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Old 01-13-2011, 11:09 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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While everyone else's dogs are frolicking in the snow, we're back to summer temps here in San Diego, so I took the boys by the pool for the first time to see how they like it. PC doesn't like to actually swim, he just likes to stand on the first step. Note how he tests with his tiny little paw, to make sure the step is actually there and he won't drown!

MB thought he died and went to heaven. His entire body shook when I opened the gate. He can swim without a life vest, but it was his first time in a new pool so I wanted him to get used to knowing where the steps are. After a few times of going after the ball, he came right to the step so he got the hang of it pretty quickly. We're thinking of getting one of those dog step things for the deep end for MB, but I have to do some research since I have no idea what the options are.

Here are a couple of pictures (they are terrible because it was the middle of the day, very sunny, and tons of shadows) and 2 videos. The first of PC being so brave (ha!) and going onto the first step. The 2nd of MB swimming, and trying to find the steps.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/njrunr3/DSC_3732.jpg (broken link)

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/njrunr3/DSC_3730.jpg (broken link)

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/njrunr3/DSC_3723.jpg (broken link)

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/njrunr3/DSC_3720.jpg (broken link)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlw3ScnpQ-c


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9scIRRfK47o
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:37 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Oh i think those life vests are so cute . But my dogs wont swim they hate it . I tried to get them to swim at the beach in florida and it was a big no no . they wanted no part of it . Oh well they look just adorable having a good time .
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:39 AM
 
Location: On this planet most of the time
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Oh good gravy these are priceless. Look at that boy swim looks like he is ready for the doggy olympics.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:39 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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thats so awesome that they get to swim (and safely) i know bulldogs can have issues with swimming due to their body structure but its such good excersize and it looks like thye are having a blast!!!
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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That's adorable!

Now they should come play in 22" of snow!
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:50 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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thats so awesome that they get to swim (and safely) i know bulldogs can have issues with swimming due to their body structure but its such good excersize and it looks like thye are having a blast!!!
They're not supposed to be good swimmers and PC will sink without a life vest. MB? He shocked everyone when we took him to the beach and he ran into the ocean after another dog, when its owner threw a ball! He swims extremely well without a life vest, and doesn't sink. He hasn't seen the ocean until he came to live with us, so it was quite shocking. Here's a video in the open water, with no vest...he's definitely a water dog!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNVJarqF7tM


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That's adorable!

Now they should come play in 22" of snow!
PC would love it! Not sure about MB, I'm fairly certain that if his previous owners couldn't bother to drive a few miles to the beach with him, they probably never took him to see snow. We wanted to go this weekend, since an hour away there is snow, but with this heat it might melt. I want MB to see it at least once this year!
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: East Windsor, NJ
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Awesome shots! MB is quite the swimmer...and now I am super jealous and depressed from this cold (now dirty) snow. But at least Sydney is enjoying it
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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I'm loving those videos! And I agree - they're beyond adorable with their vests!!!
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Great times for PC and MB!
No snow here but we are at 40 degrees or so. Eww.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:18 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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too cute..... glad they are having such a great time.....

there is a bulldog that comes to the good dogpark that LOVES to swim in the pond with the labs and goldens chasing balls.....

man oh man .... its been so cold here, i will probably be breaking out shorts when we finally see 40's again......
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