Don’t Drink the Lake Water

Dogs love water.  And Tillman was no different…

Tillman Lowry Powell was/is our Golden Retriever (complicated story – maybe a later blog post), named after Tillman and Lowry Halls at Clemson, where Janet and I, respectively, had the majority of our classes…

When Tillman made his first trip to Grammy’s house, he played hard with the other dogs and became thirsty. Not knowing any better, he thought the water of Lake Murray would quench his thirst…

It did – for a while…

About 2:00 that morning, Janet and I woke to the most God-awful sound ever. We were unsure what it was, so we waited to see if we would hear it again…

About a minute later, we did – and realized it was coming from the living room. I ventured out quietly, not sure what to expect…

There sitting by the back door was Tillman. He did not look good, but was excited to see me…

He quickly pawed at the back door and made that terrible sound again. I let him out and he took off running. Once he hit the grass, he went into an army crawl – and did what most people who drink a gallon of lake water end up doing…

I waited for a few minutes to let him back in, but he never came…

I finally gave up and went back to bed…

The next morning, he was sound asleep just outside the back door and ready to do life again…

We made it back to Grammy’s house many more times after that, but he never again drank the lake water…

But he taught me this:

“Sometimes you have to drink lake water to learn to NOT drink lake water”

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