It's a dog's life
The Naperville Park District is cancelling this year's Doggie Dip at Centennial Beach, saying state health officials threatened to revoke its swimming permit for next year if it didn't pull the plug on the pooch plunge. Is this a case of erring on the side of safety, or bureacracy run amok?
The traditional Doggie Dip is a delight for dogs and their owners. It's held in September, after the pool closes to bathers for the year. The popular event drew more than 1,000 participants last year. The state's concerns must have to do with sanitary conditions. Even if a pool is drained and sits empty for months before being filled the next season with chlorinated water, do we really want to swim where doggies have made doo-doo? After all, fecal bacteria is no laughing matter. Or do you think this is an insanely stupid rule that Naperville is unwillingly forced to comply with, and are you so ticked off by this that you're ready to sound off to the state director of public health?
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