Summer months swimming pool fundraiser for canine held in West Burlington

WEST BURLINGTON — You can’t choose your children swimming at the public pool these days,…

WEST BURLINGTON — You can’t choose your children swimming at the public pool these days, but you can take your canine.

And your canine does not have to don a mask, even however he can give you COVID-19.

“Based on the details offered to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to men and women is viewed as to be minimal,” according to the Centers for Disease Handle and Prevention.

At this year’s once-a-year Des Moines County Humane Society Dog Paddle at the West Burlington Swimming Pool on Saturday, pet proprietors who were thrashing about in the drinking water with their small buddies did not don masks possibly.

But tennis balls ended up abundant and hard to catch though sporting a mask on your muzzle.

The Doggy Paddle ran from midday to about 3 p.m., and each dog contributed $5 to the animal shelter, plus a different $1 for just about every human they brought together.

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Teddie, a tea-cup Yorkie belonging to Joni Davis, peeks over the side of the pool Saturday during the annual Doggy Paddle to benefit the Des Moines County Humane Society at the West Burlington pool. Microchipping was available at the event as well as nail trimming for the dogs.

Dominoes provided pizza paid for by “wonderful pet fans,” Pepsi donated delicate beverages, veterinarian Brooke Smith of Allgood Animal Hospital donated her time and abilities to implant identification microchips — dogs only, no children — for $20, and Pet Bath & Outside of delivered dog nail trimming for $10.

Pooches of all persuasions plunged into the pool or paraded the perimeter: beagles, pit bulls, German Shepherds, poodles of all dimensions blended with dachshunds and a Wheaten terrier, also recognized as a Brocaire Buí, indicating “yellow terrier” in Irish brogue.