Dog Overboard

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{Mr. Riley Bones at the helm}

So, Riley fell overboard last night. I always knew the day would come and I know that it will come again. At all the Port Canaveral marinas there is a serious tide fluctuation due to the nearby locks – I’m talking about five feet! Well I was taking the dogs out for their evening stroll at low tide. Each time we get on and off the boat we have to pull the boat closer to the dock using our docking lines. Otherwise the boat sits pretty much in the middle of the pilings a safe couple feet away from the docks. At the time the docks were about 2 feet above the deck of our boat – not even close to the highest height Riley has had to clear – when he put his paws up onto the dock and didn’t jump all the way up. The boat started drifting back out and Riley just didn’t react quick enough. BELLY FLOP!!!

It took me a few seconds to jump in after him because phosphorescent glow his splash made was incredible! If you’ve never had the chance to see phosphorescence Jason describes it as something straight out of Avatar. It’s a green neon glow that follows the movement around in the water. Truly amazing. Anyhow, once I snapped out of it I jumped in fully clothed to retrieve my part retriever. We swam half way around the boat before I was able to wrangle him in and carry him up the swim ladder.

Overall I was quite impressed with how Riley reacted. We’ve been working on his “swimming” skills as he usually just splashes around, leaps up and down and generally freaks out if he can’t fully touch the ground. This time he just swam. Like a champ.

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{Riley recovering from his big adventure}

8 COMMENTS

  1. You deserve a medal for jumping in after him! I’m glad you’re both okay. I know one of the dangers here at our marina are the barnacles (full of bacteria) along the pilings and sea wall that are exposed at low tide. A dog a few boats down from us fell in and he did a number on the pads of his feet trying to climb out.
    It kinda looks like Riley’s milking the poor poochie treatment 🙂

  2. awwwww, poor Riley!!!! I’ve HEARD of the glow… we looked for it in St. Lucia… but no dice… please! Find a way to capture it!!! PLEASE! <3 Sounds magical.

    • I will TRY to get a picture, but I’m told it hasn’t been caught on film. I’m up for the challenge though 🙂

  3. Oh no! My heart just sank. So glad to hear it was a minor overboard incident. That last photo shows how mortified Riley must’ve been after his belly flop. 😉

    • I have no doubt that both dogs will be in the water multiple times during out trip. The good news is he swam! We also have dog life vests (not on at the time) that they will both wear when we are underway.

  4. That’s pretty funny that you felt the need to jump in after a retriever. They are better swimmers by nature , the day they’re born, than most humans.
    By the way, our German Shepherd/ learned how to climb the swim ladder the first time the kids climbed out of the water. She was not going to be left behind and figured how to get on deck anyway she could. It helps if you attach 2 inch wide planks of wood to each bar rung of the ladder if yours does not already have them. It gives their hind paws something to push against as they are climbing out. Andy slanted ladder is easier for them then a perfectly vertical ladder.

  5. That’s pretty funny that you felt the need to jump in after a retriever. They are better swimmers by nature , the day they’re born, than most humans.
    By the way, our German Shepherd/ learned how to climb the swim ladder the first time the kids climbed out of the water. She was not going to be left behind and figured how to get on deck anyway she could. It helps if you attach 2 inch wide planks of wood to each bar rung of the ladder if yours does not already have them. It gives their hind paws something to push against as they are climbing out. Andy slanted ladder is easier for them then a perfectly vertical ladder.

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