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Dog days turn into playtime for local canines

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By Taylor Riley

 

The dog days of summer will end with an annual tradition in Oldham County: reserving the last open day of the pool for local canines.

The John W. Black Aquatic Center is closing its doors to the public Sept. 6, but the pool will host one last summer celebration with the 16th annual Puppy Party on Sept. 7.

The park invites dogs, owners and kids to swim and jump off the diving board for an afternoon of family fun, Laura Feese, aquatic director, said.

“It is a joyful afternoon with people and pets,” Feese said. “The people are smiling and so are the puppies.”

Dogs must be on a leash on land and Feese suggests also leaving leashes on in the water.

All owners are responsible for their dogs’ behavior; the park has the authority to ask dogs and owners to leave. The park is not responsible for damage to humans, other dogs or material items.

“The dogs must remain socially acceptable,” Feese said.

There should be no running or use of the slide by dogs or people at the party, and a pooper-scooper will be needed.

The pool will be cleared of chemicals for the celebration. The snack bar will be open for guests with special prices.

All dogs present must have bordetella, rabies, canine distemper and parvovirus shots. Owners are required to bring the official vaccine record from their veterinarian.

“Anytime a dog is in a public place, they need to be vaccinated,” Leigh Ann Ford, practice manager at Oldham County Veterinary Service, said. “You wouldn’t want to spread airborne diseases. (Vaccines) protect people as well as the animal.”

The Puppy Party will be held Sept. 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It is $5 per dog and humans are free.

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