Sunday afternoon we took Smarty to the dog park in Edmonds, where there is a fenced saltwater beach area for the dogs to swim. It was not the best idea I’ve ever had. It was hot, bright and there were tons of people so it was too chaotic for me. I don’t do well with too crowded, too busy, too hot, too bright or too loud. All of those things together just lead to immediately sensory overload, which makes me ready to freak out over the littlest thing.
Smarty wasn’t bothered by any of that though. He was excited to finally be set free near water so he could swim.
He had some dogs try to join him but, as usual, he was rather indifferent to their presence and desire to play with him.
It was a rather bittersweet experience for Don and I. Although it was fun to watch Smarty swimming and having fun, it was difficult to watch him struggle getting in and out of the water. We know his back legs are weak but we weren’t expecting the gentle waves of the Puget Sound to knock him down. His struggles didn’t seem to bother him but it made us sad. We decided that we will take him to small lakes for swimming from now on.
Especially after what happened later that night. Don had to get up at 2, 4 and 5 to let Smarty out. (Somehow, I slept through the whole crisis!) Apparently, Smarty swallowed some saltwater while swimming around and it upset his sensitive tummy. He felt terrible yesterday so I spent the day pampering him, making him Slippery Elm bark tea to drink and chicken and rice to eat.
It didn’t help that yesterday was unseasonably hot. Michael’s car thermometer said it was 91 when he got home at 4:00 yesterday afternoon. The sudden shift from early spring temps to August temps made me feel sick, so I’m guessing it didn’t help poor Smarty any.
He seems to be back to his old self today though because he was feeling well enough to do his usual naughty trick of barking at the cats while they’re trying to eat their canned food. Although his morning shenanigans can be exasperating, I love to see the old man feeling well and happy enough to perform those shenanigans!