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(Boulder Daily Camera)   New law would require all dogs to wear life jackets at doggy daycare pools. I predicted this would happen when Obama was re-elected   (dailycamera.com) divider line 26
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2012-12-21 10:08:49 AM
Dogs can naturally swim. See all the stories about idiots who dive in pools, lakes, rivers, etc. to "save" their dogs. They die and the dogs swim out just fine.
 
2012-12-21 10:10:23 AM
To quote my late father, bless his soul, "Aw fer Christ sakes."
 
2012-12-21 10:11:07 AM
Heh. My lab would like you to lick his balls. If he knew where they were, that is. Srsly, they were there when he got in the car...
 
2012-12-21 10:19:35 AM
I'm not sure what's worse...

The idea itself.
Someone thought it should be a mandate.
Colorado has enough money to pay someone to come up with this shiat.
It will take them a year to decide whether or not to do this.
 
2012-12-21 10:20:17 AM

Walker: Dogs can naturally swim. See all the stories about idiots who dive in pools, lakes, rivers, etc. to "save" their dogs. They die and the dogs swim out just fine.


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Not all dogs can swim. My basset hound has the natural instinct and loves the water but his legs are too short and his bones are too heavy for him to keep himself afloat. When we go to the lake, he wears a life jacket
 
2012-12-21 10:22:24 AM
Wharrrgarble Socialism
 
2012-12-21 10:22:26 AM
First they came for the dogs.. but i was not a dog.
 
2012-12-21 10:22:50 AM
Coming up. To celebrate Obama's second term, dogs will also be required to wear dinner jackets.

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2012-12-21 10:24:17 AM
Eh. Smaller dogs can panic and have issues getting out of the pool-- my terrier loves swimming, but is definitely more confident with her jacket on: longer jumps into the pool, she's now learned to calmly swim along the sides of the pool until she reaches stairs to get out as opposed to thrashing and panicking at the ledge until I swim over to help her out.

But, yeah. All dogs can naturally swim and some breeds even excel at it.

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2012-12-21 10:57:29 AM
My English Springer Spaniel loves to swim. My Cocker can swim, just doesn't like to. Neither requires a life jacket. Both my cats can swim, but are deeply unhappy about it.
 
2012-12-21 11:05:11 AM
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2012-12-21 11:07:29 AM
Paging Jackson Herring...
 
2012-12-21 11:19:52 AM
All Vessels

Lifesaving Devices


•All PET Flotation Devices (PFDs) must be U.S. Coast Guard approved, in serviceable condition, readily accessible, and of the appropriate size for PET. See Life Jackets for more details on PFD types.
 
2012-12-21 11:40:25 AM
Someone starting smokin' pot too soon.
 
2012-12-21 11:48:15 AM
Man, how did I know this would be the Boulder paper. I love my hometown but damn there are some dumb ex-hippie Boomers in charge.
 
2012-12-21 11:51:07 AM
I used to work at a doggie daycare in Edmonton. We just used plastic kiddie pools

/no jacket required
//who'd have thunk I could get a Phil Collins reference to be relevant?
 
2012-12-21 11:51:37 AM
ModernPrimitive01
yer smart, bassets aren't.
Came out one day to my waterfall/pond to find a very wet and panicked pup.
She loved the water though, so we would use dog vests anytime we were near a body of water...she was in it.

Congratulations for being a basset slave!
 
2012-12-21 11:55:11 AM
make an incorrect statement, someone else politely corrects the oversight further down, then sure as shiat another bonehead has to throw a spanner in the works again. FARK is real life in real time: idiots to the left of you, idiots to the right of you, idiots all around you. but if you pay attention there are a few who know of which they speak.

/woof
/yeh i woofed at you, biatchtits. wipe the damn crumbs off the keyboard.
 
2012-12-21 12:00:46 PM

Walker: Dogs can naturally swim. See all the stories about idiots who dive in pools, lakes, rivers, etc. to "save" their dogs. They die and the dogs swim out just fine.


Sadly, here in my town, this is exactly what happened a month ago. People treat pets like family and don't make the disconnect when an emergency situation comes up.

/Fido can swim just fine, even in heavy surf.
//going to bet those life jackets just end up choking them.
 
2012-12-21 12:12:42 PM

natas6.0: ModernPrimitive01
yer smart, bassets aren't.
Came out one day to my waterfall/pond to find a very wet and panicked pup.
She loved the water though, so we would use dog vests anytime we were near a body of water...she was in it.

Congratulations for being a basset slave!


yeah Hammish has given us a few scary moments. We hang out on a house boat in the summer, and he loves to take a dive off the dock and swim around. Even in his life jacket, my heart still jumps when he is in the air.

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2012-12-21 12:21:54 PM
My neighbors had a greyhound. When it swam you could only see a nose.
 
2012-12-21 02:18:00 PM
ModernPrimitive01
 I can imagine, they're big on so many things
ears, slobber, wrinkles, fat butts

but not on brains
(stubborn my ass, you meant to say stupid)

I love the pic, I was so close to getting a ural with an extra helmet and goggles for flappy sidecar rides
 
Sio
2012-12-21 02:45:10 PM
as someone who works in the industry in CO, I'm getting a kick...

but really, stepping back and looking at this, I feel that it's a good idea, in theory. We use kiddie pools at my facility, easy to keep clean, no fear of drowning. See, dogs are well... dogs. They like to pee and poop in the water. Some jump into the water, pee, jump out. They don't swim or play, just use it as a potty. Kiddie pools allow you to dump and refill as needed. Other facilities with permanent pools don't have that ability. It's never fun to go "log fishing" with a scooper after a dog felt the need to drop one in the water, especially if you have to wade in after it. It's completely unsanitary, especially as most facilities with permanent pools do not have the proper filtration systems. (Which are astronomically expensive.) The drowning issue is a real one, dogs who can't swim and are not properly supervised can easily drown.

Ultimately it's a reactionary law being brought into the works based on issues that a few facilities have and there's no other way to take care of it, as "technically" it's not against the rules to have a mucky nasty mud brown permanent pool with uncontrolled access, high urine content, and floaters. Nor is it against the rules for the dogs to be in the pool while the daycare attendants are on the other side of the yard. Just like with kids, you turn your back for just a second and all sorts of bizarre bad things can happen. Like in many instances in this country, we have to regulate stupid... as common sense is so spectacularly sparse.
 
2012-12-21 07:05:45 PM

TheGreatGazoo: My neighbors had a greyhound. When it swam you could only see a nose.


Ha! I've seen something similar. Like the nose is a fuzzy scuba tube. It freaked me out the first time, and then I realized it was just how some dorky dogs swim. Still wouldn't take my eyes off him, though.

 /he looked like a lil' submarine
 
2012-12-21 07:18:44 PM

natas6.0: I love the pic, I was so close to getting a ural with an extra helmet and goggles for flappy sidecar rides


I use a standard, quality backpack. Reinforced the bottom with a piece of metal I cut at the hardware store (rounded edges, of course), cut four leg holes, put grommets in them, and of course got some doggles. Laugh all you want...it works great for low-speed strolls around town. I certainly wouldn't head across the country with a pooch in a backpack, though.

/have also always wanted a Ural, but can't see any room in my life to fit one
//already have hands full with a Triumph that has 7+ years and about 68k of commuting on her - still very reliable but the last thing I need is a Ural siphoning off my riding budget and resorvoir of available curse words to scream in the garage
/one day, though
 
2012-12-22 12:01:16 AM
So, the real question is: Which doggie life-jacket company paid off the guy to sponsor this bill?
 
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