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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-03-2007, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Swimming Pools

I just wanted to pass along a warning with Swimming Pools. We were at a party and the family had two Cairn Terriors - we were discussing how cute and the lady said "well, we have had four dogs in the last year" - I asked her where were the other two - they had drown in the swimming pool. The first one that drown was home alone and they came home and found him. The second one would run real fast around the pool - it was fall time and the leaves had fallen and she had not had time to get them out of the pool. The leaves had clustered in the corners of the pool and she thinks the dog cut the corner of the pool thinking it was leaves and fell in the pool and couldn't get out. I really don't know this lady that well but she said they were taking steps to make sure the new dogs could swim and get in and out of the pool.

Also, a lady at my church had a new puppy and let it outside and it fell in their hot tub - she never dreamed it would even go near the hot tub. She was devastated.

I just thought with the fall leaves coming soon - this might be a reminder.

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Thanks, Marie

That is a good reminder. We cover our pool and my husband would NEVER allow more than 3 leaves to fall in without cleaning it (talk about anal). Gucci is never out back around the pool without supervision, someone is always with her, but even then...I have worried about the pool with her and small children, so I have taught her how to swim and where the steps are.

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I could never have a pool without a pool fence -- it is too high risk and I would worry too much.
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wHAT was wrong with these people? After the first one, they didnt put in a fence. My gosh that is negligent to me!! In our state you must have an authorized specific type of fence around every pool!! Those poor pups - I feel so bad for them. I can say that I have read that Havs are very good swimmers - which is a benefit, but again, it is only what I have read.My dogs have not been to a pool, but my girlfriends dogs authomatically swam in her pool.
Marie, I hope that these people are doing ALL they can from preventing this from ever happening again!!
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OMG, what a terrible story!!!! I can't believe the people still don't have a pool cover or a fence to protect their dogs. How sad.

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A dog can be a good swimmer...

but if they can't get out, they will tire out. How sad and how awful they let it happen a second time.

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Good reminder. People forget how dangerous pools are for both pets and children.

Houston is never alone by our pool. We have a separate fence that is just around the pool area. I worry about it especially when it is covered. My girlfriend's dog many years ago ran across the pool cover and drowned. They figure he was chasing a squirrel and didn't even realize what he did.

If the pool is not separately enclosed from the rest of the yard, it is a good idea to look into one of those pool covers that could handle thousands of pounds standing on it. They used to be really expensive but I believe they are coming down in price. Pool alarms are another great idea. You can never be too careful.
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Marie, I hope that these people are doing ALL they can from preventing this from ever happening again!!
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I think she saw that I was just aghast - she really tried to explain how sad they were. She says they have worked with the new puppies to make sure
they know how to get in/out of the pool.


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That's a great reminder, although it sounds like the people that lost the 2 dogs were beyond negligent. I had a friend who lost a bulldog to drowning and when they got a new bulldog puppy, getting into their pool area was like getting into Fort Knox!
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I have one of those super dooper strong Pool liners, that you can supposedly walk on, we decided it was a good investment with seven kids. lol

She was a wee pup when the liner was on last winter, and she seemed scared of it. I am curious how she will react this year, knowing there is water underneath it? I hope she stays away from it!!!!! I won't let my kids get near it either, I'm just paranoid.

But, sheesh.....You would think that the owners would've LEARNED their lesson the first time around. I can't believe that happened twice.

I shudder to think there were so many leaves in it, the dog was probably left un-found for hours? Tragic.

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