Season’s end at Moyer Pool for the dogs

Bullwinkle a seven-year-old Lab lets the water fly after a jump into the Moyer Poll at Lincoln Park during the 5th annual Dog Days Swim and Fun Run Saturday morning. About 200 dog got into the swim.

Dog Days at Lincoln Park- Moyer Pool couldn’t come fast enough for Honi, a golden retriever-poodle mix.

During a recent outing on Kokopelli Trail with owner Chris Parson, 52, the young dog was on the receiving end of a skunk’s displeasure; her wet fur still carried a hefty waft of stink as she bounded around the pool Saturday morning.

“This chlorine will be good for her,” said Parson, a Grand Junction resident since March after moving from Hawaii.

Honi and her mother, Sunshine, both formerly regular body surfers on the beaches of Hawaii, couldn’t get enough of the water Saturday morning.

“I’ve never a seen a municipal pool open up for dogs,” Parson said. “Somebody could do this as a business.”

Parson’s dogs were among the estimated 200 expected at Moyer Pool, which closed its summer season for the fifth year with Dogs Days Swim and Fun Run.

Saturday’s event marked the end of a season at Moyer Pool that, aside from an unusually slow June, saw “good turnout and participation,” city aquatics coordinator Tina Ross said.

“Our swim lesson numbers held steady,” she said.

This season also marked the pool’s first full year for the new water slide. It opened briefly in 2008 for the last 10 days of the season.

Ross said hard data reflecting turnout and pool revenue for 2009 wasn’t immediately available.

For Steve Cameron, of Grand Junction, his visit to Moyer Pool on Saturday with his golden retriever, Basil, was his first and only trip to the pool this year.

“This is a lot more convenient than heading up to (Grand) Mesa to let him swim,” Cameron said.

Saturday’s dog swim brought out dozens of Labrador and golden retrievers. But one dog stood out.

Duke, a Great Dane owned by Chris and Brittany Vandermarch, towered above all dogs but cowered around the pool.

“He’s mellow, but doesn’t care for the water,” Chris said.


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