It’s Swimming Time!

Pools, beaches, swimming – summer is finally here! Since my furry friend prefers snow to sun (and who can blame him considering he has a permanent fur coat on?) I’ll be looking for ways to keep him cool while still getting out and enjoying the warm weather.

In addition to getting him one of these:

dog pool


We’ll be hitting up local dog friendly beaches and dog swim events to stay cool this summer. No matter what side of town you live on, there’s a dog friendly beach near you. Here’s what beaches to hit up this summer:

Columbia Road Beach, Bay Village Where Columbia Rd. dead ends into Lake Ave.

Bow Wow Beach, Silver Springs Park in Stow.

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach, Fairport Harbor The dog swim area is located at the east end of the beach between the two signs clearly marked “Dog Swim Area.” This is the only place dogs are allowed on the sand.

Edgewater Park Reservation, Cleveland Located north of Cleveland Memorial Shoreway (U.S. Routes 6 and 20 and State Route 2), follow the signs for the designated dog beach area.

Cleveland dog beaches
Columbia Rd. Beach


If the beach isn’t your thing, several dog events have dog swimming activities as well.

Swimming events

Paws in the Park Pawty  – This dog festival will include swimming, trails, walks, games and demonstrations. The festival will be held on Aug. 17 at Freelander Park in Wooster and all proceeds benefit the Wayne County Humane Society. Visit to find out more.

Dog Paddle & Pet-a-Palooza – Visitors can bring their dogs to swim at Ledge Pool on Aug. 24.  There will also be a dog fair with exhibitors and vendors. For more info visit:

Lakewood Dog Swim – Foster Pool will be hosting the Lakewood Dog Park Swim on Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 5 to 7:00pm.

Does your dog like swimming? What beaches or events will you be hitting up this summer?


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