Could Tim Howell's new Irish water spaniel puppy, Bridget, break the long held record set many years earlier by Judge Gibson's dog? The swim from Marystown to Hawk Point on Chesapeake Bay was a formidable one. Neighbor Duck Dan had faith in the dog, and Tim set off in a catboat to seek counsel from Mamie Brady, renowned as a dog coach. On the return trip Bridget went overboard, but Tim handled the craft skillfully and brought his dog back safely -- to train for the record event. The conclusion won't surprise many readers, for, of course, Bridget breaks the record. Not too gripping, brief boy-dog adventure. Mediocre.