The Norman Transcript

Local news

September 2, 2013

Westwood Water Park hosts the 8th Annual Pooch Pool Party

NORMAN — Big dogs, little dogs, dry dogs and wet dogs ran and splashed around Sunday at Westwood Water Park during the 8th Annual Pooch Pool Party.

The pool party, hosted by the Norman Community Dog Park, gives dogs of all sizes and breeds a chance to enjoy splashing around before the summer is over and the pool gets drained. Some even sported life vests for the occasion.

Betty Blatt, organizer of the event, said it is something that dog lovers can enjoy every year.

“It’s just fun for the dogs and families,” Blatt said. “We just keep growing and growing every year.”

About an hour before the event was over, Blatt said they had about 125 dogs visit and more were still coming in through the gates. Last year she said they had somewhere around 180 dogs and their families attend.

Something that might come as a surprise is that all those dogs coming together do not fight. Blatt said they haven’t had any dog fights except maybe the first year they held the event.

It’s believable too, as one watches the dogs running around chasing a tennis ball or paddling through the pools, just enjoying being around their families and other dogs.

The winner’s circle is always a fun thing for all involved as well, she said. Eight dogs are chosen as winners in several different categories such as biggest and smallest dog, cutest dog, dog with the most attitude and dog that is the most chicken, as well as some other fun awards.

The dogs then get roped off in a winners circle where they receive their medals and everyone claps and makes a big fanfare out of it, Blatt said, adding that the dogs just eat up the attention. The funniest ones are the small dogs who receive medals when they’re dragging them around, she said.

At the end of the day, she said they usually have to coax many of the big dogs out of the pool before cleaning up, locking up and putting an end to another fun summer.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • N7 Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Norman teachers excited about professional development

    Norman Public Schools’ teachers are focused on students and want to take advantage of professional development, Beth Spears, director of Staff Development and Student Achievement, said was the overall response teachers had to a recent ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Social justice dialogue part of University of Oklahoma program

    The University of Oklahoma kicked off Justice Week with a public forum Monday titled “Luis Rodriguez: No en Vano.” Critically acclaimed author, Esmeralda Santiago discussed the “Transformative Power of Art,” while joining five panelists ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Storm scavengers now could face felony charges

    OKLAHOMA CITY— It wasn’t long after a devastating tornado hit Moore last year that scavengers were circling the wreckage. Already reeling, Moore residents had a new concern — fending off looters....

    April 15, 2014

  • Bridge Businesses try to survive while bridge is closed

    Ray Cole wonders every day if his business will have to close. Cole is one of many Lexington and Purcell business owners struggling financially since the 76-year-old James C. Nance Memorial Bridge closed Jan. 31. The Oklahoma Department ...

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • County hears presentation on employment opportunities

    The Cleveland County Board of Commissioners listened to a presentation Monday to consider partnering with a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for prison inmates re-entering the community. Patrick Viklund, Center for ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Sunday: · 12:03 a.m. vandalism, 100 block of 12th Avenue Southeast · 6:42 a.m. burglary report, 300 block of 12th Avenue Southeast · 9:21 a.m. vandalism, 1500 block of North ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Jason Ashley Shannon, 35, possession of controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia; driving with a ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Bail set for one more in homicide

    A hearing for the state’s motion to hold two suspects without bail in connection with the homicide of Justin Barnard, 24, of Norman, was continued Monday in Cleveland County District Court. Special Judge Steve Stice overruled the motion ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Courses bring unprecedented enrollment

    University students majoring in engineering, science and mathematics typically enroll in college-level computer courses, like computational thinking and computer programming. Now, with Janux online courses offered at the University of ...

    April 15, 2014