I mentioned yesterday that Sheba and I were headed to scout out a new swimming location. There is a 625 acre pond just about a mile away from us, and I knew of a couple possibilities of places I might be able to take the dogs swimming.
There is a dam at the head of the pond which we pass every day on our way to work. I was hoping there was a place to access the water there as I had read, and sure enough there was! We parked in the little parking lot for the state owned dam. We headed up the small hill and walked along the dam to one end where I thought the beach must be located.
It’s a small beach, but perfect for us. I imagine once school is out local kids might swim there, so I’m not sure if it will be a place we can go all of the time, or if I’ll be able to take Luke there. We’ll find that out as time goes on, but for now we had the perfect day and Sheba was thrilled to be chasing her Wet Wubba* once again! The water was pretty choppy from the breeze and Sheba hesitated to go in – until I threw the Wubba, then she was right after it!
I was concerned that the water might still be pretty cold but it felt pretty good to me. Sheba is allowed off leash for swimming since she’s good about sticking with me as long as we’re alone. Well, mostly.
After about 20 minutes of throwing and retrieving we decided to explore the area a little more. I kept the swimming shorter this time because I wanted to be sure she didn’t get overtired first time out. I thought we would walk along the top of the dam and see if there were any other places to swim, while letting the excess water drip off Sheba before getting back in the car! Though there were no more beaches along the dam, the river that it empties out into could be a possible place to cool off as well, and maybe better for Luke if we start seeing more people around.
I enjoyed our little outing thoroughly – what a gorgeous early summer day it was! – and I’m pretty sure Sheba did as well. I didn’t feel like we overdid things since when we got back home she was ready to play some more ball with her siblings! She was moving a little slowly in the evening though, so I’m glad we were conservative. In the long run I know the swimming will be good for her arthritis.
We’re looking forward to lots more swims this summer. Even though we are not able to put in our own pond like we were hoping for this year, I think this beautiful pond is going to be perfect….it took us less than 5 minutes to drive there. We could walk if it wasn’t uphill all the way back, but it’s a steep hill, and would be too much for my old girl. The other location we might try is further down the pond, and it’s a big pond (3 miles long) so that would take a little longer to get to. Hopefully this little beach stays quiet so we can enjoy it some more! If not, we’ll be doing some more scouting as the summer goes on.
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