Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Who let the dogs in? Pools, water parks open doors to paddling pups

Labor Day may mark the end of the season at most swim centers.

Who let the dogs in? Pools, water parks open doors to paddling pups

The hot new trend for swim clubs, rec centers and even water parks is hosting dog swims on the Saturday or Sunday after Labor Day - giving doggy paddlers the last shot at summertime splashing. (iStock)
The hot new trend for swim clubs, rec centers and even water parks is hosting dog swims on the Saturday or Sunday after Labor Day - giving doggy paddlers the last shot at summertime splashing. (iStock)

 Labor Day weekend may mark the end of the season at most swim centers - for humans anyway.

The weekend after Labor Day is fast becoming all about the dogs.

The hot new trend for swim clubs, rec centers and even water parks is hosting dog swims on the Saturday or Sunday after Labor Day - giving doggy paddlers the last shot at summertime splashing.

Next Saturday near where I live in Harrisburg, the Devon Manor Swim Club in Colonial Park is holding its public Doggy Dip on Sept. 6, complete with treat bags for all swimmers.

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In the Philadelphia area various YMCA's are making a day out it for members with swim sessions, pet portraits, pet costume contests and donations to help support local shelters.

Over on the Jersey Shore on Sunday an even bigger thrill for true water hounds: Morey's Pier Raging Waters Water Park in Wildwood, is hosting its annual "Gone to the Dogs" event.

“As soon as we saw 100 dogs splashing around our water park with their families last year, we knew this would become an annual event,” said Jack Morey, second-generation partner of Morey’s Piers. “Morey’s Piers is devoted to family fun and that should also include the furriest members of the family.

Morey said proceeds will benefit New Jersey SPCA and the Wildwood Dog Beach.

You have to act fast though. Tickets are sold out for big dogs (over 50 pounds) but there are still a few tickets for the under 50 pound club and more than 100 tickets left for dog handlers and friends. ($10 per dog and person)

Amy Worden Inquirer Staff Writer
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