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Pooch Plunge is Sunday in Valley Center pool

  • Published Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 7:46 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 7:49 a.m.

The Valley Center Animal League will hold its first annual Pooch Plunge on Sunday at Lions Park Swimming Pool.

The pool, at 255 E. Allen in Valley Center, will be open to dogs from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with swimming time split for small dogs (30 pounds and under) and larger dogs (31 pounds and over).

Swimming for small dogs begins at 5:30, with a smallest dog contest at 5:45, a long-jump contest at 6 and a Frisbee catch contest at 6:15.

At 6:50, the large dogs will take over, with a largest dog contest at 7:05, long jump at 7:20 and Frisbee catch at 7:35.

Admission is a minimum donation of $5 per dog, with a limit of two dogs per person. Dogs must be leashed when not in the pool and must have proof of rabies vaccination. Only dogs will be allowed in the water.

All proceeds will go to Valley Center Animal League, which cares for animals in the community.

Dog washes raise money for good causes

Got a hot, dirty dog? Let volunteers from local groups get your pooch cool and clean, with proceeds going to animal-related causes.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Sedgwick County Animal Response Team will host a dog wash at GreenAcres Market, 8141 E. 21st St. A donation of $20 is suggested.

Proceeds go to SCART, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to the survival and welfare of animals during natural and manmade disasters in the Sedgwick County area.

And every Saturday through Sept. 1, weather permitting, volunteers from RETAIN will wash dogs from 1 to 4 p.m. outside Heartland Animal Hospital, 4100 N. Woodlawn in Bel Aire. Donations of $4 for a small or medium-size dog and $5 for a large dog are requested.

Proceeds go to Responsible and Ethical Treatment of Animals in Neighborhoods, a local nonprofit group that helps pay for spay and neuter surgeries for pets.

Family Dog offers week of classes, workshops

The week of Aug. 14-18, Family Dog Training & Behavioral Center, 69th Street North and Hoover Road, is offering special classes and workshops tailored to meet dog owners’ needs and spark new interests.

• “Knock, Knock: Where are your manners?” – Aug. 14 and 16

Does the sound of the doorbell or a knock at the door send your house into chaos and your pup into a frenzy of excitement? Learn how to teach your pup to behave when someone is at the door. This two-day session will focus on relaxation techniques, door etiquette and ways to keep your dogs from launching off the shoulder blades of your guests. Class time is 6 p.m., and the cost is $40 for the two-day session.

• “Doggone Olympics!” – Aug. 18

Let the games begin! Join us for a morning of bobbing for hot dogs, treat toss, distance catch, the doggone dash and more. Bring a Kong or two for the Kong Challenge and stuff them full of rewards at the Kong Bar before you leave. Open to all dog- and people-friendly dogs. Starts at 9 a.m.; cost is $20.

Enrollment and proof of vaccinations are required. All annual vaccinations must be up to date, for rabies, DHP-PV and bordetella. Call 316-755-2839 to enroll or for more information.

Compiled by Diane McCartney

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