Kiddie pools, a dog’s best summer friend

Posted 6/23/19

The plastic kiddie pool. I would say it’s the best twenty dollars I have spent since I have two of them in my backyard, nestled under a plethora of tall, looming banana trees that block the hottest part of the day from view.

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Kiddie pools, a dog’s best summer friend

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The plastic kiddie pool. I would say it’s the best twenty dollars I have spent since I have two of them in my backyard, nestled under a plethora of tall, looming banana trees that block the hottest part of the day from view.

Leonardo and his sister June sure do love the kiddie pools that I have set up in the backyard – one is the shape of a turtle and one is plain blue. Who knew two cheap plastic tubs that you fill cold, clear water with would provide such fun to my Labrador Retrievers.

Before getting Leonardo, and later acquiring his sister June, I knew that labs were notorious for a few things – chewing, shedding and swimming. Yes, I am convinced that genetically labs just know water is a fun thing and it doesn’t matter what time of day or night if there is a mud puddle or a large body of water to jump into, they will be right there, wet in the middle of it.

The kiddie pools have been a favorite of my dogs, all of my dogs really, since I placed them under the banana trees next to the doghouse. I try to keep the pools filled up in the summer, adding not only an extra water source to ward off the excess heat but for a fun bit of play. Most of the time I can’t get the pools even a tiny bit full before Leo and June are sitting in the pools panting with a happy, toothy dog grin over their faces. Leo loves to splash in circles and sit in the water. June loves to do the same and then get out run fast through the yard and rub her belly army-crawl style through dirt or grass, or worse after the rain, mud.

I have to be careful though, because, as Bingo and Rolly sing on “Puppy Dog Tales,” – a dog’s gonna do what a dog’s gonna do. And in my case that is swim.

There have many early mornings, sleep still in my eyes, that I’ve let Leo out the back door to potty and find myself, twenty minutes later realizing that I don’t hear him barking to come in. That’s when I know what I’ve done – I’ve not policed the kiddie pools for the early morning swim he chooses to take.

Some people text co-workers to tell them they are running late because of a car problem or a sick child. No, for me it’s always, “My dog went for a swim.” Then we proceed to take a quick morning dog bath to get the dirt and mud off our fur. And if I don’t think about it when I get off work, a morning swim turns into an afternoon swim and pretty soon I have bathed my dog way more in one day than I’ve bathed myself.

I’m an animal advocate. Always have been. Always will be. And most likely, will drive you crazy with my opinions about how much I distaste how some people treat animals in this world.

It’s getting hot outside. Summer is here and the heat is not going to let up. Does your dog have a water bucket with fresh water? Is that water bucket out of the sun so the water says cool?

Go on down to your local Dollar General – literally in Walker County there is one within walking distance of your house and if not, I’m sure it’s in the process of being built – and purchase a plastic kiddie pool for your dog. Fill it up with water. Let them play in it. Let them drink it. Keep them cool in this sweltering Southern heat.

Let a kiddie pool be your dog’s best friend this summer.

Laura Pitts is a former Daily Mountain Eagle reporter. She is currently director of the Scottsboro Public Library.