Mark Your Calendars: Dog Swim Events

The end of summer is a sad time, but there’s one good thing that comes from it — dog swim events! Every year at the end of pool season, several area pools open up their pools to dogs for them to enjoy some swimming time.

So, get those bathing suits ready and mark your calendars for these upcoming dog swim events:

Aug. 20

The Brook Park Recreation Center will open up its pool to dogs on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11-2. The event is free and there will also be an opportunity to take pictures with your dog from 11-1. Find out more info on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/brookparkrec

Aug. 27

Westlake will host its annual dog swim at Peterson Pool on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. A $2 donation to the Westlake Animal Shelter is encouraged.

Aug. 28

Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza will be held next Sunday, Aug. 28 at Hinckley Ledge Pool at the Hinckley Reservation. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can bring your dog to swim at the pool and visit the mini dog fair with vendors and exhibitors. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735747403372186/

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Sept. 6

Lakewood Dog Park will host its annual Dog Swim at the Foster Pool at Lakewood Park. Bring your dog to swim from 5- 8 p.m. Admission is $8 for 1 dog, $7 for each additional dog. Proceeds will go to help support the Lakewood Dog Park. More details to be announced on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Lakewood-Dog-Park-Friends-of-Lakewood-Dog-Park

Sept. 10

Berea Animal Rescue Friends will host its K9 Splash on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Wallace Lake. Cost is a $5 donation per dog, or $10 for “packs” of two or more. The first 25 humans to register will receive a free event t-shirt. More details here: http://bereaanimalrescue.com/k-9-splash

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Also on Sept. 10, Love-A-Stray will host its 11th annual dog swim from noon to five at the Avon Lake Municipal Pool. The $8 admission fee will benefit Love-A-Stray. There will also be raffles, dog related games and vendors. Find out more here: http://www.loveastraydog.com/events/11th-annual-big-splash-dog-swim/11070

IMPORTANT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: If you are planning to go to one of these events, please bring poop bags. I was so confused last year how no one seemed to care when their dog did their business in the pool. Some of us have to be in the pool with our dogs, so please clean up after your pup!