San Clemente's Ole Hanson Pool Going to the Dogs

The Polar Pooch Plunge is promised to be a once-in-a-doggy-lifetime event.

Dogs will finally be able to take a dip in San Clemente's Ole Hanson pool. Patch file photo.
Dogs will finally be able to take a dip in San Clemente's Ole Hanson pool. Patch file photo.

For the first and last time ever, Fido will get a chance to take a splash in San Clemente’s Ole Hanson Beach Club Pool this month.

The city is calling it the “Polar Pooch Plunge,” and the dogs will finally have their day from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (for both man and dog) is because the city will soon be draining the pool to remodel the beach club, “providing the perfect conditions for pooches to enjoy an afternoon swim,” according to a city press release.

So here are the rules (you’d know there’d be some):

  • Owners will need to supervise their pooch, monitor their interaction with other dogs and clean up after their dogs
  • Aggressive dogs will be excused from the event
  • All dogs need to be properly licensed with current vaccinations
  • Dog owners are not allowed in the pool with their dogs.

Cost will be $5 a dog and for once, people are free. All proceeds will benefit the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. The Pet Project Foundation will also provide pooch goody bags for each swimming dog, while supplies last.

The event is a go whether rain or shine. See the city’s website or call (949) 429-8797 for more information. 

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Doug Pemberton December 06, 2013 at 03:56 PM
This is a great opportunity for our beloved closest friend to go for a swim together with us dog lovers. Since we have yet to get approval for Poche beach to be a dog beach, we will have to settle for the Ole' Hanson pool. There are many I know that will love this time together. Now lets see if we can all play together in the pool. Thank you for this posting. Doug Pemberton


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