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A few weeks back we took the boys to a nice quiet beach about 20km from home for a run. As you can see Locky still thinks he is the alpha dog but T does give as good as he gets.







Not great photos but I haven't put any up for so long, the boys feel like they are missing out :rofl:
 

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A few weeks back we took the boys to a nice quiet beach about 20km from home for a run. As you can see Locky still thinks he is the alpha dog but T does give as good as he gets.







Not great photos but I haven't put any up for so long, the boys feel like they are missing out :rofl:

so cute!
 

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Beautiful.
You can tell that T is still a puppy...they always eventually let the grown ups have the upper 'paw'.
 

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The last one with T's eyes all bugged out is my fav - he kinda looks like a cartoon character :smile:

Yep our days at the beach are cut short by a few hours now as we have to bath T when we get home and at least rinse the sand and salt out of Locky, but the hydrobath being inside makes this not too much of a chore.
 

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I love the pictures!

Before my husband and I had kids we had a german shepard and a standard poodle! (he brought the shepherd with him when I met and married him!)
 

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They seem like a good mix of breeds starkeeper, our two are very boisterous but seem to really like each other. Our GSD is quite old now and I am starting to wonder how the T dog will cope when he is gone; dunno how I will cope actually!
 

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They seem like a good mix of breeds starkeeper, our two are very boisterous but seem to really like each other. Our GSD is quite old now and I am starting to wonder how the T dog will cope when he is gone; dunno how I will cope actually!
Oh that's so sad....I already feel for you and T.
Great pictures. I too, love the bug out eye look. Very cute!
 

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Looks like they really do love each other...just enjoy these times and don't think about how old Locky is just yet! I am sure that T is keeping Locky young and healthy and you can TELL they enjoy each other!
 

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Awwwww I love that third pic where his tounge is sticking out and he has the crazy wild man eyes. Too CUTE!!!

*shudders* I don't envy you though grooming all that sand out of T's coat. :p I hate sand, it gets everywhere and the sand from the beaches here seems to get sucked into the coat and stays put!! I hate it so much in fact I charge extra if you take your dog to the beach before your appt with me just because it's a pain to try and blow it out when the coat is still wet from your morning swim.
 

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I certainly is a pain to get the sand out, I love the hydrobath for it certainly helps to blast it out but I still have to use a massive amount of water under pressure to shift it and then when you think you've done a really good job more comes out when I blow dry :eek:

I really don't mind though, I have mellowed a bit when it comes to how good he looks and want him to have doggy fun and go places and if it means I have to spend hours afterwards getting his coat clean and back to some semblance of OK then so be it.

He has finally at 7 months realised that the sea water can be fun and is now learning to swim. Yesterday he actually seemed to get the hang of it and started using his back legs, when he doesn't his rump just gets deeper and deeper and his front paws come out of the water and he's pretty much paddling in thin air :rofl: it really is the funniest thing to watch.
 

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I've only had to deal with sand on Sam once and I took him outside and blew as much off as I could before his bath. That helps alot.
 

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He has finally at 7 months realised that the sea water can be fun and is now learning to swim. Yesterday he actually seemed to get the hang of it and started using his back legs, when he doesn't his rump just gets deeper and deeper and his front paws come out of the water and he's pretty much paddling in thin air :rofl: it really is the funniest thing to watch.
See just when you think they won't touch the water...now you have to worry about sand in his coat!

I had a Doberman who COULDN'T swim...at all! He would jump in, doggy paddle his heart out, and drop to the bottom like a rock.

I had to jump in after him in my clothes with a whole lake full of boats laughing their butts off at the HUGE 120 lb male Dobie and his 5 foot tall 90 lb savior in 4 foot of water.

My vet told me that dogs that don't have a lot of body fat tend to sink rather than float.

Just be ready to play lifeguard! my guy learned to stay near the shore but not BEFORE jumping off the dock where I had no choice but to go in after him...that is when I learned that not all dogs are capable of swimming, no matter how hard they try!
 

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The no body fat might might be contributing to his sinking, gosh with all that hair wet he does look thin. His breeder always said he would be tall and lean and I don't think he is skinny as such but he certainly has no extra body fat. Locky on the other hand has oodles and floats pretty much horizontal in the water without much leg action to keep him there at all. T was climbing onto his back at times yesterday too to help himself stay afloat, lucky Locky doesn't mind and can stay afloat even with the extra weight :rofl:

We walk in off the beach all together so thier is always someone actually in the water with him but we will be extra careful. Might need to get him a floatation vest if he doesn't get the hang of it though. Just when you think you've run out of things to buy something else comes along :smile:
 
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