Saturday, June 23, 2012

Saturday Snapshot - Layla the Water Shepherd


Layla loves the water.
Honestly, by 10 am she begins ringing the bell on our back door to go outside.
I put a bell on the back door when she was a puppy and trained her to ring it when she needed to potty.  
Wow, right?
GSDs are incredibly smart dogs...have I mentioned that before? ;)

Anyhoo, she's learned that we will come running when the bell rings; she runs out as soon as the door is opened and takes off for the steps into the pool, where she stands and looks at me as if to say, "Is it time yet?"
If anybody begins the process of putting on a swimsuit, she starts running through the house like a crazy person dog.
"IT'S TIME! IT'S TIME! I KNOW IT'S FINALLY TIME!"

Layla's favorite water games include:
1. Throw the ball for me so I can swim to the deep end and bring it back to you.
2. Splash the water in my face so I can try to eat it.
3. Jump off the diving board so I can "catch" you and escort you back to the shallow end.
4.  Splash the water up high so I can jump up like a Great White Shark and try to catch the splash.

In the photo below, she is playing Game #4 :)


Layla takes her responsibility as lifeguard very seriously as well.  She never takes her eye off my youngest.  If someone else is playing with the youngest, and she starts yelling, Layla comes running.  
Lizzie, sunning in the picture below, is not allowed any closer to the pool than this.  Lizzie almost drowned in our pool this past winter and would have if Layla had not alerted us that something was wrong.  




Enjoying my summertime at home with my family!
How bout you??

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce @ At Home with Books.

20 comments:

  1. I love that photo of Layla jumping out of the water. The water is so blue. What a great background.

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    1. We put in a salt water pool 3 years ago and it is the easiest water to take care of :) Thanks!

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  2. Wow, Layla is one very smart dog!

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    1. German Shepherds are known for their intelligence :) They like to work and stay busy!! :)

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  3. Aww that makes me miss have a dog. I grew up with a golden retriever who love love LOVED all things water. He used to do the same 'saving' thing anytime the water play got too rough. Haha so sweet :)

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    1. My brother-in-law had a Golden Retriever named Josie and she was a really good dog as well :) I think it's the way you raise them...Layla is very protective of my youngest, Reagan, but Reagan was with me at every training session when Layla was a puppy, adolescent, etc. so Layla learned accidentally that Reagan a pack leader as well :) Layla is bigger than Reagan so I'm really glad it worked out that way :)

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  4. I love watching the dogs play in the water. The only place I see them here is on the lakefront, but those dogs are loving it. Layla looks like she is having a great time too.

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    1. We have a neighborhood lake and Layla used to swim there at the end of our walks. We have neighborhood ducks as well though and Layla wanted so much to swim with them. Once she swam to the middle of the lake to catch one...she didn't catch it but she was exhausted and had to swim all the way back exhausted with me cajoling her the whole way...scared me to death. Layla is an inside dog too, so after lake swimming I'd have to hose her off at least...not so after pool swimming. I just dry her off with a towel like everybody else :)

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  5. I'm ready to swim in that pool with Layla anytime!

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  6. Hey Peppermint, lovely photo layla looks amazing. GS's are very intelligent and loyal dogs. It has rained here most of the day in Leeds, lucky you with the nice weather :D

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    1. In MS right now, if you're outside, you just about have to be in the water. The temps are in the upper 90's with high humidity as well. When I walk the dogs, I'm sweating by the time I get to the end of our driveway.

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  7. Lovely photo :D Lucky you with the nice weather, its rained here most of the day on and off and has been cold. Layla looks amazing x

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  8. What an awesome dog! You must be so proud of her for her intelligence and heroics!

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    1. Alyce, we really are. She stunned me when she saved Lizzie...she just knew something wasn't right. And, I don't doubt for a minute that she would bite someone who tried to hurt my youngest daughter. Then, at the same time she is the cuddliest, sweetest, teddy bear you'll ever meet. She's a joy!

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  9. Wow, that's a terrific photograph of a terrific dog. Thanks for sharing a bit of Layla's story with us!

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  10. Summer looks so fun at your home! enjoy. Layla is a doll.

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  11. What an amazing dog Layla is - she must have such a strong bond with you to warn you about Lizzie, and to look after your daughter when she was ill. My Saturday Snapshot posy is at http://goo.gl/ou72V

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  12. What sweet doggies you have! We have a golden retriever and a chocolate lab so I know what you mean about water dogs. :) It sounds like you have a lot fun at your house! Love the photos!! (and the pool!)

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  13. What a great shot that is of Layla! It's wonderful seeing such joy in your pets.

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