Dogs get in the swim at Venetian’s ‘Paws in the Pool’
Pet owners and their pooches had a doggone good time at the Venetian Pool’s third annual “Paws in the Pool” dog swim on Sunday, Oct. 7.
Once a year the historic pool, 2701 DeSoto Blvd., celebrates canines of all shapes and sizes by letting them play in its waters. Small dogs had their splash in the morning; large canines were admitted in the afternoon. In all 263 visitors (and their dogs) participated this year.
“This is just unbelievable,” said Gables resident Tiz Stockton, who brought her Glen of Imaal Terrier, Cory, to the event. “I think they should have it more often.”
Dr. Britt Berglinda, who was accompanied her Bijon Frise, Nicky, agreed. “This is the first time I’ve ever heard of anything like it and I think it’s so much fun!”
By request of previous participants, some changes were made this year, such as providing canines with treats. The Biltmore and Salvadore Park Tennis Centers also donated old tennis balls, giving pooches a fun toy.
The event also provides an opportunity for animal shelters, such as Born Free Pet Shelter, to highlight the importance of pet adoption. Some guests even decided to take a furry friend home with them.
To ensure sanitation, pool staffers close the Venetian for two days afterward for new water to be pumped in and pressure cleaned, explained pool supervisor Carolina Vester.
Paws in the Pool began in 2009 when the Venetian’s previous manager, a Dachshund enthusiast, hatched the idea. Since then dog owners have been bringing their pooches from as far as Fort Lauderdale to enjoy.
Large or small, all the dogs in attendance Sunday seemed to have wonderful time with their owners, calling it the best event, paws down.