Pooch splash

Some dogs jumped right into the water, some needed some coaxing from their owners. Regardless of their feelings about the water, it was clear that the dogs had a great time playing at the pool during the annual Pooch Summer Splash.

At least in Quincy, the dog days of summer draw a crowd.

With plenty of tail-wagging and fetching looks, the annual Pooch Summer Splash saw its biggest turnout yet this year at the Quincy Aquatic Center on Aug. 31.

The day of doggy fun marked the return of the event, which did not take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pooch Summer Splash is a combined effort from the Quincy Aquatic Center, Quincy Recreation Department and the Quincy Animal Shelter during which the community may bring their dogs to play in the pool one night at the end of the summer before the pool is drained and cleaned.

This year’s turnout was the largest turnout since the event started four years ago, said Quincy Animal Shelter assistant Daniel Reyes.

Reyes said that at least 40 dogs attended the event.

Not all dogs cared much about the water. Instead, quite a few chose to run through the grass surrounding the pool and chase other dogs.

Most of the dogs were medium to large size but there were a couple of small breeds of dogs who seemed happier to watch the action than participate,

Some owners sat back and watched with a smile while others threw toys into the pool to encourage their pooch to jump in and retrieve the toy.

Ephrata resident Heather Van Paepeghem said that this was the first time they participated in the event.

She brought her daughter and their dog named Daphne out to the aquatic center for the fun. She later commented on the shelter’s Facebook video of the event “Our pooch enjoyed it so much!,” she wrote.

The animal shelter only took two dogs to the event because they needed to keep a close eye on them in case they did not get along with other dogs.

They brought a husky named Rocket and a cattle dog named critter. Both remain available at the shelter for adoption.

Those in attendance had the chance to enter a raffle for a goodie basket of doggy toys and treats. The shelter Facebook page posted on Sept. 2:

“We drew a winner for our raffle yesterday, and she kindly donated the basket of goodies back to the shelter. We love our community! Hope to see you all there again next year!”

Quincy is not the only one to encourage pups to play in the pool, Ephrata held their Paws in the Pool on Sept. 6, according to a Facebook post by the Ephrata Parks and Recreation.

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