We are so fortunate to have the shoreline of L. Ontario about a 10 – 15 minute walk away from our home. Given the OMHS* assessment of him as having probably a farming background, the first time we took him down to the lake was of great interest in that we obviously wanted to know how he would react to such an expanse of water.
Initially there were no real surprises. He readily walked out into the lake, but soon started backing off when the water level was well up his legs. He seemed to really enjoy chasing after a stick and bringing it back to shore but, much as we tempted him further into the lake, he became extremely cautious as the depth increased.
Over the course of time, he did venture a little further but once the water touched his stomach, not only did he lose interest in the stick, but he also backed up to shallower water rather than turn around. We acknowledged his comfort level and have since taken him down there numerous times to play in the shallow water with the results below.
I think we can all agree that he is having fun!
*Oakville & Milton Humane Society