Hey! So summer likes to get hot, really hot, and it’s even worse if you’re covered in fur and love to run around all the time! Which is just like me, who is a dog.
One surefire way to overcome this super hot heat is to take a dip in a POOL!!
That’s me when I was a little pup! So I’ve been swimming since basically I could walk. This little pool was just for Sandy training me to swim because Sandy sometimes worries that I might not be a good swimmer and it’s cute. It also worked for keeping me cool, though. Now where’s that picture of the REAL pool…
THERE IT IS. Look how big that is. I could get lost in there, if I wasn’t such a smart dog. Sandy was worried about that when she took this picture. She wasn’t sure that I’d just be able to naturally swim, so she made me start at the steps because, like I said, she worries a lot. She shouldn’t, though, because labs (which I am) are really really good swimmers. We have waterproof fur and our feet are even webbed! How cool is that??
You guys remember my beach blog right? I love swimming everywhere all the time everywhere. I tried to swim to Europe but it was too far. A pool is too small to do that kind of thing.
I’m not gonna lie to you, I was a little scared when I first went into the big pool as a pup. But it didn’t take that long for me to learn that nothing bad was gonna happen!
Another difference between pools and oceans is that pools are way cleaner. There’s less salt and living things in pools. At least, most pools. Oh, except in this picture there’s a duck or two. Sandy wanted me to go out and politely ask them to leave because they poop in the pool which clogs the filter, but something about ducks in water just seems right. I don’t speak duck but I think they were trying to compliment me on my webbed feet. And tell me that their names were John and Harriet. I tried to bark in ducklish,
“Hey, thanks, John and Harriet!”
And then I think they tried to say something else but, like I said, I don’t speak ducklish. They didn’t leave but they didn’t poop either.
Also, at the beach we can go in and fetch stuff, which we do at pools too. Here’s the evidence:
…but ALSO in pools it’s way easier to play fun water games like BASKETBALL!!
That guy I’m swimming with in those two pictures up there is named Max and he looks a lot like me but he isn’t me. There’s only one me! Sandy wanted me to swim with a buddy. She still doesn’t know that secretly I’m great at swimming.
I’m actually pretty dang good at basketball too.
By the way, I don’t like to brag, but I also think it’s important that people and dogs feel good about themselves so I like to look at what I’m good at and say,
“Hey, nice job, Sophie!”
And then I say,
And I feel better! More people should do that, I think.
The humans like to play basketball too. I just love participating so I was there as a referee and a coach. I wasn’t sure which side everyone was on but I was just running around and supporting and cheering on everyone. And sometimes the humans would want to get me involved by throwing the ball out of the pool to me and then trying to get it back and chasing me all around the pool. It was very fun.
Here’s me and Amber, both trying to be the most helpful. We made that into a game ourselves! The rule of the game was that whenever the humans accidentally let the ball get too far away from them, whoever got the ball back to them first was officially the Most Helpful Dog and won the prize! The great prize of being the Most Helpful Dog. I was glad everyone could have a good time.
If you know me, then you know that I love people and I love the younger ones that are smaller and cuter the best. I think dogs and little kids get along really well because we have a lot of things in common. We’re all smaller than the adult humans are, and we’re a lot more excited and energetic. Also, we both love swimming!
So here I am with all my doggy friends at our great pool day, which we have every week. It’s a fun dog pool party tradition! From left to right it’s Oliver, Bailey, and then that’s Amber, another dog named Bailey, and then me, and then Max.
So that’s one really nice way to beat the summer heat with some friends, both human and dog. Do you readers have any other great ideas? Tell me in the comments. I love to hear from humans! Even if you can’t give me treats, I don’t mind! See you!!