Breaking News: I’m a Water Dog!

A few weeks ago my foster mama shared with you some pictures of me in the water not looking too hot. I had just fallen right in and got startled and immediately put on my Eeyore face because I didn’t know what was going on. She thought I would never like water again. Turns out she was wrong, which she discovered on an especially hot day after an especially long run. I, Johnnie Cash, am a water dog.

swin01Not only do I enjoy the water, I actually SWIM!

swim08Okay so confession time: I actually will only get in if it’s really warm and I need to cool off or if I’m going after a ball. If it’s too cold out I am a bit of a wimp. But if I need to take a dip after a nice run, find me the closest creek and I’m in!

swim05swim07 swim03 swim02 swim04Am I the cutest ever or what? Does anyone else have a pup who loves to swim?

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Otis at the Lake

During the summer here at the PLF house we are lucky to find two things: an entirely free evening and a day with weather under ninety degrees. So when we came across a BOTH of those, it meant one thing: a trip to our local state park.

The adventure came with zero expectations except to enjoy the evening and get our feet (or paws) wet. There were a few too many humans – especially small, shrieking, quick moving ones – for Otis’ liking, but we found quiet nooks to take some pictures and slip into the water.

The best part about going to parks or trails with Otis is that he ignores most other people or dogs around him. I got so many compliments this evening saying he was so well behaved (and of course remarks about how handsome he is). He follows me anywhere I go, so if I step off the trail for bikers or hikers, he steps off the trail too. I had a serious face-to-palm moment after the third person told me how great he was and I realized I had forgotten to bring Adopt Me vest .

So he might not have gotten any adoption bites, but he certainly got some socialization. Even if he doesn’t interact with anyone, going to popular places where we can expose him to new things while staying within his comfort zone is very valuable in helping him become a more confident dog.

He enjoyed the water and the park surrounding it – though he only stuck to his paws in the wet category. Here is Otis demonstrating his appreciation for cool water, a good patch of grass, and a nice spot to relax.

(And here he is showing you his best puppy face:)

Aside from just his good looks, Otis will be a spectacular hiking/walking/relaxing partner for someone looking for a trail buddy. He’s up for pretty much anything if it involves water, grass, or dirt!

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.


Sizzlin’ Summertime Blues

It is HOT these days. Too hot for my liking, and definitely too hot for Otie’s liking.

Photo credit to Fosterdad.

Photo credit to Fosterdad.

My general cure for excessively hot weather is to stay inside, but for a dog that’s got too much energy to just be lazy with us all day, that wasn’t an option this weekend. So we headed to the next best place to be on a hot, humid summer day: the water.

No better way to cool off, wouldn’t ya say? Honey Bunches loves the water, so this was a welcomed treat for him. I have a feeling it’s going to become a summer time ritual for Otie – but hopefully with his forever family!

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.



Otis the Water Dog

Betcha never would have thought a big oafy scaredy dog like Otis would love something like a big puddle of water so much, would ya? Well, it’s true. When we’re running through the woods, Otis makes a B line straight for the creek.

It didn’t come easy though. Over the summer we went down to the water and he simply stood from afar and stared at it. “No way am I getting close to that big wet thing that keeps showing me an image of myself.” He followed me to the edge, watched me wade in, and finally decided to carefully follow. All of a sudden he found himself ankle deep and still safe. Knee deep. Tummy deep. He was in the water and it felt great against his hot skin – who would have thought!

After that day we went to a new place with water. I knew Otis liked water, but he wasn’t having as easy of a time remembering. I nudged and nudged (okay and maybe pulled and poked and prodded a little) but Otie stood strong. “No water for me. No way.” Finally, after much convincing, Honey dipped a toe on, followed by a paw, followed by two front legs. From then on, Otie was a water dog.

I can make a pretty good guess that he won’t actually swim, but if there’s water you can count Otis in (or in then out then in again).

Otis the water buffalo? Otis the duck? Otis the fish? Otis the dog who simply likes a nice pool of H2O.

If you are interested in adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, click here or email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.

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