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Taking the plunge – 150 dogs show off their skills at the

second annual Doggie Day

SILVERTHORNE – Jake was clearly overwhelmed at the sight of so much water.

“He flipped out,” said Silverthorne resident Julie Krumme. “He started running everywhere and barking nonstop.”

Jake, a water-loving black lab, was one of 150 dogs, all invited guests of the town, who cavorted Sunday in the four pools of the Silverthorne Recreation Center. The dogs and their owners came in three packs of 50 each throughout the day.

Sunday was the second annual Doggie Day, an event that marks the end of the winter swimming session and the start of a brief pool shutdown during which rec center staff give the pools a thorough cleaning. The pools will re-open May 20.

Rec center staff read about Doggy Days held elsewhere in an aquatics magazine, and last year’s first event was a howling success. This year, word about the event brought canine participants from near and far.

“People from Denver heard about it,” said Christine Scovil, the center’s acquatics coordinator. “I’m not quite sure how word got out, but it’s gotten out. (Registration) was full 10 days after we opened it.”

Twenty percent of the proceeds from Sunday’s event will go to L.A.P.S. (the League for Animals and People of the Summit), a nonprofit group that helps pet owners in financial need.

Every dog left with a prize, ranging from a Frisbee to a ceramic food dish. And every dog appeared to enjoy the day, even if it didn’t plunge into the pools.

“My dog likes running around the pools, trying to steal balls from everybody,” said Silvethorne’s Jennifer DeMatoff of her German shepherd, Mick. “I think this is great. It’s a great opportunity for the animals to come out and socialize with each other.”

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at jreuter@summitdaily.com

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