Muffy's morning mishap!

Who knew when we headed off for our morning walk that we would have heart-stopping drama!

Back in January 2012 (Friday 13th to be precise) Muffin took her first swimming lesson, but who would have thought it would be three whole years before she entered the water once again.
Don't get me wrong she is bathed reguarly, groomed at the salon but not the fully immersing kind of bathtime. 
Well today we participated in swimming lesson number two, but there's certainly no need for a third! 
Let me tell you what happened...

She was having her usual fun... sniffing, splashing and generally surveying the whole park for fellow pups and play pals. On our way back to the car she still wanted to play and meet potential pals and spotted a sheep dog playing with it's ball. 
Between you and me he wasn't interested in Muffy at all 
(don't tell her but he was a little ball obsessive if you ask me) 
but that didn't seem to register or deter Muffy. 
As I called for her to follow me to the car... her off leish walk was over... she had other ideas.
She ran full pelt down the embankment with eyes latched onto the other pup. 
Over the pathway and totally deaf to my calls. 
The trouble was that the other dog was on the other side of the boating lake!
To my horror she then launched herself over the concrete low wall that edged the boating lake... 
are you still with me...? 
...yep you guessed it. 
In she went... BADOOSH!!!
Not quite a swallow dive but it certainly was impressive. 
She obviously thought it was solid ground and I'm still chuckling to myself when I think about what must have gone through her mind...
"WHAT THE ......????"
 As I ran to her I thought to myself she'll never come back up...
(not if our first swimming lesson was anything to go by) 
So I'm thinking I'm going in... willing to sacrificing my boots for sure. 
(The lake isn't very deep but quite deep enough for a mini shuh tzu)
But amazingly as I came nearer... up she popped and she began to swim like an olympian! 
Her coat plus her harness wasn't going to stop her.
I watched in wonder as she about turned and headed back towards me. 
Paws paddling profusely
Who would have guessed? 
After grabbing her and lifting her out looking like a soggy chamois leather, I couldn't help thinking (once I knew she was okay) that I'd have loved to have taken a little video of it all. 
As you can see by her face above, she wouldn't have been impressed. 
"Just get me dry and warm" ^..^
Once back home and dried off with a warm hairdryer (as you do) we couldn't let this momentus occasion go without a little pomp and ceremony, so she's been presented with her own swimming certificate! 
If I'm honest she did qualify for all of the criteria... well all except the 15 metre swim, but if we consider the way out, turn around and then back towards the bank, it might well have been 15 metres.
Here's the certificate and Muffy having a much needed snoozlet, next to the fire after all that excitment.
If you haven't seen her first swimming attempt then here it is...
Note the back legs don't move!

Now you can see why I was so worried when she dived in... 
I definitely thought... glug glug...glug! 
I hope that's given you a giggle and that your day is going swimmingly (sorry I couldn't resist)

I'm linking up with
 Our World Tuesday
Wednesday Around the World

Have a great week and hopefully I'll see you again soon

Happy Blue Monday...

How quickly did that last weekend fly by? 
It's Monday already!
But don't be perturbed because it's a Happy Blue Monday
Although I'd like to catch up watching a 'Strictly' or an episode of the 'Great British Bake Off Masterclass' with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood 
(or as my hubby thinks just watching 'Loose Woman' all day) 
I can't because there are major decisions to be made! 
(Just before I move on, I'd like to clarify that I DON'T watch daytime TV EVER, well nearly never! ;D)
If this is your first time visiting me, then you won't be aware that although I never wanted to partake in a renovation job on our home (I've watched so many of those programme's and they nearly always go over budget, take forever and cause such stress, that I thought I could do without all of that going on in my life...there's enough ciaos already) but it appears that we're a living TV episode. 
I'm just waiting for Kevin McCloud to appear on our driveway. 

Our first major job is renovating the master bathroom. 
With all the noise, comings and goings, boots thundering overhead etc I decided to give Muffy a break. She is being desensitized to loud bangs and drills (not even flinching when our neighbour had fireworks on Saturday) but sometimes you just need to get out and have some peace. 
So we scooted to the tile shop (more decisions to made) then we stopped off in Duthie Park. 
(Duthie Park is a park of 44 acres which was donated to the city by Miss Duthie in 1880 and opened to the public in 1883...I'll be writing a post about the park at a later date). 
It's a great meeting place plus you can grab a coffee and the dogs can walk around the whole park off the lead (leash).
As we walked around look what I spotted...Blue Monday just came to mind as soon as I saw the Boat Lake. 

I couldn't have asked for more...having this chap playing with his model boat. 
It was freezing and I for one wouldn't be messing about with boats on a lake when the North Wind Doth Blow...but he seemed to be thrilled.  

I'm off to look at more bathrooms, tiles and windows now, but I did manage to add some music to the video clip that I mentioned last Blue Monday.
So if you're feeling in a little stress...take a deep breath and relax. 

Happy Blue Monday to you all.
Don't forget to pop across to see more of the Blue Monday Gang

Smiling Sally

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