Tino at Big Bear
We wrote about our trip with Jack and Maggie we took to Big Bear a few weeks ago, but we have gone to Big Bear for years and all of our dogs have enjoyed it and had lots of adventures there.
We typically get a cabin right on the lake so that the dogs can enjoy the beach and Steve can pretend he’s fishing off the dock. We also try to get a place with a fenced yard so the dogs can roam freely. We’ve yet to find the perfect combination of amenities although we’ve had plenty of nice cabins. Sometimes the water in the lake is low and there is really no beach at all, sometimes the house is too old and dilapidated, sometime the neighbors are too close or too noisy. One year, the cabin next to us was being renovated – hardly relaxing.
After Tino went blind in 2009, our top priority was to get a fenced yard so we could allow him to be outside without worrying about him wandering off. We were lucky to find one that looked nice and had a totally fenced yard. Unfortunately, when we got there, we realized that even though the house was on the lake and had a dock, there was no walk-in access to the water. Sally was pretty disappointed and she had never jumped off a dock before, so that probably wasn’t going to happen.
The second day we were there, we realized the house next door was empty and they had a perfect walk-out beach. We decided to sneak over there in the afternoon and let Sally have a swim. We left Tino in our yard – he was sound asleep on the deck and he didn’t enjoy swimming anyways. We opened our gate and the gate into the neighbors yard and made for the beach. We ran around the beach with Sally for a bit running in and out of the water, swimming and playing fetch, etc.
After about ten minutes of romping around, I turned towards the neighbors gate and who do I see making their way down to the water…Tino. He had woken up from his nap and heard us and followed the sound of our voices down from the deck, across the yard, through the gates and was heading our way at the beach. It wasn’t that far, maybe 40-50 yards, but remember, he was blind.
Who knows how many things he bumped into on his way over there to us, but he heard his family laughing and having fun and he didn’t want to miss out. How brave he was to just follow our voices – he had no idea where he was going or what he was going to encounter, but he heard us and was going to join in the family party.
After that experience, I understood the power of Tino’s hearing and sense of smell and we worked much more on utilizing those senses to help him get around more easily. He was quite a dog.
What sense is most powerful in your dog?
- The Canine Senses
- Understanding a Dog’s Senses
- Dogs have the same five senses as we do. Smell, hearing, taste, touch and sight.