Silverthorne Doggie Day’s registration this week |

Silverthorne Doggie Day’s registration this week

Summit Daily file photo/Brad Odekirk Sign-ups begin Saturday for the annual Doggie Day at the Silverthorne Recreation Center pool.

SILVERTHORNE – One day each year, pooches rule the pool at the Silverthorne Recreation Center.

Rec center staff members are gearing up for the fourth annual Doggie Day, during which local canines can take a swim before the pool shuts down for its yearly cleaning.

The event will take place on May 2, but dog owners will have to act fast to secure a spot.

“The event usually fills within the first three days of registration,” said Christine Scovil, the event’s organizer.

“It is a flurry of people calling. It’s becoming one of the hottest canine events in the county.”

Frisco resident Dave Van Duinen has taken his two golden retrievers, Maggie and Pal, every year since the event’s debut.

“They have a great time, being water dogs,” Van Duinen said.

“It’s a free-for-all with Frisbees and tennis balls. There are dogs of every shape and size. Some of them have no interest in going into the water, but they’re still having fun.”

Dogs and their families can choose among three 90-minute sessions: the clean session at 9 a.m., the not-so-clean session at 11 a.m. and the dirty session at 2 p.m.

“We don’t allow people in the pool,” Scovil said.

“All the chemicals are turned off the night before, so it’s safe for the dogs, but kind of gross for the people. You could probably knit a good 20 sweaters with all the hair we pull out of the pool.”

Dog owners can also sign up for the big air contest, in which the top three jumps earn coveted doggie prizes.

“I don’t know that we’ve ever won it, but we’ve always placed,” Van Duinen said.

“Typically, Pal is the best jumper. His best is around 15 feet. They get to practice a lot at Lake Powell, so, when it comes to the pool, they’re right at home.”

Bold competitors can challenge Maggie and Pal, but there are also prizes for more timid pooches. The three dogs with the shortest jumps go home winners, too.

“Some dogs just go all out,” Scovil said. “Others just kind of wiggle and fall in.”

Each session will contain 75 dogs, so Scovil advises against bringing any dogs that don’t generally get along well with their peers.

Rec center staff will raffle off an array of prizes, including dog beds, water bowls and toys.

Scovil recommends that the event’s human participants wear T-shirts, shorts and sandals: “They’ll be just as wet as their dogs.”

Owners can bring a maximum of three dogs per session.

Owners must provide copies of current vaccination records for rabies, bordetella and distemper at least one week before the event.

Alpine Veterinary Practice in Dillon is offering bordetella shots by appointment with no charge for an office visit.

“If they don’t do that, we can’t allow them in,” Scovil said.

Registration forms are available at Silverthorne Rec Center.

“The town of Silverthorne does a great job,” Van Duinen said. “It’s just exceptional.”

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 x203 or


Silverthorne Rec Center Doggie Day Registration

Where: forms available at the rec center

When: registration opens Saturday, April 4, 8 a.m.

Cost: $10 for the first dog, $2 for each additional dog

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cutline: Sign-ups begin Saturday for Doggie Day at the Silverthorne Rec Center pool.

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