Harrisonville’s outdoor aquatic center this week opened its doors one last time for the summer to pups of all shapes and sizes for a swim in the pool.
The city’s “Doggie Dive” event, held every year after Labor Day, opened the swimming pool to dogs and their owners for a few hours. The public pool’s last day of the 2017 season was on Monday.
Dozens of dog owners brought their canines Tuesday night for some end-of-summer fun. For several years, the city said it’s opened its pool to people with their dogs for one night a year.
Laurie Lang, with her golden retriever, Maya, said they drove from Raymore to try out the pool for the first time. Lang says Maya usually likes to go in water belly-deep, and the two sometimes go to the lake at Shawnee Mission Park in Kansas.
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“She doesn’t swim —the only Golden Retriever that doesn’t swim,” Lang laughs. “But, she loves the water, and I’ve been wanting to come down here every year, but I never make it down. We finally made it down this year.”
Another dog owner, Laura McClain, of Harrisonville, said she brought her small bichon frise dog as a fun, social activity. Her dog’s name is Mr. Smith.
“He loves it. We have a big yard at home, but he loves socializing with the other dogs,” McClain said.
For more information about future events and the 2018 season at the Harrisonville Outdoor Aquatic Center, visit the city’s website.