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!
Two in the pool
With all that fur, we're glad they are staying cold.
The happiest dog in the world.
"Please bring me a nice mai tai."
This dog is actually a human who has been turned into a dog.
This is the pool everyone had as a child.
More tongue wagging
We wish wagging our tongues to keep cool worked.
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.
This dogs like the literal use of a cooler.
Ducks and dogs
Like Tony Soprano, he loves his ducks.
This looks so refreshing, we think we might try it. Oh wait, hose water is freezing!
"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.
He's a professional poser.
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.
"How does my hair look?"
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?"
Is there any move more refreshing than a dog drying off?
They all get their own section.