Summer Ends on a Tail-Wagging Splash

By Pam Robinson

Sep 9, 2009 7:58pm

ABC News On Campus reporter Alina Selyukh blogs:

It’s not that Einstein doesn’t like water, it’s just that he’s small.

For a tiny dachshund puppy, this was the first time at a pool with so many dogs, bigger dogs, around. It was his first Soggy Doggy Day.

On the last day of the swimming season, York Family Aquatic Center in York, Neb., opens its doors to furry guests big and small. The 750,000-gallon public pool – complete with slides, fountains and lap lanes – gets taken over by dogs and their owners.

This is York’s fourth Soggy Doggy Day, but similar events have been long bringing joy to wet dogs around the nation.

Pool manager Liesl Lucas said the Aquatic Center’s administration heard of similar events in Nebraska and other states and decided to bring the tradition to York.
“People are proud to take a family day out, let their pets swim and show off and be proud of their own pet,” she said.

Labradors, pit bulls, German shepherds, basset hounds, huskies, terriers and retrievers – about 50 dogs showed up on the hot and sunny last day at the pool. They fluttered around, fetched colorful toys, dove, scrambled out of the deep end or tugged on the leashes until already soggy people dragged them into the water with a big splash.

“He hasn’t had a lot of fun swimming, but I tried to get him in a little bit,” Einstein’s handler, Maureen Kinyon, said about the puppy she brought. “So far he’s been on the shallow end, and we tried to get him back here in the fountain a little bit and that’s about it.”

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