Finleyville pool holds dog swim

September 1, 2014
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Katie Roupe / Observer-Reporter
More than 160 dogs of all shapes and sizes took part in the 3rd Annual Dog Swim event at Mineral Beach. Half of the proceeds went to Mineral Beach with the other half going to the Washington Area Humane Society. Order a Print
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Katie Roupe / Observer-Reporter Dozer tries to keep his eye on the ball while he splashes in the water after his owner, Clinton Taylor of West Newton, throws the ball during the 3rd Annual Dog Swim event at Mineral Beach on Monday, September 1.
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Katie Roupe/Observer-Reporter Dakota swims through the water with his owner Sara Miller of Bethel Park close behind during the dog swim at Mineral Beach.
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Joyce Douglas of Washington County helps her dog Gus as he doggie paddles in the water at Mineral Beach. Order a Print

FINLEYVILLE - Paws and legs alike doggy paddled across the water at Mineral Beach Monday. While the pool is usually open only to humans, the owners open up the cool water to dogs on the last day of the season for a couple hours before closing.

During the 3rd Annual Dog Swim, 265 dogs jumped, paddled, played or just waded around the pool. The event was organized by Mineral Beach and Washington Area Humane Society for a fundraiser.

“It’s just an opportunity for dogs to have one last splash of the summer,” said Lynette Vibril, WAHS director of development and events. “They get to have fun with each other, their owners and just have a great time in the pool.”

And while the dogs couldn’t speak for themselves, they chased balls, jumped into the deep end and splashed in the water until they were told it was time to go home.

The proceeds are split 50-50 between Mineral Beach and the Washington Area Humane Society. The WAHS shelter general manager said the funds would go to directly help the animals at the shelter.

WAHS’s next fundraiser will be the Paws and Purrs 5k Run and Fun Walk at Mingo Park Sunday, September 14. For more information, visit

Katie Roupe has been shooting photos and writing for the Observer-Reporter since November 2011. She’s previously been published in the Auburn Citizen, Chautaquan Daily, Altoona Mirror and Daily Kent Stater. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in visual journalism.

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