Sunday, August 22, 2010

Floating Frenchies (with video!)

Hey everyone!  Brutus here!  

Before I get to the post, mom wanted me to say thanks for all the heartfelt comments on our last post.  Fans of the page may come and go, but we have some wonderful followers who will just eat up anything about me (Seriously, can you blame them?).  The blog will therefore continue as is, posting about what makes me Brutus (and Carmen be Carmen, and Mason be Mason, and so forth...).  Those of you who prefer to read about our "normal" (ha!) everyday lives, there will be more of that.  We will also continue to post about the highs and lows of my agility and obedience undertakings, since it seems that there are enough of you out there that enjoy that too.  I'll try to get mom to title the posts more obviously, so if that kind of thing isn't you cup of tea, no hard feelings if you want to "mark as read" those posts in your readers.  Rest assured we'll post when we can, so no one will have to be treated for Brutus withdrawl!

Ahem.  On to the post.

It's been SO stinkin' hot here all summer.  WAY too hot for walkies.  Every time mom takes us somewhere, she has this whole checklist of stuff that has to come along - a cooler full of ice packs,  thermoses with water for us, cooling wraps/cool coats, as well as our battery-powered fans.  It makes getting ready to go outside seem like we're getting ready for a spacewalk or something! 

Well thank goodness for our friend Courtney.  Not only does she have an awesome house and yard with lots of room for us to run around, but she also has this enormous water bowl that mom calls a "pool"!  Instead of drinking out of it, mom says you are supposed to get IN it to cool off.  And apparently Courtney doesn't mind cleaning little black hairs out of the pool filter, because she's invited us to paddle around in it a bunch of times (we posted some photos a while back about one of our first day at the pool).

So life jackets firmly buckled on (we Frenchies aren't the most buoyant you know), we headed over to Courtney's last weekend.  This time Mason even got to come (although he firmly denies being a so-called "water-dog").

We don't swim very long, as it is really intense exercise for our little bowling-ball bodies - but it is great exercise.  I started by doing few short laps to practice my technique (thanks for the lift, dad).

Then Courtney got the idea it might be fun to watch me & Carmen race.  Being the competitive guy I am, I was happy to oblige.  Even gave Carmen a head start, and I STILL beat her!  HA!

I'm no Michael Phelps, but for a dog who's supposedly sinks like a stone, I'd say it's pretty impressive!  Not that I'm venturing anywhere near the water without my lifevest....  

Hope you got a kick out of watching us paddle around!  Mom promises to be back soon with some new material, including a bunch of stuff from home, as well as some short agility videos.  Gotta go dry off before I get all prune-y!  

Later, taters!
Brutus the Floating Frenchie


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

What fun!!! We have never been in a pool, but you two make it look like a great time. Glad to hear the decision about the blog:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh my was that hysterical!! Your feets move like 900 mph out of the water too.
Benny & Lily

verobirdie said...

Gad you keep blogging!
You are doing very good in the swimming pool, both of you!

Bijou said...

Hi guys,

We really enjoyed seeing you and Carmen in the pool. Brutus, you looked like a wind-up toy when your dad held you above the water! BOL

You better enjoy those wins now cause Carmen might not be so easily beat once she is all growed up. ;)


Dexter said...

Brutus! That air paddling was just about the dumbest thing I have seen all week. How could you, dude? I always thought you totally had it together and then you go and make a fool out of yourself on the internet.

Sheesh, my idiot mom is all laughing at you and re-watching your movie.

At least beating the pants off Carmen redeemed you somewhat.


Tucker said...

You guys swim - holy crap am I the only doggie in the world that can't swim...

woof - Tucker

Lorenza said...

I can see you and Carmen had a pawesome swimming time!
I loved watching you there!
Happy sunday!
Kisses and hugs

Maggie Mae and Max said...


You can really swims! I am very impressed. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Kari in Alaska said...

Isn't swimming the best?

Don't forget, we moved to

houndstooth said...

That swimming race was awesome! I'd love to give it a shot sometime!


The Oceanside Animals said...

Brutus the Floating Frenchie
Had a very buoyant vest
Because it kept him from sinking
He kept it close to his chest ...

Oskar said...

Even though schnauzers are supposed to like the water I don't!

Brutus, you and little Carmen are amazingly talented! We never cease to be amazed by your talents!

Molly the Airedale said...

You both did awesome swimming in the pool! Frenchie races - how cool!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Kitty+Coco said...

Love the last pic Brut. Your little drumstick legs never disappoint. Please quit giving mom life vest ideas! I won't even touch a black toenail in the water.

Kitty (and Coco)

the booker man said...

ya'll look so cutesies swimmin'! heehee. does mason really not like the waters?! but he's a labradude!!
i totally wish i had a pool to swim in cuz drivin' to the river takes too long!!
the booker man

Puglette said...

what fun!! swimming is so nice. when i was a kid, i was told all dogs and cats could swim naturally. i am sure cats can, big brothers proved that, and i was pretty sure about dogs too. but we haven't tested the puggies. someday soon! but while we wait, i will enjoy watching you and your family swim!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You two are kick butt swimmers! Looks like you had way too much fun keepin cool :)

Waggin at ya,

Anonymous said...

It is never too late to learn. ............................................................

PoochesForPeace said...

Brutus, you make me want to have a Frenchie one day, you are too cute!

Lucy-Fur, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

I've never seen more buoyant bowling balls in my life! I am most impressed with your swimming skills (although you'd better watch out - I think Carmen is going to want a re-match!). As always, great videos!!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Mutant Alien Pod Puppy