The story behind this viral ‘dog pool’ photo

Posted at 7:37 AM, Aug 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-08 07:38:30-04

URBANNA, Va. (WTVR) – A photo posted to has now been seen by nearly 800,000 people.

Under the header “Saw this while walking through a small town in VA – it’s nice to know that someone is looking out for all the pups in this summer heat,” Reddit user Brittany Magill, of Falls Church, posted the photo of a sign, according to WTVR.

The sign read: If Your Dog Has To Be Outside… Please Take a Pool To Help Them Cool. If the kiddie pools are all gone, I’ll replace as soon as I can – Megan

dogpool Megan, it turns out, is Megan Brockman, the owner of Cafe Mojo on Virginia Street in Urbanna. She said she came up with the idea to buy the pools last month after two dogs died from heat stroke in Newport News.

Brockman, who has two rescue dogs of her own, said the dogs’ death made her cry and she “freaked out” a bit.

She said she went to Dollar General and bought 11 kiddie pools. She then made the  sign and put them in front of her restaurant.

The pools went fast, she said, so she bought more. She’s bought at least 30 pools so far.

She said people who have heard about the giveaway have traveled to Urbanna to donate more pools.

Read more at WTVR.