BEATRICE – Area canines sent the Big Blue Water Park into the off-season with a splash.  Tuesday night was the Beatrice Humane Society 6th Annual Doggie Dip swim, where owners could bring their dogs to the pool at 12th and Scott, for a $10 per-dog donation to the humane society…..106 dogs, to be exact.

Society President, John Rypma says the best thing about the event is that it’s just a lot of fun.

The Beatrice Humane Society asks that owners not bring an aggressive animal to the water park, and dogs are brought in on a leash, before they’re turned loose and hit the water.   Pooches of all sizes attended the event Tuesday night, splashing about with their neighborhood friends and sniffing a few…..well, you know what dogs will do. 

Rypma says it’s hoped the event also generates long-time donors for the humane society, which gets some local government support, but greatly relies on private donations to operate the local animal shelter and help with pet adoptions.

The Beatrice Humane Society is one of the organizations participating in the Gage County Big Give day to help organizations, coming up on September 10th.   The society also holds a major fundraiser during the year.

The Doggie Dip swim is the final event of the summer at the Big Blue Water Park, which ended its human swimming season, last weekend.