Dogs have their day as Mission’s new pool marks the end of its first season

These dogs could not have been happier than they were sharing the pool in Mission Tuesday night.
These dogs could not have been happier than they were sharing the pool in Mission Tuesday night.

It was a dog party Tuesday at the Mission Family Aquatic Center and there was some running on the deck. The pool filled with dogs in the Pool Party for Pooches event that marks the closing of the season. Human-only swimming ended Monday and the Tuesday is traditionally reserved for the dogs before the pool is drained.

Tugboat was the most appropriately named dog in the pool Tuesday.
Tugboat was the most appropriately named dog in the pool Tuesday.

The group was clearly heavy on Labrador breeds who were having a great time chasing balls and water toys with abandon. Among those was the appropriately named Tugboat, a lab belonging to Trevor and Shelley Bacon and family.

Perhaps less enthusiastic about swimming were a pair of Great Danes, Heidi and Notre, attending the party with Zach and Karla Werner. Zach said the dogs, clearly the biggest in the water, were “big couch potatoes,” and brought their laid-back style to the water. They did more standing than swimming Tuesday.

The party had two sessions to give everyone a chance at the pool, which was confined to the leisure pool – no competition laps.

Notre (L) and Heidi weren't quite as sure about getting in too deep.
Notre (L) and Heidi weren’t quite as sure about getting in too deep.