The Larry Weeks Community Pool at Vint Hill held its annual Dog’s Day Pool Party Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Just before the pool is emptied and cleaned before winter, the filters are turned off and dogs from around the county are invited for a swim.
In the first hour, about 60 happy, excited dogs arrived to play.
It was a beautiful day, and the dogs swam, socialized and played fetch to their hearts’ content.
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Some visitors to the Vint Hill pool took a little time to get used to things before jumping in with all four feet.
Marley won the award for best dives of the day. Showing no fear, he displayed perfect form. Erin Roper, veterinary technician at New Baltimore Animal Hospital, kindly threw tennis balls for Marley’s entertainment.
With a few short-lived exceptions, all the dogs displayed good social skills and played nice with one another.
For Rowdy, owned by Ray Enyeart and Cindy Berbank, the dog paddle was the preferred stroke of the day. (It was the preferred stroke of every other dog too, coincidentally.)
Buckwheat was at the pool with Betsy Aiani.
Phil and Chris Whiteside’s Lou was in the pool more than out of it.
Maddy Powers cuddles Gracie, who is only 4 months old, but was holding her own with the big dogs.
Tyson, a German shepherd at the pool with Sarah Lamberth, prefers the kiddie pool.
Stryder took his time making a foray into the water. He felt a lot better when he could stand up.
Bear, looking way too cuddly for his name.
Bear, who wasn’t too comfortable in the water, gets a hand from Cole Wilson while Brittany Cable looked on.
Fetch was the game of the day.
Stryder, owned by Jinette Tellado and daughters Mikayla, Melina and Kateri, preferred socializing with his fellow canines over swimming.