Yesterday you saw how Bert and I harvest sticks. After we finished Bert told me that another adventure waited just around the corner. With Bert you never really know what that means. But Bert's my best pal so I followed.
Well surprise surprise, Bert's adventure is swimming. But I have to admit, I sure would like to do that.
I would love to swim out and get my own sticks instead of having Bert always bringing them back and me taking them from him.
"Come on Buddy I'll help you. Just follow me, we'll take it slow."
"OK Bert, you won't leave me will you?"
"I'll be right by your side Buddy."
"BERT! BERT! I think I'm going to drown!!"
"You got this Bud, just hold on to me until you get your rhythm."
"That's it Buddy. Just keep in the shallow end until you get a feel for it."
"This is not to bad Bert."
"Just remember Bud to use all your paws, not just the front ones."
Oh how I wanted that stick out there. But it was just out of my reach.
"Come on Buddy come on out. There are a lot of great sticks out here. You can do it!!"
I went out for the stick, but I started to sink.
That's when Bert came out and lent a paw to get me back to shore.
"Hop on Buddy and we'll start again. You're going to get it don't worry."
"Come on Bud get the stick. Come on get it."
You see what my smart friend did there. He had me focused on the stick and not worried about the deep water.
So I went for it. I just took that leap of faith and went for the stick. Of course it helped that Bert believed in me.
"Bert!! I think I am going down!!!" (Bert was on shore watching me and shouting encouragement).
"You can do it Bud. Keep paddling,"
I GOT THE STICK!!!
At this point I was thinking to my self 'Why did I go for such a BIG stick'.
"Bert I got it!!! I got it!!! Did ya see me? I got it!! I swam and I got it!"
"You sure did Bud, I knew you could do it."
And now here is a video of me swimming.
I can't wait to go to Bert's special place high in the mountains, where Gooses Rock is and swim in the ponds where the beaver and moose play.