My granddaughter Ara drove with a friend from PA to CA to attend an engagement party for another friend of hers. I went over to Jeannie's after my eye appointment yesterday to visit her, after picking Rocky up at home (where I think he may have annoyed one of the neighbors with his barking).
During the afternoon we sat out by the pool for a while, and Ara got into the water that was maybe 9-12" deep. She was on a step and picked up Rocky to dunk his paws; he didn't put up too much of a fuss so she let go of him in just a little more water than he could stand in, to see if he could swim. I didn't know if it is a natural instinct in labrador retrievers, but I can tell you that it was natural to my Rocky! I don't get into water myself or I would have him swimming in deeper water by now! He knew exactly how to doggie-paddle!
I'm not sure if today is the airshow or if it covers the entire weekend. I heard the planes but only briefly, so maybe they were just taking a practice run. Yesterday they continually passed over my house so I got a very good look; today they were flying but I couldn't see them. I would have had to go outside and I was too comfortable on the couch with Rocky snoozing next to me.
I think the family is getting together tomorrow afternoon at one of the local craft breweries. It is small and intimate and we just love it. I haven't been there since I got Rocky, so maybe I'll try him out tomorrow. There is a room off the main room which is for kids, but most people who bring a dog just keep it under the table. I can't see Rocky being content to stay under the table unless someone continually passed him treats. I may have to go outside with him if he can't behave.
I had bought a box of 4 LED lightbulbs a few weeks ago and got them out today. Wow! What a difference it makes. I was reading that people with macular degeneration can require light that is 4 times as bright as what most people need, and it must be true. Now I need to get some new lamps to replace the ones Rocky ruined. I haven't caught him trying to chew on an electric cord lately, but that could mean I'm watching him like a hawk, or just plain lucky.
One more thing about Rocky is that his hearing is beyond excellent. I can be in the kitchen while he is sleeping in another room, and if I quietly, quietly open the door of the fridge, it's only a matter of seconds until he is there. I can't understand it because it doesn't make any noise when the door opens, especially when I'm really trying to be quiet. He is a real nuisance when I try to eat - he sometimes leaves me alone at breakfast but even a snack from the fridge brings him running! Will I ever get him trained?