New Camera, Same Beautiful Springer

I am totally on the fence about my new camera.  It’s a DSLR and I think it will take great pictures, but it is huge!  I have been playing around with it and getting some good shots, but I’m not sure it is what I really want.  The proof will be in the prints.

A huge down side to the camera is size.  It is not easy to keep with you everywhere.  This is a great example; the camera was in the bag, in the house and I missed Sadie swimming in my parents fish pond.  I caught the after shot.  Boo!

Sadie had a great time at our cottage this past week.  I have many more swimming shots to come!  😉

The Pure Joy of Swimming

Cottage creatures… what’s the saying… where there are frogs, there are snakes!

Try not to think about it… that’s what I do!  🙂

Sadie really loves the water!  If she could, she would swim all day long!

NO FEAR!  JUST FUN!!!

Notice the Kong toy in her mouth?

Where’s the toy?  Sadie is not really into fetch.  She loves to chase after toys, but she tends to leave them “out there”.

After a while, Sadie would literally swim right over the toy, but would not bring it back.

That was when we discovered she just wanted to swim.

I know this picture does not really show much, but it makes me laugh just thinking of what it is!

Sadie wags her tail, under water, while swimming!

It is the funniest thing I have ever seen.  She absolutely loves to swim for the pure joy of swimming.

Sadie would jump in and swim back and forth across the lake.  Love her!

Temperature did not bother Sadie, either.  We had a few cloudy, cool days.  See me?  Dressed for fall.  I’m watching Sadie swim!

Sadie loves looking out windows.  We have low windows at the cottage and Marcus got a great picture of Sadie watching the bunnies!

It was sad to close the cottage up for the winter, but Sadie is looking forward to some spring, polar bear temperature, swimming!

Michigan Fun

Sadie and Gideon had loads of fun playing in my parents’ back yard… but the real fun was going to the lake!

I was very happy that Sadie did not learn to dig with Gideon.  That is one habit I do not want her to start!

The visit to the lake started with the normal “chase me” game that Sadie loves.

Then Gideon pointed out the water…

and the docks…

and the real fun began!

Then my Dad brought out the tennis balls to toss to Gideon.  Gideon likes to jump off the dock to fetch the ball.

Ball in!

Gideon in!

Sadie charges down the dock???

and swims back to Gideon???

and then Sadie swims the ball back to shore.

This happened over and over again.  She just didn’t seem to understand she could jump off the dock too.

What did I do?

I tossed her in after the ball.  🙂  and she loved it!

One encouraging push by me and she was hooked!

As you can see, she really perfected her dive into the lake.

The only problem… I created a water monster!

She loves it so much, I had to leash her to get her to stay on shore and dry off before we left!  🙂

and then, when we got back to my parents’ house, she assumed their fish pond was for her to swim in too!

Learning to Dock Dive

I forgot the cable that allows me to download pictures to my computer… so I have 2 small pictures taken by my phone. 

I have a ton of great photos to show you all… when I get home.

But, for now, a quick update. 

Sadie learned to dive off a dock into the water!  She loves it!  

Along with running, diving and swimming, Sadie has been relaxing at my parents’ house.  She is having a great summer! 

Off to the cottage later this week for more excitement. 

Dog Days of Summer

When my parents left, my Mom left behind a huge treat for Sadie.  She spent a week enjoying the peanut butter stuffed bone.

I spent a little while cleaning up the cottage to prepare for Marcus to arrive.  I went looking for Sadie when I realized she wasn’t following me around.  Here is where I found her… best chair in the cottage!  She was enjoying the view!  🙂

When Marcus arrived, Sadie was excited to show him all her new swimming abilities!  She got deeper and farther out as the vacation continued.  Our routine was a long walk in the morning followed by a swim to cool off.

Followed by a hard nap in the afternoon-evening!  🙂