It’s A Bit Cold For Swimming

February 24, 2010

I had two hearings in Metropolitan Court this morning.  They were early settings and I forget to call my reception service to tell them I would be out of the office.  When I returned at 9:30, the phone was ringing and a frantic receptionist said, “We’ve been trying to find you.  Your dog is in the pond and can’t get out.  Your neighbor is trying to climb the fence to get it out.”  I ran out the door — jacketless and pretty frantic.

I pulled into the drive just as my neighbor came around the back of the house.  He had put his ladder up against my 6′ wall and jumped into the yard, gone around the back and pulled Holmes from the pond.  He was going to dry him off, but the puppy scampered into the house through the dog door.  I gave him the code to my garage and many thanks (same neighbor that complained about the barking a few weeks ago.  I’m so glad he didn’t hold that against the baby.)  Chase and Inca were running around the pond — apparently wondering why Holmes didn’t just get out.

Although I’ve had the pond all the time I’ve had dogs, this is the first time one has gone swimming.  Holmes’ little short legs wouldn’t get him up on the step and then out.  It isn’t deep enough for him to drown, but it’s below freezing here.  The baby got soaked and was very cold.  I wrapped him in big bath towels and got the worst of the water off, then bundled him off to the nearby Petco where he is having a warm bath and being thoroughly dried.  It’s another not-at-all-dull day at my place.

A Little Cold for Swimming 2-24-2010


  1. Taryn says:

    Oh, wow! What a scary experience that must have been for Holmes! He probably won’t be going in the pond anymore after such a cold dip. I must say I am surprised your dogs don’t go in it (at least in warm weather). Mine would live in there!

  2. Julie says:

    OMG! Poor Holmes!! This made me tear up. I am glad he is okay! Hopefully he enjoyed his spa treatment.

  3. Jean from NM says:

    Good grief, Penni — do we need to smudge your house? Hold a seance to rid your house of whatever spirits have taken up residence? Form a prayer circle?

    Poor baby baddog. I’m SO glad he’s OK.

  4. mandy says:

    oh dog! Poor baby…even though it’s ok we’ve had grandpuppies/relitives lost in pools and this is close enough to stop my heart for a minute.

  5. C-Myste says:

    Oh my! I’m surprised that he couldn’t get out though. It’s not a very deep pond.

    Maybe you need to give him some climbing lessons. Wait a minute, he goes *up* the stairs really well.

  6. Sandy says:

    So glad he’s OK….uh, don’t be counting on him doing any water retrievals for you in the near future! And you know what they say about how much water it takes to drown…hmmm?

  7. Claire says:

    Glad the little fellow is OK. Scary for everybody.

  8. Alden says:

    How scary! Thank goodness for your neighbor. Poor baby Holmes. There must be something about ponds, Watson took a “dip” in my aunt’s koi pond.

    So happy that he’s snug and warm.

  9. Jeri says:

    How scary! I’m glad he’s alright, little booger.

  10. Ai yi yi!

    If it’s not one thing it’s another!

    Thank goodness for good neighbors!!!!!!!!

    As someone who has been bothered by barking dogs, and who has told the owner, and who has ALWAYS been totally ignored………… I’m here to tell you that I would for sure forgive anyone who quickly dealt with the problem! 🙂

    Time for flowers to go the other way? 🙂

    Thank goodness he’s ok. Brrr!

  11. Poor baby, he must have been terrified! Glad he was rescued!