Leesburg Hosts 4th Annual Dog Swim
Fundraiser one of most anticipated dog events of the year
Dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages will delight in some pool time during Leesburg's Annual Dog Swim from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. Saturday at Ida Lee's A.V. Symington Aquatic Center.
The dog swim may be a change of routine at the pool, but families enjoy bringing their dogs for this popular event. Each year between 800 and 1,000 dogs attend.
Admission to the pool is $5 per dog, with a limit of two dogs per person. Due to safety reasons, children under 8 are not allowed to swim with the dogs.
“It’s a very popular event, but it does not get too crowded. It is a big pool and people come and go,” said Mary Harper of Leesburg Dogs, Inc.
There will also be a book signing by the authors of “The Tail of Two Corgis," written by local authors Claudia and Bruce Winkle. They are planning to donate part of their proceeds the Leesburg Dogs group.
“We are looking forward to it, it is fun to watch the Labrador retrievers who love the lazy river at the pool,” Harper said.
There is no rain date, so the group is hoping for good weather.
The proceeds will benefit the Leesburg Dog Park at Olde Izaak Walton Park.
This year Leesburg Dogs, Inc. plans to used the money raised to install two new benches outside of the dog park for people to sit and observe, as well as for young children who come and are not able to enter the park.
In the past, Leesburg Dogs has installed a water line for people to use to clean their dogs as well as to provide fresh drinking water. They also planted a tree in memory of dogs who have died from canine cancer.
For more information about the Leesburg Dog Park or the Dog Swim, please call 703-777-1368.