By JILL HAMBEK
The dog days of summer have been fleeting and almost hit or miss during this particular summer, but the Minot Park District, as well as probably the entire Minot community, are being optimistic that the temperatures will resemble something dog day-like for Labor Day.
People and their dogs are being invited to join the Souris Valley Animal Shelter at Roosevelt Park Pool for the Dog Days of Summer event on Monday, Sept. 1, for the last open day at the pool for the season.
The event starts at 5 p.m. with a hotdog picnic, a meet-and-greet with shelter dogs available for adoption and a pet parade around Roosevelt Park. The event is free, but freewill donations will be accepted, with the proceeds benefiting the Souris Valley Animal Shelter. Also, the pet parade will be a leisurely, one-mile walk around the park and costumes are encouraged.
From 6 to 8 p.m., Roosevelt Park Pool will be open to the dogs. Elly Deslauriers, director of marketing and development for the Minot Park District, said the dogs need to be kept on a leash and people need to clean up after their dogs. However, dogs can be off their leashes while swimming in the pool. Smaller dogs are encouraged to swim in the shallow end of the pool. The pool will be drained after the dogs swim in there, too.
“This is an idea we came up with,” said Deslauriers, and something that has been done in other places. “It’s a nice way to wrap up the summer and let the dogs have a chance to use the pool.” The important part of the event, though, she added, is the meet-and-greet of the shelter dogs that are available for adoption through the animal shelter.
Also, people are encouraged to vote for the grand marshal of the pet parade, Deslauriers said. There are eight dogs from the shelter that are candidates for grand marshal. People can see the dogs’ pictures and place their vote on the Minot Park District’s Facebook page. Voting ends on Friday.
Deslauriers said they’re hoping for a large turnout for the Dog Days of Summer event, and are lucky for the sponsorships they have received. “We see the event growing from here,” she added. “We know there are plenty of dog lovers out there and we’re happy to offer an event for dogs to enjoy the pool and park.”
There have been a significant amount of “Likes” and “Shares” on Facebook about the event, too, Deslauriers said. “So from a social media standpoint, it looks like there will be a lot of people coming,” she added.
People are excited to bring their dogs to the park and pool, Deslauriers said. “Dogs are a big part of the event and we’re excited to offer something like this for them,” she said.