Truman, an 8-year-old yellow lab, leaps off the deep end of the deck at Liberty Park Pool for the tennis ball his owner Steve Craighead threw in the pool Tuesday evening during the annual Doggie Dive. Steve and his wife Cassandra Craighead come every year to Doggie Dive, an event for dogs and their owners to spend time together at the pool before it closes for the year. Tuesday was the last night the pool will be open for the year, said Recreation Supervisor Kari Tyler.
Easton Bailey, 3, hangs on to his grandfather’s chocolate lab, Sadie. Bailey’s mother, grandmother and grandparents kept a watchful eye on Bailey as he played with both Sadie and Leo, the family’s white Lab. Fifty dogs were at the event with their two-legged friends. The Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department sponsors the event at both the Liberty and Centennial Park pools before they close for the season.
Trey Tabor hugs his dog Rocky before Rocky takes his last swim at Liberty Park. Rocky has a cancerous tumor on his leg, and his family has made the decision on the advice of their veterinarian to put the dog down this Friday. “This has been Rocky’s week,” Anna Taber said. “We’ve been letting him have McDonald’s for breakfast and lunch and are letting him do all the things that he likes. It has been a really hard decision and time but we don’t want him to suffer.”
Lucky, a 7-year-old Cocker Spaniel owned by Casey Phillips, swims back toward her with a tennis ball. Phillips described her dog as friendly and an animal who doesn’t know a stranger. Recreation Supervisor Kari Tyler said after the event that it was a tremendous success and was perhaps her favorite event the Parks and Recreation Department sponsored each year.
Duke, owned by Jeremy and Kim Wise, has been attending the annual Doggie Dive for several years. “He’s a very content and sweet boy and we like to bring him because he enjoys it,” Kim Wise said of their 8-year-old Golden Retriever.
Fiona, an American Bulldog-German Shepherd mix, listens to some words of encouragement before taking a trip down the alligator slide at the Liberty Park Pool. His owners said he loves the water and has a kiddie pool at home he likes to swim in each day.
Action, a 2-year-old mixed breed, looks back while his owner, Brody DeBates, gives him a hug. “Action doesn’t know how to swim,” DeBates said. “He really is a social dog and likes to be around other dogs to play so my girlfriend Tanessa (Kenny) and I brought him here tonight.”