Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Well planned wordless Wednesday…

You know what they say about the best laid plans…they often go awry.

Yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing these last few days. Going awry. It all started with a pool.

If you watch the news, or read my blog from time to time, you know that in Texas right now, the temperatures are hovering somewhere around the point it takes to melt glass. It’s hot. Don’t even get me started on the humidity. I can’t even look out my windows right now, because they’re covered in condensation. My curly headed Girl should be glad she’s in Arizona now, where it’s hot and dry.

Because I love my dogs more than my kids so much, I decided to buy them a swimming pool. What better way for them to cool off, than having a wading pool right on the patio? Zoe loves to swim in the mucky pond near our house, so I thought she would enjoy having her own little pool in which to get wet. I just knew Phoebe would like to get wet and not have to wear her swimsuit. (In case you weren’t aware, bulldogs can’t swim)

The moment I brought it home, I had thoughts of Wordless Wednesday. Oh! Pictures of the girls frolicking in their very own swimming pool! Pictures of water fights and playing chicken. Pictures of cool dogs on hot days. I had it all planned out.

You see, I’m a Virgo. I have to plan out even spontaneous things, like dogs playing in the pool. I plan ahead.

The dogs? Are not Virgos.

Apparently they are not Pieces, either, because neither one of them are the least bit interested in that damn pool.

I have been out there with them every day, wading around in the pool, trying to entice them in. The water is only about 4 inches deep, so Phoebe doesn’t have to wear a life jacket. I have put the ball in it (Phoebe waited for it to float to the side, grabbed it and ran off) I have taken treats in with me, they wait by the side. I have put them in, only to have them leap right back out. (watching Phoebe leap is pretty hysterical) I reminded them, they would be famous if they would just let me get pictures of them in the pool to put on my blog.   Not. Interested.

I told them about all the homeless dogs who live at the shelter, and would love to have their own swimming pool on a hot day in Texas. How other dogs have to play in the sprinklers to cool off. I reminded them how lucky they are to have their very own pool.  Phoebe asked for another cookie.

Like I said, my plans have gone awry. And I am the proud owner of two thankless dogs.

It’s going to be hot today. I think I’ll sit in my pool.



  1. I could always send my kiddos over to swim in the pool... particularly if you are going to give them treats and play with them the whole time.

    Anything to help. :)

  2. I buy pools for my dogs too. Notice the plural. My youngest EATS the pool every time!

  3. Silly bullies. Are they laying on the AC vents like Tug does? We bought him an inflatable pool one year, and since he likes to fetch, we'd throw a tennis ball in. He'd run and launch himself off the side. Hilarious. He loves water, though - his favorite game is getting squirted. Could be b/c he thinks he's a labradork. Hope you get a cool down soon!

  4. I love how they're both staring at you, like "what are you doing, crazy lady?" Dogs can be so fickle sometimes. :)

  5. This is the funnest thing! I promise, the Sweetheart just told me last weekend that we needed to buy the dogs a pool!!!! I have learned from your lesson that we do not need a pool for "ME" to sit in!
    Thank you.

  6. Maybe they'll run under a sprinkler! Or maybe some their doggie friends will lure them in?

  7. Well, at least YOU look like you're having fun. Maybe they don't like the color blue?

    Word verification: "pensi". So close to funny.

  8. That's just funny. They'll walk right into muddy old water but won't step over an 8" piece of plastic to get into nice clean water. You have to wonder what goes on in doggy minds.

  9. I love your picture!

    My girls are the opposite. We have to take them out for their potty breaks in the front of the house. If we open up the door to the back, they race for that pool and immediately lay down on the steps. Then you spend an hour drying off their mounds of fur.

    Keep trying, once they realize how cool they'll be, they'll race to get in.

  10. Cute. I brought mine the lake nearby this weekend. They swam, and swam, but don't like pictures taken - even though the Little Woman popped off a few when they weren't looking.

  11. Cute. Our dog used to go swimming in our pool. She developed some kind of skin infection from being wet all the time so we had to break her of the habit. Worked out well for me, I hated floating on a raft and suddenly having my ear licked. Scared you to death.

  12. Cracking up over here. You really spare no expense for those fur-kids!

  13. I think that picture is much more priceless than any picture you could have gotten of your dogs in the pool, hahaha!

  14. I'll have to come over a join you in the pool. I'm expecting an absolute melt down when I arrive in Austin next month.

    We had a french bulldog who also wore a life preserver and hated the water.

    We thinking about looking for an English bulldog puppy soon.


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