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Hubby Gareth and I were sat in our conservatory today having a spot of lunch and, ironically, discussing how we were going to set about building a picket fence around our patio. At the moment we have a temporary chicken fence to prevent the dogs peeing on our lawn, generally digging up our garden and puppies falling into our pond ..........

All of a sudden there was a slipping scrabbling sound behind me and in 'doodle dashed' a very wet and shaggy rat-like Basil! The colour drained from my face and my heart fell through the floor. Whilst deep in conversation Basil had gone out to the patio and squirmed his way underneath the temporary fence and obviously fallen right into our 3 foot deep pond! The evidence was there as we followed the wet trail! The worrying thing was that we did not hear him fall in or scrabble out at all. I feel quite sick thinking about all the 'what ifs'! What a terrible mummy I am.



I treated Basil to his first meaty lamb bone for being a clever boy and getting himself out of the pond ..... somehow!



The bone session didn't last longer than 10 minutes as swarms of wasps descended and given other people's experiences with wasp stings I felt that would be too much to experience in one day.

I'm going to go and lie down now ......

Karen xx
 

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HAHAHHA, That is kinda how lady found out she could swim....we were on one side of a pool and she having never been in any water except a bath or a puddle... my husband called her to come...thinking she would go around the pool, nope, full run towards my husband right into the pool, when she went under water I panicked a bit...but she soon came up to the top and doggy paddled right to the side of the pool....she needed help to get out...but I know exactly how you feel....he does look like he had a good time tho...good luck keeping him outta there now!
 

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Bless Basil!! Similar experience with mine in that Betty had been left in a friends garden with his dog. Neither if them had gone near the pond at all and they'd been left before. i popped out, came home to a wet and upset Betth who'd obviously had a sirprise dip and freaked herself out and couldn't warm up and she's awful when she's cold. It didn't put Betty off, she's had a few more swims since then and enjoyed them!

Glad Basil is ok!!! xx
 

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Basil certainly had an adventurous day, clever boy for getting out. Don't worry, we're all bad mummy's at one time or another.

We took Millie in the sea on holiday :eek:, or rather hubby decided it was time she showed us how she could swim. We were deep, up to my chest and he let her swim towards me - I hated it. She managed to swim and proceeded to climb up and over my head.

We still disagree about the whole experience. He says she loved it, I say she hated it. :talktohand: :D
 

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Fortunately Basil doesn't seem any the worse for his adventure!
Last winter, during the snow, I let Dylan out one evening for a wee and went up for a shower, asking my hubbie to let him in when he scratched at the back door. I finished my shower and called down to see where he was. Hubbie, who was on the computer, said that he hadn't come in yet, which was very unusual that time of night. So he went out to find him and then I heard him yelling for me - Dylan was swimming around in our swimming pool. :eek: Luckily, hubbie called him and he swam to the edge where he could pull him out, which saved us going in after him. We have no idea how long he had been in the pool, in sub-zero temperatures, but you can imagine how worried we were. I wrapped him in a towel and blow-dried him for about an hour to warm him up, and fortunately he suffered absolutely no ill effects. That was his first swim too, but it definitely hasn't put him off water!
 

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Fortunately Basil doesn't seem any the worse for his adventure!
Last winter, during the snow, I let Dylan out one evening for a wee and went up for a shower, asking my hubbie to let him in when he scratched at the back door. I finished my shower and called down to see where he was. Hubbie, who was on the computer, said that he hadn't come in yet, which was very unusual that time of night. So he went out to find him and then I heard him yelling for me - Dylan was swimming around in our swimming pool. :eek: Luckily, hubbie called him and he swam to the edge where he could pull him out, which saved us going in after him. We have no idea how long he had been in the pool, in sub-zero temperatures, but you can imagine how worried we were. I wrapped him in a towel and blow-dried him for about an hour to warm him up, and fortunately he suffered absolutely no ill effects. That was his first swim too, but it definitely hasn't put him off water!
Ha ha ha! Ok, you win! xxx

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Karen you poor thing. What a fright!! I would have felt like you, totally awful! But these little pups do like to get into mischief and keep us on our toes. Thank goodness he's ok. So is the new fence going up tomorrow??!!

Harri xxx
 

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Karen you poor thing. What a fright!! I would have felt like you, totally awful! But these little pups do like to get into mischief and keep us on our toes. Thank goodness he's ok. So is the new fence going up tomorrow??!!

Harri xxx
Oh if only! Gareth has a really busy week ahead starting tomorrow. I've already been out with the tent pegs ...... it's going to be a challenge getting to the chicken run now. Door closed and supervised garden visits from now on. Little tinker!

Karen x
 

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Izzy's first and last experience of water happened as a result of her chasing a moorhen into the canal. The look on her face was priceless! She did instinctively swim and clamber up the bank. It all happened so fast that I didn't have the time to panic.
 

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When we first got Rufus he fell into our local canal - twice! and has been very respectful of water ever since. He adores water and is straight in .....but all 4 paws remain on the bottom! I wonder if Basil will be a swimmer?

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Izzy's first and last experience of water happened as a result of her chasing a moorhen into the canal. The look on her face was priceless! She did instinctively swim and clamber up the bank. It all happened so fast that I didn't have the time to panic.
Sounds like what happened to my mum with Betty. She was walking her round the lake near their house and were on a jetty with a duck stood on the end. Mum turned round to walk back and then couldn't see Betty. She looked down and there was Betty doggie paddling along side the jetty having gone to chase the duck!!! Mum said she hadn't heard Betty go in and Betty didn't look phased by it at all!!!

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