For the first 14 months of his life, Nelson has been a remarkable "receiver", not a "retriever". His game has been to chase the ball and then play "puppy keep away" guarding it from one and all. He often will dig holes for it in the sand and pretend to bury it, but then he simply can not leave it there. Lately, he has begun to see the fun in retrieving and having the ball thrown again and again and again and again and.....oh give up already.
Jumping into the waves takes bravery that is not part of the original equipment most puppies come with. It has taken some time to learn that one can get wet and live, that waves come and go, and that salt water will taste just as salty at this end of the beach as it does at the other end. Here we see our hero racing madly in,
Get out quickly.