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Everybody into the pool

It was wet, wild and wonderful, and we weren’t even in West Virginia.

Right here in Baltimore yesterday, Riverside Park celebrated the last day of summer by opening its kiddie pool up to the dogs that frequent the park.

It was 45 minutes of soggy chaos — with more than 30 dogs running, splashing, playing and barking as their smiling owners looked on. It was also a very elegant gesture by the swimming pool staff at a park where tensions often flare between people who go the park to let their dogs run and people who go there to swim.

At 5:30 Sunday — the last day the of the season for the city pool — Nikkie Cobbs opened the doors to the dogs and the line of people who had heard about the spontaneous dog swim. We filed in, unleashed our hounds and got out of the way.

All the dogs got along fine, and none of the non-dog people at the pool, who were warned of what was about to transpire, appeared bothered.

All in all, it went … well, swimmingly.

Comments

Comment from Marie
Time August 25, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Hey look! A pit and a boxer playing nicely together- not eating each other or other people or anything! I bet the editors at B would not be able to believe their eyes!

It looked like fun- I am bummed me and my crew of dogs missed it!

Comment from bluhawkk
Time August 26, 2008 at 9:14 am

Lots of great fun for a lot of hot dogs but 45 minutes out of 365 days a year is stingy.

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