Pooches in the pool

Have you ever wanted to take your dog down to the local swimming pool and just let them splash around?

Well, this Sunday, April 23, you can.

Tauranga's Memorial Pool is holding a day out for dogs, giving them and any brave owners the opportunity to dive in the pool before it's emptied for the winter.

Memorial Pool manager Mark Stride says they held the event for the first time last year, which attracted more than 400 dogs and their owners.

“It was only the small pool last year,” says Mark. “This year we've got the big pool open.

“Obviously, the pool is the main attraction – but it's also a general opportunity for dogs and their owners to socialise.”

Mark says there will a best-dressed competition for the dogs as well as food samples – again, for the dogs – and a free ball with every ticket sold.

“We'll be running three one-hour-and-a-half sessions: small dogs at 10am, medium and large dogs at 11.30am, and any size dogs from 1pm.”

Tickets are $5 from Memorial Pool, Baywave Aquatic Centre, Greerton Aquatic Centre, or Papamoa Community Centre.

For the sake of logistics, buying tickets before the event is strongly advised, although there will be door sales.

Obviously, the swimming part is all about the dogs, but if some owners want to get in to help their furry friend out, that's fine too.

“People can get in if they want, although I daresay most won't. Maybe keep your head above water,” says Mark.

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