Fort Belvoir’s Connelly Outdoor Pool at the Officers’ Club “goes to the dogs,” Sept. 7 when MWR wraps up another summer swim season with the 2019 Pooch Plunge, a chance for canine community members to get in one last dip before fall.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the cost is $3 per dog (people are free).

“This event is an opportunity to give patrons and their dogs a little fun in the outdoors,” said Romel Voellm, Community Center activities director. 

More than 50 members of Belvoir’s canine community took to Connelly Pool to celebrate the Pooch Plunge dog swim in 2018. Dogs great and small — from Saint Bernards, German shepherds and golden retrievers to pugs, poodles, terriers and Yorkies — spent the day enjoying the end-of-summer celebration with more than 100 of their human Family members.

According to Voellm, the event is one of the most popular celebrations of the year.

“We usually have at least 50 dogs come to this,” he said. “This is one of my favorite events. We also have some contests, like the ice cream eating, best costume and best trick events. It’s just a lot of fun.”

The Pooch Plunge is the one day out of the year when dogs can enjoy free reign over the pool, diving into the water to retrieve toys and balls, swimming laps, enjoying a snack or two or just interacting with their fellow animals on a September day.

Coordinators from MWR and the Community Center put the event together and volunteers from the American Red Cross often make the rounds answering questions and providing information on the services the organization provides with its canine volunteers.

The Pooch Plunge is open to all members of the Fort Belvoir community. The Connelly Outdoor Pool Complex at the Officers’ Club is at 5500 Schulz Circle.

No registration is required to participate.

For complete event rules, visit https://belvoir.armymwr.com/calendar/event/pooch-plunge/3415648/42411.

For more information about the Pooch Plunge, call 703-805-2620.