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2013-01-04 01:02:37 PM
Sounds like a good idea.

And seeing the way my dogs play, helmets are probably next. And maybe shoulder pads and tail protectors.
 
2013-01-04 01:41:45 PM
If your dog can't tell it's drowning,  I don't think it's smart enough to live.
 
2013-01-04 01:45:42 PM
If dogs should wear life jackets to prevent the posibility of drowning doesn't it logic dictate that they should wear muzzles to prevent the posibility of biting?
 
2013-01-04 01:46:36 PM
They should also have a lifeguard and a defibrillator nearby.
 
2013-01-04 01:47:36 PM
...and emergency rations of steak.
 
2013-01-04 01:53:10 PM
My dog swims better without one.
 
2013-01-04 01:59:45 PM
In the last two months I've seen two stories where the owner swims into the ocean to save their dog and winds up drowning. In both cases the dog made it back to shore -- without a farking life jacket.

For the less breed savvy, bulldogs and boxers are poor swimmers and you might want to suit them up.

/Keep smoking the weed, Colorado
 
2013-01-04 02:00:06 PM
My dog Heyzeus walks on the stuff. I'm exempt.
 
2013-01-04 02:02:30 PM
My staffie always wears hers on the boat. She's a terrible swimmer. That being said I'd never board her at a place with a swimming pool. Problem solved.
 
2013-01-04 02:05:46 PM
Doesn't like the life jacket...too heavy to swim.

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2013-01-04 02:12:13 PM
unless of course its a pitbull in denver, in which case they use the dogs as anchors (check out the documentary Beyond the Myth, its on netflix currently)
 
2013-01-04 02:13:05 PM
So how many of these doggie day care places have pools? Is that even common? I would presume they are filled will dog pee and poo, if the dogs there are anything like my dogs.

Also - couldn't you have a shallow pool?
 
2013-01-04 02:18:03 PM
Another option... leave your goddamn dog at home. You don't have to do *everything* with your pets.
 
2013-01-04 02:20:16 PM
If I could ever even get my dog to anywhere near water this might be a good idea. Seriously. At her day care she's on the opposite end of the room from the pool. The one time we dropped her in a pool (we thought it would be fun to get her to swim) she freaked the fark out and nearly sank to the bottom. No surprise there as she's a densely muscled little thing but it's perplexing as her coat is water resistant and she has webbed toes (obviously from the mystery daddy's side). Anyway, water freaks her out and if we went to a lake or boating or something I might consider doing just that. But since we know never to take her anywhere near a body of water, we're pretty sure she'll be ok.
 
2013-01-04 02:24:35 PM

blatz514: If your dog can't tell it's drowning,  I don't think it's smart enough to live.


I see you've met the typical jetskier.
 
2013-01-04 02:24:57 PM
Won't anyone think of the parrots? A plummeting parrot with no parachute is a possibility too perturbing to ponder. Prescribe parachutes for parrots, by god: before it's too late!
 
2013-01-04 02:25:41 PM

Skyd1v: Doesn't like the life jacket...too heavy to swim.

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"EVEN THOUGH I'M COLOUR BLIND, I CAN SENSE HOW GAY THIS LOOKS, YOU BASTARD"
 
2013-01-04 02:38:31 PM
That seems retarded. Anyone got a link to the "tragic drowning accident" mentioned in TFA? I'm fairly shocked that a dog can drown that easily.
 
2013-01-04 02:40:02 PM

Cold_Sassy: In the last two months I've seen two stories where the owner swims into the ocean to save their dog and winds up drowning. In both cases the dog made it back to shore -- without a farking life jacket.

For the less breed savvy, bulldogs and boxers are poor swimmers and you might want to suit them up.

/Keep smoking the weed, Colorado


This measure is really to save stoned/idiotic dog owners from drowning trying to save their dogs.
 
2013-01-04 02:41:12 PM

KatjaMouse: If I could ever even get my dog to anywhere near water this might be a good idea. Seriously. At her day care she's on the opposite end of the room from the pool. The one time we dropped her in a pool (we thought it would be fun to get her to swim) she freaked the fark out and nearly sank to the bottom. No surprise there as she's a densely muscled little thing but it's perplexing as her coat is water resistant and she has webbed toes (obviously from the mystery daddy's side). Anyway, water freaks her out and if we went to a lake or boating or something I might consider doing just that. But since we know never to take her anywhere near a body of water, we're pretty sure she'll be ok.


Heh, you'd need Israeli border security to keep my lab out of the water.
 
2013-01-04 02:41:18 PM
I imagine the original proposal was to have a requirement of x watchers per y dogs in a pool at the same time and after kennels complained about employee costs this was the next solution.

I'm somewhat ok with this.
 
2013-01-04 02:50:18 PM

KatjaMouse: If I could ever even get my dog to anywhere near water this might be a good idea. Seriously. At her day care she's on the opposite end of the room from the pool. The one time we dropped her in a pool (we thought it would be fun to get her to swim) she freaked the fark out and nearly sank to the bottom. No surprise there as she's a densely muscled little thing but it's perplexing as her coat is water resistant and she has webbed toes (obviously from the mystery daddy's side). Anyway, water freaks her out and if we went to a lake or boating or something I might consider doing just that. But since we know never to take her anywhere near a body of water, we're pretty sure she'll be ok.


Darwin called. He needs to talk to your dog, pronto!

;)
 
2013-01-04 02:51:44 PM
That website stunk of right wing hyperbole. Some idiot suggested it. Lots of things get suggested by idiots. Most of those things are dead in the water the moment they are put forth.

Get it? Dead in the water?!

I slay me.
 
2013-01-04 02:59:03 PM
Skyd1v

Basset slave!!!!!
Hooray!
 
2013-01-04 03:02:37 PM
If your dog is in a boat, they should have a life jacket on. Same reason why you should. I'm a strong swimmer and I wear one. So does my dog. Safety first.

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2013-01-04 03:08:09 PM
Colorado is quickly becoming California east with stupid laws.

Its about a farking dog pool, have the worker step in and pull the moronic dog out.
 
2013-01-04 03:18:29 PM

Skyd1v: Doesn't like the life jacket...too heavy to swim.

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Saddest possible face ... ENGAGE!
 
2013-01-04 03:21:40 PM
Having a flotation device on the dog -- that's one option," explains Anderson, who notes that there were three drownings in the last year. "Each and everyone of those is a tragic incident."

3 tragic dog drownings last year?
get a grip.
 
2013-01-04 03:22:44 PM

JohnCarter: So how many of these doggie day care places have pools? Is that even common? I would presume they are filled will dog pee and poo, if the dogs there are anything like my dogs.

Also - couldn't you have a shallow pool?


Had to leave my dog at one over Christmas break. Hated to do it, but the place is like Club Med for dogs. Anyway, was able to watch him at times via their multiple web cams. Saw him and other dogs enjoying the shallow walk-in pools. Plenty of staff supervising at all times. Would have been embarrassed to see him wearing a life jacket.
 
2013-01-04 03:24:51 PM
mr_a: "helmets are probably next. And maybe shoulder pads and tail protectors."

That'll just lead to their using their armored bodies as weapons, causing harder impacts, more concussions and ultimately doggie chronic-brain-injury.
 
2013-01-04 03:26:54 PM
My kayaking buddy brings his miniature dachsunds with us all the time. They swim like otters.

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2013-01-04 03:33:47 PM
BTW... this is for doggie babysitters/daycare centers that have pools so it has to do with their business practices.

The ridiculous pic has a kiddie pool shown but it is for sitters that have actual pools... which is why I'm assuming it is a "ZOMG!!1 TEH EBIL GUBMINT!!" article meant to rile up the senile and arseholish.
 
2013-01-04 03:34:40 PM
Sounds like kennels are increasingly hosting swimming pools.
And these proposed regulations would be to ensure they provide a baseline of safety if they want to continue doing so.

So what's the problem here?

Are people who don't use kennels featuring swimming pools really that hard up to give glory to the altar of "caveat emptor" when some probable-douchebag's dog drowns because a minimum-wage employee was texting? Rather than see said rich douchebag's kennel rates marginally increase to cover the costs of buying and using life jackets? It isn't like anyone's saying "tax dollars for doggie life jackets!" or "everyone must provide life jackets for their dogs!"

/ If the kennel was making their own dog food it'd have to be up to code as well.
// Despite dogs having a long history of eating random roadkill, cat shiat, "whatever the fark that was", etc.
 
2013-01-04 03:44:16 PM

Skyd1v: Doesn't like the life jacket...too heavy to swim.

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My basset hound, Norma, aside from being completely blind, is like all bassets in that they generally cannot swim. She has a doggie life jacket. Since I now live two blocks from the Missouri River, and while her going on private excursions is unlikely, strange things can happen. If it is nice outside and there is a possibility we will be near the water, she is suited up. She has survived enough traumatic stuff to die from drowning.
 
2013-01-04 03:46:36 PM
 
2013-01-04 03:52:14 PM
Loves his life jacket (even though he *can* swim) because it makes him look badass.

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2013-01-04 03:53:18 PM

jethro1138: If your dog is in a boat, they should have a life jacket on. Same reason why you should. I'm a strong swimmer and I wear one. So does my dog. Safety first.

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Five years ago I would throw scorn up your sad weak jacket wearing dog. But my mutt is getting older and the poor biatch just doesn't have the stamina to swim for hours like she used to. Gonna need to get her one of those spiffy jackets for the spring paddle season.
 
2013-01-04 03:54:20 PM
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2013-01-04 04:25:55 PM

Jument: Darwin called. He needs to talk to your dog, pronto!


Well, she's spayed so she already can't pass down her defective swimming genes anyway. However she is absolutely one of the fastest dogs I've had the misfortune to chase and she is an expert at finding rodent nests so if she were a farm dog she'd definitely be earning her keep anyway.
 
2013-01-04 04:40:44 PM

Skyd1v: Doesn't like the life jacket...too heavy to swim.


You could get him sommething a bit more masculine. That is a male dog right? If not sorry.
She is very hansome.

My friends that had a boat and they always made their dog wear a vest. She was a crazy little mutt. And she loved the water. The vest allowed her to stay in the water longer. She would just float when she got tired. Not even try to swim. Just sit there bobbing up and down with the waves.
I loved that little shiat.
 
2013-01-04 04:50:03 PM

DownDaRiver: Skyd1v: Doesn't like the life jacket...too heavy to swim.

You could get him sommething a bit more masculine. That is a male dog right? If not sorry.
She is very hansome.

My friends that had a boat and they always made their dog wear a vest. She was a crazy little mutt. And she loved the water. The vest allowed her to stay in the water longer. She would just float when she got tired. Not even try to swim. Just sit there bobbing up and down with the waves.
I loved that little shiat.


She. Names Belle. Wife picked out the color thinking it would be easier to spot in the water if she fell overboard.
 
2013-01-04 05:10:10 PM
They do realise it's called "dog paddle" for a reason?

/but I understand the doggy swim vests/jackets are still useful and all, but this had become a big enough issue that somebody had to write it into law?
 
2013-01-04 05:37:34 PM

uncleacid: They should also have a lifeguard and a defibrillator nearby.


That won't work. They can't properly operate the defibrillator with their paws.
 
2013-01-04 05:46:23 PM

Cold_Sassy: In the last two months I've seen two stories where the owner swims into the ocean to save their dog and winds up drowning. In both cases the dog made it back to shore -- without a farking life jacket.

For the less breed savvy, bulldogs and boxers are poor swimmers and you might want to suit them up.

/Keep smoking the weed, Colorado


Like anyone forgets to keep smoking....wait, what?
 
2013-01-04 05:57:18 PM

mdeesnuts: Five years ago I would throw scorn up your sad weak jacket wearing dog. But my mutt is getting older and the poor biatch just doesn't have the stamina to swim for hours like she used to. Gonna need to get her one of those spiffy jackets for the spring paddle season.


That picture is from... probably five or more years ago when my dog was still relatively young. More recently than that I've had her charge into a lake while on our daily walk and swim after muskrats for 20+ minutes.

It's STILL a basic safety issue to have a life jacket on when boating. You just never know what might happen out there. I'm not saying dogs should wear life jackets when near any body of water, I'm talking specifically about boating.
 
2013-01-04 05:57:58 PM

SnyderCat: Cold_Sassy: In the last two months I've seen two stories where the owner swims into the ocean to save their dog and winds up drowning. In both cases the dog made it back to shore -- without a farking life jacket.

For the less breed savvy, bulldogs and boxers are poor swimmers and you might want to suit them up.

/Keep smoking the weed, Colorado

Like anyone forgets to keep smoking....wait, what?


Seriously though, it is becoming a problem. There is just too much of it. We may need the other states to kick in and lend us their lungs to help smoke all this amazing pot we have. And while they're at it, could you shade me from all this sunshine?
 
2013-01-04 06:05:16 PM

jethro1138: mdeesnuts: You just never know what might happen out there. I'm not saying dogs should wear life jackets when near any body of water, I'm talking specifically about boating.

Especially

when the furry little nitwit decided to leap off of the bow of a boat running along at 30 knots. Still not sure how he came through that unscathed, but the life jacket he was wearing didn't do any harm.

/he gets tethered in the middle of the boat now
 
2013-01-04 07:23:02 PM
Had boxers; big chickens when it comes to anything different from the normal.

Both had doggie life jackets as they weren't too sure about the water in the bath tub; much less the lake.

/ it got better once they realized that with the life jacket, "Hey, I float?!"
 
2013-01-04 08:02:38 PM
*sigh*, this is what happens when we get too many Californians moving here.  And Boulderites in general.

#native
 
2013-01-05 03:47:45 PM

KiTTeNs_on_AciD: SnyderCat: Cold_Sassy: In the last two months I've seen two stories where the owner swims into the ocean to save their dog and winds up drowning. In both cases the dog made it back to shore -- without a farking life jacket.

For the less breed savvy, bulldogs and boxers are poor swimmers and you might want to suit them up.

/Keep smoking the weed, Colorado

Like anyone forgets to keep smoking....wait, what?

Seriously though, it is becoming a problem. There is just too much of it. We may need the other states to kick in and lend us their lungs to help smoke all this amazing pot we have. And while they're at it, could you shade me from all this sunshine?


Colorado gives you plenty of lung power...just come to Civic Center Park around 4pm....you'll get plenty of help....with the sunshine too!
 
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