Annual Pooch Plunge paddles to record attendance

Dog-paddling was the name of the game during the annual Pooch Plunge at Jones Aquatic Center.


The annual event marks the close of the regular season at the Aquatic Center, and the pool is drained afterward. Aquatics Supervisor Melinda Erwin says attendance was up over 70 dogs this time around -- well above the 50-dog average in her time as supervisor. She says that's awesome, considering the lack of traditional marketing.

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Reine Black and her Australian Shepherd "Tex" came to the Pooch Plunge for the first time this year. She says they'll definitely be back next year.

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Ryan Conley and Bailey, a Blue Heeler/Australian Shepherd mix, have come to the Pooch Plunge every year since it began. Conley says the Plunge is important to host.

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Door prizes were handed out throughout the event, and every dog went home with a fresh bag of jerky treats.

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