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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-22-2012, 07:40 PM
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Glad I read this post. I would have been a total wimp and not let Sadie swim all winter. But I guess it really doesn't matter.

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So yeah, and here I am thinking the 50 degree winters here in central Florida were going to be too cold for Cassie!

Looks like I don't have to worry about saying 'no' to Cassie when she whimpers and stares at the pool.

Love all those pictures. Nice to see Cassie isn't the only one who loves to swim

In FLA, cold weather is the best time to swim a dog. The gators aren't active.

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In FLA, cold weather is the best time to swim a dog. The gators aren't active.
About the biggest critter I get in my pool has been a frog... I should hope that a gator never decides to come take a dip!

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My pool is at 71 degrees, and as long as the sun is out, I've been able to stand it. My wife bought my son a used wet suit so he could swim for PE, since he is home schooled.

As far as my area, the water never gets too cold.

Winter is a nice time because almost nobody goes to our spot on the American River. Bo does not care, but it's nice for me.

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In Colorado I take the dogs to Cherry Creek reservoir almost every week in the winter and let them run in the creek for a 1/2 hour or so.

They love it.
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Molly doesn't seem bothered by the cold water here in winter at all, she still jumps into frozen puddles and streams and seems totally unbothered by the fact it's FREEZING!! I do make sure Molly is hosed off of mud when we get home (hubby yesterday installed a hot/cold mixer tap ouside so Molly can have a warm outdoor shower instead of the cold hose) and then she is thoroughly towel dried and brough into a warm house free of drafts so that she can warm up and dry off. Please be careful of frozen ponds and rivers, every winter we hear stories of dogs falling through ice. They usually get themselves out but often the owners get into trouble by trying to go in and rescue them. When we're near a frozen pond or river in winter Molly is on leash for her and my safety. Our weather isn't cold enough to make the ice solid and thick so easy to walk on it and fall through.
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