White River, August 2011: Every weekend the
Butchart family walk at Uplands College with our friends
and their dogs. Sometimes we have as many as 19 dogs on
the walk which can be quite chaotic but we always pause
at the Uplands Dam for a bit of water fun for the
The Minibullies usually play
on the lawn, Lola with her ball and TsaTsa trying
to ambush the Labradors when they get out of the
On this occasion Lola lost control of her
ball and it rolled down the grassy slope towards the water.
She rushed after it and tried to turn around and head it off
before it landed in the dam. Unfortunately her momentum
carried her over the edge and her hindquarters dropped over
into the water. She immediately panicked and turned around
frantically splashing away from the bank.
As Lola is an incredibly dense little dog,
she started to sink lower and lower in the water and her panic
grew. Luckily a mother's instinct is close to the surface and
without thinking to remove my boots or even untie my jersey
from my waist, I plunged into the
icy water to rescue my baby. This to the great
amusement of the observers who clicked away with the camera to
capture our humiliation.