Posted by: twodogtales | September 9, 2010

Lots of dog swims Saturday in No. Va.

The Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority pools have closed for the summer–for everyone except dogs! This Saturday is “Dog Days Dog Swim” at many of the outdoor NVRPA pools, including Atlantis Water Park in Centreville, Downpour Water Park at Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, Great Waves at Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria, Pirate’s Cove at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton and Upton Hill Regional Park in Arlington.

Sundae proved she is part retriever at the Old Town Pool Tuesday

For just $5 per dog, your pup can ride the waves for four hours, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Be sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations, and has the tags to prove it.

Crowds of canines enjoy the Old Town kiddie pool

The best thing about the pools that are wave parks, like Great Waves in Alexandria, is that your dog doesn’t have to jump in over its head. The wave pools feature a large “beach” where the dogs can just step a couple inches down, and then wade out as deep as they are comfortable with. 

Sundae didn't need to use the pool stairs

 Of course, stepping in and out surprisingly was not an issue for my little super-mutt. While I have to show Chatham where the stairs are when we get to a pool–and she uses them–Sundae was able to climb out of the pool anywhere she wanted to. Talk about upper body strength! Scary.  

Wear clothing you don't mind will get soaked

Tuesday’s dog swim at the Old Town Pool was a great success, and likely neared the 100-dog limit. Local dog businesses including Dogtopia and Your Dog’s Best Friends dog day care providers set up tables and distributed brochures and treats, and $5 per dog was collected for the Alexandria Animal Welfare League.

Chatham faces a not-so-tough choice


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