Once a year my town hosts a swim day for dogs at the local pool. It's always during Labor Day weekend and the end of the swimming season. After the canine party they drain the pool for the season. We went last year and had a blast! Owners are allowed in the pool with their dogs and that's what makes it so special for me. We let our Golden Retriever swim in local lakes but they're not places that I would get into myself. He also likes the ocean but only ventures past the surf when one of us is in the water. We tend to visit beaches with rather strong undertows and rough surf and as I've gotten older I've decided that I'm no longer a match for the strength of the Atlantic Ocean. But the pool.....that's another story. I love the opportunity to be in the water with my best companion.
Last year I learned that not all dogs naturally can swim. This year I learned that my dog will not only swim out to retrieve a favorite toy, but will swim just to be with me. He will swim out to me or just swim with me across the pool. Apparently he loves being in the water also and the experience is enhanced by being able to share it... a sentiment I have expressed about many of lives experiences. He swam and swam until his body was tiring but I'm sure that if I had suggested another go at the water he would be right beside me.
This year I took a few underwater pictures just for fun. I love the color of his coat as he swims under the water.
I wish there was a place to swim with him regularly and (I think I've blogged this before - but since I have no readership I'm not too worried about repeating myself) my dream would be a doggie wellness center where you could join your favorite companion for a swim whenever you please.