OXFORD — The Oxford Municipal Pool went to the dogs on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Since the pool closed the weekend prior, the Department of Parks and Recreation (OPRD) decided to host a Dog Day at the pool.
According to OPRD Director Casey Wooddell, the decision to hold this event was inspired by similar events in other communities and the number of dogs which live in oxford.
“I know we have a lot of dog owners here in Oxford, because our Dog Park is always packed,” he said. “I’ve learned over the years how dedicated and passionate our dog owners are here in Oxford about their pets. This event just seemed like a perfect fit for our little community.”
“OPRD hosted and staffed the event, but we were provided donations for prize baskets by Oxford Kennel, Oxford Veterinary Hospital, Oxford Pet Retreat, and Animal Care Clinic,” Wooddell said.
The event did not cost anything for humans, but every owner was changed $5 per dog. Wooddell explained, this was to offset some of the costs associated with hosting the event — including pool operation and staffing.
Since people were not charged entrance, OPRD did not keep tally of how many dog owners attended — but there were 29 dogs who got to swim and play.
While this was the first year Oxford held an event like this, according to Wooddell it might become an annual one.
“The feedback was very positive and the dogs had a great time. I felt like I was watching a bunch of little kids making new friends at the park. The dogs were so funny to watch whenever a new dog came in and they started playing together,” he said.
“The event was as smooth as we could expect. The dogs behaved well, the dog owners were very involved and respectful, and the weather was perfect. Unless I hear differently from some of the dog owners, next year will be a very similar event.”
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