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July 16, 2013 11:32 AM   Subscribe


 
Those are some damn funny looking bears.
posted by maudlin at 11:48 AM on July 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


Eponyst...oh, who's counting anyway?
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 11:52 AM on July 16, 2013


Completely off-topic, but this "dog meets cat for the first time" video kept coming up in the YouTube side bar, and it's too hilarious not to share.
posted by Sara C. at 11:56 AM on July 16, 2013 [5 favorites]


The framing of the third video is perfect.
posted by Johnny Assay at 11:56 AM on July 16, 2013 [9 favorites]



My dogs in water. GoPro + dogharness + tennis ball

Vizsla entertaining himself

A mastiff puppy and a kiddie pool. Same, with garden hose.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 12:02 PM on July 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


The third video is AMAZING. I will have to show it to my kitten, she loves videos of dogs, though she usually likes ones with more barking. (This one is her favorite so far.)
posted by insectosaurus at 12:10 PM on July 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


My upstairs neighbor has a hilarious 3 year old boxer. He gets along with my dog really well so often if the neighbor is doing some work in the garage or driveway, he'll put the dog in the backyard knowing that I usually have the backdoor open in the summer, so at least once a day Jasper makes a surprise appearance in the house.

The other day I was standing in the shower when I caught movement out of the corner of my eye; turned around to see Jasper's super cute smushed face leaning in behind me, hopping around trying to catch the stray streams of water going around my body. Made my day.
posted by mannequito at 12:20 PM on July 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


My mom has a big black Lab who is basically determined to splash in every body of water he encounters. When he makes a break for it, she usually finds him in the nearby canal swimming like a maniac. Failing that, the nearby lake. When my grandparents were alive, he'd bust out and go sprinting to their house, jump the fence, and hurl himself in their pool until dragged out. If you pull out the hose, he goes absolutely bonkers, like a kid on Christmas morning.

However, being a dog, if you are trying to get him in water to bathe him, it is the Most Terrifying Thing On Earth and you get the full "How could you do this to one of God's poor innocent creatures?" shaming treatment.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 12:28 PM on July 16, 2013 [3 favorites]




... she loves videos of dogs, though she usually likes ones with more barking. (This one is her favorite so far.)

Try this one.
posted by Johnny Assay at 12:49 PM on July 16, 2013


love all of these thank you. I'll contribute No Gus!
posted by dog food sugar at 12:52 PM on July 16, 2013 [4 favorites]


My boy, who LOVES water, but is afraid of actually swimming. And is terrible at judging depth in clear water.
posted by IAmBroom at 1:04 PM on July 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


And now, my friends, you know why the word dogged is synonymous with tenacious perseverance.
posted by drlith at 1:31 PM on July 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


Greyhounds are not very good swimmers. They don't float all that well and don't like getting their ears wet. Which is why this video of a greyhound in a pool with head flotation assistance cracks me up every time.
posted by misskaz at 1:42 PM on July 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


And this one is even better. Why swim when you've got enough floaty things on that you can just float? My kind of dog.
posted by misskaz at 1:43 PM on July 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


First video: "HERE. Here's. the. ball. TAKE THE DAMN BALL."

Second video: "What did you say? Huh? Come say it to my face. ... Freakin' sea otters." *otter idly scratches his belly*

Third video: "WHEEE! ... WHOA! ... HAHA! ... LOOKIT! ... YES!"
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 1:57 PM on July 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'll contribute this classic of Joby.
posted by dobbs at 1:59 PM on July 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


There are not words to express how much I love the floating otter doing the belly rub in the 2nd vid.
posted by PuppyCat at 5:48 PM on July 16, 2013 [5 favorites]


misskaz: "And this one is even better. Why swim when you've got enough floaty things on that you can just float? My kind of dog."

ha! I'd install a drink holder on his floatation jacket, take him to the lake and let him float next to me while I coasted on my tube.
posted by mannequito at 6:36 PM on July 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


That third one is amazing. Amazing.
posted by deludingmyself at 9:49 PM on July 16, 2013


The video I wish I had to contribute to this thread does not exist.

Two years ago we adopted an adolescent lab/border collie mix named Moose in Oakland, who I figured would take to water like a... well, like a retriever. I took him out to dog beaches twice, alone, where he chased birds like a wild beast, but refused to get in the water above his waist until I ran out of tennis balls to throw. Stymied, I enlisted my friend A, whose older dog got along with my pup and surely could convince him that the water was not in fact evil. We go out with both dogs, throw balls, and hers cheerfully plunges into the San Francisco bay again and again like a ball-obsessed lunatic, while mine stands on the shore and whines.

Mention this to my friend J the next week, and in a tone that I'll probably hear again someday when he's teaching his hypothetical kids to ride bikes, he shrugs his shoulders and says "Look, it's a dog. He knows how to swim. Just drop him in, and he'll be fine." I stare at him for a half-second, and he flashes a grin. "I'll drop him if, if you want."

So we set a date, all of us, with A and I swearing solemnly to jump in and rescue my pup if he sinks like a stone. Two weeks later, we meet up at a pier looking out on Alameda. A's dog flings herself merrily off the peir again and again, while Moose continues to whine, until apropos of nothing, J picks him up and drops him, PLONK, straight off the dock and into the water.

He went down for 5 long, long seconds, in which I looked at A, she looked at me, and we both thought through which items in our pockets we'd absolutely have to jettison before jumping off the edge, until - sploosh! - up he popped like a cork, and then paddled, dog-paddled, like a dog who'd known exactly what he was doing, the entire time.

He now cheerfully fetches tennis balls in land or sea.
posted by deludingmyself at 10:06 PM on July 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


Such a great memory. I do have the picture from 30 seconds afterwards, at least.
posted by deludingmyself at 10:14 PM on July 16, 2013


Video #1: Was some dickhead human shining a light towards the front of the water to entice the dog toward it? If so, F that human, and damn good for the dog for retrieving the toy and telling the human to bug off.

Video #2: Otters are notorious dicks to land animals. I believe this has been covered before on MeFi.

Video #3: (I admit to skipping out on it about halfway through, however) Yeah, many dogs chase the water coming out of a hose. What is so special about that?

Still, I do luvs me them canines.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 10:24 PM on July 16, 2013


Video #3: (I admit to skipping out on it about halfway through, however) Yeah, many dogs chase the water coming out of a hose. What is so special about that?

Nothing on earth can be as happy as a dog can be, and it takes so little to make them happy.

I loved the dedicated little dauschund trotting around his pool, and the floating sleepy greyhound, and Pogo's mastiff puppy and everyone else's dogs. They're so adorable!

Dogs are the best.
posted by winna at 10:57 PM on July 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


For future readers: I think I've heard that some kinds of dog don't, in fact, swim well or at all. Bulldogs, for one.
posted by amtho at 11:38 PM on July 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


"What is so special about that?"

That's what I was thinking for the first fifteen seconds of the video, and then the dog started flying horizontally back-and-forth across the screen as if it were being thrown. I watched it twice and laughed hysterically and I'm mirthful just now thinking about it.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 6:03 AM on July 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


You see, that's why portrait orientation is not necessarily evil. That wouldn't have been as funny in landscape.
posted by maudlin at 7:20 AM on July 17, 2013


This was in the sidebar of the third one and I enjoyed it tremendously because it's a perfect example of dogs being dogs. The "Wait...hold on...what the fuck is this? No, no, you guys, this is serious..." behavior is hilarious.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 7:31 AM on July 17, 2013


One of my dogs is a madcrazyswimming dog. Here she is swimming in the lake.
posted by workerant at 7:43 AM on July 17, 2013


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