The dog days of summer are coming to an end with quite a few splashes.
The annual “Dog Day of Summer” swim at the Mayfair pool in Saskatoon took place on Thursday, allowing canines to have a splash before the pool closes for the season.
Jess Novicki came out with her rescued fur pal Brinx to take a dip.
“He loves to swim, so he’s having a good time,” Novicki said as her dog made new friends.
Around 200 dogs came out to cool off in the 31 C temperatures.
The first pack entered the water at 11 a.m., and were allowed to swim for an hour. A schedule throughout the afternoon was set to conclude with the last group at 6 p.m.
Some dogs were wary of the new surroundings, and needed a bit of a push.
Anita Fraser’s year-and-a-half old labrador retreiver Jake was one of them.
“He loves being in the water but is a little hesitant to jump into the deep end,” Fraser said.
“We’ve been pushing him in a couple times.”
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This was their first time out to the event. Fraser was surprised most dogs were more interested in each other than the pool.
A one-year-old Alaskan Klee Kai named Storm was among the dogs chasing each other around.
“She doesn’t really like the water but I thought maybe with other dogs she would go in,” her owner Kristen Nguyen said.
While the event was free to attend, proceeds from a hot dog BBQ went to the Saskatoon SPCA.