Humane Society of Central Illinois

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

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.

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

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!

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Due to the heavy crowd, it was decided and announced early on that the event will be expanded for next year.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Many dogs didn't waste any time getting into the water.

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

The dogs seem to get along well together.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

It's unusual to see this many dogs together.

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Some people attend this event without a dog, just to enjoy the fun.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Tennis balls and other toys were popular with the dogs.

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Some dogs eased their way into the water.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Many owners seemed to enjoy the water too.

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

What a great way for dogs and owners to meet new friends.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

And the race is on!

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

It's going to be a close finish!


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Should I go farther in? They are having so much fun!

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

The warm sun feels so good.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Dakota makes his way across the pool.

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

A big splash!


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Look what I've got!

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Another race in progress!


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

It's a lovely day for a dip, wouldn't you agree?

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

A little help is appreciated.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Just a little further...

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Wait for me!


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

A beagle and Minnie enjoy a cool swim together.

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Ready for another lap?


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Frisbee and a shake!

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

The cool water felt great.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

I am fine right where I am!

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

I made it to the other side!  Hey, help me get out...


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Help out of the water is often needed.

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Maybe I want to stay in the water...


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

A couple of dogs go for a stroll.

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Another group swims across.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Let's check out the other side!

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Dakota greets a new friend.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

One of the more modest dogs that participated!

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

A safety float worked well for this dog.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Amy and Wally.

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

Dana, Tripper, Maude, and Minnie.


Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

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.

Dog Days of Summer - September 2006

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!


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