End of summer, man’s best friend chills out

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Nancy Deming of Clarendon watches as her Suzie pulls herself up to the edge of the C.A.R. Pool in Warren during the third annual Doggie Dip on Sunday.

The C.A.R. Pool was opened up to an unusual clientele on Sunday.

At the third annual Doggie Dip, about 30 dogs ran around, sniffed butts, and waded and swam in the pool for about two hours.

“What makes the event special is this is the day that dogs get to use the pool,” YMCA Aquatics Coordinator, and Doggie Dip Organizer, Dani Mostachetti said. “The area is completely fenced in, so the dogs can be off-leash and anywhere in the facility.”

At least one pooch took a couple of steps up the ladder to the water slide, but that was all.

Some dogs chased balls thrown by their people into the swimming area. Others jumped in with less motivation. A majority of the dogs got their feet wet in the wading area.

Some smaller dogs showed off their techniques as their people held them close to the surface.

Pool staff take special steps to make the event safe for the dogs and make sure the pool is safe for humans.

“There is no chlorine in the pool” during the event, Mostachetti said. “We turned off the chlorine pump and added a neutralizer after patrons left on Saturday to eliminate the chlorine from the pool.”

Some people went in the water with their dogs.

“We have lifeguards on duty if people do enter the water to assist their dogs,” she said. “People are encouraged to not swim with the dogs to reduce the risk of injury.”

And Sunday was the last day of operation for the season. Next up is draining and maintenance.