Dogs rule at Drool in the Pool

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Kora goes all out for her ball during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
Kora goes all out for her ball during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

Nearly 200 dogs — poodle mixes, lots of Labrador retrievers, hounds, mutts of all kind and a good-natured and large pit bull named Bubba — went swimming at Mills Pool the evenings of Aug. 3 and 4.

It was Drool in the Pool, an end-of-summer tradition that's been happening in Bloomington for 17 years.

Moses grabs a ball while enjoying himself during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
Moses grabs a ball while enjoying himself during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

The city parks and recreation department puts on the event every year. A local business that caters to canines, Mad 4 My Dog, provides bags filled with treats and toys for winners in the Most Photogenic, Best Dog Trick and Dog-Owner Look-Alike contests.

Winners of the dog and owner look-a-like contest Madison Sullivan and Clary pose during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
Winners of the dog and owner look-a-like contest Madison Sullivan and Clary pose during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
Second place winner in the dog and owner look-a-like contest Silas Hendrickson and Chip pose for the judges during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
Second place winner in the dog and owner look-a-like contest Silas Hendrickson and Chip pose for the judges during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

Small and timid dogs swim in the kiddie end of the pool, while dogs more comfortable with water and swimming enter the deeper end on rubber mats floating in the water to launch from. Some dogs run and plunge right into the water from the cement deck to retrieve tennis balls their owners toss into the pool.

Clary checks out another dog during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
Clary checks out another dog during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

The event is held after the city pools close for the season, when school resumes in August. In the days after the event, the pool is drained, cleaned and made ready for colder months to come.

Contact H-T reporter Laura Lane at llane@heraldt.com or 812-318-5967.

Dogs and their owners enjoy playing during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
Dogs and their owners enjoy playing during Drool in the Pool at Mills Pool on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: Dogs and their owners celebrate 'end' of summer at Drool in the Pool