Annual paws in the pool |

The 16th Annual Paws in the Pool brought dogs and their owners to Franklin Pool on Sunday, August 21, 2022.

From 2-4 p.m., four-legged swimmers and humans came to Franklin Pool, 2101 Tieton Drive, to cool off in the water on the last day of summer operations.

The annual event was hosted by the City of Yakima Parks and Recreation.

Dogs ran around the pool, chasing loose balls, jumping into the arms of waiting owners. Small bells rang and name tags shook as the dogs shook off water.

The air was filled with the familiar smell of wet dog, chlorine, and accidental piles of relief. Lifeguards were on hand to douse the damage while people had to watch their steps.

Names like Zoey and Oliver have been repeatedly shouted by concerned owners, while several ears perk up but not the intended ones.

Small yelps and yelps matched the volume of the lifeguards whistles.

Rescuers Ella Steinhilb, 16, and Nicole Gonzalez, 21, both of Yakima, were posted at a table, accepting donations for the Yakima Humane Society and handing out treats to the dogs, saying they had the best seat in the swimming pool to watch and caress the curious. dogs.

“It’s been so much fun, such a good day. I once saw a dog pee on one of the guards. It was funny, that was the best part,” Gonzalez said.

Both Gonzalez and Steinhilb laughed at the accident.

“They’re all so sweet and I love them all. Like literally, they’re all so happy,” Steinhilb said of the furry swimmers.

Dogs swam for free and owners had to pay a general admission price. Outside the fenced pool area were groups of onlookers, dogs watching the free reign of Franklin Pool.

Relaxing in the shade of the water slide, David Prentice of Yakima sat down with his dog Nola. They attend Paws in the Pool every year. “This event is the best day for us,” he said.

Nola sat with Prentice, enjoying the head scratches while keeping a close eye on the pool. She ran back and forth between the edge of the pool and the shady spot, meeting new friends.

Patricia Cipriano walked through the paddling pool, holding her two-year-old Boston Terrier in her arms as he took a break from swimming. “I called him Puppy,” Cipriano said. Puppy’s head bobbed from side to side, surveying all the activity around him.

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