Alexandria’s Swim Days Set for Dogs Large and Small

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Treat your pooch to a late summertime dip at one of the City of Alexandria’s Annual Dog Swims. Dogs under 50 pounds can enjoy a pool to themselves at the “Itty Bitty Doggie Dive” on Friday, September 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center Memorial Pool (901 Wythe St.). Dogs of all sizes can enjoy the Big Dog Day Swim on Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Town Pool (1609 Cameron St.). Tickets are required to attend.

Following the end of the summer pool season, these annual events provide dogs with the opportunity to swim and play games in the City’s outdoor pools before the pools are drained and cleaned for the winter. Thanks to the generous support of Your Dog’s Best Friends, admission is free.

Space is limited, so the City has made it possible to make a reservation. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Each reservation is for a 45-minute period, beginning on the hour. If you arrive late you will be invited in for the remainder of that hour.

Tickets may be reserved online for your preferred time frame at the swim that best suits your dog. Dog handlers must be at least 16 years old and cannot enter the pool with their dogs. Dogs must be sociable and remain leashed while on the pool deck. In order to gain entry, each dog must either wear a current vaccination tag or have a current rabies certificate or veterinarian letter. Space is limited to 100 dogs in the pool area at one time. Go to for reservation links and more information.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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