Wednesday, August 14, 2013 , Updated 12:00 p.m., September 6, 2013
Take your pooch for a swim at one of DFW’s “dog days” events
About a dozen cities in DFW are hosting dog-friendly events.
It's the dog days of summer, and no, we're not talking about the weather. It's that time of year when city pools close to two-legged swimmers and open temporarily to four-legged friends.
Many cities pick just one pool to open for a doggie splash day. Most cost about $5 per dog. If your city isn't hosting a dog-day bash -- Southlake, for instance, doesn't have any city pools -- there's bound to be a municipality close by that is. Note that Plano had hosted an event of this nature in the past but is not doing so this year. Richardson or The Colony might be the closest cities for Plano residents with dogs.
If you go: Only take well-behaved dogs, and bring a record of their current vaccinations.
Garland: Organizers ask that you only bring socialized dogs to Holford Pool between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. August 17. Activities include wading pools and pet psychic readings! Cost is $5 per dog, $1 per human.
Mesquite: Here's your chance at a trophy. Dogs, divided by large and small breeds, will compete in events like the diving contest, and the top three finishers will receive a trophy. The event is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 17. $5 for one owner and one pet, $2 for each additional pet, $1 per additional person.
Richardson: Head to the Terrace Park Pool from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 17 for Richardson's dog splash. $5 per dog, free for humans.
Rowlett: One of the few events that takes place on a Sunday this August is Pooch Plunge at Rowlett's Wet Zone, from 4 to 7 p.m. August 18. $5 per dog, free for humans. Proceeds go to Friends of Rowlett Animals.
Carrollton: Put your pup in his or her "best swimsuit" for Carrollton's annual Pooch Pool Party from 1-4 p.m. September 7 at Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex. $3 per dog, free for humans.
Bedford: This city event is unique because it offers healthy activities for dogs and owners. The "2K-Nine" -- a 1.24 mile walk/run -- kicks off the event the morning of September 7. Then, pups can swim at Bedford Splash. $10 for 2K-Nine, $5 per dog for the splash, or $12 for both, per dog.
Rockwall: Bring your suit and join the dogs in the pool for Doggie Splash Day at Harry Myers Park Pool in Rockwall. They remind you that you're responsible for your dog's behavior. $5 per dog, free for humans.
Lewisville: Take Fido to Sun Valley Aquatic Park/Pool in Lewisville September 7 for a swim from 9:30 a.m. to noon. $4 per dog, free for humans.
Keller: Register early for Keller's Doggie Dunk, as it's $5 per dog before September 10 and $10 after that. The big splash takes place at The Keller Pointe Outdoor Pool. Dogs 30 pounds or less splash from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; dogs 31 pounds and larger romp from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Small dogs can stay for the large dog swim ... if they can handle it. Limited to the first 300 people/dogs.
University Park: Registry is required to attend University Park's Doggie Splash Day at Holmes Aquatic Center from noon to 3 p.m. September 8. Only dogs and their owners will be allowed in the pools, and puppies are not allowed. Dog competitions include a paddle race at 12:45 p.m. and a retrieving contest at 2 p.m. $5 per dog/owner, $1 for other spectators.
The Colony: We like the name of this one: The Bow-Wow Luau. Bring pups from 1-5 p.m. September 8 to Hawaiian Falls Waterpark in The Colony. Cost is $20 for non-residents, $15 for residents, and $10 for additional people. Price includes two dogs per person. A portion of the money benefits The Colony Animal Shelter's Injured Animal Fund.
North Richland Hills: Adorably named Wags and Waves is September 21 at NRH20 in North Richland Hills. Tickets are already on sale for the event that will include costume contests and agility tricks. $20 per person, which includes 2 dogs.
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