This morning’s entry in Beanie’s busy appointment calendar read “10.30am Swimming at Glasgow Pets A&E”, so while I hustled our sleepy pup back out of our bed, Susan prepared that most essential Beagle swimming aid: liver.
The staff who are currently handling the swimming are doing a great job of really making Beanie work for her treats, and after a quick shower and harness fitting (no life jacket – she’s a big girl now!) it was straight down to business:
The nurse on pool duty today wasn’t familiar with the liver-enhanced swimming routine, so there was a brief stalling/sinking moment when Beanie got her treat before she’d reached the platform at the far end of the pool. You see, a Beagle will do anything for food (short of reciting the first act of Hamlet backwards), but once he or she has got that food, forget it!
After that little initial hiccup everything went well, and though Beanie didn’t get to battle the water jets today, she did some double and triple laps pf the pool and even had a few goes at swimming against light resistance applied to her harness.
By my reckoning that was her eighth swimming session. When she’s done ten she’ll be measured and we’ll get to see how the swimming has helped her development!