Doggy Dip marks end to pool season

Published 10:08 am Monday, August 17, 2009

The Austin Municipal Pool was filled with more than just kids and their parents Sunday evening.

Dogs were there too, fetching tennis balls, stuffed toys and contemplating whether to jump in or stay dry.

The pool’s annual “Doggy Dip,” event hosted by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department was held Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m.

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It allowed pet owners a chance to bring their dogs into the pool a day before it’s drained for the winter.

“I lot of people enjoy it,” said pool manager Tina Strauss. “It’s kind of an unique opportunity for (their dogs) to get in the water.”

More than 80 people signed up for the “Doggy Dip,” which featured big dogs, small dogs and even hot dogs at the concession stand.

“He’s been here every year,” said Austin resident Dean Ahles, of his Golden Retriever “A.J.” “It kind of signifies the end of summer.”

Cost of the “Doggy Dip” was $2 per dog and two human companions and $1 for each additional person. Strauss said the proceeds go back into the pool’s maintenance fund.

Drawings were also held for t-shirts, hats and Frisbees, all donated by Double K Specialty, Inc.

“I think it’s cool,” Austin’s Shari Esson said, holding her 3-year-old Shitzhu “Reeses” in a blanket.

“We were waiting all day.”