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2014 Bark ‘N Splash happening again

Lakewood Parks and Rec hosting Bark 'N Splash bash
Lakewood Parks and Rec hosting Bark 'N Splash bash

Lakewood Parks and Recreation District hosts an annual “Bark ‘N Splash Bash” for all the four-legged friends throughout the neighborhoods. Below is the schedule for 2014. Hard to believe August is days away; the pools are prepared to welcome the furry friends:

Fee - $5 – pre-registered, $10 day of event:
Register each dog in advance for three sessions and only pay for two.
To register, call 303-987-7830


Glennon Heights Pool: 10600 W. Virginia Ave. – Sunday, August 17, 2014 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Morse Park Pool: 8180 W. 20th Ave. - Saturday, August 23 and Sunday August 24 – 9 a.m. -1 p.m.

Carmody Outdoor Pool: 2200 Kipling Street – Saturday, September 6 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Due to health department regulations, people will not be allowed to get in the water with the dogs.

These are the last days the outdoor pools are open. This is a fun event for owners and dogs and a great way for a dog to get a change in exercise and cool off if they like water and are able to swim.

When it comes to swimming, canines generally fall into one of three categories. There are those that can swim, those that can be taught to swim and those that should steer clear of all aqueous environments. Water spaniels, golden retrievers, Irish setters, English setters, and the water-loving Newfoundland fall into the first category -- all excellent swimmers. Each of these dogs has a strong tradition of swimming within the breed and generally enjoys being in water.

At the other end of the spectrum are the low and lovable sturdy breeds like bulldogs, dachshunds and boxers. There simply isn't enough thrust from their short legs to keep them afloat in aquatic environments. Breeds that have short faces, such as the pug, also have a very hard time swimming since they fatigue easily. Small dogs such as the Maltese and Chihuahua are sometimes good swimmers, but may become easily chilled or frightened in the water, which can increase the risk of drowning.

Some dogs may have the physical capacity to swim, but have a mortal fear of the water nonetheless. These animals tend to panic when submerged. For a dog in water, panic quickly leads to fatigue, which makes drowning much more likely. That spells bad news for your pet. Remember, no humans will be allowed in the pools with the dogs. An animal's individual temperament is also an important factor in whether he can swim. Some dogs don't even like to go out in the rain, let alone go swimming.

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