Day 19: Pug Flotation Devices

Today’s project was to create something that floats on water.

Eloise has Toby to thank for this idea.

Pugs are not known to be swimmers and most sink when in water.  Eloise avoids water in any form at all costs.  She even tiptoes on damp sidewalks.  Needless to say, she is not a fan of bath time and was overdue for one anyway.  So, four water wings were fashioned out of balloons in an attempt to get Eloise to float.  She was remarkably cooperative about wearing the balloons and even posed for a picture.

Pre-Water Wings

This experiment didn’t work; it probably would have required ten times as many balloons and a pug that tolerates the water a bit more than Eloise.  The up side is that she’s clean and smells like baby shampoo now.  She’s waiting for Toby to bring her carrots. . .

Non-Floating Pug

About puglife

Eloise the pug, starred in my 2012 project "365 Days of Pugs". Halley the pug, a recent addition, will no likely be featured her when she can stay still long enough to have her picture taken.
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8 Responses to Day 19: Pug Flotation Devices

  1. toby says:

    just don’t tell her about my idea to set her on a disc sled and cast her adrift in a lake.

  2. Kelly says:

    Bet you’d have to add a noodle or two to keep the sled afloat! (we did a floating planter for our pond a few years ago and it required massive amounts of foam/flotation materials, despite being about the size of a dig sled and not very deep…)

  3. Susan says:

    I think this is just too much fun!! I am glad that Eloise is such a good sport…especially when bribed with carrots!

  4. Kamla says:

    i need to ask Eloise where she gets her patience and tolerance from and get a referral.

  5. mrscarmichael says:


  6. Great post and an interesting idea for water wings. Bathing Jack Henry and Anna can be a challenge-they are 65 and 55 pounds-but thankfully they just sit in the tub and wait for it to be over-

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