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PAWS and More hosts doggy paddle at the pool
Aug 28, 2018
Photo by: Gretchen Teske Ty Hamilton, 4, throws a ball for his best boy, Gabe. Ty and Gabe were at the Washington pool for the doggie paddle on Saturday, Aug. 25.

By Gretchen Teske, The JOURNAL

 

National dog day may have been Sunday, but dogs in the Washington area couldn’t be stopped from celebrating early.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Washington Aquatic Center was open for any and all dogs to cool off and enjoy the last of the summer days. PAWS and More director, Amber Talbot said the experience was just a fun way to get the community involved and raise a little money for the shelter. During their 11th annual doggy paddle, the YMCA of Washington was also hosting a dog jog in the park. Dogs and their owners were able to run or walk to get the energy out, then come have a relaxing time in the pool.

“A lot of them don’t have the opportunity to have access to water,” she said. “It’s just a fun way to engage the community, and for dogs it gives them something else to enjoy other than just the dog park or walking on a leash.”

The doggy paddle was originally a fundraiser for the dog park, but the last two years have been dedicated to making it a fundraiser for the shelter. Talbot says in all the years they’ve done it, they’ve never had a problem and she hopes it’s something they can continue for years to come. “It’s just a unique opportunity your dog isn’t going to get in their day-to-day routine,” she said. “And if they don’t like water, it’s just a new place to run around.”

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