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28 June 2020 - 12:27 pm
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WOW! smiley_clap This brought such big smiles to our faces here, thank you so much! Now THAT is a Tripawd kinda summer, I love that he’s so well-prepared for all the fun!

Thank you for sharing the video, he looks fantastic. One thing I noticed though is that his rear right leg isn’t kicking in the water. I wonder why? If that’s unusual it’s something to mention to his therapist. Honestly though I can’t get over how he just goes down the stairs and into the pool. We’ve tried that so many times with our Wyatt Ray at my parent’s house, and he won’t do it. Now, give him a lake or a river with a gradual descent into water and he’s all over it, but pool steps? Nope. Griffin must have really great depth perception for him to be so at ease. 

As for the Jet Stream Cooling Vest, YAY! It fits him perfectly. Would you mind leaving a review in our store so others can see how pawesome it is? So hoppy you both like it 🙂

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Hi Sally!  The first time he got into the pool, I think he forgot that he is missing a leg in the front, because he bounded down the stairs, lost his balance, and dunked under the water.  He was not impressed with how hard I was laughing!  He approaches a bit more carefully now, but loves swimming, so nothing is going to stop him!  I think his towel is snazzy, too, and a reminder of how much he is loved by my family! ~ Stacy

Hi Jerry!  I’m glad you enjoyed his first summer update!  I’ll be sure to leave a review for the cooling vest soon.  I want to use it a few times first to have something specific to say.  You are correct about his right leg, although he does use it in that video up until he is almost back to the steps, but he wasn’t really using it at all today while swimming.  That’s the same leg that the muscles are super tight when I do his PROM exercises, and I have mentioned that to the physical therapist.  Watching him swim today, I’m not sure if he isn’t using it because it bothers him to do so or if it is a balance thing because he moves forward in a straight line while swimming when using just the legs on his left side.  He does seem to use the right leg when turning in the water and when I hold both of his back legs in the pool, he kicks out at me with both of them to let go.  I’ll be sure to share the video with the PT the next time we go.  Griffin has never been one to jump into the pool (I’m always amazed at dogs that do that), but the pool stairs have never been an issue for him and honestly, it never occurred to me that it could be an issue!  LOL!  ~ Stacy

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Oh that’s good he’s using his legs most times in the water. Let us know what the PT says. 

Tell Griffin I don’t like jumping into pools either 😉

Thanks for putting thought into a Jet Stream review!

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Ya’ know Stacy, I also thought he was using that leg more in  a way to “balance”.   

Additionally,  it looked like as  Griffon got closer to the stairs,  maybe it was shallow enough that he was foot tapping the bottom with his left leg  and kinda of pushing off the bottom and didn’t  even need to use his right leg that much.  Was it shallow enough for him to push/bounce with that leg?

One more FWIW.  In scuba diving you wear weights.  If they aren’t  evenly balanced, you can sort of “tip” to one side or the other.  Wonder if the float coat   was off balance a little,  Might be interesting  to watch him swim without it and see if he does the same thin

Have to laugh at us hoomans.  All Griffin  wants to do is swim and could care less about form!!!

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Hi Sally!  I do think it is more of a balance thing.  You have sharp eyes – closer to the stairs Griffin can touch the bottom and was definitely pushing off from it in the video.  And I agree – all Griffin cares about is swimming, so we’ll be back out to visit in a few weeks! sp_hearticon2 Stacy

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