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

Hot in the City....

Hello and Happy New Year to you all...
Here we are on the other side of Christmas and the New Year celebrations...phewph...can you believe that that's it for another year?
I have to admit I've struggled to begin posting today ~ maybe writers block but probably the fact that there are so many things fighting for my attention, that my brain has turned to smoosh! I know some would say "whats new?" - but I have a tough skin!

You're going to have to work with me on this one today...especially if you're snowed in or feeling an icy blast because here in Melbourne we're toast!
I know I've been in hotter places before, but since Christmas the temperature has been steadily rising. We've now reached 40 degrees celcius and last night was the hottest so far.
We're scanning the skies for stormy clouds which according to the weather BOM may come our way this evening...nothing to report so far, although there is a hint of a little tantalizing breeze. Sigh....
But until's time to relax and stay cool...

At last the pool has come into its own...the ice had melted in my glass by the time I launched myself onto the lounger! Thankfully no video camera was to hand whilst carrying out this delicate procedure.
I'm not sure I like this photo...but hey...we're friends now so what the heck!

These shots were taken earlier in the week whilst having lunch in the city. {More on that possibly later in the week}.
We were sitting rehydrating on a cafe terrace...{it's a must...we're always being told we need to take on more liquid....hic!} It's amazing how much fun you can have with just a few inches of water. Not me I hasten to add....I behaved myself and just watched the children's antics.

 Sheer joy...

Our house doesn't have air conditioning...YES I box that didn't get ticked but then this house is double bricked and unless there's a few concurrent days of heat, it is actually really cool.
It makes a difference having these blinds to draw down to keep the sun off the glass. My OH had a wee bit of tweeking to do in order to free the mechanism first though ~ I'm not sure when they were last used but they are very efficient.

We've also been giving Muffin her first swimming lesson....what a laugh we had...with her, not at her....nah...we were laughing at her, it has to be said. We made a video too that will be a later post. ^..^

So come back the meantime stay cool or cosy wherever you are! ;D