This adorable dog named Elliot has always been a fan of water — he loves nothing more than taking a swim with his family. Any time they decided to take a dip in their above-ground pool, Elliot would ask to join them.
“He would whine, until we picked him up and put him in with us,” Abigail Rose, Elliot’s owner, told The Dodo.
But as it turns out, for Elliot, having fun in the pool actually requires no company at all.
Since Elliot had always asked for their help to get into the pool, his owners never considered he might be sneaking in swims without them. But they soon learned that he was in fact quite capable of getting in all on his own.
Recently, after letting Elliot out for a bathroom break, Rose spied Elliot’s hidden ability.
“We didn’t realize he could climb the front of the ladder!” she said.
Here’s the video of the puppy in action, enjoying a refreshing secret dive:
Instead of waiting for his family to decide it’s pool time, Elliot learned to take the initiative. Rose, however, was not too offended by not receiving an invitation.
“I was laughing,” she said. “I figured he would like to go swimming with us, but I never thought he would be able to climb a ladder, ever!”
The water-loving dog found a way.
Fortunately, Elliot is a strong swimmer and has always known how to get out of the pool on his own, so his family isn’t so concerned that he apparently likes to swim unsupervised. Still, they’re always close by just in case.
“I definitely feel like he’s safe,” said Rose. “We never have him outside when we leave the house, so I’m not too worried about that.”
Next time Elliot begs to be lifted into the pool, his owners will continue to give him a hand, not letting on they know the truth. He’ll always be invited to join them. And even though that offer doesn’t always go both ways, that’s OK.
“He’s like our child,” Rose said. “He soaks it all up!”
Source: The Dodo