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Pooch pool party proves popular

Antoinette Spicer

Hundreds of dogs plunged into Waltham pool on Saturday as it opened its gates to dogs and their owners.

With the outdoor pool now closed for the winter, Christchurch City Council opened it on Saturday morning for the first-ever Doggy pool party event.

Dogs of all sizes, shapes, breed, and swimming ability made of the most of the opportunity.

Christchurch City Council Team Leader Events Jamie Graham said social media had blown up with over 3000 people interested on Facebook.

“We have just finished doing street summer pool parties for humans that were nowhere as popular,” Graham said. He described the doggy event as "amazing". 

Dog owner Anne Helin said she brought her dog to the pool after seeing the event on Facebook.

“I didn’t expect this many dogs to turn up, I’m grateful the city council has put this on it’s a great event,” Helin said.

Dog owner Scott McKinnon described the event as "wonderful" and said the community needs more events like it.

Dog owner Matt Canarcus said the event was "like a pop-up version of a dog park which is pretty cool".

The council's animal management team, who were micro-chipping dogs free of charge on the day, said the end-of-day records showed 330 dogs visited the pool and 13 were micro-chipped.

Jamie Graham said due to the great turn out the council would be looking at organising the doggy pool party again next year.