On September 7, Lee County Parks and Recreation hosted our first "Splash and Bark! Unleash the Fun" event at OT Sloan Pool. Put together to raise funds towards opening a local dog park, also to be located at OT Sloan Park, the event was a rousing success. Carolina DockDogs came out to co-host, assisting owners in guiding participating dogs in swimming and jumping from the pool's edge on ramps built by our staff. We had sponsors and vendors from throughout our local area and participants coming from as far away as Greensboro. From charming English bulldogs holding down the bleachers spectating to young Golden Retrievers we could hardly get out of the pool, the dogs all had a blast, with everyone going home tired and happy! Owners were greeted by perfect sunny skies but moderate temperatures, refreshments served by the Central Carolina Jaycees, and a chance to meet other like-minded dog owners. The event, which we hope to host annually, went swimmingly.