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ALM
September 6th, 2007, 11:39 AM
Many of our outdoor pools have started a fun, end-of-season tradition. After the pool closes for the season, but before they drain it, they hold "dog swim night."

I don't have a dog but I went Tuesday night just to watch. It was hilarious! I wish I had taken a camera. They had the two baby pools plus the big pool open for dogs. There must have been 50-60 dogs in attendance. The true swimmers were all in the big pool, retrieving balls and frisbees. Sometimes you'd see two or three dogs all racing for the same ball. Some of them could have done well at a Masters meet!

While there were a lot of Labs and Golden Retrievers, there was also a Jack Russell Terrier who was holding his own against the big guys.

The most amazing thing was that even with 50 dogs running around, I never saw one dogfight!

Anna Lea

SwimStud
September 6th, 2007, 11:45 AM
Many of our outdoor pools have started a fun, end-of-season tradition. After the pool closes for the season, but before they drain it, they hold "dog swim night."

I don't have a dog but I went Tuesday night just to watch. It was hilarious! I wish I had taken a camera. They had the two baby pools plus the big pool open for dogs. There must have been 50-60 dogs in attendance. The true swimmers were all in the big pool, retrieving balls and frisbees. Sometimes you'd see two or three dogs all racing for the same ball. Some of them could have done well at a Masters meet!

While there were a lot of Labs and Golden Retrievers, there was also a Jack Russell Terrier who was holding his own against the big guys.

The most amazing thing was that even with 50 dogs running around, I never saw one dogfight!

Anna Lea
Any Beagles?
They're not keen on water but the one I had that would swim used to make a b-line for where the sewer emptied into the pond....ugh! Little stinker...

smontanaro
September 6th, 2007, 11:52 AM
Some of them could have done well at a Masters meet!

Ruff Crossing (http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=8929&goto=newpost)
footage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeJ7DWBqcRE)

So, yes, dogs can be pretty successful against humans. ;)

Skip

ALM
September 6th, 2007, 03:16 PM
I found all four of Jake's videos.

Jake the dog-athlete - his story:
http://www.wigglewireless.com/jake.html


Jake's coach:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeJ7DWBqcRE

Jake's beach training:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htB6qh8snUg

Jake's mental preparation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKoHIxWQyfg

Ironman coverage - Jake's swim:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UlmBtmIkP0

Blackbeard's Peg
September 9th, 2007, 11:35 PM
The most amazing thing was that even with 50 dogs running around, I never saw one dogfight!

You are a bit far away from SE Virginia/ Atlanta... :dedhorse:

Anyways, I remember when the first time I had to work one of these nights. I found it somewhat insulting that after keeping the pool clean all summer, the members could bring their dogs in. Our head manager felt stronger, and refused to be there for it. But it sure looked like the pooches were having fun.

swimr4life
September 17th, 2007, 03:49 PM
Ruff Crossing (http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=8929&goto=newpost)
footage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeJ7DWBqcRE)

So, yes, dogs can be pretty successful against humans. ;)

Skip

PRECIOUS!

knelson
September 18th, 2007, 02:58 PM
Hey Beth, somehow I doubt Uga is up to the task of an Alcatraz swim yet ;)