Will someone please tell me why I thought Isabella would sink like a hot rock?  Ha Ha.

 

We recently moved to a new house with a pool and I've been so nervous about her falling in.  I never leave her unattended in the yard.  Her butt has slipped in once, but I fished her out in a split second.  I even considered a doggie life vest, just in case...

 

Now that the weather is warming up, the kids have been in the pool several times.  Isabella goes NUTS and runs around barking.  She's getting used to it, and calming down...a little.  The barking has slowed down, but she is still nuts when they are in the pool.

 

I always said that when I get in the pool (water still too cold for me!), I wanted to put her in and see how she does.  Missed my chance on that one!  A few days ago she was chasing the kids around the pool and fell all the way in.  She was close to the steps so I just stood at the edge of the pool and called her toward the steps.  She swam right over and got herself out.  She seemed to LOVE it!  So cute.

 

Now, she hasn't gotten in on her own free will, and I still won't let her play in the yard by herself...I worry that if she fell in the other end, she'd tire before getting to where she could get herself out.  However, it is good to know that she is at least a little water safe! 

 

It's going to be a fun summer!

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Comment by Rachael & Waffle on June 16, 2011 at 9:38pm

Waffle can swim, but he prefers keeping his chest dry and his feet on solid ground.  That doesn't stop me from putting him in pools though.  That said, he quite enjoys walking elbow-deep in water at the beach or anywhere else!

 

 

Comment by Molly and Isabella on June 16, 2011 at 8:12pm

Roger/Laurie - That's a plus to Isabella's "groom of doom".  She didn't take too terribly long to dry!

Rachael - Does Waffle swim?  Your comment about the pug, "drunken hippo"...cracked me up!  I can just picture it.  So glad he was OK!

Comment by Roger/Laurie on June 16, 2011 at 6:23pm
Our boys love to swim, they spend the entire summer in the lake.  I always put on their lifejackets, just gives them a little lift and prevents them from getting so tired.  It is wonderful exercise.....the only downfall is it takes my Tenby hours to dry.
Comment by Rachael & Waffle on June 16, 2011 at 6:20pm

I was at a party and there was a pug puppy there. The pug puppy was chasing Waffle all around the pool... then suddenly, Waffle did a quick turn.  The pug, well, didn't, and went straight into the pool.  He sunk like a stone.  For three agonizing seconds everyone stopped and stared at the pool where he fell in.  I started removing my electronics from my pockets when he surfaced like a drunken hippo and swam to the edge, where his owner pulled him out.  I think all dogs know how to swim (even pugs, god bless them) but the biggest thing is the dog being able to get out of the water in time. 

 

I'm glad she proved to you that she can swim!!  But yeah, keeping an eye on her is definitely the best idea. 

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