Take Your Pup to the Pool September 7

DC hosts its annual Doggie Day Swim at three area pools.

By: Michelle Thomas

Because your furry friend deserves a last-ditch chance at summer fun, too: For the fifth year, Washington’s Parks and Recreation department teams up with the health department and the Washington Humane Society for its Doggie Day Swim, scheduled for next Saturday. Pet parents can bring their dogs to one of the three designated pools for the one-day shot at summer splashing. Health Department officials will be on hand to check for the safety of the animals and humans involved and offer info on vaccinations and licenses.

Here’s what you need to know:
• All dogs must have a valid DC dog license, which can be issued on site by the DOH officials, but dog owners must have the necessary documents and a checkbook for the required fee.
• Dog handlers must be at least 16 years old, and they can’t swim or enter the pool with their pets.
• Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations.
• Dogs must be sociable, and need to remain leashed while on the pool deck.
• There’s a cap on the number of dogs allowed at each pool: 75 at both Upshur and Randall, and 150 at Francis.

Doggie Day Swim. September 7 noon to 4. Upshur pool, 4300 Arkansas Ave., NW; Francis Pool, 25th and N sts., NW; and Randall Pool, S. Capitol and I sts., SW.