Monday, October 13, 2008

Gone to the Dogs

Yesterday we spent the afternoon in a “dog daze”. The GRITS family attended Dogsplash 2008, a fund raiser for a local animal shelter.

For $5 we went to the local University’s (Roll Tide) outdoor pool complex. The pool officially closed this past week and before they drain the pools for the season they let the animal shelter use it for a fund raiser. How great is that?!

This is the 2nd year of the event and we escorted our beloved 13 year old Labrador, Bailey. I’m not sure what was going through the geriatric dog’s mind as we loaded her up in the car. It seems the only car trip she makes these days is to the vet’s office.

Imagine “Maw-Maw’s” surprise when she exited the car and noticed we were not at the little building with the metal table. She does know the difference!

Her tail was not tucked and we didn’t have to drag her out of the car. Her tail was wagging at a high rate of speed and she sniffed everything and everyone.

First stop, the kiddie pool, just to get her back in the water game:



Next stop, a very short swim in the lazy river:


My sweet, Bailey:


Look who else couldn’t resist the water, while fully clothed:




Take a look around the event, there were dogs everywhere of all shapes, sizes, and breeds:


Who is swimming whom here:


Animal costume contest:

(please click on this photo to check out the surfin’ dog’s hair!)


Scuba Dog came in 1st place.

PA120053Sir Chocolate Lab was 2nd.

I politely cropped this man’s face to spare his embarrassment identity, since he didn’t sign the GRITS photo waiver:


We all had a blast at the Dogsplash! We hope to return next year……we pray with sweet Bailey.


Anonymous said...

I didn't know they did that at the pool! I bet that was fun. That surfer dog is so cute!

Lisa @ Take90West said...

Your Bailey is beautiful, it sounds like a really fun day! That is really a great idea for a fundraiser!

Beachy Mimi said...

What a fun day! Your Bailey is precious.

Greg Nicholson said...

That's great! There isn't a chance that our dog would have gotten in, but it's an awesome event.

Valarie said...

That looks like fun! Thats really cool they do that even if they are the enemy. :)

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Fun Fun Fun! Dogs, kids and can't beat it:)

queenoftheclick said...

Baily is adorable. It looks like a fun day. I wish it was warmer here so we could go swimming (I'm in NYC)

Shannon ( said...

That is a great idea! I want something like that here to take my dog to! I love the pics of your puppy! Adorable!

Mandy Bricken said...

Aww Camryn would've LOVED this! I'll have to remember this next year!