First Doggie PaddlePosted September 10, 2007 at 12:19 PM, Filed Under: BCA News, Village Mill
Makes a Big Splash
By Wendy Parker
Slobbering, sniffing, and tail-wagging are not generally considered acceptable behaviors at most social gatherings.Such was not the case, however, at the first-ever Doggie Paddle at North Beach Pool where the event received a resounding paws up. Over 50 party animals showed up with their owners on the evening of September 4 for a flurry of wet fur fun.
For two hours, dogs of all sizes and breeds took part in swimming, diving, chasing balls and frisbees, and serious socializing at the pool. While most Golden Retrievers and Labradors dove right in, other breeds were more timid. Some water-shy dogs stayed on the sidelines taking it all in and others raced around the perimeter playing tag with one another. Three tiny pooches, away from the general hoopla, floated on a raft like lost sailors adrift at sea. While many pet owners joined their dogs in the pool, others tried to monitor their charges from the side. Regardless, no one remained dry.
In general, most dogs were extremely well-mannered. Surprisingly, there was no barking, and only one or two growls were heard when someone’s tennis ball was snatched away. Pet owners and folks who stopped by to catch the action were all smiles and did their own share of socializing. That is when two Dalmations made their escape out of the pool grounds. The general consensus of attendees — two- and four-legged alike — was that the Doggie Paddle was a tail-wagging success. Many pet owners and dogs are looking forward to next year’s event.
Special thanks go to Petco and Bath & Biscuit for donations of doggie bags that included frisbees, coupons for grooming, biscuits, and computer mouse pads sporting the phrase: “I’m a dog lover.”