Dogs  |  2 Mar 2020

Paddle into a “totally pawsome” Pooch Pool Party at Waltham Pool on Saturday, 4 April.

Hundreds of canny canines can enjoy the “ruff” and tumble of water play as they unleash their social swim skills for a few hours of fun with the pool pack.

Christchurch City Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox says the pooch party will be the highlight of the swim season for dog owners.

“More than 300 dogs made the most of the chance to leap into Waltham Pool last year, so we knew that owners would want their dogs to wade into the excitement again this month,” Mr Cox says.

“You can see the benefits of a dog-friendly day out in a fresh environment.

“Dog owners usually leave with a big smile while their pets have a satisfied grin after a big swim. It is a day of pooch pandemonium but most dogs are on their best behaviour.

“We have just a few rules – one pet per owner and only dogs rule in the pool.

“It is also a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the summer season before we drain the pool in preparation for the reopening later this year.”

Sponsored by Jim’s Dog Wash, the Pooch Pool Party is split into two sessions based on size, with small to medium-sized dogs (up to 56 centimetres tall) from 10am to noon and larger dogs (56 centimetres and taller) from 1pm to 3pm.

The $3.50 pool party entry fee will go to the SPCA.

Council Animal Management staff will also be on hand to microchip all Christchurch-registered dogs at no cost to owners.