Scorching heat for Edmonton Humane Society canine diving, Alberta Day events

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As Edmontonians searched for ways to beat the sweltering heat on Saturday, dozens of their four-legged friends cooled off by paddling their doggies in the Oliver Outdoor Pool.

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The Edmonton Humane Society held its canine dive event, the only day of the year puppies can play in the pool, as the city was under a heat warning and Environment Canada predicted a high of 34 degrees Celsius.

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Human Society CEO Liza Sunley told the event, held for the first time since 2018, that it’s hard to say whether dogs or people are having more fun celebrating the end of the summer.

“The smiles on their faces are just as huge,” she said as a golden retriever in a life jacket chased a tennis ball through the water.

“When you combine pets, water, people and a nice sunny day, it’s hard to compete with something like this,” Sunley said.

Advance tickets were sold out, but Sunley said the weather didn’t spoil the event, with hundreds of dogs and people. He is expected to raise over $2,000 to support Humane Society, which cares for thousands of homeless, neglected people. and animals abandoned every year. Sunley encouraged those seriously considering adopting an animal to visit in person or check out the Edmonton Humane Society’s website at

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Sunley said Saturday was the first time dogs have been in the water.

“They felt really safe because we have these experts on hand to be able to help them,” she said, adding that there will likely be “a lot of fur” in the water filters of by the end of the day the pool will be closed for the season.

“Not having him for a few years has definitely added excitement this year.”

Those seeking relief from the heat in the Town Hall Fountain were also treated to an Alberta Day celebration in Sir Winston Churchill Square and Town Hall Square on Saturday. Officially on Thursday, Alberta Day is not a holiday, but weekend events from 1-4 p.m. promised free ice cream, games and activities like giant chess and checkers, food trucks and musical performances.

A free event on the grounds of the Legislative Assembly, including children’s activities, a beer garden and food trucks, will culminate with a performance by Alberta-born country artist Brett Kissel at 8:30 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

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Sadie the golden retriever participates in the Edmonton Humane Society’s annual canine dive at Oliver Pool on Saturday, September 3, 2022 in Edmonton. With temperatures expected at 34C this was a good place to stay. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia


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