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Dog Dayz at Boulder’s Scott Carpenter Pool Caps the Summer: ‘It’s Disneyland for Her’

September 11, 2018
Dog Dayz at Boulder's Scott Carpenter Pool Caps the Summer: 'It's Disneyland for Her'

Kara Plese, left, tries to coax Monty, off the diving board while Marla Saville tries to encourage Henry to take the plunge Monday during Dog Dayz at Scott Carpenter Pool. The pool is ending its season with two weeks for canines only before closing the winter. See more photos, video at dailycamera.com.

If you go

What: Dog Dayz at Scott Carpenter Pool

When: Through Sept. 23

• Dogs of any size will be allowed in the pool from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on weekends.

• Dogs under 50 pounds will be allowed from 11 a.m. to noon and 4 to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 to 11 a.m. on weekends.

Where: 1505 30th St., Boulder

Cost: $5 per dog, or $40 for an unlimited pass for up to two dogs. Fees to add additional dogs to the unlimited pass are $10 each

More info: bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/dog-days .

Cailin Jewell lives right around the corner from Boulder’s Scott Carpenter Pool, which means that for 50 weeks out of the year, walking through the neighborhood is a form of torture for her 8-year-old dog, Kayla.

“Whenever we pass she looks over and I have to tell her it isn’t puppy time yet,” Jewell said.

Well, it’s puppy time now.

Kayla and a host of her canine friends took over the pool Monday as Dog Dayz kicked off the yearly tradition of kicking humans out of the pool for two glorious weeks.

“She’s obsessed with it,“Jewell said of her pit bull-bull terrier mix. “This is her Disneyland every year.”

On a warm, sunny afternoon Monday about a dozen dogs swam and ran around the pool, practicing their doggie paddles, chasing tennis balls and soaking their owners.

Kayla started off by leaping off the diving platforms before shifting to a new game where she would see how far she could let a tennis ball drift away while still being able to paw at it, looking to Jewell the whole time.

“This is her new game, I guess,” Jewell said.

Joni Politzer came up all the way from Golden so her chocolate Lab, Jack, could swim.

“It’s so great,” Politzer said. “I wish Golden had something like this. But I went shopping earlier, so this brought some money to Boulder.”

Jack spent most of his time in the deep end of the pool, prodding Politzer to toss his favorite orange squeaky tennis ball into the water.

“He’s all about the ball,” Politzer said. “He always spots his orange one.”

Or at least, he usually spots it.

“Oh, he’s lost again,” Politzer said as Jack swam toward a bunch of other, less desirable floating tennis balls before reversing course with some help from Politzer.

Jai Sundvall’s dog, Chief, also wanted to play with some tennis balls, but the 1-year-old German shepherd would stop at the edge of the pool every time Sundvall tossed one into the water.

“My dog loves the water and plays in bathtubs and stuff, but this is his first time with deep water,” Sundvall said. “He dove in the first time and freaked out a little bit. But he’s kind of a chicken.”

But as Chief got used to the water, he still got to run around and play with other dogs. Sundvall remembered coming to Dog Dayz years ago with a friend’s dog, and vowed that when he got his own dog he would come back.

“When I got out of the military I said this is something that needs to happen,” Sundvall said. “I remember it being awesome.”

As Susan Brown tossed a tennis ball into the water for an eager dog, she said that she has been looking forward to coming Dog Dayz with her golden doodle, Kipper, all summer.

“We’ve had it hanging on the refrigerator for several weeks now,” Brown said. “he likes to go down the wheelchair ramp, and he socializes with every dog and every person and he gets wet.”

Of course, Brown then admitted the dog she was currently tossing a ball to was not actually Kipper.

“It’s a little embarrassing,” Brown said. “But mine is over at the counter begging for treats.”

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars

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