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The Dog Days of Summer Are Here — So Is Minnidip’s Pup Dip Pool

You’ve had your summer fun. It’s your dog’s turn now.

by Sean Zucker
August 22, 2022
A couple with two dogs laughing around a Minnidip’s Pup Dip Pool.
Courtesy of Minnidip

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With only a few weeks of summer left before it’s all about the pumpkin spice latte, a myriad of other pumpkin-flavored things and the universal question of whether to dress your dog up for Halloween. It’s time to make the most out of the, er, dog days of summer, and if your pup likes to splash, they need to splash.

Luckily, Minnidip has created a solution where aquatically inclined dogs can fully experience the joy of aquatic movement. They have human pools, too, but hey — enough about us and our need to regulate our body temperature.

Doggy Paddle Central

The dog pool is called The Pup Dip — a portable pool just for dogs. Now, if you’re thinking the only thing that is more fleeting than the warm weather is the amount of time before your dog’s claws puncture a hole in that rubber contraption, you’re covered: Unlike similar options, Minnidip’s offering is entirely non-inflatable. Its four-foot-wide and 12-inch-tall foldable structure features a bottom panel comprised of heavy-duty vinyl that doubles the thickness of standard pools. The Pup Dip is durable, easy to store, and less likely to tear — though not impossible, so it’s recommended to trim your dog’s nails before letting them take a dip.

No stranger to reimagining the backyard classic, Minnidip initially launched in 2017 with a line of adult-sized kiddie pools and accessories. It quickly became a success thanks to its innovative use of trendy, colorful designs and dedication to rejuvenating customers’ inner children. It’s no surprise that when the company first dropped The Pup Dip in 2020, the product received the Ticketmaster treatment and sold out in 10 minutes. But, unlike seeing Elton John at The Garden, you actually have a second chance with this one. In fact, Minnidip now offers two versions of The Pup Dip and both are currently available.

There’s the brand’s signature That’s Banana(leave)s pattern, a dog-friendly version of one of Minnidip’s earliest and most popular designs. It was coincidentally also originally inspired by the founder’s dog, Bananas. Additionally, you can get the pool in Terrazzo — which is a seemingly timeless style.

Philanthropy — With Style

Of course, what is any dog-loving brand without the desire to give back? During The Pup Dip’s initial launch in 2020 which lasted less than half the length of an episode of The Office, Minnidip donated 100 percent of the proceeds to Wags & Walks and MCP Rescue — two charities that work to save at-risk dogs and find them loving homes because, like Michael Scott himself, Minnidip understands the importance of how you use your paper. Despite no longer contributing at the same ratio, they continue to support and give to both organizations, as well as PAWS Chicago,The World Wide Fund for Nature, and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Before you trade in your strawberry-lemon mojito and sunglasses for a cozy beanie and that PSL, give your dog a refreshing summer coda with The Pup Dip. And at only $45, it barely costs more than a couple of coffees at Starbucks anyway. 

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Sean Zucker

Sean Zucker

Sean Zucker is a contributor at The Wildest, whose work has also been featured in Points In Case, The Daily Drunk, Posty, and WellWell. He recently adopted a Pit Bull named Banshee whose work has been featured on the kitchen floor and behavioral issues rival his own.