It’s that time of year again. Every summer, usually mid-sizzle, I write an article about my first Frenchie, Marcel, and his accidental death in a swimming pool.

I really don’t need to say much beyond the basic fact of his death (at a barbecue with over ten people in attendance, poolside) to hammer home the point that dogs die in pools every day—even when people are watching, playing with them, enjoying themselves. Even a veterinarian’s dog can drown in a pool in a minute.

It’s been many years since Marcel drowned and by now I’m pretty sure that I will never forgive myself for not saving him, for putting him in harm’s way like that, for ignoring him when he needed me most.

Last week I received an email informing me of a website tribute to another drowned Frenchie. I don’t know the circumstances of this case but I can tell that Ndali was every bit as cherished as my Marcel.

Take this to heart, all of you with older pets, pets with limited vision, pets who don’t swim well, pets who suffer seizures, pets who can be confused by pool lights at night. Indeed, all pets run this risk. Make sure you know what your pet’s needs are in this regard and—please—see to them.