Dogs are awesome. There is very little that makes me happier than hanging out with a bunch of dogs. So it was with great delight that I photographed the City of Alexandria's Doggie Day Swim yesterday at the Old Town Pool. It was packed and there were dogs everywhere, which was totally fantastic. Their owners were pretty cool people, too. The doggies were really hilarious about getting into and out of the pool. Some were great leapers - capable of massive jumps and splashes. Others simply barked at the tennis balls floating around or yipped at their owners. They so badly wanted the balls, but just couldn't make it into the water. Getting out again was a hilarious endeavor. Most of the dogs couldn't pull themselves up over the side of the pool so they had to splash around looking pathetic before some kind soul would help them up. For their efforts, the doggies made sure to splash the heck out of everyone shaking off. I'm amazed my camera even survived this. More doggies! Wet doggies! Cute doggies! I came after work and there was some terrific golden hour light. This is Bob. Bob was called something long and complicated when he was a race dog (!) but his lovely owners took him in about a year ago and gave him a much more sensible name. He was absurd in the water and it was cracking me up. His dad seemed to think he only got in the water so he could get dried off. Sounds reasonable to me. Man, I love doggies. If you're interested in having me photograph your pets, drop me a line and we can discuss! If we talked at this event (or if we didn't talk but you see your doggie here), please email me and let me send you a photo!