Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 7:13am

Labor Day Dog Paddle

In prehistoric Egyptian cave paintings you can see figures doing it, and it is believed ancient men and women - just like our children today - learned first strokes by mimicking the original experts - the dog paddlers.

This coming Monday, the Madison Police Department (MPD) and Capital K9's invite you to leash up your pooch and head to the Goodman Pool, 325 Olin Avenue, for a modern day dog paddle celebration. The pool is literally going to the dogs on Labor Day, and for a good cause: proceeds support the MPD's K9 unit.

The third annual Labor Day Dog Paddle will commence at 10:00 a.m., and end at 4:00 p.m. Last year 900 dogs, escorted by over 1,600 humans, took over Madison's public pool. This year, once again, there will be contests and prizes for great leaps of faith like "longest jump", and "biggest splash".

A one-day dog swim pass is $10. Admission allows two humans to attend with each canine; children under 14 are free.

The MPD's K9 unit is funded entirely by community donations, and Capital K9's was formed exclusively to raise the money. The Labor Day Dog Paddle is Capital K9's primary fundraiser.

For more information on the MPD K9 unit, and Capital k9's, please click on the attached links.

  • Joel DeSpain, 266-4897
  • Capt. Vic Wahl, 261-9105