The dog days of summer took on a new meaning recently at Gilley Pool, as several dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds were admitted to the pool for a day of fun.
The second annual Waterpaws was presented by McMinnville Parks and Recreation, and Helping Animals of Warren County (HAWC). The HAWC organization assists local animals organizations and individuals by providing education, low cost spay/neuter and the general betterment of animals.
The idea behind Waterpaws is to let the dogs have a fun day following the official closing of the pool to humans.
“We did this last year, and were very successful,” said HAWC president Hollie Cox. “Proceeds from the gate go to Parks and Recreation, but HAWC will receive the vendor fees. We also held a pet drive, with items being donated to folks in Florida.”
Several visitors came from neighboring counties to take part in the fun. Daniel Rikli and his German shepherd Toby came from Cookeville.
“I saw it on Facebook, and knew I had to bring Toby,” said Rikli. “He loves the water and fetch, so he is having a blast.”
Sarah Bombard and her Doberman Denali returned again this year for Waterpaws. Denali, 2, had great fun fetching, playing and trying to catch the water spraying up from the pool floor.
Putnam County residents Ginny Tayes and Shauna Moore brought their chocolate labs, who are siblings, to Waterpaws. Labradors are typically known to be water dogs, and the two definitely lived up to the description, jumping and splashing in the water.
“We just knew we had to bring the dogs to this,” said Tayes. “It’s such a wonderful day for both dogs and owners to experience this together.”