Yesterday, I had another chance to work with Rascal to get him closer to a large body of water. A couple days ago I wrote about Rascal having aquaphobia. It means he is afraid of water. I have decided to slowly work with him to overcome his fear. Or at least work with him to the point he doesn't freak out walking next to it.
The first thing I did was drive to the local Petco. As Rascal and Moose needed to be fit for a new harness. Rascal was shaking in the store. However, he did great working with the lady helping me find the right size harness. Rascal is in the size petite small. It is smaller than xx-small. No wonder he was being Houdini and getting out all the harnesses or collars I ordered off line. None were small enough to fit properly.
At the Independence Damn, both dogs wanted to get out. I allowed my daughter to walk Moose on his leash. Rascal seen Moose walking and started to follow.
We had to walk along a long path way to get to the steps to get closer to the water.
Once you reach the bottom of these steps. You start climbing down big rocks. Rascal would not move to the rocks. Instead he jumped in my arms. Moose had no issues running down the rocks to the bottom.
Moose had no issues walking. As he took the lead on which way we would go. Rocks were a mere obstacle for him to get where he was going.
Rascal stayed near me. As my boyfriend walked him on the leash. So, I could take photographs. He stayed far enough away from the water to where I could not grab him up. Which was good. As I was struggling to walk on the rocks with my bad leg.
I finally got to a spot where I could pause for a moment and take a couple of scenic photographs of the Independence Dam and wildlife.
Moose decided to go exploring among the tall grass growing among the rocks. He is short enough you can not see him. However, my daughter was holding on to his leash. He is among the tall grass. I wonder if he was imagining himself as a lion stalking prey through the tall grasses.
I wasn't able to get a good shot of the flowers growing among the rocks and river bank. Between the mud and rocks I was ready to get back up those steps.
The Independence Dam is huge, with 525 acres to explore. Walking my dogs along the river bank or along the trail following the trees is a real treat. It is great exercise and work out. If you are in the Defiance, Ohio area. You may want to add this place to your list of places to visit.
Photos taken by and © belong to Sandy KS aka rusty2rusty.