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Dogs and their families go for a dip in Jackson Park Pool

Siblings Ziva and Kano play fetch and chase together in the swimming pool at Jackson Park’s Dog Swim Friday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

VIENNA — Dogs big and small came out with their owners to Jackson Park Pool for the annual Dog Swim event Friday.

“All proceeds benefit the Parkersburg Humane Society,” said Parkersburg Humane Society volunteer Loretta Winans, who was working the entry.

The event began at 5 p.m. with pool time for small dogs; larger dogs joined in at 6 p.m.

Event coordinator Linda Kern said that when the big dogs enter the pool, there is a bunch of “chasing, splashing and tail wagging fun.”

“The dogs really enjoy socializing in the pool,” said Winans.

Pet owners made their way to Jackson Park’s Dog Swim Friday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

Among those in the pool, Suzie Cox, of Parkersburg, could be found playing fetch with her three-year-old Papillon Chihuahua mix Addie.

“She didn’t know what to do in the pool last year, but she is loving it today,” Cox said.

Two dogs, Piper and Boomer, had come with separate owners, but were quick to become friends and could be seen chasing each other around the pool.

“Piper is only six months old, and we thought bringing her here to play might help wear her out and sleep tonight,” said her owner Jo Ellen Louden.

Many people came to watch the dogs have a great time and donate to the Humane Society.

Addie, a Papillon Chihuahua mix, enjoyed swimming and retrieving her ball at Jackson Park’s Dog Swim Friday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

Winans and other volunteers brought a couple of dogs who are at the shelter to play with other dogs and meet potential adopters.

“We are just so thankful for the community support in donated time, money or adoptions,” said Winans.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

Dogs Piper and Boomer were quick friends and could be seen chasing each other around the pool. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

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