Thursday, July 7, 2011

Swimming

No one kicks off summer quite like my sister's lounge hound, Peanut.  She loves nothing more than relaxing by the pool and cannot wait for it to open each summer.
Since Riley is on a modified lay up for her mild toe sprain, swimming was an excellent way to exercise her.  She has been in the pool numerous times over the last several summers so this is not new to her.  She does not love it, but she knows the drill and swims for her treats.  As always, I used the inflatable e-collar to keep ears and nose above water (click here to buy one).  It is a terrible e-collar, but it works great for keeping your dog's head above water, but does not provide as much support as a life jacket.  This encourages them to swim more and to use their hind legs.
Riley was not impressed.
Thanks for letting us swim in your pool, Parkers!

16 comments:

jcp said...

What a great pic if peanut! I'm really impressed with Riley. Do you think anyone would mind if I took Kassa and Ricky to the community pool? LOL

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

It's Peanut on the lounge who has my attention!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Kini_pella said...

Best pictures ever! Peanut is too funny.

Riley does look a little less than thrilled, but I'm impressed at how she pushes forward with it for you anyway :). Hope her toe is doing better!

Muttsandaklutz said...

Peanut is hilarious! By "relaxing by the pool", I did not realize that included relaxing IN the pool! What a happy dog.

Good job Riley putting up with these swimming shenanigans.

Adrienne said...

How does Peanut get on the pool float without tipping over? She must know something I dont...

Michelle said...

Peanut and I need to hang out! I too patiently wait for the opening of our pool each summer and spend most of my time off lounging around in it! :)

Jennifer said...

Wonderful pics!

Was it hard teaching your greyhounds how to swim? You hear so much about them not having buoyancy because of the lack of body fat... is that a myth?

Jen

Ximena said...

Lol your annotations lol.

Peanut should definitely be spokesperson for doggy floatation/relaxation products out there. So funny.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

JCP, no, they won't mind. Just make sure its really dark out though.

Adrienne, Peanut does not get on the float... we put her there. Maybe you need a handler. :-)

Jennifer, I'd say they are sinkers mostly, but they can certainly learn to swim. I really like the around the head float since water in the ears can cause an unreasonable panic making them go vertical and then splash themselves in the face which makes them hate swimming even more. I just help them to stay horizontal. Travis and Katie really learned to love it and be really comfortable with it.

Riley's toe is great!

K-Koira said...

Thats a pretty neat idea to use the e-collar like that. I've used the blow up ones in combination with the plastic ones for dog that could get around both otherwise, and that ended up working good. Seems like the e-collar would work better for encouraging an in-the-pool workout, but I will definitely be sticking to our full life vest for in the rivers.

houndstooth said...

Ha ha ha! I kept cracking up over Peanut in the background on her raft! What a riot! I'm betting that she is quite the character.

I am green with envy again, wishing I had a place where we could go with the girls and swim!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I'd been wondering how peanut got onto the lounger thingy too. I've been having all sorts of weird scenes going through my mind:)

Glad to hear Riley's toe is coming along well. Beryl has only had to swim the once and it was very quick ... after I'd thrown the tennis ball out too far in the sea. She didn't bring the tennis ball back but at least she got herself back OK:)

Anonymous said...

It depends if "Ricky" is suicidal....with Dell and the UN...and Louisiana U.

Anonymous said...

Utah says SEALS with DASSAULT?
El Salvador?
(He's the Deer?)

Angela J. said...

Peanut looks so relaxed floating around! I can't even get my crowd here to step into the kiddie pool, they just use it as an extra large water dish.

gyeong said...

Peanut definitely knows how to relax.