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Dogs enjoy water with end-of-summer dip in Templeton

See dogs paddle, fetch and dive right in to Templeton Pool's Dog Splash Days

Dogs get an end-of-summer treat of playing in the pool at Templeton Park before the pool is drained and cleaned during the off-season. Parks4Pups, a nonprofit organization organizes the annual popular event.
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Dogs get an end-of-summer treat of playing in the pool at Templeton Park before the pool is drained and cleaned during the off-season. Parks4Pups, a nonprofit organization organizes the annual popular event.

Parks4Pups held its annual Dog Splash Days at Templeton Community Pool in Templeton Park on Saturday and Sunday. Before the pool is drained and cleaned, dogs of all sizes are allowed to play in the pool for a couple of days. The event sold out again this year, and about 360 dogs and their owners participated in a fun, wet splash.

Swim sessions were 45 minutes each, and “dog lifeguards” were stationed in the pool to help dogs get into and out of the water safely. Life vests for the canines were also available, and the dogs had the pool to themselves: No owners or other humans allowed.

Parks4Pups, a nonprofit organization, promotes off-leash recreation areas for people and their dogs in the North County area. It established the Heilmann Dog Park in Atascadero in 2005, the Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton in 2009 and the Sherwood Dog Park in Paso Robles in 2012.

Those interested in helping Parks4Pups can mail inquiries and tax-deductible donations to Parks4Pups/SLOPOST, P.O. Box 795, Paso Robles, CA 93477. For more information, email info@parks4pups.org.

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This little chihuahua didn’t want to go in the water during Dog Splash Days in Templeton this past weekend. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

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Doug Johnson, of Atascadero, holds his 2 1/2-year-old Welsh Corgi named Peaches just before another dip in the pool. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

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Andrea Brown of Los Osos reaches out to her 2-year-old rescue Lab mix, Stellyn, at Dog Splash Days over the weekend in Templeton. This was Stellyn’s first time swimming. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

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Parks4Pups, a non-profit organization, held its very popular annual Dog Splash Days at Templeton Community Pool in Templeton Park. Before the pool is drained and cleaned dogs of all sizes are allowed to play in the pool for a couple of days. The event sold-out again this year and about 360 dogs, and their owners participated a fun, wet splash Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10, 2017. Rufus, a black lab mix, tries to drink water squeezed from a squeaky toy. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

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Three dogs wait to jump into the pool in Templeton. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

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This chocolate Lab jumps into the water after a toy. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

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This Lab awaits a toy toss from a pool volunteer during Templeton’s Dog Splash Days. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

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This white Lab is jumping in. Look out! Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

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Rufus, a black Lab mix, tries to drink water squeezed from a squeaky toy. Laura Dickinson ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Dog Splash Days at the pool in Templeton on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

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