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As dog days of summer dwindle, pools across St. Louis open to dogs

As dog days of summer dwindle, pools across St. Louis open to dogs


Municipalities across the area are opening their pools to family dogs as the last poolside event at the unofficial end of summer.

“Dogs are pretty much members of the family, and this is one of the few times they can come out and have fun,” said Adam Bode, recreation supervisor with the City of Fenton. Then, “Once the pool is closed after Labor Day, it will be cleaned out and reopened again (next year).”

This is the fifth year for Fenton, he said. Last year, the pool attracted 75 to 100 dogs from water dogs to small pets. “You’ll even see dogs with life-jackets,” he said.

Registration is same-day in Fenton. The only requirement is that dogs have verification of the legally required vaccinations including rabies. Anyone is welcome. Resident and nonresident rates will apply.

Other dog swims in the area have the same rules: keep your dog under control, have vaccination records and clean up after your dog.

Following are some of the dog swim events that run from Monday through Sept. 10. Get all of the local listing at the St. Louis All Dogs website:

Maryland Heights Aquaport Dog Day of Summer • Bring your well-mannered dog and family to Aquaport for fun and swimming. All dogs are required to show current vaccination records for rabies and distemper shots. Dogs need to be recently bathed and on a leash unless swimming. An adult must accompany children under 18 years of age. The Kids Area will be open for small dogs (under 30 pounds). Dogs only, no puppies under six months old. $12 per person and dog, additional dog $5, additional person $3. Early bird price of $10 available if you preregister at 314-738-2599. 6:15-8:15 p.m. Monday at Aquaport, 2344 McKelvey Road.

5th Annual Doggie Dunk • For admission, have proof of updated vaccinations, DHLPP and rabies required, before entering the pool. 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at RiverChase, 990 Horan Drive, Fenton, $10 per dog and handler, $7 per additional dog, $3 per additional human. Contact Angie Meyer, City of Fenton, or 636-343-0067.

Dog Days of Summer • Treat your dog to a dip at the Lodge Outdoor Pool. Owners must show current proof of the following vaccinations in order for their dogs to participate: distemper, parvo, rabies. Only dogs may swim; owners may not swim with their pets. $10 per dog. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Animal Protective Association of Missouri. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Road, Des Peres. Contact or 314-835-6150.

City of Crestwood Annual Doggie Dive • All friendly dogs enjoy an evening of swimming. Admission requires proof of rabies vaccinations and current tags. Small dogs will swim from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; medium and large dogs will swim from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Crestwood Aquatic Center, 9245 Whitecliff Park Lane. $10 residents, $15 nonresidents. Registration is required by Monday. Contact or Tera Baker, or 314-729-4860.

North Pointe Dog Swim of Ballwin • Owners are responsible for the clean up of all pet deposits. No aggressive dogs, please. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Pointe Family Aquatic Center, 335 Holloway Road.$10 per dog, payable at the door. Spectators are free. 636-227-2981

K-9 Splash of Chesterfield • All dogs that participate must have a copy of the most recent record of vaccinations. No pre-registration required to attend. Each family may bring up to two dogs, however no puppies under four months will be permitted. 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center, 16365 Lydia Hill Drive. $7 per dog; $3 per person. Children under 2 are free. More information at

Canine Swim Night — Hazelwood • Dogs must be well-mannered, wear an ID tag, be recently bathed and have records of all current vaccinations including DHLPP and rabies. Dogs must be on leash when not in the water and must be accompanied by an adult. 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at White Birch Bay Aquatic Center, 1186 Teson Road, Hazelwood. $10 per dog; humans are free. 314-731-0980.

Paw Party (Dog Swim) — Shrewsbury • Bring your dog to enjoy a dip in the pool. Please bring a copy of current vaccination records for each dog in attendance. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Shrewsbury Family Aquatic Center, 7407 Sutherland Avenue, Shrewsbury. $10 per dog and owner.

Pooch Plunge — Wentzville • Let your puppy be a guppy. This once-a-year event lets your dog enjoy the pool like the rest of Wentzville’s residents. Each dog will receive a snack and have a chance to win a prize. All dogs must be leashed while out of the water. Proof of vaccination at the time of registration is required. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Splash Station Aquatic Center, 1141 Peine Road, Wentzville. $8 residents, $11 nonresidents for advanced registration, $15 day-of registration. Contact 636-332-9236 or 636-327-5104.

Pool Paws for Humane Laws • Sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, this offers well-socialized dogs an end-of-season dip in the pool. Half of the entry fees will be contributed to the alliance to support their efforts in advancing animal welfare in Missouri. $10 per dog. For admission, proof of current vaccination records (DHLPP and rabies). Owners must bring methods to clean up after the dogs. Humans must sign a waiver and are legally responsible for their dogs’ behaviors. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at Kirkwood Aquatic Center, 111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood. Contact Michele, Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, at or 314-361-3944.


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Harry Jackson is a health reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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