There’s something about water
When Nano the Dog came to live with us, she was about 1 or 2 years of age. You could definitely say she was a young adult, with already shaped habits, likes, and dislikes. As she joined our household in wintertime it took us some months (well, until spring) to realize that the girl had never seen water outside her drinking bowl. Water in large amounts and in various forms or temperatures had been non-existent in her world.
And although she showed no clear signs of bewilderment at the first sight of a larger-than-bowl pool of water (our nearby river), it was obvious that this particular component of the environment was entirely foreign to her. We guessed it just had no imaginable usage for her, other than “it is a large water bowl.”
We hoped for her animal instinct to guide her steps, but no. She remained firmly ashore and declared no intent to change that situation. Water was just for drinking.
However, from the moment we helped her change her mind by just putting her into shallow, but not too shallow water, Nano’s approach rapidly shifted from “neutral”, through “panicky” (a very brief fit) to “I can sure live with that”, and has finally settled at “Nice!”
These days water, especially combined with a stick (or some other thing of a decent buoyancy) and a good (read: persistent) thrower, seems to be her almost natural element.
Not only can she wade in shallow water or swamp…
… but she is also a highly skilled river swimmer,
… and a great stick fetcher.
As a matter of fact, Nano occasionally tries ice fetching,
… and even ice skating, which – as it turned out – is much easier on all fours.
Her other water-related skills include traveling aboard a ferry (no sea sickness symptoms).
Well, I guess it is high time to go for a walk now. Possibly near some water pool.