VACAVILLE — Dogs were living large Saturday at Graham Aquatic Center as the city hosted its first Pups in the Pool event to benefit the Solano County SPCA.
The Community Services Department invited animal lovers to the aquatic center for a day reserved just for the dogs. Canines representing several breeds took the opportunity to splash in the center’s three pools or just romp in the grass.
Tess, a yellow labrador retriever, whimpered at the edge of the pool as a tennis ball floated nearby.
“She wants to go in, but she’s afraid to (jump),” said owner Pat Wolffe.
The Fairfield resident said she couldn’t wait to bring Tess to the pool after she read about the event.
“There really aren’t that many places to take a dog to swim,” she said.
Staff at the Community Services Department hosted the first-time event to celebrate the end of the summer season.
“I know how people are about their dogs,” said Danielle Waters, recreation coordinator. “I figured it’d be a hit.”
Vendors rented spaces to benefit the local SPCA, and city staff hosted contests and a raffle during the day.
Wolffe, who trained Tess to balance a treat on her nose and catch it, entered her dog into the trick contest.
She also closes doors, said Wolffe.
Tess took first prize in the contest, outperforming several dogs, including a 6-month-old German shepherd that could sit, shake and lay down on command.
Adrian Solis, 12, said the event was good for Zorro.
“He likes it here because he gets along with dogs,” said the Vacaville resident.
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