Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Priscilla's Big Weekend at the Lake!

This past weekend Travis and I were invited to spend the weekend with friends at a lake house in Alabama. I have always wanted to take the pugs swimming to see if they like it but I don't know a dog friendly swimming hole in Nashville, and since pugs overheat so fast I don't want to take them on a long trip and risk heat exhaustion. This was the perfect place! The lake house was right on the water so I could pop Priscilla right back in the air conditioner if she got too hot! Phyllis didn't get to come because she doesn't like big dogs and there was a big sweet golden retriever there the whole weekend (you'll see her later!)
I was still a little worried about the heat, but the vet told me Priscilla has the best nostrils she's ever seen on a pug so I figured it was worth a go. I took way too many pictures. And I'm probably posting too many. But she is so cute!!!!
I ordered a life jacket from Amazon since no where in town has them this late in the season. It was on super sale too! I'm so glad it fit. Pugs are notoriously hard to fit since they have short bodies but big barrel chests. If you are shopping for one, we got her a small and it fit great!
We rode out on the boat and I got ready to see if she would like to swim. Priscilla is pretty happy as long as she is near you. She swam right too me and just kind of clung to me at first. It might have been the first time she was in the water in her life!
 She much preferred riding out of the water on a float. I think it made her feel more secure. Here she is with Josh, the birthday boy! His parents own the lake house and I'm so thankful they let us use it for the weekend!
 After a little while paddling around I put her back on the boat (with the life jacket of course). A few minutes later my friends were yelling that she had fallen off and went under! I panicked but thankfully the life jacket pulled her right back up. She had wandered through the open door at the front and somersaulted off! Poor thing! Thankfully, it didn't seem to phase her much.
We swam a little longer then rode back to our dock. Look at that wet baby!
Back on the dock, back in the jacket. Poor old blind thing doesn't slow down when she gets to the edge of things. While a few of the boys took the boat back, Crystal, Priscilla and I floated in the lake. I still wasn't sure she liked it so I put her back on the dock but she whined at me and tried to jump off until I pulled her back in.
 Look at her swimming! She wagged her tail while she did it!
 Mother daughter portrait.
 She seemed most comfortable in this float so I pushed her around in it for a long time.
Her face! I'm pretty sure now that she liked it. I'm proud of her for being so brave! It was a LOT of activity and excitement for an elderly lady who spends most of her time asleep on my couch.

After drying off she seemed so white and fluffy like a little bunny. She was a little cold so I wrapped her in a blanket and went outside. She got to sleep with us, which never happens. I think that was her favorite part of the weekend. She was very good and only barked at me once, to put her in between us. So sweet.
 The next day Travis didn't want her to get wet since we were driving home mid-day. He was a little sun burnt so he sat in the shade on the dock and held her for a few hours. In the life jacket of course. She was very content.
 The handle!
 Ugh I can't get over her cute little face!
She slept the whole 3 hour drive home wrapped in a blanket. What a big weekend for my girl!


  1. We loved this post!! What a beautiful little baby girl she is! Ans we can see she had a good time!
    And you two are such wonderful parents,,, We can tell just by the special care you give her to make sure she is safe..
    Oh she is beautiful,,,, and so sweet. Were glad you had such good times! We love her little life jacket,, and see her swim and be brave,,, and then to sleep in between the two of you,,, a perfect story.


  3. So freaking cute! My 9 month old miniature poodle loves walking on the beach but seems to have no urge to swim. He gets a few inches deeper each time though :)

    1. The image of a little mini poodle swimming is almost TOO cute! I hope he eventually goes in!

  4. That is adorable! I was a little worried when I saw the group picture and only saw one pug ...

    1. Miss Phyllis is a very laid back tiny pug, but if a big dog is nearby, even if it is ignoring her she will run and jump and try to bite them! So she is not invited to the cabin, haha. TOo brave.

  5. this is the CUTEST!! i also didn't know travis had a rocketship tattoo!!! more of a sign we're meant to know each other :)


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