Doggy paddle will be the preferred swim stroke at Te Puke Pool on Saturday.

With the pool closing to human swimmers for the winter tomorrow, on Saturday it will be opened up to the district's canines with the third Dogs N Togs event.

Te Puke Pool manager Liz Milsom says both the previous events have been hugely successful.

Pooches of any size, shape, breed and swimming ability can go along for a day full of fun.


There's a fancy dress competition with the theme Dogs N Togs and races for small, medium, large and, if there are any, extra large dogs.

Blackhawk and Orchard Thieves have donated prizes.

Liz says the event is the only one of its kind in the Western Bay of Plenty.

"Last year's event was a lot of fun and very popular," she says.

The complex is fully fenced with two small and one large pool.

While the event is for dogs and their owners, there is no reason why people without dogs can't go along.

"Bring your camera and have a laugh," says Liz.

Dogs N Togs starts at 10am and will finish around 2pm.


Entry is by gold coin donation and there will be a coffee van and sausage sizzle.

Take a towel to dry your dog off after their swim, poo bags, leads and doggy floatation devices if necessary.