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One last splash

POOCH POOL - The Grosvenor Park Outdoor Pool will host its third annual Dog Swim on Monday

Is your dog a water baby – a pooch born to swim?

If the answer is yes, check out the Labour Day weekend dog swim and make a splash with other dog lovers.

On Monday, Sept. 1, Grosvenor Park Outdoor Pool hosts the third annual Dog Swim. It’s a good opportunity for the family canine to cool off in hot weather and for pet owners to socialize with other dog lovers, says Sharleen Edwards, manager of aquatics.

“It’s awesome. It’s really fun. It’s a very festive experience and pet owners enjoy being out with their pets. Owners are also pretty fantastic and maintain good control over their pets,” adds Edwards.

“And the dogs enjoy being with other dogs. The ones that go swimming sure look like they enjoy getting wet.”

In addition to providing a social experience, the swim is a fundraiser for Second Chance Animal Rescue Society. Last year, the swim raised $1,900 as well as 155 items including feeding supplies, bedding, toys and towels.

“St. Albert pet owners just seem to want to help and that’s just part of the fun. It always amazes me how generous people are.”

In addition, a municipal enforcement service representative will be handing out information and answering questions on the new animal bylaw.

To stage this event, the City of St. Albert has worked with Alberta Health Services to adhere to safety standards. The pool will allow dogs to swim from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. only, the final two hours the pool is open this season.

For health and safety reasons, people will not be allowed in the pool with their pets. After the event, the pool will be completely cleaned and sanitized.

Dogs taking part must have up-to-date vaccinations and will be allowed access to the facility through the back gate. Water bowls will be provided and each dog will be hosed down before and after entering the pool.

“If your pet needs a life preserver, it is the owner’s responsibility.”

The swim was launched in 2012 at the request of dog owners that had heard of swims in parts of Alberta and British Columbia. The event has attracted a steady 200 dogs annually.

“Here you have a chance to be part of an unusual event with your family pet. It’s fun and it benefits a great organization. You can find out more information on the animal bylaw, and it’s a great way to end the summer.”

Anna Borowiecki: Anna Borowiecki joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2000. She reports on local people and events in the arts, entertainment and food industry. She also writes general news and features.