LIVINGSTON, NJ – Nearly 150 wagging tails served as proof that Livingston Township’s first annual “Doggy Dip” at Northland Pool was a tremendous success.

It was poochie-monium on Saturday afternoon as tennis balls flew and floated between canines. Various breeds demonstrated their doggy paddling skills while carrying tennis balls in their mouths and swimming right into the deep end; but the fun wasn’t contained to the swimming pool, either. Pups also enjoyed each other’s company under the trees and played Frisbee in the grassy areas within the gated community pool.

“Our department staff has talked about trying to do one for several years,” said Jennifer Walker, director of Livingston’s Senior, Youth and Leisure Services. “It really was fantastic. We could not have been happier about the event and the community’s overwhelmingly positive response. We will absolutely be making this an annual event.”

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According to Walker, the youngest dog in attendance was only five months old and the oldest was 15 years old. The event drew well more than 125 dogs and their humans, she added.

Although the smaller breeds—a couple of whom dressed for the occasion in float outfits—were told they could frolic in the baby pool, many elected to play with the big dogs instead.

Some of the dogs had never been in water before, but their humans were there to gently encourage them to dip a paw or two in to find out what all the excitement was about. Other dog owners said that their fur babies frequent dog-friendly Jersey Shore spots in Long Beach and Somers Point.

Dog-themed songs like “Who Let the Dogs Out” and “Bulldog” blasted from the speakers amidst the other non-pooch-related tunes that entertained the humans.

Pet lovers were overcome with joy as they observed their furry friends bouncing around and enjoying the final days of summer.

The Doggy Dip was sponsored by JAG-ONE Physical Therapy and the Livingston Community Policing Unit.

Onsite vendors included:

  • Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter
  • Cherrybrook Pet Supplies
  • Well Bred Pet Supplies
  • Farmina Pet Food USA
  • ESP Pet Specialists
  • DJ Sizzling Sounds  

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter also brought two adoptable dogs and accepted applications.

Walker expressed gratitude to all the SYLS staff members who helped out at the event and sent a special thanks to JAG-ONE PT, Cherrybrook, Well Bred, ESP Pet Specialist, Sizzling Sounds DJ and Mt Pleasant Animal Shelter for helping to make the event a success.