50 photos of dogs jumping into lakes

The cottage may be built for human enjoyment, but it’s also loved by dogs. They get to run through the woods, chase squirrels, and cool off by going for a swim in the lake. After all, a pup deserves a reward for protecting the homestead, and nothing could be more satisfying than chasing a favourite ball, stick, or frisbee off the dock and into the water.

To celebrate man’s best friend—and the fact that cottage season is almost upon us—we’ve compiled 50 of our favourite shots of dogs leaping into the lake. All the photos were submitted by our readers to the annual Cottage Life photo contest. Look close, there may be a familiar canine in the frame!