It may be the dog days of summer, but the dogs who showed up to swim at Riverside Pool on Saturday didnt seem to mind the heat.
At least 50 dogs and their owners came to an event, sponsored by the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County and the Findlay YMCA, that allowed dogs to swim in the Riverside Park pool in exchange for a donation to the Humane Society.
This year is the first time the event has been held in Hancock County.
The donation could be cash or an item from the Humane Society’s wish list, such as canned dog and cat food or bleach. All donations went to the Humane Society.
The pool closed for the season — to people — on Aug. 12. Saturday’s event was delayed a week to make sure there was nothing in the water that could hurt the dogs, said Amanda Doty, aquatics safety coordinator for the YMCA.
“This is something we wanted to do for a while,” Doty said.
But the YMCA wasnt sure what to do keep the dogs safe, she said. Partnering with the Humane Society seemed like the best solution.
Paula Krugh, the local Humane Society director, said the Humane Society laid down some rules. The dog warden was on-site. Dogs deemed aggressive couldnt come to the event.
But there were blue skies Saturday after several days of rain, lots of barking and some very excited pups.
“Its so neat to see the response of the community. It’s wonderful,” Krugh said. “And the variety of dogs that are here are wonderful.”
Dalmatians, a lot of goldendoodles, German shepherds, huskies, mutts, wiener dogs and many other breeds were in attendance, along with their owners.
Some of the dogs seemed reluctant to get into the water. Ellie, a 7-year-old Newfoundland female, was “being a chicken,” her owner, Michelle Broad, said with a laugh. Ellie paced on the side of the pool, reluctant to get in.
“I always wanted to try her in the water,” Broad said.
Robin Bowman brought her 11-year-old Belgian Malinois, Sable, to the pool. The pair splashed about for a while, then took a break by the side of the pool.
Bowman said she got Sable when the dog was 2 years old from the Humane Society.
Since then, she brings Sable to all the Humane Society events she can, to show people what an adopted dog can be like.
“Shes been a wonderful dog,” Bowman said. “Were attached at the hip.”