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Archive for Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Dogs dive in at outdoor pool’s 4th annual Pooch Plunge

September 6, 2006

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No, no, Draco, that's not yours. It's the Frisbee, Draco, the Frisbee.

Draco was one of about 200 dogs enjoying the fourth annual Pooch Plunge Tuesday at the Lawrence Aquatic Center.

The big, 5-year-old German shepherd didn't seem to care much about his Frisbee. Instead, he paddled toward a neon-green tennis ball floating nearby, though a yellow Lab already had eyes on it.

"I think (the Frisbee's) just too far out there," Draco's owner, Danielle Dumortier, said. "I think he'd rather just swim around."

The annual canine swimming event occurs the day before the pool is closed and drained for the season.

Here's what you might have seen, had you been there:

¢ Every nearby man, woman and child left soaking wet due to constant shaking of wet fur.

Strapped in a floatation device, Tiger, a female Yorkshire terrier, walks leg-deep in the wading pool at Lawrence Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., and receives an inquisitive sniff from a passing dog. Hounds from across Lawrence took their turn swimming in the pool Tuesday during the annual Pooch Plunge.

Strapped in a floatation device, Tiger, a female Yorkshire terrier, walks leg-deep in the wading pool at Lawrence Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., and receives an inquisitive sniff from a passing dog. Hounds from across Lawrence took their turn swimming in the pool Tuesday during the annual Pooch Plunge.

¢ Several dogs forgoing the chance to swim to concentrate on rear sniffing.

¢ A makeshift game of hide-and-seek when the kiddie pool became filled with similarly sized black dogs.

"You realize how many black dogs are here," said Jolene Dreiling, trying her best to keep her two black Rottweiler-border collie mixes at hand.

Dreiling's pups, Boomer and Bailey, swam most of the time in the kiddie pool, as did many of the other dogs.

Not that her animals weren't practiced swimmers. Dreiling said her dogs swam at doggie day-care pools during the summer.

But that was nothing compared with the pandemonium of the Pooch Plunge.

"This is usually their big swim event," Dreiling said.

Comments

sourpuss 7 years, 7 months ago

This is a great use for the pool at the end of the year, and it looks like the dogs (and their owners) have a blast.

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lelly 7 years, 7 months ago

Our dog had great fun. At $3, this is probably a break even event but the dogs and their owners love it. Keep it up, LPRD!

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juliopac 7 years, 7 months ago

This is why I love--and miss Lawrence!

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Jhawk35 7 years, 7 months ago

that picture of the dog in the life jacket has made my day.

way too cute.

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