Dogs take over a municipal swimming pool

September 7, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More

The only animals you’ll usually find in municipal swimming pool are humans.  It’s the end of the year, though, and Maplewood, Missouri is one of many communities that invites dogs into the pool before draining the water.  Out of curiosity, I visited Maplewood’s pool today and saw numerous dogs anxious to hit the water.

Entering a swimming pool filled with dogs that don’t know each other presents some hazards, of course.  Therefore, children under the age of 12 are not allowed into the pool area.   Adults who do enter are asked to sign a comprehensive waiver of liability.

Once admitted to the pool itself, this is what you would have seen today.   Lots and lots of dogs.  I was there in the early afternoon, and probably saw 100 dogs in the pool.  The only hazard I experienced was that I almost tripped over a few dogs.   They were truly everywhere.  No one seemed distraught that most of the dogs were swimming naked.  Somehow, it’s very different when the naked animals are humans.

Yesterday, at the nearby pool of University City, a friend of mine reported that she saw 400 dogs in the water at the same time.

This swimming pool full of dogs and people reminded me that people and dogs have developed incredibly close emotional bonds.  And these bonds all happened over the past 20,000 years because, until then, there were no dogs on planet Earth.  In a blink of an eye, dogs evolved from gray wolves, thanks largely to neotony. The two species are still so closely related that they can still breed with each other.  To shake things up at the pool, then, I could have cried wolf, though I didn’t.


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Category: Evolution, Friendships/relationships, photography, Whimsy

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. matsuyama says:

    This is very fun. Any dog of course needs some time off and some relaxation. 🙂

    I think a pool maintenance product such as the Enviro-Swim Ionizer System is very helpful to keep it clean so as to keep both dogs and their masters away from any harmful bacteria or substance. ^ ^

  2. Maya says:

    OMG! That's so cool? Where is it though? What country?

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