The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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September 4, 2013

Area dog owners take pets for swim at New River Park pool

BECKLEY — A bow-wow pow-wow happened at New River Pool Tuesday when around 100 dogs brought their owners to the second Annual Pool Party for Dogs.

From friendly Labradors and tiny teacup breeds to bashful Cairn terrier mixes and frolicking German shepherds, the party was a splash as canines doggy-paddled with their owners and hobnobbed with one another.

“We’ve had dogs weighing 5 pounds to dogs weighing 130 pounds,” said Raleigh County Humane Society board member Erica Stock.

There was no charge for the party, but the Raleigh County Humane Society accepted donations for both dogs and cats, and city parking fees and pizza sales were also donated to the Humane Society, Humane Society Board President Teresa Staton said.

Staton’s dog, Coco Chanel, served as the “welcome dog” of the event.

Vicki and James Pauley brought their dachshund, Harley, for the second year in a row.

Harley tried his luck in the deep end of the pool before really finding his groove in the wading pool, Vicki Pauley said.

“He loved playing with his toy in the shallow end because his legs are kind of short,” she observed. “I think he’s trying to compete with the German shepherd for the ball.”

TiTi Jackson, 31, of Beckley, also brought her terrier mix, Bronx, to the pool.

Bronx nixed the water in favor of socializing.

“I tried to get him in the baby pool, but he didn’t like it,” said Jackson. “He likes the other dogs, though.”

Sisters Payton Hart, 7, and Chloe Hart, 9, of Coal City, swam with their teacup Yorkie Mecko (a boy) and miniature Schnauzer, Abby.

“Abby was very good,” Chloe praised her pooch. “I say the most fun she had was swimming.

“But she only went in the four-foot deep.”

“Mecko had the shivers,” Payton reported.

One unidentified Cairne terrier mix frolicked in the pool and then jumped happily into the lap of his “friend” who sat in a wheelchair on the pool deck, resting his head on her shoulder.

A Pooch Smooch Kissing Booth charged $1 for puppy pecks.

—  E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com

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