Sunday, August 17, 2008

Michael Phelps Who?

Inspired by the absolutely amazing Michael Phelps and his 8 gold medals, today I decided was going to be the day that I actually SWIM. You'll remember that last time I went into the river I only waded up until my beard. Today I'm gonna go ALL THE WAY...

Ok, maybe not right away...

Wait a minute dad, did I say I was going to swim today? Uh, I think I meant something else... oh well, HERE WE GO...

The Sandy River isn't that deep here which is FANTASTIC - it made me feel like I was swimming well before I actually was.

Can you see me here? I'M SWIMMING!!!

Totally wet, totally swimming. Woo-hoo!

And even better, there are STICKS in this river - why didn't anyone tell me this sooner? - and since it's really hot outside today, I'm LOVIN' this...

There were lots of people who had the same idea that I did about swimming today, and lots of other doggies. There was even a human in a kayak who got a little too close for comfort...

This is me splashing him as he went by... he was really moving fast, but I think he got the idea that I wasn't pleased by all of my fuzzy splashing.

Notice my technique here - paws straight out, nose up, stick in mouth.


And of course then I had to pee on the sand castle that two little girls were building while I was swimming. Just to show 'em that I'M THE MAN...

Oh yeah. Wet, muddy, AND sandy beard... whaddaya think ladies?

I'm feeling very rugged individualist here.

A final parting beard shot...

Ah, yet another thing that I have conquered. Just like Michael. I'm feeling good, but I'm also feeling thirsty.

EXACTLY what I was thinking... a quick visit to the Lucky Lab for some brewskis.

Please... NO AUTOGRAPHS...



To Aire is Divine

Chez Bogart


Scottie the 'cutie' said...

That's awesome that you're swimming, Bogart! Love the wet shots of you in the water and your stick! heh! Maybe I should try swimming too...I kind of hate the ware as well...=P


Maggie and Mitch said...

You make swimming look like so much fun but water is wet and I, Miss Maggie, HATE to be wet! You do look pretty cute with your Airedale ringlets all wet and sandy, Bogie!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Noah the Airedale said...

Way to go're an excellent swimmer matie.

ps. My sissies say you're better looking than Michael Phelps hee hee.

Bernard Hinault Lilje said...

Thats so great!! I wish i could swim--but unfortunately i would drown from my large head (seriously!)


sally and rufus said...

You are one fantasic swimmer! And the music is lovely, we love your shakes and everything. Looks like a totally fab day and with beer.

Stanley said...

Hey, Bogart!

I'm glad the crowds left you alone so you could have a quiet moment with your family. That was very accomodating of them.

I bet it was hard for them, though, after your winningly heroic swimming performance only moments before. I really like your technique. I even think there may be a future for you in water ballet. You can swim, do stick work, and work the crowd all at once. Now... THAT's talent!

Goober love & welcome to the ranks of swimming dogs,

Deetz said...

Look at you go, Bogart....wooooohoooooo
I loved those pictures
I gave you a gold card on my bloggie

Jennifer said...

Hey Bogart! You are one very pawsome airedale. I'm new to your blog. My name is Gabe and I'm a Landseer Newfoundland dog. Maggie and Mitch sent me to your blog because I went swimming for the first time this weekend too.

I think the peeing on the sandcastle was a great final touch to your day of olympic proportion.

If you care to, come and visit me at my blog.

Woofs and slobbers from your Newfie pal,

Faya said...

Bogart ! You deserve more than 8 Gold Medals ! You swim ! I am very proud of you....(and jealous because I still cannot swim...).
Do you know what I like by Michael ? It is Herman (his dog !)...
Kisses, Faya

Kirby said...


I am so proud of you! You are becoming such a swimming stud! Isn't it THE best way to cool off on a hot summer day. I just love the water. Keep up the great work!! Oh, also, happy belated birthday. I sent you an e-card, but I'm not sure if you got it. The website was acting up when Mom and I sent it, so a huge Happy 3rd Birthday!!!

Your pal,

Cassidy said...

Well done to you on the swimming Bogart! I'm giong to learn soon, so any tips welcome.

Aso, a very happy 3rd birthday, sorry we're late. We have been useless at blogging lately.

Cassidy x

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...


I missed your birthday! I feel so horrible! I tried to remind my human that it was your day, but she wouldn't listen! So, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY BOGART!

I need to work on your swimming technique, mine doesnt' quite look like yours, my butt floats while my front paddlers do all the work.

I didn't know the lakes had sticks either, I need to look into this ASAP!

Also, I want to thank you for pushing me and my human into the blogging world. We have met some awesome dogs, and humans too!

If there were like a hierarchy of Airedales you would of course be the king! Hehehe!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Deetz said...

Hi Bogart
I emailed you from my mums email @ me know if you didn't get it.
I just love watching you swim!

Caz and Ludo the cool dude said...

You really deserve a gold medal to
Bogart your swimming was so good.Your dad did well to.

Ludo the cool dude

Kirby said...

Bogart, can you believe that the Kirby in the article is not me? There is another Airedale named Kirby in the Chicagoland area, and he's been to my blog to say Hi! Who would have thought. Mom and Dad thought they were 'so original' when they picked out my name, apparently not. So, it's not me, but his stories totally crack me up!

Your pal,