One of the best things about taking your dog up to the lake is playing with them in the water. You cool down, they cool down, and then they shake off all over your nice dry towel and demand you throw the stick again.
To celebrate the adorableness that is the doggy paddle, we’ve compiled some of our favourite photos of cottage dogs savouring a swim—all contributed by our wonderful readers!
Flip on through—we swear you can almost smell the wet dog.
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"Katie is not one to pass up a swim at the lake. She's always following us in with a splash!"
Come on mom let's play!
"Trent is always eager to swim and play in the water. If he hears a splash, he's there!"
This is Karma after her very first dip in the lake.
Throw the stick!
"Between the neighbours and us there are always lots of dogs running around the cottage."
Shake it off
Duke cooling off in Kahshe.
Fun in the sun
"Burt just having fun and keeping cool on a hot summer day!"
"My brother decided to start lobbing a rock for Pistol to chase and the two of them continued this game for a couple of hours!"
She love playing catch
"This is my five-year-old golden retriever Von D swimming in Oastler Lake. Her love for water is endless."
"This is a picture of our beloved golden retriever, Chablis. She passed away this summer at the age of 15. The photo was taken a few years back. She loved the water and would spend hours wading on the shore or swimming with the kids."
"My dog Bailey loves to get rocks from under the water. When she pulled up her head I quickly snapped the picture."
That's a big stick!
"A friendly game of fetch with my dog Winston along the waterfront at Green's Point in New Brunswick. He loves the water!"
"Donny (left) and Max (right) love to play in the water all day. Usually Max is first to reach the item thrown, but this time Donny got there first. Despite Max trying to get it, Donny wasn't going to let go. Taken near Port Elmsley on Rideau Lake."
Bongo living it up at the beach house.
"Mokie loves to chase his 'Wubba' toy in the lake."
He thinks he's people!
"Parker spends all of his time at the cottage in the water—be it fetching or just going for a casual swim on his own."
Below the Surface
"Jenny loves to swim and this picture captures her in action, paddling through the water!"
"I threw the ball into the lake for our dog Rowan to see if I could get a shot of her returning it. I liked the way she was prancing back through the water with her ball."
A refreshing dip in the river
"All the kids were in swimming on a hot July day and our dog Jamie decided to jump in a have a swim herself."
The tube dogs
"Jon decided he wanted to enjoy a perfect summer day at the cottage lazing around on our tube. Indy (the great Dane) and Bailey (the chihuahua) decided this was a good idea, so they joined Jon."
Finnegan fetching a slab of wood from a tree.
What a leap!
"Our dog loves to chase sticks in the water—as you can see!"
Clancy bringing home the stick
Our retriever Clancy loves the water and his greatest joy is finding someone who will throw a stick for him.
"A picture of our one-year-old golden retriever Birk going for her first swim in the Big Rideau Lake. She was just learning to swim that day so she was a little timid, but now she never wants to get out."
This pup doesn't care who he splashes—he needs to cool down right now!
Matthew and Reese try to kayak together. It doesn't exactly work out.
This pack's cooling off
"The dogs were having a great time playing in the water—they were stalking a toy as the first drops of rain started to fall."
Learning to swim
"This was the first time that our dog had gone swimming and he really did not know what to do."
Three of a kind
"Taken during the August long weekend, the three pups (two brothers and a sister) decide to go for a family swim. All winners, and none to come back without the prize!"
"Took my dog Cash down to the water for an evening swim."
Relaxing in the surf
"We have a cottage on the ocean. Our dog Zack loves it. He loves the smell of the ocean, the sand, the water, and the view."
"This is thirteen-year-old Lillie grabbing a quick drink in the cool water."
"Buddy enjoying splashing around in Brandy Lake and trying the catch the water droplets."
Hopefully she left the poor little frog alone!
"Our chocolate lab Hudson is truly obsessed with the water. As soon as we get to the cottage we let him out of the car and down to the dock he goes. This picture captures him in his element."