Dogs make a splash at the Y

The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA held its annual Doggy Dip, Saturday. About 25 local residents registered their dog – or dogs – for a swim by making a $10 donation to the Y’s Strong Communities Fund.

Don Ferguson, Public Relations manager for the YMCA, says Strong Communities “provides programs and services for youth, seniors, marginalized groups and people who may not otherwise be able to use the
Y’s services.”

Vivian Messier says she was relieved when she saw Sam, her six-year-old Newfoundland Bernese, opting to come out of the pool.

“Last year we came and he wouldn’t get out,” she says, laughing. “He swims with us when we go kayaking.”

Matt Willcock brought his three-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, “Scootie.”
“She loves swimming,” says Willcock. “What a great opportunity to socialize the dog and support the Y.”

Scootie, a three-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, was a ball of energy at the YMCA’s annual Doggy Dip, Saturday. Here, Matt Willcock’s precious pup takes a bit of a breather before making several more leaps into the pool.


  • Ron Jokelainen

    Ron has returned to writing and reporting after 27 years with Ontario Lottery & Gaming. He began as a staff writer with OLG in 1994 before moving to Sports Marketing in 1997. He retired as a Senior sports analyst in 2021. Prior to OLG, Ron worked in radio and print journalism in the Sault and Simcoe. Folks may remember Ron "Williams" with CFYN-CHAS in the early 90s A graduate of Windsor's St. Clair College Journalism program, Ron lists drumming, gardening and walking among his favourite hobbies.

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