Every year after Labor Day, Owings Mills holds a fun event called "Doggie Paddle" during which the local pool welcomes dogs. In the process, they raise money for charity.
Doggie Paddle 2014 raised $710 for the Baltimore Humane Society. It also brought neighbors from Owings Mills and their dogs together for an evening of great fun.
How Does Doggie Paddle Work?
Sponsored by the Owings Mills New Town Community Association, Inc., the event takes place at the end of the pool season, after Labor Day, when the pool is ready to shut down. This year it took place on Wednesday, September 3rd from 5pm to 7:30pm at the Middle Mill Social Pool.
Owings Mills neighbors pay $10 per family to participate. That's what generates donations for the Humane Society. Participating means that dogs can go play and swim and generally have fun in the pool.
Some Doggie Paddle History
According to Pools go to the dogs for charity. A Doggie Paddle event in Maryland which describes the 2013 Doggie Paddle, the program has been taking place since 2003. The article explains,
"10 years ago, the idea for the event was inspired by a conversation in a dog park between four friends. Angie, a co-founder of the event said, “It’s a fast way to make $800 to $1,000 for a shelter in just two-and-a-half hours.”"
You'll enjoy the article; it includes a great video which captures the energy and fun of the event.
Kristen Thompson from Yaffe Team Participated in Doggie Paddle!
Yaffe Real Estate's Kristen Thompson (you can read more about her by scrolling down the About Us: Meet the Yaffe Team page) participated. She is new to Owings Mills, having just moved from Virginia, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet members of the community.
Here is what she had to say about the Doggie Paddle event:
"It's a great way to raise money for the Humane Society. It's a very friendly event. Other than taking your dog to the dog park, this is great way for dogs to play with other dogs. Everyone seems to know one another by name, including the organizers' and all the dogs. It's a big friendly family of people and dogs. It made me feel really good."
(By the way, Kristen also participated in National Night Out Brings Owings Mills Neighborhood Together.)
Kristen shares these photos of Doggie Paddle 2014:
Did you attend the 2014 Owings Mills Doggie Paddle? Did you have fun? Did your dog enjoy the experience? Let us know in the comments.