High-flying wet and soggy dogs are having the time of their life in the lap pool at the Old Town Hot Springs. The bi-annual Poochy Paddle is quickly turning into a soggy Steamboat Springs tradition. Every dog in town is invited to the lap pool at OTHS for a dip in the warm waters, before the pool is drained and cleaned. There’s a lot of jumping, chasing, and shaking. Tennis balls are flying and kids are coaxing their pooch into the waters. Some even attempt a running jump off the diving board.


Each dog gets in for a small fee, and a donation of dog food for the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter. Plenty of owners are lined up poolside, doing their best to avoid a big doggy shake. But everyone inevitably gets wet, but no one seems to mind.

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This year’s Poochy Paddles are scheduled for Sunday, April 22, and Sept. 23. Tickets will be available in advance at the front desk of the Old Town Hot Springs.

Guest Blogger: Shannon Lukens

Photos and Video Courtesy of Shannon Lukens