HINCKLEY TWP. — Wagging tails, flying tennis balls and splashing water were all part of the Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza on Sunday at Ledge Pool and Recreation Area.
Hosted by Cleveland Metroparks at Hinckley Reservation, more than 100 dogs ranging in size from Great Danes to Pomeranians enjoyed a day at the pool for National Dog Day.
“I think it is a great opportunity for the dogs and also to support the SPCA,” Deborah Shimp, of Hinckley, said poolside Sunday afternoon. “I like to take every opportunity to do that. This is just a wonderful thing.”
Shimp brought her 2-year-old miniature goldendoodle to the annual canine gathering that benefited the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Cleveland Animal Protective League.
Cindy Brode of the SPCA said the event is an important fundraiser for the shelter at 8790 Guilford Road in Guilford Township.
“This event is a wonderful event. We have been doing it for many years,” she said. “We have the opportunity to be fortunate enough to have the proceeds shared between us and the Cleveland APL.”
Brode said the SPCA is a nonprofit organization, and is a separate from the Medina County Animal Shelter.
“I have been posting live Facebook feeds this morning from here to share the event,” she said.
Over by the pool’s yellow tube waterslide, English springer spaniel Major Huckleberry jumped into the pool in pursuit of a tennis ball thrown by owner Kathy Biesiada, of Hinckley.
“We came last year and he had a riot, and he is having a riot this year,” she said in between throws. “He is a water dog obviously.”
Scott Mulkerin said his 8-year-old Great Dane Athena was having a good time, but was not too keen on cooling down in the pool.
“We came a couple years ago and she enjoyed it. (She’s) a big baby, scaredy-cat,” he said.
Mulkerin said when he tried to get the Athena to go into the pool, she was not having it and used all four paws to put the brakes on.
In addition to time in the pool, the event featured a fair with dog-friendly products.
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