UP Pool Hosts Splash Day For Pawed Pals

My three-legged dog Tilly.
My three-legged dog Tilly looking happy inside our over air-conditioned house. (Photo: Louis Ygartua)

The Dog Days of summer are upon us. I can’t walk outside my house without wanting to run through every sprinkler I see, and neither can my family dog, Tilly.

The Holmes Aquatic Center must be reading our minds. On Sunday, Sept. 8, dog owners and their pups will dive in to the pool from noon to 3 p.m. for Doggie Splash Day.

At 12:45 p.m. there’ll be a dog paddle race, which I think my three-legged dog might not enjoy that much.

At 2 p.m. there’s a retrieving contest that involves fetching hot dogs. I’m not sure how many hotdogs will actually make it back, but it still sounds fun to watch.

Lastly, there’ll be a dog costume/swimsuit contest at 2:30 p.m. I have a feeling Tilly would hate the costume and probably behave badly, but she might get the sympathy vote for having three legs?

To participate, dog owners must register. Owners will be charged $5.  Spectators will be charged $1. Before you register, check out the event regulations here. Note, no electric, pinch, spike or choke collars will be allowed.

What are you and your pup(s) doing to beat the heat this summer?


Update: Earlier I said regular swimming would be suspended. The pool officially closes on Labor Day, the weekend before the event.

4 thoughts on “UP Pool Hosts Splash Day For Pawed Pals

  • August 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Public swimming won’t be suspended because the pool closes Labor Day.

  • August 8, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I am guessing swimming will not be suspended that day because the pool closes for swimming on September 2nd.

  • August 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

    My bad. I wasn’t paying attention to the close date. I’ve amended the post. Thank you for your vigilance!

  • August 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I wished the pool was open weekends during September. It is still hot. I wonder when they are going to get the splash ground working again.


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