Whole lotta shakin' goin' on

Hot temps and happy dogs converge at Lone Tree’s Cook Creek pool

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Hot temperatures and the allure of cool water brought about 500 Lone Tree-area dogs and their owners to Cook Creek pool for the Sept. 7 Wag-n-Romp.

The seventh annual event, which gives dogs a four-hour romp in the typically taboo waters, signals the end of the summer season and the pool’s closing. Participants or every breed and size cavorted together in the shallow section of the pool. They ranged from a 250-pound Lone Tree mastiff named Tobias to a rare Mexican hairless named Chupacabra visiting from Littleton. A team of poop scoopers saw little down time during the event as they patrolled the perimeter.

While dogs splashed in the pool and ran through an agility course, owners tossed balls and Frisbees, and perused booths including food vendors, a pet sitting service, pet adoption agency, veterinarian and pet products.

The day’s highlights included a few light-hearted competitions, including best swimmer, loudest dog and best wardrobe.

Though admission was free, donations were accepted for dog rescue organizations.