Finleyville pool holds dog swim

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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

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