The Golden Retriever—a sporting breed described by the AKC as “built to retrieve, swimming and fetching are natural pastimes.” I get it, but for this rookie swimmer, a gradual entry into a muddy lake bed or sandy beach is my preference. A belly flop into a deep pool of water just seems a little intimidating to me. Nonetheless, I accepted an invite from friends to attend their 4th Annual Golden Retriever Pool Party. After all, outings are good for my “social” life. Turns out I am a better fetcher than swimmer, but clearly the life of the pup party!