My 13 month old retreiver and i went out this afternoon, and had quit a scare. The location we walked to was about 1.5 miles through knee deep water. It was very windy and about half way out he was shaking perty good. I had to make a call to either hurry up and get to dry ground or turn it around. I have read about hypothermia in dogs and was very worried. Long story short, i did not realize what i had asked of my dog until it was too late. We made it out and back and hunted for several hours. He had his vest and was on dry ground while we hunted but he still made a long march there and back in water almost deep enough for him to swim. I will not put my dog through that agin. It all worked out and he is fine, actually sleeping on my feet currently. This is a situation that could have been very bad, I thank god it wan't . I'm just hoping that this will serve as a reminder for all of us with working dogs to be careful out there. It's not gonna get any warmer, and i would hate for something to happen that was easily preventable. Please keep the health and well being of your dogs in the front of your mind while hunting.