Nor-gwyn Pool hosts event just for dogs
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Nearly 100 dogs and their owners headed to Nor-Gwyn Pool in Upper Gwynedd Saturday for the Second Annual Pooch Plunge — an opportunity for their owners and fourOeggeG besW IUienGs Wo WDNe one ODsW GiS beIoUe Whe SooO closes for the season.
WDOW WebeU, chDiUPDn oI Whe 1oU-Gwyn PooO, sDiG the idea formed last year DIWeU seeing Whe evenW in D trade magazine.
“I read that it was a great success and all the Poney Whey UeceiveG wenW Wo chDUiWies OiNe Whe SPCA DnG nonSUofiWs. EveUyone WhoughW Whe iGeD wouOG be gUeDW heUe DW ouU SooO,” he sDiG.
AnG Whe evenW hDs been jusW that.
DuUing iWs 2011 ouWing, WebeU said that more than 80 dogs participated; this year’s plunge exceeded that.
On SDWuUGDy, Gogs boWh big DnG sPDOO — incOuGing LDbUDGoUs, SiWbuOOs, boxeUs, .ing ChDUOes cDvDOieUs, GDchshunGs DnG PDny PoUe bUeeGs — WooN oveU boWh water and land at the 4-acre pool facility.
Those bUDve enough juPSeG oII the ledge into the large pool as owneUs WhUew Wennis bDOOs, chew Woys DnG IooWbDOOs inWo Whe wDWeU Ds bDiW. PuSs who wDnWeG Wo WDNe D GiS, buW weUe DIUDiG oI Whe GeSWh, weUe DOOoweG in Whe bDby SooO Wo hDve D gooG WiPe.
1DWDOie EngeO, oI 1oUWh WDOes, UeWuUneG Wo Whe evenW DIWeU hDving a great time last year with her bODcN ODb, 0DxiPus, 7.
“It’s a safe place to let the Gogs Uun DUounG DnG hDve D gUeDW WiPe,” sDiG EngeO. “Being DbOe Wo socialize your dog somewhere eOse besiGes Whe Gog SDUN is DOso UeDOOy nice.”
LiNe Gozens oI oWheUs, EngeO woUe heU swimsuit and jumped into the water with her pup. With toys in PouWhs, Gogs doggy-paddled from the middle oI Whe SooO Wo Whe eGges, PDny WUying Wo cOiPb UighW oveU Whe wDOO while owners directed them to the steps.
HDUibo, D 15-PonWh-oOG yeOOow LDbUDGoU, wDs noW Woo exciWeG Wo get into the water unless dad was in there with him.
“He’s been Going D OoW oI Uunning DUounG DnG IeOO in Wwice,” sDiG HDUibo’s owneU, ChDUOes Duboc, oI 1oUWh WDOes. “He’s D ODb DnG iI he IeOO in. I Nnow he cDn swiP. I jusW wish I Nnew Wo weDU Py suiW. I’OO sWiOO PosW OiNeOy be going in DnywDy.”
Whether it was in the water or noW, Gogs weUe exhDusWeG IUoP the stimulation and exercise Whey UeceiveG IUoP Whe IouU-houU evenW.
“Dogs DUe OiNe NiGs,” sDiG Ginny OOGW, 1oU-Gwyn PooO coPPission PePbeU. “This is OiNe D Gog SDUN wiWh Dn DGGeG DWWUDcWion. We hDve D OoW oI UeSeDWs heUe DnG wheWheU you hDve D Gog oU noW SeoSOe OiNe Wo coPe Dn DnG wDWch becDuse iW PDNes y you so hDSSy.”
Two local dog organizaWions — Cubby’s CDnine C CDsWOe oI BOue BeOO DnG Doggie SWyOe in 0onWgoPeU eUyviOOe — weUe boWh on-siWe offering special promotions Wo go WowDUG nonSUofiWs.
Cubby’s CDnine CDsWOe gDve owneUs Whe oSWion Wo hDve their dogs shampooed and then bOown GUy DIWeU WheiU GDy DW Whe Pooch Plunge. All proceeds went Wo Whe SPCA.
Doggie Style was selling merchDnGise DnG UDIfling oII bDsNeWs in which all funds went to OperaWion AvD in 1oUWheUn LibeUWies, D no-NiOO Uescue, DGoSWion DnG education center.
At top, Cubby’s Canine Castle Founder Sarah Winkelvoss launches her dog from a diving board into the water during the second annual Pooch Plunge at the Nor-Gwyn Pool. Above, a dog enjoys a dip in the pool during the Pooch Plunge at the Nor-Gwyn Pool Saturday. Left, Sarah Morris and her dog, Buddy, cool off in the water. Below, Meghan, 8, center, and Laura, 9, right, help Buddy out of the water.