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Dogs take to the chilly water during the second annual Dog Swim in Waynesboro

September 10, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Cristin Jenkins of Fairfield, Pa., coaxes her Great Dane, Poppy, into the water during Saturday's second annual Dog Swim at Northside Pool in Waynesboro, Pa.
By Roxann Miller

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The dogs didn't seem to mind the chilly water Saturday at the second annual Dog Swim at Northside Pool in Waynesboro.

Their owners, on the other hand, were a bit reluctant to take the plunge into the 69-degree water.

But Sarah Cannady couldn't bear to let her dog, Chloe, have all of the fun leaping into the crystal-clear water.

"I came last year and it was so much fun — and Chloe loves fetching the tennis ball and playing with all the other dogs," Cannady said.

Wayne Driscoll, a Waynesboro Borough Council member and event coordinator, said the dog swim is not only a fun, community event, but also a fundraiser.

The $5 admission fee for the swim will benefit the newly developed Northside Dog Park.

Right now, there is no water source for the half-acre dog park off North Potomac Street Extended. Driscoll said he is hoping to raise enough money to add a water source to the park.

David and Angie Mackley of Waynesboro, their niece Jazlyn Garnett, 3, and friend Madilyn Kennedy, 3, of Waynesboro, lured their pooch, General Patton, into the shallow end of the pool.

"Our dog won't get in the water unless we do because he's a big wimp," David Mackley joked.

As a member of the borough's recreation board, Mackley said the dog swim and dog park are great ways for dogs to interact with each other.

"I came out to show support for the dog park," Mackley said. "This (swim) raises money for the dog park, which is a nice addition to our community."

Cristin Jenkins of Fairfield, Pa., brought two of her four Great Danes.

Poppy, one of the Great Danes, gently placed one paw in the shallow end of the water before deciding whether swimming was his thing.

Poppy is more chicken than dog when it comes to water, Jenkins said.

"It's supposed to be a fun day at the end of the pool season, and hopefully it brings awareness to the dog park as well, Driscoll said.

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