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Belle vs the Lake Part 1

Belle is such a scaredy cat about water - definitley NOT the golden retriever part of her, LOL.
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Simba at the Lake

As you can see, my old gal, Simba, doesn't have the same fear of the water as Belle.  She loves it!
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Dogs saving lives

  This story is from 2009, but it is amazing! It takes three years of training, but the dogs are saving lives. Awesome.   Around 200 specially trained dogs are being used as lifeguards in Italy's tourist-packed beaches and lakes. The dogs, mostly Newfoundland or Golden Retrievers, are helping the Italian Coast Guard, Air Force, Civil Protection Department and Red Cross. These dogs are trained to jump out of boats and swim to the rescue...
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Adorable Victorian Bulldog loves to swim (VIDEO)

As long as we're safely enjoying ourselves, it doesn't matter how graceful we might, (or might not), look. Doug, the Victorian bulldog, loves swimming! Here he is going for a swim in Indian Lake, Ontario. Doug's human says, "We take Doug to a quiet boat loading dock. The water gets deeper really gradually. For his first attempt we had a life jacket on him."   Related: Corgi belly flops off dock (video) Dachshund doesn't just...
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Pugs swimming in style

These pugs are so cute swimming in the pool, and they have lots of great swimming techiques.   The guardian of these pugs sends out a caution to pug owners that pugs always should be monitored when swimming and never put their snouts in the water. Thankfully, these pugs know to keep their snouts up when they doggie paddle.  
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Dachshund doesn't just swim, he dives!

Roscoe the Dachshund loves swimming, but seems to spend most of his time diving!  
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Adopted dog of Olympian Michael Phelps to learn how to swim

Photo courtesy of Michael Phelps Michael Phelps swam into the history books this week when he won gold at the Olympics in London, bringing his tally of medals to 22, an all time record for an athlete. When he's not training, the Olympic swimmer enjoys hanging out with his two best friends - his dogs Herman and Stella. He says his English Bull Dog Herman is one of the laziest dogs he's ever met. But...
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Rottweiler is a natural lifeguard and swims with little girl on his back (VIDEO)

Neo the Rottweiler loves swimming, and he's a natural-born lifeguard. Neo carried his little human like this for about 30 minutes. He went back and forth from the boat to the sandbar where he could stand and rest.
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Protective puppy instinctively "rescues" little girl from water (VIDEO)

Rosemary was just a puppy when she revealed she had a natural talent for lifeguarding duties. Barbara Marshall Miller shared her family's video with DogHeirs and wrote, "Rosemary, 9-10 months old rescuing our little girl. Nobody taught her this, and she repeated it over and over and over again."   Do you have a fun video you would like to share with DogHeirs? If you have a video that captures something special about our best...
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Rescue dog swims for the first time with dad's encouragement (VIDEO)

Chance is a rescue and had never swum before. But after gentle convincing and plenty of patience Chance's dad was able to persuade him to go in the swimming pool for the first time. His guardian writes, "I managed to convince my dog to swim. He's a rescue and is nervous to try anything new. He loves swimming now."   Related: Mother dog teachers her puppy how to have fun swimming (video) Cautious Mastiff learns...
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Heroic dogs come to the rescue of friends in need (VIDEO)

This is why dogs are a human's best friend. Awesome dogs!   Related: Protective puppy instinctively rescues little girl from water (video) Amazing lifeguard dog rescues puppy (video) Rottweiler is a natural lifeguard and swims with little girl on his back (video)  
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Sweet Labrador Retriever encourages Chihuahua swimming for the very first time (VIDEO)

Bubba the Chihuahua is learning how to swim, but his small legs makes it difficult. Good thing he’s got his Labrador Retriever buddy close by encouraging him and ready to help if he needs it. Related: Rescue dog swims for the first time with dad's encouragement (video) Mother dog teaches her puppy how to have fun swimming (video)
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Dog has clever way to fetch toy from deep end of the pool (VIDEO)

What this dog does to go fetch his toy out of the pool is so smart! It sure looks like he's used this method before! Related: Dog tries to retrieve ball from pool (video) Small dog surfs on big dog (video) Smart dog fetches ball without getting soaked (video)  
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