Yakima's Franklin Pool will welcome dogs and their owners from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday, August 20 for the 17th annual Paws in the Pool event.

THE DOGS GET TO SWIM FOR FREE BUT NOT THE HUMANS

Officials from Yakima Parks and Recreation say the event for dogs and owners is held each summer on the last day of operation at Franklin Pool.
Dogs swim for free but owners must pay the general admission fee. If you own a dog all breeds are welcome at the event but make sure your pets are current on all shots and vaccinations.

If you go city officials say watch your dog because you're responsible for any messes made.

YOU CAN HELP THE YAKIMA HUMANE SOCIETY DURING THE EVENT

You can help while having fund.  Donations will be accepted for the Yakima Humane Society the same organization that has been getting help from Paws in the Pool since the event started 17-years. Or you can check the website https://yakimahumane.org/

WHY DO THE DOGS LOVE WATER SOO MUCH?

The experts say there are numerous reasons. According the website Tractive some dogs are literally bred to work in the water like the Irish Water Spaniel. Tractive also says dogs are more likely (than cats) to be first introduced to water in an enjoyable way, so they might have a positive association with it.

IS YOUR DOG PLAYFUL?

Other reasons? "Many dogs are playful, curious, and adventurous, and water can be a great source of fun. Playing in the water together is a great way for dogs to bond with their favorite humans.Getting wet is a great way to keep clean.
It simply feels good!"
For more about Paws in the Pool, contact Yakima Parks and Recreation at 509-575-6020.

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