I thought I'd tell you about two incidents that have happened to her within the last two weeks. First, she nearly drowned in the river when she leapt in and grabbed a small buoy to bring back to shore. However, she couldn't make it for two reasons: first, the buoy was attached to a rope that was itself attached to a pipeline at the bottom of the river and wouldn't move. It was small enough for her to hold onto with her mouth but she - being a retriever - wanted to bring it ashore. The second reason was that the tide kept pulling her away from where we were screaming at her to come! come! come! And of course, being just a dog, didn't have the brains to let go of the buoy! A fisherman and his wife were on their boat and saw what was happening and came running out with a long stainless steel fishing stick of some kind with a barb on the end. The fisherman managed to hook it onto her collar and jerked it so she dropped the buoy and he pulled her in. Whew! I was ready to throw off my coat and boots to go in after her, but thankfully, she was rescued. She knew something was wrong because as you can see in the photo below, she was scared and couldn't even look me in the eyes.
Tegan is the smallest one with her pink tongue hanging out. And in the next photo, she's the one sitting prettily saying, Please.
Here she is at just under 3 months old
Here she is on her favourite trail now telling me to hurry up.
HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY, TEGAN