Story: My dogs have a drinking problem

In my garden, I have a birdbath.

It is for birds to bathe in, like this young Baltimore Oriole is demonstrating.

Young Baltimore Oriole in a bird bath


Or to drink from, like this catbird is about to do.

Catbird on birdbath

Nothing like a cool drink on a hot day.

It’s a great place for squirrels to stop and wet their rodential whistles.

Squirrel takes a drink from a birdbath.

Does this water taste a little squirrely to you?

But my dogs have other designs. Tucker and Jasper believe I have provided them with the ultimate in elevated water bowls.

Dog about to drink from birdbath.

What? You got a problem?

It’s not that I don’t provide them with traditional water bowls when they’re outside.

Dog drinking from birdbath

Tastes good. Want a sip?

Or that they don’t have access to a huge water bowl…otherwise known as the doggy pool that I put out for Lilah when it’s hot.

Dog in baby pool.

Feels good on the paws–and tastes good, too!

I try to discourage Tucker and Jasper–because I know what birds do in the birdbath. But to no avail.

Two dogs at a birdbath

Hey Jasper, c’mon over. This stuff’s great!

Two dogs at a birdbath

Mom’s looking at me funny.

Dog drinking from bird bath.

Hey, you’re right! This is good. Must be some kind of special ingredient.

Therefore, I clean the birdbath every day, which, by the way, is a very good thing to do if you’re trying to discourage Mr. & Mrs. Mosquito from turning the stagnant water into a larvae nursery.

At least they’re not drinking from the toilet.

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  1. Bethany says:

    Huxley could also join this bird bath drinking support group… he took it up a notch the other day and drank out of the fountain in a pet-friendly store… one that has water for dogs in a bowl on the floor… that we had just stopped at… ugh.

  2. Laika says:

    I like to zip the water for our straycats who is living in our barn. It’s in a bowl outside in the garden, and mom fills it every day. It is very tasty 😛

  3. Sue says:

    LOL. My dogs enjoy a very similar highly elevated water bowl… and, like you, I seem to spend a lot of time cleaning it. Great photo story!

  4. easy rider says:

    maybe it’s the taste of birds what makes this water special?

  5. Flea says:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This is pawsome! My dogs drink from the aquaponics reservoir. Drives my Hunny nuts.

  6. Beth says:

    Haha! Those pictures are wonderful! Barley would probably enjoy that type of elevated dog bowl, too 🙂

  7. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    faaaaaaaaaaaa…..itz knot often, in fact rare lee…. due we gives add vize ta dawgs… but guys….seer ee iz lee…go bak ta drinkin toy let water…. in sted oh drinkin frum that bathe water….coz de stoooooooooooooooooopid rood CACA droppin burdz…….haz just been IN ther….

  8. Emma says:

    We have the opposite problem. The darn birds are using our outdoor water bowl for a bird bath and pooping all over it. Mom is not happy about it and we don’t appreciate it either!

    • I’ve found that birds like birdbaths best when they can see danger coming from any direction. Maybe you can redirect the birds by putting a real birdbath in a bird friendly location…and put the dog water bowl in a place birds might not like. I actually have 3 bird baths…one is just the bowl on the ground. BTW, the dogs walk right by that one to get to the tall bath. Go figure.

  9. meowmeowmans says:

    Haha. This was such a smile-inducing post, and then I read the last line. Priceless! 🙂

  10. MIley says:

    BOL!!! This is my favorite post of the day!!! So funny, great pictures!!

  11. LOL great post, I was worried at first!

  12. The birds just make it taste better! 😉

  13. Neither of our dogs can reach the birdbath or I’m sure they would be lapping away at the water. Pierre is fascinated by the birds drinking and bathing in it.

  14. That was a pretty cute post. It made me smile. 🙂 I guess a little bird poop just adds more flavor….

  15. I was talking about this with a friend the other day. There are dogs that get dirty naturally while doing things (like getting muddy after walking in the rain) and dogs that seek out getting dirty/gross things (seeking out mud puddles and rolling). Mr. N is the former. I don’t know if I could live with the latter lol.

    • Jasper is a naturally clean dog. He doesn’t like getting dirty or wet. Tucker on the other paw, he always seems to be getting in to something stinky. Lilah thinks they’re both a little ridiculous.

  16. MOL! Your doggies wouldn’t want to drink out of our bird bath. It’s a mess. 😉

  17. MOL! You woofies… so silly! The water must taste better coming from a birdbath than a water bowl.

  18. Kitties Blue says:

    Mom gets frustrated with us ’cause we will drink the scummiest water we can find. We also drink out of the toilet as well. We think we are just being normal cats. You mom is so good to you cleaning the birdbath efurryday. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  19. Ruby says:

    BOL!!! OMD, those pics are priceless!!!! Ya know, that’s why Ma’s fountains are behind doggie fences…they are too hard to clean often, and with the drought, she’s had to cut back even more. Oh, don’t worry, she puts special enzymes in it so the burdies don’t gets sick or anythings, butts she knows it would give me the trots!!
    Ruby ♥

  20. Dawn says:

    😀 I bet the stuff that birds do in the baths makes the water mighty tasty for the dogs. BTW, those photos are too cute!

  21. This is really adorable! My dog is too short to drink from a bird bath.

    We met at BlogPaws in Vegas, and I’ve been meaning to check out your blog ever since but the cards ended up just sitting. So glad I did. Subscribed to all of your social media channels!

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