Old dog learns new trick

Our dog didn´t grow up in Finland, but after a year here, she seems to feel at home. Among other new things, she suddenly learned to swim – at the age of five.

She has always loved water, but has also been slightly suspicious of stepping in to it. Not to mention loosing her foothold and having to actually swim.

“Can I go? Should I go? If you throw a stick I will go!”

There is an abundance of lakes here, and quite some seaside as well, so admittedly she was subjected to much more water than before. One day at the sea, after years of fear of swimming and just wetting her feet in shallow water, she decided to jump in the sea to follow a random swimmer.

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These pictures are not taken on that occasion, but a bit afterwards at our lakeside cottage, where she was practicing her newfound skill so enthusiastically she didn´t get dry for days. (Of course, later on that resulted in a stinking hotspot – a local skin inflammation often caused by moisture. Itku pitkästä ilosta…)

Cottaging