Come on in, the water's fine for dogs at area water parks and swimming pools. As summer draws to a close, many facilities will open their gates for end-of-season events where canines of all sizes can splash, swim and beat the heat. Doggies can participate in competitive games and contests, or just look adorable in their best beachy costumes.
Bedford: 2015 2K-Nine & Dog Splash Day
Get an early start walking or running with your pet at the 2K-Nine at the Boys Ranch Activity Center. Then it's time to jump in the water at the adjacent Bedford Splash. Besides water play, doggy athletes can compete in diving and retrieving contests, or strut in a costume contest. To attend either or both events, call 817-952-2323 and pre-register by 5 p.m. on Sept. 11. Dogs must have proof of current rabies shots and city license.
Sept. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bedford Splash, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive. 817-952-2323. 2K-Nine registration is $10 per family. Pool opens at 10 a.m. for Dog Splash; admission is $5 per dog, free for humans. Admission for both events is $12. 817-952-2323. bedfordsplash.com.
Cedar Hill: Dog Jog and Paws in the Pool
Dogs and their human companions can run or walk in Cedar Hill's first-ever Dog Jog 3K in Crawford Park, then enjoy a cool pool party. Proof of rabies vaccination must be shown at the gate. Proceeds from these events benefit Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter.
Aug. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Crawford Park, 401 Straus Road. Jog registration is $12 for dogs, free for humans. Run starts at 7:30 a.m. with check-in and pre-race warmups at 6:30. Pool opens at 9 a.m.; admission is $3 per dog, free for one human companion (additional humans are $2). $10 Woof Package includes entry to both events. 972-291-5130. More info.
The Colony: Bow-Wow Luau
Hawaiian-themed fun is planned for this year's event at Hawaiian Falls in The Colony. Take your dogs (limit two per owner) for swimming, splashing, games and contests. New this year: The first hour, 1 to 2 p.m., is reserved for small dogs (35 pounds or under) only. A portion of the proceeds from the Luau benefits The Colony Animal Shelter Injured Animal Fund.
Sept. 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls, 4400 Paige Road. Limit two dogs per owner. $15 for residents of The Colony, $20 for nonresidents. 972-625-1106. More here.
Dallas: Dog Day Afternoon
Doggies can have their day in this East Dallas pool with swimming, a swimsuit contest and a distance "splash" competition.
Aug. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Samuell-Grand Park's pool, 3201 Samuell Blvd. $5 per dog, free for humans. 214-670-1926. More here.
Garland: Dog-A-Poolooza Unleashed
Garland Pawsibilities hosts the 10th annual Dog-A-Poolooza, a festival of fun and dog-related services. Dogs can take a dip in the large pool or the wading pools. A fenced area will be reserved for small dogs (under 30 pounds). The festivities include a number of on-site services including dog wash and nail trimming, low-cost vaccinations and microchipping. Wondering what your pooch is thinking? Pet psychic Sandra Larson will be available for pet readings, $20 for 15 minutes. Attendees can also visit with rescue groups and pet supply vendors. Dogs must have tags or proof of current rabies vaccination. Proceeds support Garland Pawsibilities and its ongoing programs, the Pet Adoption Center and Garland shelter animals.
Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holford Recreation Center, 2314 Homestead Place. Admission to the pool area is $5 per dog, $1 for humans. Admission to nonpool activities is free, but there is a charge for most services. More info here.
Garland: Wags & Waves
Canines and humans can go Hawaiian at the seventh annual charity event at Hawaiian Falls in Garland. Guests and their pets can float down the Kona Kooler Lazy River and splash in the water park's wave pools. Separate pool areas will be designated for large and small breeds. Pet tricks and costume contests will be offered, and the first 500 guests will receive free goody bags. Dogs should have proof of vaccinations and current rabies shots and must be spayed or neutered. Humans must have signed waivers.
Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hawaiian Falls, 4550 N. Garland Ave. Admission is $20 for one person and two dogs. wagsandwaves.org.
Grand Prairie: Dog Splash
The Splash Factory is open for canines of every size and their human families. Play areas include a water wall, spray cannons, power geysers and other interactive water features.
Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Splash Factory, 601 E. Grand Prairie Road. Admission is $5 per family. 972-263-8174. grandfungp.com/aquatics.
Grapevine Doggie Dive In
The pool is open for water play and swimming for dogs and humans. Hourly competitions for small and large pets include a paddle race and costume contest, with trophies for top dogs. Take proof of dogs' current vaccinations.
Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pleasant Glade Pool, 1805 Hall-Johnson Road. $5 per dog, free for humans. 817-410-3450. More info here.
Lewisville Doggie Dive-In
Besides a dip in the pool, pups can compete for cool canine prizes in top tricks, best swimsuit, longest jump and fastest ball retrieval categories. To have your dog take part in this off-leash event, take proof of current rabies, DHLP and Bordetella vaccinations. Pre-register online at cityoflewisville.com.
Sept. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Sun Valley Aquatic Center, 801 S. Valley Parkway. Admission is $4 per dog, free for humans. 972-219-5061. cityoflewisville.com.
Mesquite: Doggie Splash Day
Dogs and their owners can dive into the water together with access to the wading pool, lap pool and 1-meter diving board. Canines can also compete in a swimsuit contest, paddle race and diving contest. Dogs must have proof of vaccinations and be accompanied by a responsible person at least 16 years old.
Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Vanston Pool, 2913 Oates Drive. $5 for one human and one dog, $2 for each additional dog, $1 for all spectators. 972-216-6260. More info here.
North Richland Hills: Doggie Beach Bash
Embrace the wet as the water park opens its NRH20cean, Endless River and Beachside Bay attractions to adults, kids and canines. Little dogs and tykes can play in Frogstein's Splashatory and the Tadpole Swimming Hole. Free goody bags will go to the first 500 guests. Dogs must be spayed or neutered and show proof of current vaccinations. Humans must present signed release waivers (available on the website).
Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NRH20, 9001Boulevard 26. Admission is $20 for one person and two dogs. Children 2 and younger get in free with a paying adult. Shaded seating can be reserved by calling 817-427-6508. More info.
Richardson: Dog Splash Day
Richardson AnimalLuv hosts a pool party for dogs with proceeds benefiting the Richardon Animal Shelter. No advance registration is required. Dogs must have proof of vaccinations. Separate play areas are designated for large and small dogs.
Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Terrace Pool, 300 N. Lois Lane. $5 per dog, free for humans. 972-908-2620. richardsonanimaluv.org.
Rowlett: Pooch Plunge
Friends of Rowlett Animals hosts this annual doggy swim day.
Aug. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wet Zone, 5304Main St. $10 per dog, free for humans. 972-412-6266. More info here.