Confirmed! 7th Annual Doggie Day Swim will be Saturday Sept. 12th

by Prince Of Petworth August 26, 2015 at 12:12 pm 11 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Chabelamarie

Update: It’s official:

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will partner with the DC Department of Health (DOH) to host the Seventh Annual DPR Doggie Day Swim on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 12 pm to 4 pm at DPR’s Upshur Main & Kiddie Pool (4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW); Francis Pool (25th & N Street, NW); and Randall Pool (South Capitol and I Sts., SW).”

Been getting a lot of inquiries lately:

“Do you have any inside knowledge of when doggie swim day is this year in the DMV?”

Good news! A full press release will be coming later this week but I’ve confirmed with DPR by phone that the 7th Annual Doggie Day Swim will be the Saturday after labor day – Sept. 12th from 12-4pm likely at Upshur, Francis and Randall Pools. I’ll be sure to update with more info when the release is issued but based on previous years:

“Admission is free, however all dogs must have a valid, DOH-issued DC dog license, to enter the pool. DPR and DOH encourage dog owners to obtain dog licenses prior to Doggie Day Swim. For more information on how to obtain a dog license, call DOH at (202) 535-2323 or visit the DOH Dog License website. Licenses will be issued on site, however dog owners must have all the required documentation (proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations; and proof of spaying/neutering) and fee payment. Only money orders or personal checks are accepted (no credit cards nor cash), made payable to “DC Treasurer.” The cost of the license is $15 for dogs that are spayed/neutered and $50 for non-spayed/neutered dogs.

Attendance the day of the event will be based on capacity at the time of arrival. During Doggie Day Swim, there will be a capacity limit on the numbers of dogs allowed in the pool at one time: 75 dogs at Upshur Pool, 75 dogs at Randall Pool and 150 dogs at Francis Pool.

To maintain order and to ensure a safe and fun event, dog owners are asked to follow these rules:

All dogs MUST have and wear a valid DC dog license.
Dog handlers must be 16 years of age or older.
Dog handlers cannot swim or enter the pool with their dogs.
Dogs must be sociable and remain leashed while on the pool deck.
All dogs must be current on vaccinations including rabies and distemper.
All dogs must be spayed/neutered.”

  • grrrr

    is anyone else having massive troubles with the online licensing? i got tired of waiting on hold for someone to help, but it won’t let me register my 2nd dog- it keeps giving me an error message that “you already have a license of that type”. not to mention, it won’t let me renew- it’s making me do new registrations. and unless i’ve completely forgotten it, i don’t seem to recall having to provide a “certificate of spay/neuter” before. can you get one of those from your vet even if they weren’t the ones who performed the spay/neuter? UGH.

    • Caroline

      Yeah, it’s not letting me renew either. I think I’ve let mine lapse, so maybe that’s why. I wish the system would remind you when you need to renew.
      Meanwhile, Fairfax County keeps sending me renewal notices, even though my dog and I haven’t lived there in over 4 years and I’ve called them several times to inform them of such (not to mention they’re mailing these things to a DC address!).

    • Returned Anon

      DOH is upgrading their system for the licenses, but it isn’t going smoothly. I had to re-register my dog when we returned to DC this summer. Emails about the errors to [email protected] didn’t do a thing. Struggled for over a month, but tried again a few weeks ago and could at least get the application to go through. But then, a week or so later, I had an email from the DOH licensing staff who said that their system upgrade’s been glitchy, and wasn’t transmitting the uploaded attachments to them anyway. I was able to send over email and she was wonderfully friendly, it just took awhile. License arrived last week. Your best bet may just be to keep calling and try to speak to someone and see if they can suggest a work-around.

    • ddddd

      Happened to me too. I just went to the Humane Society on New York ave and did it in person.

  • SWer

    Just a heads up to those planning to go. Make sure you have your human license/ID. Anticipating getting wet I left everything but my keys at home and got denied entrance last year.

  • rachel

    so what’s the word on showing up even if you don’t have a dog, just a dog-fan?

    • Caroline

      That’s totally fine. One time my dogs were denied entry so I dropped them off at home and returned dogless to take pictures of the other dogs having fun.

  • tmcoll

    Another heads up: Last year DOH did not accept cash on-site. I wrote a lot of checks for other folks.

  • MT

    I’m going to be that person: Is this the last hurrah for these pools before they close for the season? I know some people would probably argue that dogs are no dirtier than humans, but sending people back into a pool that’s been filled with dogs all day seems like it would break just about every health code.


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