Pet of the Month: Charlotte

Charlotte (on right) with Swim Coach Jean

Charlotte (on right) with Swim Coach Jean

My name is Charlotte.  I am 7 years old.  My family adopted me 2 years ago from the Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue.  I am such a sweet girl (my mom tells me that all the time).  I have 2 little sisters, Bettie Page a chiweenie & Patsy Cline a chihuahua mix.   Because they are so much smaller than I am they don't play with me much but we do get along!  I love to go for walks, go to the dog park & sleep on the couch.  Coonhounds love to sleep on the couch.  (My foster mom warned my new mom about that) and when my new mom got me home I was so happy.  They have 3 couches that I could choose from!  I just took over all of them!

The vet told Mom I needed to lose some of the weight I’ve gained over the last year, so Mom started taking me for more walks.  Mom also met Jean at the Palos Verdes Street Fair last June (2014) and signed me up for a “free swim” with Jean.  I’ve never been swimming before, and, as I mentioned earlier, I’m not a big fan of exercise.  The first time I was pretty excited until Jean got me in her pool!  What was my mom thinking?  I was not a big fan of my first swim and I heard my Mom mention that to Jean and Jean explained that was a normal reaction as some of us don’t like it when our paws can’t touch solid ground.  I also heard Jean and mom discus how swimming is excellent for weight loss as its a non-weight bearing activity that avoids all the stresses and strains of exercising on hard ground.  Its also an excellent cardio workout!  So … Mom signed me up for swim lessons! 

Charlotte's favorite exercise:  sleeping!

Charlotte's favorite exercise:  sleeping!

The first few visits to Jean’s pool, I would not get out of the car (Mom needed some help … I can be very stubborn!)  I was so mad at Mom I did not look at her all the way home and I knew it upset her.  But Mom had my best interests at heart and kept taking me swimming and I have to admit that I like it.  (Actually, to be honest, the best part of swimming are the light massages Jean gives me during my break times.) 

When I first began swimming, Jean put me in a life vest.  Jean explained to Mom that the life vest will keep me from sinking and would also help build my swimming confidence.  I was dong so much better with my swim lessons that Jean took the life vest off and I graduated to a harness.  Jean then explained that without a life vest, I’d have to work a little harder to keep my back end from sinking.  And she was right.

I really like Jean and I know she likes me too!  She gives me lots of encouragement , massages & kisses.  Oh, and one other thing:  I’m losing weight!*  (Thanks, Jean!)

Life is good!

Charlotte

*Note from Jean:  When Charlotte started swimming, she was in an extra-large life vest.  She now fits into a large and when I periodically fit the large on her, I can also see that she is still losing weight.  (She is still swimming without a vest.  I only put it on her to gage her weight loss.)