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Publish Date: 8/28/2005

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Hudson, a 3-year-old chocolate lab, shakes off after chasing a tennis ball during an open swim at Kanemoto Activity Pool in Longmont on Saturday. Times-Call/Jason P. Smith

Doggy paddling
Four-legged friends take dive at pool


LONGMONT — Six children stood outside the Kanemoto Activity Pool’s gates Saturday to watch all the commotion.

In less than an hour, about 32 dogs took over the pool at 1151 S. Pratt Parkway for Longmont’s first “Dog Day Afternoon.”

The city of Longmont and the Longmont Humane Society hosted the event. Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply Inc. provided dog treats.

The pool closed Tuesday to people and reopened Saturday for the dogs.

Sara Stewart, an aquatics specialist for the city, said the city might consider expanding the event to the larger Sunset Pool, 1900 Longs Peak Ave., next year because of its success.

“This is kind of crazy with dogs flying, balls flying and people throwing dogs into the pool,” Stewart said.

Brianna Beauvait, Longmont Humane Society media and education director, said the dog swim day is good for dogs, especially puppies, because it helps them learn socialization skills.

Julie Reed of Longmont said Mulligan, a labradoodle, has loved swimming ever since he spent the first years of his life living by a lake.

“He’s going to be so tired tonight. That’s good for me,” Reed said.

Several of the dogs rode the slide into the pool before the day was over.

The fee for the event was $2 per dog or $5 for three dogs, and the proceeds go to the Longmont Recreation Center.

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