I never thought it would happen. Cosmo swam. In the lake. Without the life preserver. Almost drowned Clover by pushing her under, but in the end it all worked out. Of course, the Dork only figured out that swimming is fun on the last day of our vacation!
I finally figured out what Cosmo’s problems about swimming were. 1) He was lazy, 2) Clover was too good and he was embarrassed, and 3) He likes sticks better than balls.
On Saturday morning, I took the two mutts out for a run and for a swim at the lake where we were vacationing. They chased each other about for a few minutes and then Clover headed straight for the water, with Cosmo following on her heels. She dove into the lake and brought back an abandoned throwing stick at which time Cosmo grabbed it and would not drop it for all he was worth. She chased him for 5 minutes until he finally dropped the thing. Actually, he went to lift his leg on a bush, and lost his balance and dropped the stick, at which time Clover swooped in, grabbed it up and brought it to me to throw for her.
The light bulb went off. I had an idea! I put Clover on the lead and made her sit tight, while I tossed the stick for Cosmo. He was tentative at first, but without Clover shoving him out of the way, and showing off her swimming prowess, he must have bucked up his confidence. One, two, three! Splash, sink, pop up, splash some more, and then low and behold! Cosmo exhibited his swimming skills. Ok. Not as accomplished as Clover, and with a whole lot of splashing about, his first time out he swam about 20 feet from the shore and grabbed that stick! turned for shore! and swam back to me with a grin on his face! Kind of like “Hey! Mom! Will ‘ya look at me! I can swim!”
The rest of the morning session and later that afternoon, Cosmo did his best to keep up with Clover. He about drowned her a couple of times trying to push her under to get the stick away from her. Another time, he got stuck in the mud and stood there looking at me for help. (Sorry Buddy, you’re on your own.)
All in all, its not fair to compare the two, but I can’t help it — Clover is the Michael Phelps of the Labrardor Retriever World, and Cosmo, well, he’s more like Eric Moussambani.
Here is Clover showing off:
Clover retrieving the tennis ball
Cosmo, getting ready to pounce on Clover
Cosmo, trying to drown Clover!
Cosmo, going it alone
Success! Cosmo really is a Retriever!