Dog swim days are here in DFW!
Its that time when pools start to close their doors for the Summer, but before they do, they open one last time to the DOGS!
Dog Swim Days in DFW
Pooch Plunge Keep cool in Wet Zone’s lap pool and lazy river. The event also offers dog-friendly vendors, raffles and cool concessions. Hosted by Friends of Rowlett Animals.
4 to 7 p.m. at Wet Zone, 5304 Main St., Rowlett. $10 per dog, free for owners. Purchase advance tickets here.
RESCHEDULED: Doggie Splash Day Dogs can play in the lap pool and wading pool and dive from the 1-meter diving board. Prizes will be awarded for the cutest pet swimsuit and to the winners of a pet and owner lookalike contest, dog paddle race and diving competition.
9 a.m. to noon at Vanston Pool, 2913 Oates Drive, Mesquite. $5 for one dog and one person, $2 for each additional dog, $1 for spectators.
Dog Splash Day Richardson AnimaLuv hosts a fun pool fest with live music, dog demos, wildlife exhibit, nail clipping service, vendors and concessions. Rescue groups will be in the park with pets available for adoption. Proceeds benefit the Richardson Animal Shelter.
11a.m. to 4 p.m. at Terrace Park and Pool, 300 N. Lois Lane, Richardson. $5 per dog, free for owners.
Dog-A-Poolooza The fenced-in pool and wading pool are open for unleashed swimming hosted by Garland Pawsibilities. Besides fun in the pool, there will be dog groomers, rescue groups and vendors.
2 to 6 p.m. at Holford Pool, 2322 Homestead Place, Garland. $5 per dog, $1 per owner (cash only).
Paco’s Poochie Plunge Paddle alongside your dog in the Calypso Cooler lazy river at Bahama Beach water park. Take a selfie with mascot Paco the Parrot and lounge poolside with cool drinks and other treats. Visitors can win door prizes and pups can compete in contests and win goodie baskets.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bahama Beach, 1895 Campfire Circle, Dallas. $5 per dog, owners are free.
Dog Day Afternoon Enjoy the last swim at the Lake Highlands pool, which will be replaced next summer with a brand new facility. Doggies can enter a swimsuit competition and a distance splash contest.
2 to 5 p.m. at Lake Highlands North Pool, 9940 White Rock Trail, Dallas. $5 per dog, free for owners.
Paws in the Pool Splash in the Lagoon Pool or float down the Lazy River with your doggie. There will be separate swim times available for large and small dogs.
9:30 to 11 a.m. for dogs up to 35 pounds, 1:30 to 3 p.m. for dogs 36 pounds and over, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all dogs at Frisco Water Park, 5828 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco. $8 for one dog and one human, $2 for each additional person.
Wags & Waves Beach party includes access to all the park’s water attractions and slides with separate areas for large and small breeds. Doggie costume contests, amazing pet tricks, goodie bags, vendors and concessions will add to the fun. Proceeds benefit the animal nonprofits Cat Matchers, Dallas Companion Animal Project, DFW Rescue Me, Feral Friends and Legacy Boxer Rescue.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls, 4550 N. Garland Ave., Garland. $22 for one person and up to two dogs.
Doggie Dive In Pups can have a blast in and out of the pool with distance diving competition and a dogige swimsuit pageant.
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Pleasant Glade Pool, 1805 Hall-Johnson Road, Grapevine. $5 per dog, free for owners. Limit of two dogs per person.
Doggie Dive-In Dogs can take a morning dip in the pool and compete for canine prizes and treats in a variety of cute contests: best tricks, best costume, longest jump and fastest ball retrieval.
9:30 a.m. to noon at Sun Valley Aquatic Center, 801 S. Valley Parkway, Lewisville. Admission is $4 per dog, free for humans.
K-9 Kerplunk Dog Swim Drop in for a dogs-only swim party in the outdoor shallow pool. Admission is a donation to the Plano Animal Shelter, either money or goods. Check the website for a list of suggested items.
9 a.m. to noon at Oak Point Recreation Center Pool, 6000 Jupiter Road, Plano.
Hounds at Hawaiian Falls Dog-friendly day at the water park includes fun in the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool, the Splashwater Reef Kiddie Pool and the Kona Kooler lazy river. Pups and people can also enjoy games, giveaways and refreshments. The community event offers free admission to active military members, veterans and first responders who reserve a ticket online and show proof of service at the gate.
Noon to 5 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls, 490 Heritage Parkway South, Mansfield. $20 for adults, $15 for children (under 48 inches). One dog is included with adult ticket purchase, $5 for an additional dog with a limit of two dogs per adult.
Bow-Wow Luau Hawaiian-themed party at the water park features splash time, contests, games and giveaways. The event benefits The Colony Animal Shelter Injured Animal Fund.
1 to 5 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls, 4400 Paige Road, The Colony. $15 per person in advance, $20 at the gate. Limit of two dogs per owner.
North Richland Hills
Doggie Beach Bash Summer will be oficially over when NRH20 hosts the final doggie splash of the year. Admission includes access to NRH2ocean, Endless River and Beachside Bay. Little dogs and tykes can play in Frogstein’s Splashatory and the Tadpole Swimming Hole. The bash benefits the North Richland Hills Animal Adoptions and Rescue Center.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NRH20. $20 for one person and up to two dogs; children 2 and younger get in free with a paid adult.
Make sure you grab your $20 credit for signing up for Rover Dog Sitting service (that typically covers the cost of one drop in visit or an overnight with one pet)
And there’s more . . .
This year’s doggy swim days, when area pools invite pooches in before they close for the season, have finally arrived. Dogs must be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and friendly, and if yours isn’t a strong swimmer, we recommend bringing a doggy life jacket. Dog not a swimmer? There will be lots of playing poolside too. (Rain is forecast all weekend, so watch here and the sites below for updates.)
Paws in the Pool-ooza in Cedar Hill: The annual festivities at Crawford Park Pool, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, will include vendors, prizes and a designated area for smaller dogs (25 pounds or less). A current rabies certificate (paper or digital) is required. 401 Straus Road. $5, benefits the Tri-City Animal Shelter. 972-291-5130. tricityfriends.org.
Doggie Splash Day in Mesquite: Along with swimming from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Vanston Pool, 2913 Oates Drive, there will be contests for best pooch swimsuit, look-alikes, paddling and diving. Proof of vaccinations is required. $5 for one person with one dog, $2 per additional pet, $1 for spectators. 972-216-6260. cityofmesquite.com/pard.
Pooch Plunge in Rowlett: The fundraiser for Friends of Rowlett Animals at Wet Zone water park, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, includes splashing in the lagoons and lazy river, vendors, a raffle and food for sale. Must have proof of rabies vaccination (a tag will work).5304 Main St. $10 per dog, free for humans. poochplunge.org.
Upcoming pool parties:
Aug. 18: Dog Splash Day at Terrace Pool in Richardson
Aug. 19: Dog-A-Poolooza at Holford Pool in Garland
Aug. 25: Paco’s Poochie Plunge at Bahama Beach
Aug. 26: Dog Day Afternoon at Lake Highlands North Pool
Sept. 8: Wags and Waves at the Hawaiian Falls in Garland, Doggie Dive-Ins at Lewisville’s Sun Valley Aquatic Center and Grapevine’s Pleasant Glade Pool, Dog Splashin Bedford, Paws in the Pool at the Frisco Water Park, Doggie Dunk at the Keller Pointe Outdoor Pool and Carrollton’s Pooch Pool Party at Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex
Sept. 9: Dog days at the Hawaiian Falls Waterparks in The Colony and Mansfieldand K-9 Kerplunk at Plano’s Oak Point Recreation Center
Sept. 29: Doggie Beach Bash at NRH2O in North Richland Hills
Also on the schedule
•Bedford’s annual Dog Days of Summer are continuing with a yappy hour from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Bedford Bark Park, 3200 Meadow Park Drive. Enjoy refreshments and music by Andrew Sullivan while the four-leggers play. You can also meet adoptable dogs from the city shelter. Free, with donations collected for the dog park. The series also includes a Woofstock concert featuring Rob Redwine and the Roses at the dog park on Aug. 24 and this year’s Dog Splash and 2K-9 on Sept. 8. 817-952-2323. facebook.com/bedfordparksandrecreation.
•Paws on the Plaza, a series of free monthly classes, will focus on “Basic Commands” at 8 p.m. Friday at McCall Plaza in downtown Plano. Dogs must be on a well-fitting leash and current on their rabies vaccination. 998 E. 15th St. facebook.com/planoarts.
•The area’s fall K9 Frisbee Toss & FetchLeague begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Bradfield Park football field in Garland, 1150 Castle Drive. Cost is $10 per team (handler and dog) for the entire five-week season. If you have to miss a week or two, that’s OK, and you may play with as many individual dogs that you would like for $10 per dog. Beginners are welcome, and so are kids. Organizers recommend bringing water and a crate or secure leash, and if you have your own discs, feel free to bring them. You don’t need to register, but please join their Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/138231526984026 and R.S.V.P. so they can get a head count.
•The Grand Prairie Farmers Market has a “Dog Daze of Summer” theme this week, with a splash zone dog park and photo and kissing booths. There will also be raffles, pet care information and a vet technician to answer questions. Proceeds from treats and items sold and all donations will benefit Prairie Paws. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 120 W. Main St. facebook.com/gpprairiepaws.
•The Frisco Rotary Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, is also celebrating dogs this week, and Colby Dog Snacks will be a vendor. 8821 Fourth St. friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com.
•Pooch-friendly Orvis is having a Seize the Dog Days event Saturday, with free treats, bandannas and entry into the Orvis Dog Club. DFW Lab Rescue will help celebrate at the Southlake store (1101 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 400, 817-251-0262) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Dallas one (8300 Preston Road, 214-265-1600) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They also have a store in Plano (2412 Preston Road, Suite 200, 972-596-7529). orvis.com.
•The third annual Bow Wow Pow Wow, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at East Bound and Down Icehouse, will benefit Operation Kindness. The lineup includes live music, karaoke, vendors and mingling in their dog park. 3826 Ross Ave. 214-455-3112. facebook.com/eastbounddallas.
•Drinks for Dogs — all day Saturday at the Celt Irish Pub, 100 N. Tennessee St., and sister restaurant Dempsey’s Place, 310 E. Louisiana St., which both have McKinney’s dog-friendly patios variance — will feature a special menu of cocktails benefiting Mazie’s Mission. facebook.com/maziesmission.
•The Rockin’ the River concert/tubing series at Panther Island Pavilion will wrap up Saturday with a day of music headlined by Shinyribs. Gates open at 1 p.m., and the bands start at 2:15. Note: Things will end with fireworks at 9:25, so we recommend leaving before then. 395 Purcey St. in Fort Worth, on the south side of the Trinity River. Free. rockintheriverfw.com.
•Meet and greets (dogs welcome at all): Allie’s Haven Animal Rescue at the Three Dog Bakery in Fort Worth from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. … Take Me Home Pet Rescueat their adoption center in Richardson from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. … Dallas DogRRR at the Hollywood Feed in Lakewood from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. … No Borders Bulldog Rescue at the Hollywood Feed in Southlake from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. … DFW Rescue Me outside the Whole Foods in Highland Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. … Saving Hope at Wag Canine Emporium in Fort Worth from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. … The Humane Society of North Texas at the Pet Supplies Plus on McCart in Fort Worth from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. … Dallas Pets Alive at the Lion & Crown in Addison from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. … Rockwall Pets at the Petco in Rockwall from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. … DFW’s FurGotten Friends at the Pet Supplies Plus on Mockingbird from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
•There will be seminar on “Learn to Speak Dog: Understanding How Dogs Communicate With Humans and Each Other” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pinot’s Palette at 4560 W. Mockingbird Lane. This one is for the two-leggers only. $30 at the door (includes admission for you and a friend). pcpsi.com.
•Also dog-friendly this weekend: the Farmers Branch Market’s Salsa Night and a screening of Coco on Carrollton’s square, both on Saturday, and on Sunday a screening of Up on the outdoor plaza at Toyota Music Factory in Irving and Lola’s Local Farmers Market and Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion, both in Fort Worth.
•The Shak at Stanley Korshak will be transformed into a doggy playground for the third annual Dog Days of Summer shopping party from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The evening will benefit FIDORG for Hounds for Heroes, and you can meet dogs available through Recycled Poms and Doodle Rock Rescue. There will also be a raffle, and cocktails and light bites will be provided by Mutts Canine Cantina and Dulce Vida Tequila. 500 Crescent Court. Free admission. R.S.V.P.s to firstname.lastname@example.org are requested. 214-871-3600. facebook.com/volkpr.
•Mutts Canine Cantina is celebrating the Dog Days of Summer with vendors, pools for the pooches and $3 frozen drinks and Lagunitas from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 16. 2889 Cityplace W. Blvd. (at Oak Grove Avenue). 214-377-8723. facebook.com/muttscaninecantina.
•Pelican’s SnoBalls in Fort Worth’s Camp Bowie District will celebrate its ribbon cutting at 11:15 a.m. Thursday with samples, 50-cent Pup Cups, live music and more all day. 6517 Camp Bowie Blvd. facebook.com/pelicansfortworth.
•White Rock Dog Rescue will receive 20 percent of your bill if you eat at the BuzzBrews in Lakewood on Thursday. From 4 to 10 p.m. They have Dallas’ dog-friendly patio variance, and adoptable pups will be there. 5815 Live Oak St., #102. 214-370-5815. facebook.com/whiterockdog.
•You can get a sneak preview of Life in the Doghouse, a documentary about two men who started their own dog rescue group, on Aug. 25 at Studio Movie Grill in Plano, 4721 West Park Blvd. The 5 p.m. showing is $25 for the movie only. Screenings at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 are $70 and include a red carpet meet and greet with the cast and crew, a photo opportunity and a Q&A with the filmmaker and the subjects of the film, who have saved over 10,000 dogs in the last 10 years. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com/e/life-in-the-dog-house-tickets-47046248596. Proceeds will benefit DFW Rescue Me, Humane Tomorrow and Straydog. In addition to the screenings, Neiman Marcus at the Shops at Willow Bend, 2201 Dallas Parkway, will host an adoption event featuring the three dog rescues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that same day. Proceeds from desserts at Neiman Marcus Café will benefit the groups.
•Coming up: Dog Splash Day at Terrace Pool in Richardson on Aug. 18; Dog-A-Pooloozaat Holford Pool in Garland on Aug. 19; Woofstock in Bedford on Aug. 24; Canines and Kayaks at Paddle Point Park in Rowlett on Aug. 25; Dog Day Afternoon at Lake Highlands North Pool and #PlanoPup National Dog Day celebration at Henry’s Tavern in Plano on Aug. 26; PupCrawl at The Shops at Legacy in Plano on Aug. 29; the Unleash Mobility Dog Walk & Festival in Wylie on Sept. 1; the Pawsitive Vibesconcert at BackYard on Bell in Denton on Sept. 2; Wags and Waves at the Hawaiian Falls in Garland, Doggie Dive-Ins at Lewisville’s Sun Valley Aquatic Center and Grapevine’s Pleasant Glade Pool, Dog Splashin Bedford, Paws in the Pool at the Frisco Water Park, Carrollton’s Pooch Pool Party at Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex and Dog Day Afternoon at Operation Kindness in Carrollton on Sept. 8; the Bow-Wow Luau at the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark in The Colony and K-9 Kerplunk at Plano’s Oak Point Recreation Center on Sept. 9; the Doggie Beach Bash at NRH2O in North Richland Hills on Sept. 29; Dog Days of Denton on Oct. 6; the FloMo Food Truck Fest on Oct. 7; PawPalooza at ZBonz Dog Park in Fort Worth on Oct. 20; Pawtoberfestin Huffhines Park on Oct. 27.
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