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Drool for joy!

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Summit Daily/Mark FoxBruce Garlick and daughter, Alyson, watch Max dive in while Buddy Rodgers takes the plunge in the foreground during the annual Doggie Days at the Silverthorne Recreation Center pools last year. The annual event is held prior to the aquatic area being closed for spring cleaning and maintenance, which is scheduled to reopen May 11.

SILVERTHORNE ”┬áSummit County’s dogs will bark for joy ” Silverthorne Recreation Center’s ninth annual Doggie Day in the pool is set for Sunday. Three sessions are scheduled: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with up to 75 dogs per session.

“The dogs are so excited,” said Paul Kulik, Silverthorne’s aquatics coordinator. “It’s unbelievable. A lot of times it’s more exciting for owners. I have a dog and I love having him at doggie day.”

According to Kulik, some people even put their dogs in life jackets. And there’s a lot of chasing Frisbees and tennis balls.

Right after Doggie Day, Silverthorne’s pools are drained and cleaned. They will remain closed from April 27 through May 10.

“All of our pass holders are eligible to go to the Breckenridge pool during that time frame,” Kulik said.

Dog participants must have proof of vaccines for rabies, distemper and bordatella.

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The cost for entrance is $12 for one dog, $15 for two dogs and $17 for three dogs. A portion of the proceeds goes to League for Animals and People of Summit (LAPS).

For more information, call the Silverthorne Recreation Center at (970) 668-7370.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.