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Pool time for dogs

Matthew Lane • Updated Sep 21, 2017 at 3:16 PM

KINGSPORT – If you love your dog – and you know you do – then you might want to consider a couple of upcoming events in Kingsport that'll let your dog enjoy a warm afternoon of splashing around in the pool with his fellow furry friends.

For the first time this year, the Doggie Splash Bash will be held at the Riverview Splash Pad (301 Louis St.) on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to all dogs, though proof of vaccination is required.

More than 35 vendors are scheduled to be on the grounds offering food, clothing, pet supplies, dog park memberships and crafts, along with adoptable dogs. The first 50 dogs will receive free Frisbees, and leashing will be optional within the fenced-in area.

After hitting the splash bash (or in case you couldn't attend in the first place), you can trot your dog right down the street to the Kingsport Aquatic Center and enjoy an afternoon in the outdoor pool.

Returning again this year is the fourth annual Drool Paw-ty at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. The event takes place on Oct. 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per dog and humans are admitted for free.

Before the outdoor water park is closed for the winter season, the staff has allowed owners and their dogs to come and enjoy an afternoon of running, playing and splashing in the outdoor kids' pool. Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccines and proof of vaccines is required for entry. A dog tag is not sufficient, officials say. You must bring your records or a receipt from a veterinarian.

Admission is two dogs per human. Handlers must be 18 years old and have leashes with them. No humans will be allowed to swim in the outdoor water park during the event.

For more information, please call (423) 343-9758 or visit www.swimkingsport.com.

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