My name is Luca and I am a 11 month old golden retriever puppy.
I am a happy and energetic puppy but I had a fear of the water. We have an in-ground pool at my home and I was terrified to enjoy it. My big brother, Frankie would swim everyday and chase his toys. He loved it. However, I would refuse to get near the pool. My mommy would try to coax me with treats (which are my favorite) and toys.
My mommy took me to visit Mary Beth at SandDancer Canine Swim Fitness. Mary Beth understood my fears and was very patient with me. She would spend time with me on the steps of her pool and just hold me and massage me. She slowly exposed me to the water but made me feel safe and secure. My mommy was able to stay on the pool deck so I felt safe.
I was very afraid the first couple of visits. By the third visit, I realized I absolutely loved to swim. I now know why Frankie loves it so much!
I am so happy that I love swimming. It is all because I have such a wonderful teacher! My mommy says that Mary Beth is a very patient, compassionate and kind teacher. We are forever grateful to Mary Beth for turning me into a swimming puppy!
I just know that I will now be spending many summers swimming in my pool with my big brother Frankie.
Thank you Mary Beth!