Bring on the wet dogs |

Bring on the wet dogs

Shauna Farnell

Box: Swim sessions run from 9 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 5. Registration closes after the first 150 dogs are signed up. To register, stop by the rec center or call (970) 262-7380.

The pool at Silverthorne Rec will close following Doggie Day from May 6-19, and reopen for humans May 20.

SILVERTHORNE – Most swimming pool lanes don’t draw swimmers wanting to practice their doggie paddle, but that’s going to change May 5 at the Silverthorne Recreation Center.

Every pool gutter might be clogged with hair when the second annual Doggie Day is done. New additions from last year’s event include a big air competition, a kids pet show and a tennis ball prize search in the steam room.

“It’s going to be huge this year,” said Shelley Gallagher, head lifeguard at Silverthorne rec. “We’re having three sessions instead of two, with 150 dogs. We started planning this the day after doggie day last year. The best part of it last time was how everybody was so happy and so excited. All of the comments we got were saying what a great event it was, and now nice for the dogs to get out.”

Water wings won’t be necessary for doggie day, but enrollment will be closed after each session is filled. Prices to register are $6 for one dog, $8 for two and $10 for three.

Each of the three sessions last an hour and a half; all dogs must have current vaccinations for bordetella, rabies and distemper.

Another new addition to this year’s event is discounted vaccinations. Roy Million, the traveling vet, will be available at the rec center from 9 to 11 a.m. April 13 to provide shots for dogs that are pre-registered for the event. Costs are $12 for bordetella, $20 for distemper, $10 for a one-year rabies shot and $15 for a three-year shot. Rates apply only for dogs registered for Doggie Day.

Coupled with this year’s Doggie Day will be the kids pet show outside the rec center. Kids 14 years old or younger are welcome to participate for free with any pet of their choice.

“They can bring anything,” said Christine Scovil, organizer of both events.

“Last year we had a llama. They can bring cats, lizards, spiders … We’ll have prizes for best trick, most unusual, smallest, biggest, looks most like owner and best-behaved.”

The pet show begins at 9 a.m. May 5, and no pre-registration is necessary. There are no llamas allowed in the pool however, as Doggie Day is open to dogs only.

“The dogs had such a great time last year,” Scovil said. “It’s something completely out of the ordinary. Dogs can’t swim in the lake yet, so this is a great opportunity for them. We were completely full last year.”

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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