It wasn’t long however before I did manage to get a streamer overboard under the watchful eye of Big Ray.
Or was he keeping that eye on his kibble pouch?
Even our loaner puppy was wondering what the heck was going on..
Gil has adopted Ray as his big brother (Ray isn’t convinced that it works for him) but they make quite the contrasting looking pair, side by each..
After trolling around and about for some time, we decided the boys needed a break from the boat riding so they could stretch their legs and get some sniffs in.
We put ashore on an island and let the boys do their thing. Gil watching Ray go for a swim, decided to give it a try for himself but needed a little enticement…
But even with that he was a bit reluctant to push off and take that initial puppy paddle stroke. Sizing up the situation he used his problem solving skills and tried using the fallen tree as his solution to his dilemma..
However it wasn’t long before he found himself back on shore shaking his coat after taking a bit of a plunge off the tree and having discovered that swimming wasn’t all that hard to do after all…
Back on board, we took our time returning to the boat launch, enjoying the warm May sun..especially Gil
Gil is, as I’ve said, a guide dog in training and we have been fortunate to puppy sit him for a short time. In a little over a month he will be returning to Guiding Eyes For The Blind for his In For Training test and hopefully a new chapter in his life as a full fledged guide.
Good Luck Gil