SUMMIT, NJ - Talk about 'throwing the dog a bone'.

Current -- and future -- Hilltop City and surrounding community canines are set to rejoice, as September 9 will see not one but two doggone good events geared toward the four-legged set. Home for Good Dog Rescue's Seventh Annual "Bark-A-Que" will be held at Springfield's Meisel Park, the same day as Summit's "Doggy Dip" at the Family Aquatic Center;


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For first time the "Bark-A-Que" will be held in Springfield., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with organizers expecting to reach the 5,500 dogs adopted level at the event. Home For Good Dog Rescue was founded in 2011 by concerned citizens who wanted to save dogs that were abandoned and in shelters. This organization, headquartered in Berkeley Heights, said, “We wanted to try a Union County Park because the county is a sponsor and has been very helpful. We chose Meisel Park because it has a lot of open space and grassy areas.”

Many adoptable dogs will be on hand. The charge to adopt is $450 for a puppy and $400 for an older dog. This fee covers the cost of neutering the dog, vaccinations and a microchip. To expedite the adoption process, applicants can go online and fill out the form ahead of time. The organization is also seeking individuals and families that are interested in fostering a pet.

There is no cost to attend the "Bark-A-Que,", but a suggested donation of $5 and pets are welcome. Food vendors from around New Jersey will be there along with booths and merchandise for shopping.

"Doggy Dip"

The fur will fly when the Summit Family Aquatic Center hosts the third annual pooch in the pool event from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The fee to attend is $10 per dog for Summit residents and $15 per dog for non-residents. Small dogs -- under 20 lbs. -- can swim from 9 to 9:45 a.m., followed by medium dogs -- 20 to 50 lbs. -- from 10 to 10:45 a.m.. There will be two swimming sessions for large dogs -- more than 50 lbs. -- from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 12 to 12:45 p.m. A maximum of 40 dogs per size group is allowed.

Interested participants should register online with a credit card prior to the event using Community Pass. Walk-ins, who can pay via cash or check, are welcome as space allows. All participants will be required to sign a waiver at check-in, and all dogs must be accompanied by at least one owner who is 18 years of age or older.

Dogs must be six months of age or older, current on all vaccinations, and have a valid license tag. Please note that there is no human swimming during "Doggy Dip" day.

The rain date is Sunday, September 10.

The Summit Family Aquatic Center is located at 100 Ashwood Avenue.

Partial reporting for this article was supplied by Ellen Dickson / TAPinto Springfield.