It is time for the last swim of the summer at the Splash Aquatic Center in Sherman. The swim will not be for humans though. This is just for the furriest of family members.
Soggie Doggie, a swim just for dogs, will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Splash at Fairview Park in Sherman.
“We actually took our dog last year and it was a lot of fun,” Sherman Mayor David Plyler said after announcing the event at a recent city council meeting. “If you all have a pet, this is really worth going to. There’s a lot of fun there.”
The event is $5 per dog. Dogs must be at least six months old with current shot records to take a splash in the pool.
“This is the third year that we are doing this,” Sherman Parks and Rec Aquatic Specialist Dylan Johnson. “The first year we had about 10-15 dogs and then last year we had about 30 dogs.”
Johnson said he thinks the event will see another increase in participation.
“There is definitely a social aspect to this,” he said. “Dogs and humans get to interact to an extent.”
Johnson said for people interested in bringing their pup to the park, dogs need to be comfortable around strangers as well as other dogs. He said it is also important that pet parents be proactive with their fur babies.
“It you notice that your dog is getting irritable or is getting tired, then it is time to leave,” he said. “We want people to be aware of their pet and leave before we have to tell them to leave.”
An adult must accompany every dog that attends.
“It has been a long summer,” Johnson said. “It has been tough on humans as well as for dogs. This day is like a reward for the dogs for making it through the brutal summer as well as a way for them to beat the heat. Some people have shade or pools for their pets, but this is a way for them to run, have fun, be cool and hang with some other dogs too.”
Preregister each dog at the Sherman Parks and Recreation office located at 1002 N. Music Street in Sherman or bring the dog’s complete shot records to the pool on Saturday. Rabies tags alone will not be accepted.
Herald Democrat Managing Editor William C. Wadsack contributed to this article.