Summer closes at Wiltondale swim club with annual dog swim

Canine chaos

September 09, 2013

Members of Wiltondale swim club in Towson say they were the first ever to hold a dog swim at the end of the swim season. Regardless, the annual anticipated event draws many canines panting for their one chance to do the doggie paddle in the community pool and crowds of humans to cheer them on.

It's ready set — run! And off they go, diving off boards, leaping in from the sides and soon the pool is a swirling, choppy, wet playground to the pups.

"It's chaotic," said Janine Ptak, executive director of the Wiltondale Pool.

The dog swim traditionally takes place one minute after the pool closes for the season, as it did Sunday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. By 5:31 p.m., Gibson, Logan and a pack of other pooches were splashing and frolicking solo or with owners in tow. A gallery of pool members ringed the pool and cheered, threw balls and generally became interactive participants as they were doused by swimming dogs or those shaking off.

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