No more swimming at the city pools this year.
Well, except for the annual doggie dip!
For one day, our four legged friends have the Inskip pool to themselves, thanks to the Knoxville City Parks and Recreation Department.
Kristin Manuel, the recreation superintendent says, "We just want to bring families out to do something different and we all know our pets are our four legged kids and we want to get out and enjoy doing things with them too."
Kathline Gibi who owns two dogs says, "We (my husband and I) don't have kids, so these are our children. We'll come out and watch them play and make memories."
The dogs can run around in the fenced in yard, play fetch or do the doggie paddle.
It's a fun and safe way to see if your dog likes to swim.
City employees are building ramps so dogs can get out of the pool easily and safely.
There will also be lifeguards on duty who are prepared to do canine CPR.
Manuel says, "If we need to do mouth to snout we'll do it!"
And if your pup prefers shallow water, there's a kiddie pool for that!
The Doggie Dip
Sunday, September 8
Benefiting Young Williams Animal Center
The cost is $5 per dog, owner included, with a two dog maximum for each owner.
Family members and guests are encouraged to join the fun for $3 per person.
The Young Williams Animal Center, local veterinarians, and several area rescue groups will be hosting booths at the dip. A raffle and auction will also be available for all who attend.
Lifeguards will be on-site during the Doggie Dip.
All dogs are required to have up-to-date vaccinations, leashes, and tags for the event. Doggie Dip registration forms must be completed for each dog attending.
Pre-registration is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6th, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept.7th.
For registration forms or additional information about Doggie Dip Day, call (865) 687-9919, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.