Rascal, a 7-year-old yellow Labrador from Westminster, appeared to enjoy every minute of his time at the pool. In fact, he was so much into it that he didn't even notice that his paw was bleeding until Bonnie Silverman, a veterinarian, tended to it.
"I brought my dog. I'm off duty," said Silverman, whose traveling practice, Healing Wheels Family Vet, is based in Westminster. "I decided to stay in case of broken toenails or heat stroke. It is hot."
As his family looked on with pride, "Duncan" Poindexter, a young Plott hound, did its power walk across the shallow end. Looking straight ahead, the dog paddled with his front legs while walking with his back legs firmly on the pool's bottom.
"I taught him to do that," said Joey Poindexter, 15. "I put his paws on my shoulders and walked backward into the water. It forced him to walk in the deep water."
"He's a rescue dog from North Carolina," said Kathy Poindexter, Joey's mom, of the hound that she said loves to swim in the Chesapeake Bay. "He is bred to be a bear hunter. He hasn't caught any bears here in Maryland."