Yesterday was probably the best day of Ted's life so far. (closely followed by the day that we let him eat straight out of the dog food bag)
We knew we wanted Ted to learn how to swim once he was through with his puppy vaccines, and as much as I've been joking about throwing him in the pool here after hours, John being the better dog parent that he is, found a dog park that has DOG POOLS! "Millie Bush Bark Park" in Houston. My first question was "who's millie??" Apparently one of President George Bush's old dogs, and it's actually located inside of George Bush Park.
Ted paying homage to Millie.
We walked him around on his leash for a while to give him some time to take it all in. He is obsessed with other dogs, so he was just in heaven and didn't know what to do first. Definitely a little overwhelmed...(I was too haha) Then we wandered over to one of the pools and saw about five labs swimming in it so we were like, JACKPOT! He hasn't even met another lab since we brought him home. Not that he would care what kind of dogs he got to play with, he doesn't discriminate, but it made us happy more than anything. John kept saying to him, "these are your people Ted."
One of the other lab owners told us that we just had to throw him in...so we did, haha. I posted a video here. He did go under once...and swallowed a bit of water, but he got the hang of it pretty quickly. Then he was all over the place. Chasing the other dogs, jumping in, going out a little too far for my liking and not listening at all when we tried to corral him back towards us, haha.
All the labs. (heart eyes emoji!)
Everyone was like "OH A PUPPY!" And I was like "yes this is our little wet rat, Ted." One woman went "TED? HAHAHA!!" Then another woman asked what kind of dog he was, and I went "I don't know" (LOL WHY AM I SO WEIRD) and so John answered "yellow lab" and she goes, "no, I don't think so." We were like..huh? And she had a yellow lab! I mean yes, Ted is more on the white side but really?
I overheard some people talking, and apparently earlier that morning someone found four dogs tied to the fence, left abandoned but one ran away and they were still trying to catch it. Broke my heart. I don't even want to get into the feelings. But anyways, Ted and this saint bernard puppy were like instant best friends and we could not for the life of us figure out who he belonged too. He was just doing his own thing for the longest time, and John kept saying, "if that's the lost dog we are so taking him home." But we eventually figured out who he belonged to. I think John was actually a little disappointed, haha.
"Best. day. ever." - Ted.
Then they had these little "shower" stalls where the dogs could get rinsed off afterwards. One man even offered us some shampoo, but we were like "nah we'll just throw him in the tub and torture him again when we get home." It was quite a process after with all the rinsing off there and then again at home, but it was totally worth it. He was dead tired and passed out for the rest of the day. And he learned how to swim. Check that off the list ;)
I really didn't get that many pictures because I wore leggings, (stupid. also a white t-shirt now splattered with mud. lol, stupid.) so John had my phone in his pocket most of the time. And since no one else was following their dog around taking photos, I didn't want to be that weirdo, haha. So these will have to do. Plus we plan on taking him back many, many times this summer ;)