Photos: A doggone good time

 
 Messenger photos by Andrea Cordle
 Grove City has gone to the dogs. Hundreds of dogs and their owners gathered at the Big Splash on Sept. 7 for the first Soggy Dog Swim. Proceeds from the event will benefit Colony Cats and Dogs, a local rescue shelter. Duke, the 3-year-old Brittany spaniel, gets out of the pool with his favorite tennis ball. Duke belongs to Brad Geyer of Grove City.

 
 Glenda Gibson of Grove City dries her cold 2-year-old Shih Tzu, Tedi. The dogs went diving despite cloudy skies and lower temperatures. Gibson said the Soggy Dog event was "just the greatest thing." She hopes the city will hold the event annually.

 
 Scout swims out of the pool only to jump right back in. Scout is a 2-year-old Labrador retriever mix who belongs to Luke Smurthwaite of Grove City.
 
 Magnus, the 9-month-old bull mastiff, enjoys an ear scratch from owner Cory Heiser of Grove City. Heiser said Magnus was too scared to get in the water, despite being over 100 pounds.
 
 Cortes, an 8-year-old golden retriever, chases his tennis ball in the pool. Cortes is the pooch of Gloria Hartung.

 
 Junior does laps in the water at the Soggy Dog Swim. He is a 4-year-old weimarner who belongs to John Reinhardt of Grove City.
 
 Deeogee, a 3-year-old mixed breed, tests the water before jumping in. The pooch belongs to Nicole Sherill of Grove City.
 
 Here a pug stays in the shallow end of the pool at the Big Splash. The pup was one of the dozens of smaller breeds who took advantage of the day.
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