Annual Doggie Swim Day

Check local news sources for events, and if there aren’t any around, ask neighborhood pools if they’d be interested in holding such an event.

 

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This weekend, many public swimming pools are going to the dogs.  As they close down for the season, they are allowing owners to bring their pups for a swim.  And if you don’t have a dog, lots of these venues are also having special adoption events.

El Paso’s Nations Tobin Aquatic Center is just one of many pools that are encouraging dog lovers to bring their four-legged pals for a dip over the next couple of weekends.

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“Any chance I get to get her in the water I take it because she absolutely loves it,” John McBride said of his dog Raven.

Some dogs just dunk their feet, some love diving right in, and many enjoy socializing with other dogs.  This is especially fun in areas with no lakes or streams.  Chris Glasgott is originally from Virginia, and now in Texas, says his golden retriever longs for the abundant water sources of their home state.

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“She was used to being in the water and she misses it,” he said.

NTAC is having a dog swim day on Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, but there are many aquatic centers having their own, one of which might be in your area.  Check local news sources for events, and if there aren’t any around, ask neighborhood pools if they’d be interested in holding such an event.

 

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38 thoughts on “Annual Doggie Swim Day

  1. we had ours yesterday! it was hot hot hot and the dogs were loving the pool!!! what a great time! loved seeing all the happy dogs playing in the pool!

  2. So dangerous! You must train your dog to know how to get out! Most will instinctively go to the nearest pool wall and exhaust themselves because it’s too tall to climb. They can drown quickly.

  3. Sara ‘Idaho’ Adams, how can this be dangerous if you are there to supervise? I think this is a fantastic idea and should be done at all pools!!!

  4. Our neighborhood’s Doggie Dip is this afternoon. We’ve done this for 10+ years, and it’s always a hit. We have to show neighborhood id (it got very popular and dogs from other neighborhoods were crashing it), owners have to sign a waiver (but there’s never been any trouble) and we’re not allowed in the pool with the dogs, but it’s a wonderful time. A couple of years after it started, we even got sponsors — pet businesses attend and hand out lit, but also dog treats and other small items.

  5. I wish our Fort Worth, Texas city council hadn’t closed all our pools except one at Forest Park, the wealthy side of town. 🙁

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