Pooch Party Stroll & Splash raises money to support dog park

Posted at 6:00 PM, Aug 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-27 20:16:19-04

What better way to soak in the final days of summer then by taking your furry, four-legged friends for a puppy pool party in the park.

There is one day out of the entire year that's set aside for you and your dog at Lakeview Park in Nampa.

At the Pooch Party Stroll & Splash event put on by the parks and recreation department, no humans are allowed in the pool!

"The last weekend of the summer, we open up the pool to the dogs to come out and raise some money for our Nampa dog park," says Jennifer Vanderpool with Nampa Parks and Recreation.

Dogs of all sizes like to take a dip in the refreshing water, just ask the reigning Miss Junior Preteen Idaho winners, Molly and Emma Edwards.

The sisters have a 1-year-old Yorkie named Ringo.

"We put him over the water and he paddles before he gets in" Emma starts to say.

Molly adds: "He [Ringo] starts to swim and then when he gets in, he swims up to the edge and tries to get out on the edge but usually can't."

Besides the pool party, pups and their owners had the chance to check out the vendor booths.

There were also contests to enter into. The duo wearing crowns served as judges.

The Edwards say it was a good day to be at the park and that their contribution lines up with the pageant's focus for the new younger category, which is community service.

"This is wonderful," Molly says. Emma chimes in saying: "It's amazing."

Proceeds from the event will support the current 6-acre Amity Dog Park.

There are also plans in the works for a second Nampa park where no leash is required.

"We really want to get a dog park on the other side of town to help disperse that need," Vanderpool says.

Property has been purchased for Nampa's second dog park near Smith Avenue and Middleton Road. It's still in the early stages of development with a completion date still a few years out.