During the dog days of summer it can feel impossible to stay cool. And if you grew up in the suburbs, you know about the false promise of a kiddie pool. Sure, it cools you off when you're a baby, but once you're grown up that shallow water is a joke. A joke, we say!

But there are some creatures who can take full advantage of the pools (and water in general). Namely: dogs.

Oh, to be carefree like a dog, plopped in a kiddie pool that his owners probably blew up just for him, sprayed with a cold hose, or paddling in a lake to get a tennis ball.

We decided to let you live vicariously through these lazy, silly, adventurous, but ultimately cool dogs by collecting some of our favorite photos of dogs cooling off in water. Hopefully you'll take to it like (wait for it) a dog to water!

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  • Two in the pool

    With all that fur, we're glad they are staying cold.

  • Tongue Wagging

    The happiest dog in the world.

  • Just Chillin'

    "Please bring me a nice mai tai."

  • Showering Dog

    This dog is actually a human who has been turned into a dog.

  • Lounging

    This is the pool everyone had as a child.

  • Little Pool

    Whatever works!

  • More tongue wagging

    We wish wagging our tongues to keep cool worked.

  • Two Dogs

    The trick to a good picture is to have the subjects at different levels.

  • Just a head

    The trick is you just have to jump in all at once.

  • The cooler

    This dogs like the literal use of a cooler.

  • Ducks and dogs

    Like Tony Soprano, he loves his ducks.

  • All Wet

    This looks so refreshing, we think we might try it. Oh wait, hose water is freezing!

  • Metal

    "This works just fine."

  • Dog At Night

    He senses that his owner wants to leave, but he was just getting comfortable.

  • Dog On A Leash

    "What's that over there?"

  • Twins in a pool

    They're calculating how they can both lay down.

  • Model Dog

    He's a professional poser.

  • Existential Dog

    He's contemplating his existence (probably, right?)

  • A dog and his tennis ball

    This dog has all he could ever need: a pool and a tennis ball.

  • Livin' the Life

    Even though for most dogs every day is a vacation, this definitely takes the cake.

  • By a Tree

    This dog is cool in every sense of the word.

  • Clear water dog

    "Where'd the tennis ball go?"

  • Dog Looking Off Into The Distance

    This dog always looks cool.

  • Soaked

    "How does my hair look?"

  • Three Dogs

    These dogs definitely know someone is taking a picture of them.

  • It's so hot!

    He likes to take up the whole pool.

  • Dog on ladder

    "I like to get my feet wet first."

  • Pug not having it

    "Why does it have to be so hot? Why are you taking a picture of me in this state?"

  • Shaking

    Is there any move more refreshing than a dog drying off?

  • Three Dogs

    They all get their own section.

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