The "Dog Days of Summer" event was a fun time for all, especially the dogs! The event was held at the Fairview Family Aquatic Center. All dogs were invited to come take a dip in one of the area's most popular summer swimming holes. Prior to the "doggie dip", chlorine was removed from the pool to make it more comfortable for the pooch's skin. Because of the lack of chlorine, only dogs were allowed to swim. Half the proceeds are donated to the Humane Society of Central Illinois. This event was sponsored by the Normal Parks and Recreation Department.
A record number, 482 dogs, and "their" people attended this year's dog swim. The line at 10:00 am stretched out to the baseball diamonds.
It didn't hurt that the weather was absolutely gorgeous!
Due to the heavy crowd, it was decided and announced early on that the event will be expanded for next year.
Many dogs didn't waste any time getting into the water.
The dogs seem to get along well together.
It's unusual to see this many dogs together.
Some people attend this event without a dog, just to enjoy the fun.
Tennis balls and other toys were popular with the dogs.
Some dogs eased their way into the water.
Many owners seemed to enjoy the water too.
What a great way for dogs and owners to meet new friends.
And the race is on!
It's going to be a close finish!
Should I go farther in? They are having so much fun!
The warm sun feels so good.
Dakota makes his way across the pool.
A big splash!
Look what I've got!
Another race in progress!
It's a lovely day for a dip, wouldn't you agree?
A little help is appreciated.
Just a little further...
Wait for me!
A beagle and Minnie enjoy a cool swim together.
Ready for another lap?
Frisbee and a shake!
The cool water felt great.
I am fine right where I am!
I made it to the other side! Hey, help me get out...
Help out of the water is often needed.
Maybe I want to stay in the water...
A couple of dogs go for a stroll.
Another group swims across.
Let's check out the other side!
Dakota greets a new friend.
One of the more modest dogs that participated!
A safety float worked well for this dog.
Amy and Wally.
Dana, Tripper, Maude, and Minnie.
Dave, HSCI president and licensed humane investigator, reunites with Skeeter, a dog he rescued many years ago, at the HSCI table. Skeeter has an awesome home.
A great time was had by all!
A big thank you goes to the Normal Parks and Recreation Department and the Fairview Family Aquatic Center for sponsoring this event!