Dogs rule for a day at the pool

Popular dog-swimming event marks its 11th year

Posted 8/7/17

Thornton will mark the end of dog days of summer with a literal splash on Aug. 19.

Thornton’s Paws for a Dip event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. that Saturday.

“We have a kiddie slide the dogs go down, which is a riot,” said Renee …

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Dogs rule for a day at the pool

Popular dog-swimming event marks its 11th year

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Thornton will mark the end of dog days of summer with a literal splash on Aug. 19.

Thornton’s Paws for a Dip event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. that Saturday.

“We have a kiddie slide the dogs go down, which is a riot,” said Renee Dodson, recreation program and facility supervisor/aquatics. “We have a regular that comes every year with his human, and he has his very own fitted life-jacket and he just floats around the pool.”

The popular event is in its 11th year.

“I attended an aquatics conference and learned about this up-and-coming special event. It was the newest thing to the aquatic industry,” Dodson said. ”So I asked for it in my budget. It was approved and it’s been an event every year since.”

The dogs have a blast.

”They are just running everywhere,” she said. ”We have a staging area so the dogs can’t get out while others are coming and going. You can bring your own toys, however they may be snagged up by another dog. We provide loads of tennis balls for them. We have some Newfoundlands that come and they bring their own retrieving toys.”

But the people watching may have more fun, she said.

“It’s like a bunch of 2- and 3-year-olds running around up and down, zigzagging,” she said of the dogs. ”They chase balls sometimes in the water and out of the water. If they could scream and holler with excitement they would.”

The city closes the pool to all but the adult humans and their dogs for the day. Each owner is allowed to bring two dogs. Children 12 and under are free, but no swimming is allowed and they need to be supervised. Each pet needs to have current vaccinations to participate.

”Labs seem to have the most fun in the pool,” Dodson said. ”Bulldogs are surprising to see swimming about in the water.”

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