BRISTOL -- Dogs jumped in and out of the Rockwell Park Pool Monday afternoon while their owners watched and tried not to get soaked at the 6th Annual Pooch Plunge.
The dog-only pool party is held annually after the pool closes to the public, explained Jaimie Clout, aquatics supervisor for the parks and recreation department.
“The event closes out the season. We keep the pool open a little longer for dogs to enjoy it,” she said. “The dogs love it every year.”
Any member of the public was welcomed to bring their dogs and the parks and recreation staff checked dog tags entering the pool to make sure they were all vaccinated, added Clout.
“The event gets bigger every year. It’s still manageable, but we continue to see more people and dogs,” Clout said.
At the pool for the first year enjoying the canine pool party was Mayor Ken Cockayne with his two dogs.
As Cockayne’s 2-year-old yellow Labrador named Snickers and 12-year-old golden retriever named Jack jumped in the pool and chased tennis balls, he noted that the event is a “blast” for owners and their dogs.
“It’s a great event for dogs. It’s fun and they are having a good time,” he said.
The event is organized by the Bristol Parks and Recreation department, and Clout noted that it will be held again next year.
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