So doggie life jackets are the way to go. There's no way any of you will believe this, but
my oldest boxer,Tiger Lilly was swimming in a calm area today at Old Stone Fort on the Duck.
I forgot to bring her lifejacket so I kept her out of the faster waters but when we got here,
it was calm so i let her swim. My buddy yelled for me to check out my dog, and I turned around
to see her flailing in the water then go under.Marisa and I sprung into the water and hauled
her out. she was completely limp, lifeless. Oh God. I know CPR mostly and I'd seen a special
on Dog CPR on Animal Planet, so I put my skills to work. I blew into her mouth and pumped the
side of her chest, two times. She finally comes back around and lays there barely breathing.
Her breathing got better and better. She'd come back home. So the morals of this rough story?
Buy life jackets for your animals, always keep your eyes on them when they're in the water,
and learn doggie CPR (and Human CPR too!) Maybe someone somewhere will get something good
from this story. I know I did.
Tiger Lilly Byard