Friday, November 6, 2015

Swim Lessons

Hey All.

A couple of weeks ago Bert decided it was time for me to begin my swimming lessons.  I am not to sure about water.  In fact I am hesitant to get in.  But my friend Bert is so excited about the wet stuff, and I will admit he does make it look like fun, and again he is SOOOOO excited about water I thought OK let the lessons begin.

There he is, The Giant Golden Otter, better known as Bert, showing me how fun swimming is.

There's me watching from the shore.  I can taste the fun, but I don't know.

"You'll be with me right Bert?"
"Yea kid, I'll be there."

Oooooo I am so scared.  "How about if you show me one more time Bert?"

WHAT??!!!  No one said anything about diving!  Shouldn't I learn to swim before moving on to diving?

"See Bud there is nothing to it.  Now lets go back to shore and start again."

"OK OK Bert I think I am ready.  I'll race ya back to solid ground."

"What ya doing there Bert?  Are you looking for somethin'?"
Oh no he didn't!  This is apart of swimming???? 
NO WAAAAY!  I am out of here.  It is not natural for a k-9 to stick his head under water, and NO WAY is it natural to be under water for more than 40 seconds!  Was his momma a fish or what?

He just kept doing it, over and over. 
"Buddddddy yooou woooon't beeelieeeve wwwwhat I founnnnd undddddder Herrrrre." 

"What?  What Bert, what did you find?  Is it sunken treasure?  Is it Elvis?  OH is it the lost city of Atlantis?"  "What, what did you find Bert?"

It's a rock ya all.  He found a rock.  Somethin' just not right with that boy.

And another rock.  He just kept swimming, diving and bring back rocks.  My momma told me once he found a six pack of beer under the water.  I tell ya what I would rather have a six pack of beer than a rock.

Well that was my swimming lesson for that day.  I will say I am not as scared of the water anymore.  But I don't think I will ever truly love it as much as The Giant Golden Otter, Bert. 

So I raced off to do what I do best, what I love, like Bert likes water.

Find me a good stick.

Yea that's it. 
Ya know we all have our special ways, our own unique stuff we like, we are different.  And you know what?  That's OK, cuz if we all liked pulling rocks off the river bottom then who would save the sticks, and if we all saved sticks who would feed the hungry, and we all fed the hungry who would foster animals in need.  Ya see where I am going with this?   Oh sure we all can do several thing, and even do them well, but ALL of us need to find at least that one thing that we are really passionate about and give it our all.  I LOVE sticks, but I am finding a new appreciation for water and swimming (NOT DIVING).

PS from my momma: I am a little sick today.  You see on Monday I broke Bert.  I BROKE him!  Buddy, Bert, myself and Bert's Vickie were in the mountains and Bert was showing Buddy once again how cool water and swimming is.  I was throwing sticks and rocks in the water for Bert (which he loves more than life it's self).  Well it seems I underestimated how fast and how far Bert can leap.  In throwing a small rock AWAY from Bert into the water Bert leaped I'd say about 87 feet like a rocked.  You could hear the sound of the rock hitting his mouth as it echo across the pond.  I BROKE HIM.  But it was like he thought nothing happened and could not understand why all the action stopped and everyone was lifting up his lips.  He just stood there wanting me to throw a stick or something as blood trickled down his chin.  Today Bert had to have a root canal.  I feel so so bad.  Bert's Vickie said that I have broke him once, she has broken him twice (once with a ball and once with a rock), and there is one other time that he got broke but no one knows how it happened.  Bert is doing fine after his root canal and he also had a growth thing removed from his back.  He is just chillin now as the happy meds are wearing off.


  1. OMD Miss Michelle, DO NOT WORRY.... BERT is TOUGH... after all.... HE HAS SURVIVED LIFE with....(((Shiver))) Allred. If he can do THAT... he can deal with ANYTHINGY... Do Not worry about our BELOVED BERT.

    NOW then Buddy... We are with YOU on this Swimming thingy... a little of it goes a LONG way..(that's a Dachshund PUN fur you)... and WHY Oh WHY would any of us (other than Bert) want to stick our heads UNDER the Water???
    You ARE totally right... we each need to do our own thingy.. and do it well... Sticks need Saving just the same as Rocks do...

  2. Our Mom has seen Bert in action, and she can safely say that you might not want to do EVERYTHING the Golden Boy does.... However, he really does like that whole swimming thing, so when the weather warms up, keep an eye on what he does (other than diving for rocks... Bert can't be trusted around rocks and you'd do well to not follow his lead when it comes to rocks). Just think - soon Bert will be back up and at it, teaching you all about snow zoomies! (And if Bert isn't interested in snow zoomies, come visit us - we LOVE snow zoomies!!!)

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

    PeeEss Our Mom says underestimating Bert's leaping ability is completely understandable. I guess our Mom sent a box to your Momma that has stuff for your Momma and Bert's Vickie. Have your Momma show you the book for Bert that is all wrapped up in the popping plastic stuff - one of those pages shows some CRAZY leaping abilities....

  3. Oh my, you need to be careful that you do not break Bert again! LOL It looks like Buddy is learning a lot from buddy Bert!

  4. Ohhhh a root canal well that is a first for sure. Here we were worried he might swallow another rock. Give him a kiss for us when you see him. He sure is a trooper!

  5. I know you feel terrible, but accidents happen. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

  6. that Bert is one crazy water loving dog - maybe you need to take a safe water toy with you instead of throwing him rocks :) You did good Buddy to get in the water - there is NO WAY we would even put a toenail in it :)

  7. So proud of you Buddy! I hope Bert is feeling better.

  8. Poor Bert!!! Buddy, you have to let your mama know that accidents happen and that's exactly what that was!
    We are totally impressed with your swimming lessons! Maggie would probably leap right in, but I'd have to go at it in my own way and in my own time!
    Tell Bert we're praying his root canal goes well!

  9. Hey Buddy!
    Wow, you did great with your firstest swimmie lesson! Bert's the bestest and trust me you'll love water games. Gosh, tell your Mom not to worry because Bert's one tough pal and he'll be fine. Sending POTP to him right away.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

  10. Fantastic! Bert obviously showed you everything he knows. You are like a pro out there
    Lily & Edward

  11. That Bert must have 9 lives!
    We bet you will be an expert swimmer by next summer, Buddy.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. Oh Michele, Buddy and Bert. So sorry for the BREAK! But so glad that Bert is fixed now and we will prayer the growth is OK! Tell Momma it is OK - sending hugs to ALL p

  13. You threw a rock? OK, we know you feel bad. The thing about Bert is that he is destined to constantly have rock troubles. We just think that is his destiny. We know Miss Vickie is NOT mad either because we know she is like that, sweet and forgiving. So OK, he got it fixed and now it is over. Just don't ever throw a rock if Bert is in the same county hee . . . hee . . . BTW, do you think Buddy needs a life vest?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  14. There's no need to be as wild about water as Bert, Buddy. Each of us has our own gifts. His is water and yours is sticks. It sure looks like you two had a blast!

    I'm glad that Bert is recovering well. I think that Bert is very accident-prone (to put it mildly) and your mom shouldn't feel bad at all. I'm sure that Vickie has whole-heartedly forgiven your mom!

  15. Sendin' hugs to Bert... think I'd only throw him soft thangs from now on...

  16. Hari OM
    OMD that Bert is a dog who walks with different paws!!! Buddy, you are so right about finding that one thing which holds your heart and mind and then give it your all.... now go hug mum, she's feeling bad about Bert, even though Bert has already forgiven her!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  17. Oh Buddy...Look at you in the water!! YIPPEE....very impressive!!!
    I love water to and wold love to join you guys. I love jumping into hot tubs!

    Poor Bert..but he will be ok soon!!!

  18. POTP to the Golden Otter and a big hug to you, please don't worry so much, I'm sure Bert is back to 100% Golden Power soon. And he is the bestest swimming coach ever... I asked a golden boy in the neighborhood for swimming lessons but his mom said he avoids water like the plague... is that possible?

  19. Poor Bert, but things happen. Don't feel bad. It's not like you deliberately tried to hurt him. Buddy, swimming takes practice. Just swim the Buddy way and not the Bert way. We all have our own styles.

  20. Bert is just the bestest teacher, Buddy! We are sending lots and lots of AireZen to Bert. We hope he feels 100% soon.

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  21. You look great in the water, Buddy!

    Sorry about Bert, though. These things happen and we're glad he is on the mend. But remember to be a little careful with him, OK? He isn't as young as you!


  22. Looking good there Buddy!! You will get just takes time! Good have the best teacher in the world!

  23. First Buddy, Hailey is not a swimming fan and that is ok. That stick is great.
    Second to your momma, so sorry to hear about the accident with Bert. Hope you can forgive yourself for it and sending Bert POTP.

  24. We really enjoyed seeing Bert and Buddy in the water. We were smiling from ear to ear. We're sorry that Bert got a little hurt and am glad to read he's going to be just fine!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  25. Hi Y'all!

    Poor Bert! I love to stick my head under water and fetch stuff out. You go Bert!

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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