's on board...
Clyde must not realize he's a Labrador Retriever, which means he's a water dog. Apparently he doesn't know that because he's got aqua phobia. He didn't care who was in the water or what toy they had. All he cared about were the snacks coaxing him near the water.
You see, Clyde isn't so much an athlete or an achiever. He likes to have a good time and a good nap.
That's where the party's at for him.
Now maybe if they stuffed that octopus with some pot Clyde would go in the water to go get it. Maybe. But, he wouldn't go do it again for sure. Of course, snacks would be required.
Check out the article in the Gazette Monday, August 5th on Peak Performance featuring our family.