Local dogs get one last chance at a summer splash

A Menomonie water park hosts dog swim for dogs in the area

Story by McKenna Dirks, Copy Editor

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To end the summer with a splash, the Wakanda Water Park in Menomonie hosted their 10th annual dog swim last Saturday.

All kinds of dogs were welcomed through the water park’s doors to enjoy one last swim for the summer. The event was hosted by the Dunn County Humane Society.

“The proceeds of the event go to the Dunn County Humane Society,” Lisa Drenkhahn, event organizer, said. “Any dog can participate, as long as they are social dogs and their vaccines are up to date.”

According to their website’s flier, the cost was $10 per dog and owner pair.

Julie Burke, whose golden retriever named Sam and other dog named Anna were participants of the dog swim, said, “We moved here about four years ago, so we started attending this event once we moved here.”

“This is our first year,” said Erik Knutson, whose dog, Gilbert, won a prize for attending. “He’s only seven months old.”

All dogs who attended the dog swim were entered into a drawing for prizes throughout the event.

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  • Sam, the golden retriever, wanders aimlessly and takes in the cool water.

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  • A short corgi reaches for its ball before running back to its owner.

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  • This pup is taking a minute to catch its breath after playing fetch.

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  • Sam and Anna fighting for the tennis ball. Sam got the win.

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  • Layla, the corgi, waits anxiously for her owner to throw a ball.

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  • Two German shepherds fight for the last tennis ball.

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  • These pups stop for a second to decide who attacks the ball first.

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  • Gilbert won a prize for being a participant in the dog swim.

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  • Bob, the goldendoodle, fetches his tennis ball.

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  • A black lab smiles back at his owner.

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  • A dog patiently waits for his owner to throw his tennis ball into the pool.

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  • A collection of tennis balls lie around waiting to be thrown.

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  • A dog stares into the pool at the other dogs frolicking.

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  • Do I pet them or do I not?

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  • What better way to stay afloat than a life vest?

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  • Charlie sat obediently when his owner told him to.

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  • Here’s some priceless dog moments.

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  • Who’s a good boy?

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  • This is the stance of a champion.

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  • Here we’re mid-grasp of a ball by Annie the springer

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  • There’s nothing like a summer day by the pool!

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  • Cuda waiting for his owner to take his bandana off so he can swim with the other dogs.

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  • Alphonse, the corgi, fetches his tennis ball for his owner to throw yet again.

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  • Making friendly gestures to get to know one another.

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  • Bob observes other dogs swimming in the distance.

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  • A little boy looks like he is having the time of his life playing with the dogs.

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  • This dog wants to dive in, but his owner pulls him back from the water.

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