EAST MORRISONVILLE - The Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department recognizes many people consider their dogs more than a pet, but one of their children. Therefore they have organized a day all about pampering pups.
Doggie Paddle Day is a day in which people can bring their dogs to the East Morrisonville Park on Bullis Road to go swimming in the pond.
During the summer dogs are not allowed to go swimming at the beach because the department worries issues may arise with bacteria in the water.
"We have to pass bacterial level checks by the health department," explained recreation department director Melanie Defayette. "We're afraid with dogs, if you let one in, you'll have a hundred in there every day. That certainly wouldn't do well with our test."
However, on Sunday, Aug. 22, the day following the official closing of the beach, dogs will be allowed in the water.
Four years ago, the staff at the recreation department was having a brainstorming session about different activities they could start doing.
"Of course the staff that we talked with all have dogs," said Defayette. "And they were like, 'We would really like to be in the water with our dogs.'"
"The pond is perfect. Just perfect," she added. "Because it's only about 4 and a half feet deep in the middle. It's contained. It's not like you're bringing them out into the river. It's like a big pool for them. They have a ball."
Doggie Paddle Day will have more than just swimming however.
The event will bring in various vendors including Canine Adventure, Tails of the Adirondack, PetSmart, and Barking Bubbles.
"This is all about the dogs," Defayette said. "They're our kids too."
When the department first had Doggie Paddle Day, Defayette admits she was a little nervous the dogs would be running all around the park.
"But you know, they all stayed together and they just played in the water and they'd jump out of the pool and then play with each other then run back into the water," she said. "It ends up being an organized chaos. It's a lot of fun."
Defayette also sees it as a positive environment for the dogs.
"It's a great opportunity to socialize the dog," she said. "They can play with other dogs. And get a chance to try swimming. If they've never been in the water before, it's a great spot to try the water."
The event will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dog owners are required to bring proof of rabies vaccinations.