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Poochy Paddle splashes back into Old Town Hot Springs on Sunday

Winston goes after a Frisbee during the 2018 Poochy Paddle at Old Town Hot Springs. The biannual event allows dogs to swim before the pools are cleaned for summer. The next one will take place Sunday, April 28.
Matt Stensland

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It’s time for the pools at Old Town Hot Springs to have their biannual deep clean, which can mean only one thing: Poochy Paddle.

Marketing Director Nick Esares estimates 200 dogs will flood into the downtown Steamboat Springs hot springs from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, to play in the warm waters, chase tennis balls and make new four- and two-legged friends.

The event, which takes place in the spring and fall, happens right before the pools are cleaned. 

And while the dogs romp and play, their humans will be treated to games of their own, including music and a giveaway as well as the fun of attempting to avoid shaking, wet dogs.

The Routt County Humane Society will be onsite collecting monetary and food donations for the animals they care for, and UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center will be present to discuss the health benefits of having a dog.

The cost for your pooch to paddle is $5 in advance and $10 at the door per dog. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of Old Town Hot Springs, 136 Lincoln Ave.

To reach Mackenzie Hicks, email mhicks@SteamboatPilot.com, call 970-871-4208 or follow her on Twitter @MackenzieShawna.

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