The Dog Days of Summer

September 26, 2011  

Stubby lived his life on a chain until one day he broke free and ran away. A Good Samaritan found him and brought him to the shelter. Now his real story begins…

Hey Everyone! Didja miss me? I’ve been off having adventures!

Over Labor Day weekend, the kids and Marnie took me to something called a “barbecue” It’s where they move the kitchen outside and feed you meat all day. I can’t believe I didn’t know such a thing existed. We haven’t had one since, but every day I wake up, hoping to hear that magic word. (Matt says that barbecues are just for summer. I don’t know why you wouldn’t have something so wonderful all year round! Humans can be weird.)

There was also ice cream (which I wasn’t allowed, but Lily let me lick a few swipes of vanilla from her ice cream cone. Lily was my favorite that day.) But the weirdest part was this thing called SWIMMING.

Swimming is where you get into a big bathtub and splash around. I didn’t understand it at first: BATHS ARE TERRIBLE. Why would you do that on purpose? I slept in the sun by the side of the pool (that’s what they call the bathtub. Weird, right?) and Lily and Matt said I should come swimming!

Marnie said that she brought me a…life reserver? Life preserver? Anyway, it was like a big seatbelt. Matt slowly brought me down the steps. I’m gonna admit to you guys – I was pretty nervous.

Marnie reminded Matt and his friends that they shouldn’t force me to go into the pool. “Let him go t his own speed!” Marnie kept telling him.

My speed is pretty slow (unless there are zoomies involved, but do you know how touch zoomies are to do in a pool?)

Lily went and got some delicious barbecue and for every step I took into the pool, they gave me more barbecue! Nothing is too scary if there’s barbecue involved. It felt weird though – it was like…I was floating!

Soon I got the hang of it, and swimming with all of the kids was a blast! We played a game where they would splash and then we’d all try to catch the water in our mouths. (Well, everyone except Lily. She thought the game was “gross.”)

All in all, it was a super-fun day. I can’t wait to go swimming again. There are so many things that seemed scary at first that end up really fun. And I’m not just saying that because there was barbecue involved. (But there was barbecue!)

Do your dogs go swimming?

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One Response to “The Dog Days of Summer”
  1. digitallypink says:

    I miss summer already 🙁