Dog day out at city pool

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - NI­COLE LAW­TON

A pop­u­lar Auck­land swim­ming pool has gone to the dogs - more than 300 of them.

Dachshunds, dober­mans, and every­thing in be­tween en­joyed off-leash ac­cess to the Pt Erin Pool in Herne Bay on Satur­day be­fore it shut up shop for the win­ter.

The sun was shin­ing as the pups swam, splashed in the shal­lows, and shook wa­ter on un­sus­pect­ing hu­mans.

The day was split into three ses­sions, with the el­derly, shy and small pups given ex­clu­sive first run of the place.

Next came larger breeds - with 200 dogs at­tend­ing one ses­sion alone.

Bark in the Pool was or­gan­ised by Bark New Zealand, a not-for­profit char­ity de­voted to teach­ing chil­dren dog safety.

Bark New Zealand co-founder Jon Sum­mers said it was ‘‘chaos’’ in the pool, but every­thing was un­der con­trol.

‘‘The re­triev­ers are def­i­nitely do­ing the best in [the] pool, be­ing nat­u­ral wa­ter dogs, and I’ve seen some bor­der col­lies clean­ing up the ob­sta­cle course.

‘‘I know there will be some happy dog own­ers out there this af­ter­noon when their dogs are pooped.’’

Pool man­ager Dar­ren Pott said it was great to see the dogs in the pool.

‘‘It’s get­ting a lit­tle too cold for swim­mers, so we let the chlo­rine dis­si­pate out [and] opened the pool up for the dogs.’’

CHRIS MCKEEN/FAIR­FAX NZ

It was the paw­fect op­por­tu­nity to mas­ter some se­ri­ous doggy pad­dle.

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