Monday, September 11, 2006

Gone to the Dogs (Or, "Yuppified")

After all the Labor Day weekend fun is over, one of the pools in our neighborhood opens its gates to the resident dogs. The annual Doggie Paddle is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season. For $5, your dog can swim in the pool, enjoy snacks, and engage in unlimited butt-sniffing for four blissful hours.

They have lifeguards there, and even "waiters" (volunteer teens) who offer trays of dog biscuits to the furry friends. There was even a special game this year-- bobbing for hot dogs. M was telling someone about this on the phone last night. "Oh my God!" the friend gasped. "That is so yuppie!"

"Actually," I retorted, "There were more puppies than yuppies."

Alex loves to swim, but he needed a little coaxing at first. The smaller dogs seemed less able to judge how deep the water was.

Once he figured out where the steps were, he was off.

He didn't leave the water for almost 2 hours.

Other dogs played it safe and kept to the edge:

And some preferred to sunbathe:

There were a few near-collisions in the pool...

...but everyone was in good spirits.

A bigger dog took a liking to Alex's toy and snatched it away from him. Alex scurried back and forth, making worried pigeon noises. Although the bigger dog's owners saw the whole thing, they acted like it was no big deal. I finally said, "Could you get that toy from your dog, please?" They said it was no use trying to pry it from his mouth. We had to wait until he dropped it, then we all dove for it. Alex was very relieved. We went to the other side of the pool, where there were no bullies.

Alex has jumped into deeper water a few times, but he doesn't seem to like having his head submerged, even for a few seconds. In this video he struggles to decide whether he should take the leap as other dogs close in on his toy:


Blogger Bearette24 said...

i like how you are a protective mother..."we went to the other end of the pool, where there were no bullies."

i hope when they bobbed for hot dogs that they got all the hot dogs out of the pool ;)

10:07 AM  
Blogger His suzy said...

That is so cute it's insane! :)

11:02 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Suzy- it was pretty cute. And fun! We all looked like we had been swimming by the end of the day.

Bearette- they did the bob in a separate container of water. Alex was too scared to stick his face in it, so a little girl pulled out a piece of hot dog and fed it to him. He has never had meat before, but I think he enjoyed it. :)

11:19 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

That's cool. I didn't know he was a vegetarian dog.

When I had a dog, sometimes we'd run out of dog food and if we didn't make it to the store, we would give her a mixture of hot dogs and Cheez-Its. It sounds kind of gross, but i think she enjoyed it.

Oh, the blog friend i met on friday - her husband is a librarian (at a law firm).

11:52 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

His dog food isn't vegetarian, but since we don't have meat in the house, he's never tasted the "real thing" before. ;)

12:46 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Awwww. That's adorable.

Those owners were mean. Rowen likes to steal toys, but I at least apologize and get the toy back from her.

The hotdog bobbing sounds hysterical!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Reighnie said...

That is such a cute idea and the pictures, those are priceless.

I've never seen dogs get along much less get along so nicely at a pool. I wouldn't have thought it was possible.

And the bully dog, well it's not hard to see that the apple didn't fall too far from the tree.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

It sounds exactly like a day at the pool with kids...bullies, toys being stolen, parents not dealing with unruly behavior, learning to jump in and follow the crowd.

That one dog looks like he's playing dead instead of sunbathing. ;)

2:32 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

He was enjoying a vigorous roll when I snapped the picture. ;)

2:40 PM  
Blogger bdogg_mcgee said...

I love that! How fun for all the doggies!!!

The video was hilarious. It almost looked like that dog was helping him get the toy back....

2:59 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Y'all, the funniest thing was that they had to close the baby pool because a little purse dog had diarrhea in it. I almost died laughing.

5:16 PM  
Blogger kj said...

fantastic post, liz! i loved every piece of it--and the alex video at the end was spectacular!!

re: the free swim, what a great idea some human came up with!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

"Diarrhea in the baby pool" I said before, just like a day with kids at the pool. How funny! (except for the pool boy)

11:11 PM  
Blogger Frema said...

I either didn't know or didn't remember you guys were vegetarians! Luke and I had a meat-free day yesterday and decided we should implement them more often.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Unlimited butt-sniffing! Where do I sign up?

9:06 PM  

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