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Pooches in the pool
Dogs enjoy their day in the sun
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A few dogs were reluctant to take that first dip in the pool at the Great Bend Aquatic Center at the doggy splash day on Saturday. Others, jumped right in. At bottom left, a trendy dog wore a life jacket. - photo by KAREN LA PIERRE


Golden retrievers, Labradors, weimaraners and those of mixed descent, also known as mutts, dug their day in the sun at the Great Bend Aquatic Center swimming pool on Saturday, all in an effort to raise money for the Great Bend dog park at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Swimmers of the four-footed variety swam, chased balls, left a few unmentionable deposits, had a few minor skirmishes, but otherwise enjoyed some of the best recreational amenities the city has to offer.

"So far, so good," said Chairperson Mindy Hickel. "Everybody’s having fun."
The pool has already been closed to humans, but dogs were allowed prior to its draining. Hickel said the fund raisers would like to make the doggie splash an annual event.

Ice cream treats were even available for those dogs that needed a pick-me-up. And, yes, lifeguards were on duty.

Hickel thought of the idea after seeing similar events held in other cities.

The fund raisers are well on their way to having enough funds to complete the park, which will be located at the northwest corner of Veteran’s Lake. "The fence should be going up in the next two weeks," said Hickel. "We hope to open by October."
The group has already held two fund raisers, Bark in the Park, and selling bricks for the sidewalk surrounding the dog park. The bricks cost $100 each.

Donations can be dropped off at Coldwell Banker Real Estate.