Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cement Pond Opening Day! At last!

Before I start, I brief story with no photos. The other day my human brother came over and I got locked inside with the Relentlessly Bad Company. Soon enough I saw them motoring to the back of the estate on the lawn tractor with a big trailer in tow. Next thing I know they are running in circles around the yard shrieking like a couple of ten year old girls and spraying the hose with wild abandon. I was sure chuffed that I couldn't join in the party. Wonder what they were doing?

Momma - Actually we were trying to empty the trailer full of dead grass and leaves that had been accumulating for almost a year. Unbeknownst to us, when covered by a tarp to bake in the sun this is a great habitat for bees. Our dancing was in response to angry bees who were quite exercised at being disturbed. He got stung on the ear and I got stung in the face (lucky for us they didn't swarm). After removing the stingers and regrouping, my brave stepson proceeded to empty the trailer, occasionally dancing off and using HBO words while I attempted to shoot the bees from the air with the hose. A fun time was had by all.

Idiot humans.

We had a couple of days of super duper hot weather this week.

While the Relentlessly Pre-Cooked opted just to bake in the sun until momma feared for his sanity, I, Dexter, kept a watchful eye on the cement pond next door, anxiously awaiting opening day when I could cool my hot labraself off and get in a therapeutic swim.

Finally, momma said it was time.

Now, friends, given that it is not our pool, I always feel that it is only polite to empty out prior to my swim.

But a little privacy would be nice...

And away we go! Wow! This feels great! As soon as I heard the word "swim" I was pawing at the neighbor's gate.

Our neighbor is a big labrafan and always has a supply of pool time tennis balls just for ME!

I've learned a few new strokes since last year... been reading up on the internet.

I am not a devotee of diving, but prefer a controlled launch from the stairs.

I can touch the bottom in the shallow end which lets me take a breather now and then.

Momma can be very cruel at times, like here, where she put the tennis ball just out of my reach. A little more umph and I could have had it.

Like my turn technique? I am ready for the pawlympics.

Of course I want to come out NEVER, but momma says that when my bottom starts to sink I am getting tired and she refuses to throw the tennis ball anymore even though I think I could go a few more laps.

Come on, just one more throw.

I don't know what the broiled beast is saying to me here, probably something like, "Wow, Dexter, you are the best swimmer ever. I really admire you."

Here is your cutest ever labradude photo of the day. I am in heaven!

Dexter Done!

P.S. Live action version available here.

P.P.S. I had my interview for a new agility school and got accepted into the intermediate class! The teacher even said that my weave pole skills were better than the rest of the class (but I need to work on my contacts as I do sometimes fly off the A-frame - OK always fly off the A-frame - at the midpoint).


Kate said...

I don't think the RH needs to do any more sunbaking, his RH brain has been broiled long enough...

I wish I had a LabraCool Pool like that to swim in. I'll book the flights now and be there by Sunday Morning! If only...

Mother Dearest peeked in on a beginner agility class the other day and has got it into her head that she might try it this summer... I hope its fun! But I'm not looking forward to all those seasoned show offs (Collies and the like). Will see how it goes...

Have fun!!!!

Niamh said...

Excellent swimming Dexter! You are going to be so fit from all that exercise. Good thing that Mango didn't go in there with you as the RH would have displaced most of the water in there.

We've never been in a cement pond (well I fell in one when I was a tiny puppy) but it look like fun. We swim in the lake but it is all muddy and then we have to get hosed off which neither of us likes.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

D.K. Wall said...

Woo - A labrapool! What a great concept.

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

Wowser, Dexter! You sure have a great neighbor there. You are a fine example of a labradude with those swimming skills. I bet you'll do great in agility, too.

wags, Lola

Princess Patches said...

What a great time you had, Dexter! It's really nice of your neighbor to allow Labradudes in their cement pond! So, does the RH go in the water too...or does he sink too fast?

Penny & Patches

Abby said...

Hi, You Guys...

Loved the swimming video...You definately need to enter the Pawlympics...

Abby xxxooo

Gus said...

Dexter are a great swimmer and a very polite guest. If we had a pond, we would invite you over.


houndstooth said...

Dexter, you are the cutest labradude ever and you look like you were born in the water! How cool that your neighbor lets you swim over there! I am envious, even though I would have to have a flotation device to swim!


Ms. ~K said...

Very nice neighbor!!!!
An entire pool all to yourself, Labbie heaven for sure!!!
Jealous and HOT in Georgia,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

tula monstah said...

woohoo Dex.. let me put my bikini on and i'll be right ovah! who wants to bake in the sun when you could be cool in the pool! maybe labradudes aren't soo bad. huh.


Jake of Florida said...

Dexter, what an Olympian you are. But what a sad contrast between your athletic prowess -- and our poor "broiled beast."

We love both of you so it's hard not to worry about said beast even as we applawd your accomplishments!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Unknown said...

Dexter, you've gotta try the ocean sometime! I'm not big on swimming--like to touch the bottom--but I do like a cool dip up over my belly on a hot day! Man, you've had hotter weather than we've had here in South Carolina. And it's still May--summer doesn't even start for another three weeks or so. Global warming or Mango gas-attack causing a hole in the ozone???

Your pal,


The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

Wow are the bestest swimmer ever!! We hope you get to use the pool lots this weekend...looks like another couple of hot days!!


WFT Nobby said...

Wow Dexter you are quite the stylish swimmer, and so lucky to have such welcoming and labrafriendly neighbours. I wonder if they would be so keen on having Mango dripping his suds into their nice clean pool? I have not yet decided if I like the water yet. We went for a walk along the beside the river this morning and Gail asked me if I wanted a swim and I said no thanks not this time. I think I prefer lounging around in the sun, like Mango (but smaller).
Toodle pip!

Sue said...

Congrats on your acceptance to college. We're still in high school and some of us are still in elementary school, Lola.

We sure wish you could come swim with us. We would stay in the water all day, but Mom makes us take breaks so she can rest.

Two French Bulldogs said...

You know humans make excuses for doing all kinds of nutty things. Who knows what the real story is. Anyway, what pool fun. We love the pictures
Have a fun weekend
Benny & Lily

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Dexter, you are one lucky pup to have a e=neighbor who opens his pool just for you. We gather that the RH doesn't like to swim. But tell him to get out of that sun - he is just like Phantom who could crash in the grass in the sun and bake there forever. The Momster has to MAKE him come inside.

Yikes, watch out for those bees - who would of thunk that they would be in there. Hope no one is allergic to the stingers.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Heather and Kelly said...

What great fun, Dexter! Especially on that 90+ day we about cooking! I hope you didn't get hit too hard by the thunder/windstorm?

You are just too cute to resist, Dex. That last photo....awww!!

Moose said...

Awesome moves! You are a true labbie Dexter. Moose is defective I think. Maybe he was born without a swim bladder but he does not float so well and prefers to wade in water. Very un-labralike!
p.s. sorry bout the bees. I was terrified of bees as a kid and don't think I would have done very well with the bee-wrangling.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mango! Just wanted to stop by and let you know that you're a finalist in my contest! That cement pond sure does look fun - wish we had one here.

Rebecca said...

How nice of you to go potty before you get in the water! what nice swimming, it must have been a nice cool down.
Daisy Mae

Laura and The Corgi, Toller, & Duck said...

sorry about the bees! I love that last picture of Dexter, super cute!

Anonymous said...

oh the bees! scary!

that last photo made my heart swoon!

who needs stoooopid contacts in agilities anyway when you can jump off the top with your superdoggie powers? silly humans think they know everything.

Puglette said...

ooohh...i love to swim too! but it is still cold and rainy where i live. :o( and congrats on moving up in agility class!! i think all the big dogs like to fly off the a-frame, too much fun not to!

Sierra Rose said...

Fantastic pool and swim photos Dexter!!!! How nice to have a big pool so close by! And, supply of pool balls :) Great work on your agility classes! Have a really nice weekend.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

I hope woo waited sufficient time after eating prior to your swim!

And yes, that was a big khute pikh!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Martine said...

!!!!!!!! pool season wooohooo!!!!!!

you look good swimming, we are headed to sacramento to visit cousin klohe and her back yard, maybe candy will test out the pool and practice her technique too!

happy holiday weekend

Molly the Airedale said...

That cement pond sure looks inviting, Dexter!
Thank goodness your mom and the stepson aren't allergic to bees and you didn't have to take a trip to the ER! This was scary enough!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

My Jeannie says, when your bottom starts to sink, pull out, pull out!

Marvin xxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Wow, Dexter! Even though I am not very much a fan of the water, you made that look kinda - dare I says it? - fun! Speaking of diving (and labradudes), did you see the movie that Zona has on her bloggie today? It is very much funny!

I think we need to change your momma's name to Dances with Bees. Haha!

And congratulations on getting admitted to intermediate agilitys. You are such a STAR!

Wiggles & WAgs,

HoundDogMom said...

Dexter, wonderful swimming techniques. Being hounddogs we are not fond of the swimming, but sure glad you enjoy it. The Hounddogs

Lorenza said...

Hi, Dexter!
Sure was interesting to see them performing the Bee Dancing, right?
You had a pawesome swimming time!
I know you much you love it!
Happy Weekend to all of you!
Kisses and hugs

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Dexter, you're the water dog, I can see the gold medal hanging around your neck right now.
Were you constipated, Dexter?
Your position made me think about it, work harder Dexter boy, but it was nice to keep the pool clean.

The Oceanside Animals said...

hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow!!! the nekst time i need to retreev a bal frum the water i am totaly calling yoo!!! ok bye

Randi said...


Aw Dexter! You are the cutest little wet labracublet EVER!!!!!!

I'd love to lounge around that pool with you...& chase tennis balls...& then when we are too tired to even get outta the cememt pond, my water rescue instinct little bro could save us!!!!

I bet he could even save RH if he really tried!!!! Of course, if RH fell in the pool, he wouldn't drown..cuz all the water would have splashed out....

Love & Licks,
Your Cougar,

The Army of Four said...

Oh MY! That IS the cutesy labradude photo EVER!

Taffy said...

Dexter, you can do all the swimming you want, I will sunbathe with the RH! Just don't splash any of that labrapool water on us. Great look about as happy as a dude can get in that pool. What a nice neighbor you have.
That bee story sounds kinda scary...yikes!

Asta said...

Oh little Labwadoode
you awe soo weady fow the pawlimpics..that tuwn , that tech neek, and that last pictoowe is bweaftaking. I'm suwe Mango is congwatoolating you o youw accomplishments in that pictoowe. I hope his bwains didn't boil..can't you get him a pawasol ow something?
smoochie kisses

Golden Samantha said...

Ohhhh. Ohhhhh. I want one just like that. Clear blue - ohhhh! Dexter - you are a pawsome swimmer and retriever. Ever tried kongs? Furry beautiful pool! But how's your brofer doing? He must be hot now heheh! BTW, congrats on entrance to your intermediate agility class - you must be furry fast - how scary!
Hugs xoxoxo

Marjie said...

Dexter, dude, I'm glad you had fun. But we mastiffs know that one must always stay on Terra Firma.


ocmist said...

What a COOL POOL, Dude! We WANT ONE!! We LOVE our little pool, like the one we usually see you in, but that BIG one is awesome!

Ok... question... In the picture where you were deflating your labrabladder, it looked like you'd done a major JOB on the weave poles. Never seen that many poles so knocked around, so if YOU've got the best weave pole skills and can do THAT to the line... makes me wonder about the REST of the class!?! LOL

Martha said...

Hi Dexter, that pond looked wonderful and you are such a great swimmer - what with you being a labradude an all.
Our mum was very scared by the story of the bees cos she was once very ill after being stung.
Now she too runs about crazy which our Dad says is a sure way to get stung!!!
Martha and Bailey xxx
ps we wish we had asked you for advice about Bruce!

Ina in Alaska said...

Dexter you are the luckiest Labradude ever!!! what a nice neighbor to share his pool with you. Loved the video, and you are a wonderful swimmer and very thoughtful too to empty out before swimming! xoxoox

Mango Momma, The header picture can be seen when the Mango blog is uploading then when the post appears the header picture becomes a black square. But I can read the posts just fine. xoxoxo

Heather and Pumpkin said...

Oh dear Dexter, you are all wet and dripping! I prefer to lie next to the pool, as befits a movie star.


Peppy Sheppys said...

This was a most fun post and I think that we would have a lot of fun with you, Dexter. Otis would like to bake with your brudder, though. Maybe that constant tanning is how they keep that weird brindle color.

Sheps w/Pep

Lucy-Fur, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Wow. Those must be pretty nice neighbors to let you get your labraself all wet and tired in their pool! (Either that or you have lured them into complacency with your cute wet-labrahead look.) You are one lucky doggie! As for the RH? Do you stick a thermometer in him to tell when he's medium rare? How long does it take to cook a dog like him, anyway? Heehee. (Note from Mom: we always joke about cooking the dogs - we are NEVER serious, of course, but since we talk about BBQ'ed 'adoodle all the time, it's a logical step to talk about broiled Mango...)

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Mutant Puppy

Sam said...

That looks *SO* refreshing! Good for you!

How I wish Marge would swim like you...

PS - super excited to hear about your new agility class. let us know when you start!

Ruby Bleu said...

Wow Dex, you really are a pawsome swimmer. Me, I hate the water...well not really, but I don't like baths or the giant pool at my house. So any time you want to come over and swims in my pool you are welcome!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

1000 Goldens said...

I swear Dexter, the pool pictures are always my favorite. Your black fur and the blue water are the best :) Sorry to hear about the attack of the bees - no fun!!

Nancy at the Farm said...

Great pictures! Why doesn't Relentlessy Huge do some laps with you? Mum loved the last picture best,

Love, Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

violett said...

Dexter- you are a great swimmer.
We must meet sometimes. With you I could play the whole day in the water, or swim long in the river.
Lots of love

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

Oh Dexter, that looks like SO much fun!! That makes me want to go to my nana's house for a swim!!
Sounds like you guys had a fun time.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Dexter you are an amazing swimmer! It's been wayyyyy too cold HeRe to swim, but neither of us are swimmers anyway. Congrats on the agility class.

Okay, MangoMan, were you flirting with my Miss Sally Ann? Okay, you are a bIt larger than moi, so I'll let it slide this time and she really does look adorable in that bikini.hmmmm.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! woof! Great Swim Dexter. LOVE your last photo. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Anonymous said...

Ok, First, I am sorry I have been missing so much. Second, I hope you have been keeping cool, the one "good" thing about all the G*D D*M# construction going on RIGHT OUTSIDE my windows is, the AC is on and the windows are closed. So Not to worry I was safe and cool and just going out to do my business. Third, the move is going well! I have been doing lots of snoopervising and I hear my Nawnie and Papa are coming down Thursday and Friday to help with the bed and stuff! I get so excited on my way to the new house! I know we are heading there from almost 3 blocks away! Four, YOU ARE SO LUCKY DEXTER! I wish I could come swimming with you! That looks pawsome and much nicer then the seal ladies pool! Maybe after all this moving stuff I can go swimming at one of my grandparents houses. (Mommy doesn't think I will be doing too much swimming in the river at the new house! Woooo!)I hope I didn't miss anything...

I hope you and the rest of your pack are enjoying this long weekend!

BRUTUS said...

Oh you silly labradorks... What is it with your fascination with cement pools (or any body of water larger than a water dish)?? Mom bought me a life vest - rumor has it that Frenchies sink like a rock - but I'm NOT looking forward to trying it!

Brutus the Frenchie

Wyatt said...

Hi Mango and Dexter,
Wow, what lucky doggies! Super pool and congrats on Dexter's agility achievements!


Interesting comment on my bloggie?

Sunshade said...

Oh man you lucky pup, a pool NEXT DOOR???? What a nice neighbour! How come RH didn't go in? Does he not like water?

Congrats on being accepted into your new agility class, but yes yes, those contacts are very important. I injured my elbow when I fell off the A-Frame at 7 months old.... that elbow was permanently damaged...

I hope your mom and the hooman brother are ok with the bee bumps.

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

monica said...

luck you with a pool and nice neighbours at your disposal !! Looking good!
No Mastiff in the pool?

Huskee and Hershey said...

Oh Dexter, I think you should enrol in aqua-aerobics cos you are a natural.. look at the gracefulness and poise you executed while doing that turn! Impressive...

(By the way, we couldn't help but notice the comment in Chinese characters left by some nitwit above... In case you are wondering WTF it is going on about, our mom says it's advertising for a lot of ummm... 'services' that we young ones aren't supposed to know.)

Maxmom said...

Hey Dex'
You are becoming quite a super-star...We never doubted it! Geesh your pool looks good! Ours is frozen at the moment, but Tammy still enjoys the water feature. Without Max, it willl only be the humans that swim in ours. You look like you've had enormous fun! Go Dex'!
Sending lotsalicks

Kari in Alaska said...

pfffffft diving is way better

Unknown said...

Love the pictures of you in the pool, Dexter! :-) And I have to say- you're very lucky to have such generous neighbours!

(it's weird to see you in a swimming pool when we're going into winter here and my humans are getting out their thick woolly socks!)

Honey the Great Dane

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

that was the best. dexter swimming makes my day. he is so glad to be his labraself

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Dexter, you look like pawlympic gold material!! Maybe you should suggest a Speedo collar line?

All that swimming must be what keeps you slim and trim!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Oskar said...

Oh I hope RH doesn't permantly bake his brain!

It looks like you had fun swimming. I don't care for it, too much like a bath!