Book: Dog Stories - The Adventures of Jimmy and Floppy - A Super Kid and His Super Dog by Jeen van der Meercategories: Book, Dog Stories, Shaggy Dog, Smile Dog, Dog Tales, Funny Dog, Happy Dog Stories, Puppies, Children's Book
Jeen van der Meerabout this book: Wading into the cold water was always tough, but Jimmy marched in up to his knees before turning to call for Floppy, who was squirming in Jane's hands and playfully nipping at her fingers.
"Okay, Floppy! Come here, Floppy! Here, Floppy!" Jimmy called as loud as he could and patted his thighs. This got the puppy's attention, and he squirmed even harder against Jane holding him. She released him and he made a beeline to the bank, where he skidded to a halt. He sniffed the water, and when his nose touched the surface, he tried to drink a little but then lost interest and wandered away.
"No! Floppy, come here! Come here, Floppy!" Jimmy could see that training a puppy would take a lot of patience.
Floppy seemed afraid of the water at first. Every time he put one paw in, he would take it out again quickly, back away, and bark at the water. Finally, Jimmy got out of the water, scooped up his puppy, and walked in with him.
"Do I have to teach him how to swim?" he called to Jane, who was watching them from the benches while reading.
"No," she replied, without looking up from her book. "Dogs can swim. They're good at it."
Jimmy lowered Floppy to the surface of the water, and as he put his paws and belly in, Floppy started to paddle. Jimmy very slowly let go, and soon, Floppy was paddling around him, and then up to the bank before running back in.
A few minutes later, Jimmy looked up to see that Floppy was swimming out deeper and deeper to the dock. Jimmy tried to go after him, but wasn't fast enough, and soon, Floppy was out deeper than Jimmy had ever been.
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