First Swim

Our pups broke in our new pool the right way – with belly flops and treading water! Check out the adventure of our two Boston Terriers enjoying their first swim in our new pool!Boston Terriers Swimming

Our Dogs Swimming in Our New Pool

Who wants to get in the pool….????

Boston Terriers Swimming


Boston Terriers Swimming

After waiting months and months after moving into the new house last fall, cruelly, after swimming season was already over, a few weeks ago it was finally warm enough to go for our very first swim in the new pool!!

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Howie was thrilled!!

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He dove in head first :)

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Miley’s first entrance into the pool was not quite as graceful.

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But once she got in, she loved it!

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Howie has an impressive leap into the pool.

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He is the king of belly flops!

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His stocky little bottom makes a huge cannon ball splash!

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He’s such a strong little swimmer!

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They love chasing big bouncy balls all over the pool.

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They’ll even bounce them back and forth like little seals!

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Uh oh, this doesn’t look good for Howie!

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Here comes another belly flop!

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Miley, as you can see, glides into the pool gracefully, usually.

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A comparison: Miley, on the left, glides smoothly into the water. Howie is the crazed lunatic wildly flailing about on the right.

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Miley always keeps her head above water.

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Howie dives nearly all the way to the bottom and kicks his way to the top.

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Miley is not too pleased when Howie splashes her with his belly flop.

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Howie finally learns to dive!

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Look at this form!

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And a, err, mostly smooth entry. Miley approves.

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See you ’round the pool! :)

Miley and Howie

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56 Responses
  1. Jennifer P.

    It’s a good thing I look at your blog at home…otherwise I’d get some really weird looks busting out with laughter or having a silly grin on my face!

    Love your photography…and food…and blog… :)

  2. Becky @ So Very Blessed

    Those two are hilarious! It’s so funny to see their personalities come out in their swim styles! This is our first summer owning a pool and we’re trying to get our two dogs to love it as much as we do. One of them is making good progress, but our puppy is just terrified!

  3. Leslie

    Such happiness! To think there are Boston people who don’t provide some kind of water for their doggies! Mine just has wading pools, but she’s in and out all day. She lived 7 years in a puppy mill, certainly didn’t learn about water there, poor girl. But we’ve had her 3 and a half years, and she has blossomed like a flower! Her Boxer brother only likes lakes and streams, she thinks he doesn’t know what he’s missing.

  4. Suzanne

    Those little babies of yours are way too cute! I had a huge goofy grin on my face while I looked at the pictures. I just love them!

  5. Nicole

    They’re so cute! I love the spaz faces. =) Our dogs love the pool, too! Our lab swam so hard one day that she sprained her tail. It was sad, but hilarious. Love your blog!

  6. Amanda

    These are just too cute! My favorite was the comparison shot of Miley gliding ever so gently into the water & Howie jumping in all wild.

  7. kerri

    I loved your first swim pics. very well captioned. when I first looked at Howie’s dive and not the caption, my first words were, “look at that form” I had to laugh when I saw what you captioned.
    Good shots of them both and what fun they are having
    thanks for sharing!

  8. Vera

    The water looks so inviting, and it must be fun with those two around. Hehe. And here I was all bummed that I didn’t get to go swimming and the rainy season is upon us in tropical Philippines. Good thing though is we can really swim year round, just gotta find a pool to swim in. :))

  9. Gail

    Loved seeing Miley and Howie enjoy the water; what fun!! You did a great job with the photography. I could almost feel the water! Thoroughly enjoy your posts Amanda!

  10. Erin/Whatever Girls

    Oh my gosh, these two are so cute! Great shots. They are naturals in the water. I’m excited to show this post to my 9 year old son Luke after school. He loves dogs like Miley and Howie and is going to laugh with excitement over these cute pictures! Thanks for the smiles :)

  11. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    SO cute! I love how drastically different they are when it comes to entering the pool and swimming.

  12. Cat Yates

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE these pictures. We took our 6 month old pup out on the lake for the first time this weekend and he was TERRIFIED! I don’t think I’ve ever seen fear on a dog like that. He could take a few pointers from your pups. :)

  13. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

    Omigosh could your pups be any more adorable?!? I love watching little dogs swim – there’s just so much splashing and snorting and it’s like the sweetest, craziest, wettest shuffle EVER. Love it!

  14. Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    Oh how I loved this post! You really got some fantastic photos here. Looks like they were having a BLAST! Wondering how much water they took in? My Bostons always drink the pool water which makes me a nervous wreck. Did they do that too (well, on purpose at least, LOL)?
    Keep the Boston terrier posts coming :)

  15. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    I really wish our boston terrier loved to swim. We put him in the pool and he starts to shake. Love the

  16. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    I just died laughing!!! You weren’t kidding when you said they liked the pool! My Leland would be TERRIFIED to get wet. I love it that they are such kids in the water! :D

  17. Diane Eck

    GREAT photos!! Howie & Miley look like they were not only playing with a ball….but they were having a ball!! Have you and Kevin had a chance to enjoy the pool yet?

  18. Debbie

    They are adorable! I love seeing pictures of your sweet babies. I have my first Boston Terrier. I now understand the love and joy they bring others. Thanks for sharing! I LOVE your website!

  19. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh

    Yay! I’ve missed the doggie posts! Looks like they are right at home in the pool and just one more place to put their playful antics into practice!

  20. Erin @ Brownie Bites

    I completely adore your posts with these two rascals! Their little faces are so expressive, they look like they are having the time of their lives!

  21. janet

    Be honest, is this pool just for the dogs?! LOL!

    They are way too cute!! I love how they play and swim.

    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Karen kknola

    Where”s the LOVE button?. :) Miley and Howie seem to really enjoy themselves, it’s going to be difficult to keep them out of the water from now on LOL

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