St. Louis Dog Events: Community Swimming Pool Parties

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Dog swimming pool parties

Many of the St. Louis community public swimming pools offer an end of summer dog swim party.

Rules vary from pool to pool. Some pools don’t allow humans in the pools at all. Others allow people to wade into the pool with their dog. Some allow children, some don’t.

Be sure to check the information provided before you head out so you know what to expect.

All of the pools are going to require written proof that the dogs attending have had their shots and will expect you to clean up after your dog, so bring a shots record and your potty bags.

I took my dog Milo to the Kirkwood dog pool party a few years ago. Check out the video I took to get a preview of what you can expect at these events.

2017 Events:

Arnold:

Date:  Saturday September 9 (11-1 PM dogs under 25 lbs and 1-3 PM dogs over 25 lbs)
Cost: $10 per dog (with 1 owner), $3 per additional person
Location: Outdoor pool at Arnold Recreation Center

People can get into water knee deep only. Payment by cash or check.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Giacomo Carena (Flickr)

Ballwin:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (4:30 – 7:30 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog
Location: North Pointe Aquatic Center

Multiple pools for the dogs to swim in and a lot of space to run. All dogs and children must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old. People are not allowed in the water. No aggressive dogs will be allowed. All dogs must have current vaccinations.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesSt. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Gloria (Flickr)

Bridgeton:

Date:  Saturday September 9 (1 – 3 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog with pre-registration, $13 at the door (humans free)
Location: Bridgeton Crossing Family Aquatic Park
Website: Activity guide page 13

Dogs must have proof of rabies and DHLPC2 vaccination.

Chesterfield:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (4:30 – 7 PM)
Cost: $7 per dog, $3 per person, children 2 and under are free
Location: Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center

Owners must have the most recent record of vaccinations for dogs to participate. Up to 2 dogs per family and no puppies under 4 months old.

Crestwood:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (5:30 – 6:30 PM small dogs, 7 – 8 PM medium and large dogs), rain date Wednesday September 6
Cost: $10 resident dogs, $15 non-resident dogs
Location: Crestwood Aquatic Center

In prior years, preregistration has been required. Contact Crestwood to see if it is required this year. All dogs who are friendly are welcome. Proof of rabies vaccinations and current tags are required.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – O.G. (Flickr)

Des Peres:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (5:30 – 7:30 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog
Location: The Lodge Outdoor Pool

Owners must show written proof of current vaccinations for distemper, parvo and rabies. Owners may not swim with their dogs.

Ellisville:

Date:  Thursday September 7 (5 – 8 PM) & Saturday September 9 (9 AM – 12 PM)
Cost: $7 per dog, $3 per person, children 2 and under are free
Location: EDGE Aquatic Center

Handlers must bring a copy of current rabies vaccination record for each dog. Handlers must be at least 18 years old and must sign waiver of liability. Dogs must be at least 6 months old.

Eureka:

Date: Wednesday September 6 (6 – 7:30 PM)
Cost: $5 per dog
Location: The Timbers of Eureka

Limit 2 dogs per owner. Proof of rabies and DHLPP vaccinations required for admission.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Tracy Lee (Flickr)

Fenton:

Date: Tuesday September 5 (4 – 5:45 PM or  6:15 – 8 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog & handler, $7 per additional dog (limit 2 dogs per handler) $3 additional person
Location: RiverChase Recreation Center

Proof of updated vaccinations (DHLPP and rabies) required before entering the pool.

Ferguson:

Date:  Sunday August 13 (6 – 8 PM)
Cost: $10 (dog and 1 adult human companion), $3 per additional person
Location: Splash at Wabash

Proof of rabies and DHLPP vaccinations.

Florissant:

Date:  Friday August 11 (6:30 – 8:30 PM) and Saturday August 12 (10 AM – 12 PM)
Cost: $10 (dog and owner), $3 additional person
Location: Koch Family Park Aquatic Center

All dogs must wear an ID tag and be on a leash unless swimming. All current vaccination records, including DHLPP or DHLP and Rabies shots are required to swim. These must be written records. Tags are not proof.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Ann Dewig (Flickr)

Kirkwood:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (5 – 7 PM) & Thursday September 7 (5:30 – 6 PM small dogs 25 lbs or under only, 6 – 7:30 PM all dogs)
Cost: $10 (dog and 1 adult human companion), $3 per additional person
Location: Kirkwood Aquatic Center

Proof of rabies and DHLPP vaccinations.

Lemay:

Date:  Wednesday September 6 (dogs under 50 lbs only – 5:30 – 7:30 PM) & Thursday September 7 (all dogs, 5:30 – 7:30 PM)
Cost: $5 (1 dog and owner), $3 additional dog
Location: The Pavilion at Lemay

Maximum of 2 dogs per person. All dogs must be up to date on vaccinations (DHLPP and rabies). Bring written proof from the veterinarian, tags are not proof. All dogs must be recently bathed, wear an ID tag and be on a leash except when swimming.

Manchester:

Date:  Saturday September 9 & Sunday September 10 (1 – 4 PM)
Cost: $11 (1 dog and owner, limit of 2 dogs), $3 additional person
Location: Aquatic Center at Schroeder Park

Owners must provide complete vaccination records (rabies, bordetella and distemper). Dangerous dogs must be muzzled.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – daphenator (Flickr)

Maplewood:

Date:  Friday September 8 (4 – 8 PM) & Saturday September 9 (12 – 4 PM)
Cost: $10/1 day or $15/2 days (1 dog with 2 adults), $1 per day (people without a dog)
Location: Maplewood Family Aquatic Center

The swim is for Greater St. Louis area dogs more than four months of age. Rabies vaccination records are required for each dog to participate and must be presented at the front desk. Participants must sign a liability waiver. No children under 13 allowed. Children ages 13 to 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18. No more than two dogs per person. Wading to the knees is permitted. No human swimming.

Maryland Heights:

Date:  Monday September 4 (6:15 – 8:15 PM)
Cost: $12 (1 dog with one person), $5 additional dog, $3 additional person, discount available with advance registration
Location: Maryland Heights Aquaport

Kiddie pool will be open for small dogs. Dogs must be recently bathed and kept on a leash when not swimming. All dogs must be wearing an ID tag and a current Dogport tag or bring a current vaccination records including rabies and distemper. All dogs must be at least 6 months old. Limit of 2 dogs per person. An adult must accompany children under 18. To avoid entrance lines, pre-register at the Maryland Heights Center.

O’Fallon (MO):

Date:  Saturday September 9 (9:30 – 11:30 AM)
Cost: $12 (1 dog and 1 resident human companion) $12 (1 dog and 1 non-resident human companion)
Location: Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center

Preregistration is available by calling 636-474-2732. Proof of rabies and DHLPP vaccinations. Dogs must be accompanied by an adult 18 or over.

Shrewsbury:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (6 – 8 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog
Location: Shrewsbury Family Aquatic Center

Dogs must have current shots records.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Andrew Macgill (Flickr)

St. Charles:

Date:  Monday August 14 & Thursday August 17 (6 – 8 PM)
Cost: $10 (dog and 1 adult human companion), $3 per additional person
Location: McNair Park Pool

All current vaccination records, including DHLPP and rabies are required to swim. Well socialized dogs welcome. AGGRESSIVE dogs will be asked to leave. No pinch/choke collars! Owners MUST bring bags or other method to clean up after their dogs. Dogs MUST be leashed unless swimming in the pool and closely supervised by their owners. All children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are running loose and become rambunctious. Small children should be closely supervised to avoid injuries. All owners MUST sign a waiver and are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries or damage caused by their dogs. All dogs must wear an I.D. tag.

Sunset Hills:

Date:  Friday September 8 (6-8 PM) and Saturday September 9 (10 AM – 12 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog, no charge for people
Location: Sunset Hills Aquatic Center

Bring proof of vaccination (rabies and bordetella). Limit 2 dogs per handler, must be 18 years or older. Space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged. 

University City:

Date: Saturday September 9 & Sunday September 10 (11 AM – 3 PM)
Cost: $15 (1 dog and 2 people), $2 additional people, discounted price of $25 per dog for both days
Location: Heman Park Pool

Dogs must be with an owner at least 18 yrs of age and owners must bring written proof that their dog’s rabies shot is current or be wearing a U City Dog Park tag. Belly flop contest at 1 pm both days and swimwear contest throughout both days. Water for the dogs and potty bags provided. Concession stand open selling bottled water, soda, hot dogs and popcorn.

St. Louis Dog Events ~ Community Swimming Pool Parties - Arch City HomesPhoto Credit – Gloria (Flickr)

Webster Groves:

Date:  Wednesday September 6 (4 – 5:30 PM or 6 – 7:30 PM)
Cost: $10 per dog with adult human, $5 additional person
Location: Webster Groves Aquatic Center

Owners must provide proof of vaccination records. Owners may wade but not swim with the dogs. Children 12 and under will not be allowed in the water.

Wentzville:

Date:  Tuesday September 5 (7 – 9 PM), rain date Wednesday September 6 at 6:30 PM
Cost: $8 per dog preregistered, $15 at the door
Location: Splash Station Aquatic Center

Bring proof of vaccination at time of registration. All dogs must be leashed when out of the water. 

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If you are a pet owner and want a pet-friendly realtor in St. Louis, we should talk.

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Pet Friendly Home Tips…Courtesy of St. Louis Home Sellers

Over the years I’ve worked with many clients who have all types of pets.

Everyone who knows me knows that I particularly love dogs. I have a dog of my own and also foster dogs too. I’m also a former cat owner and understand how to deal with roaming cats who need access to their litter box and might dart out the front door during a showing.

Whether I’m helping my clients look for a home near horse stables, a room that can be dedicated to the iguana or a spot for the chicken coop in the backyard, my goal is to help my clients find a home that meets their pet needs.

Yes…I have actually done all of these things for buyers who put their pet priorities on their ‘must have list’ for their new home. 

And if my clients are selling, I can make sure their home’s pet features included in the marketing without eliminating non-pet buyers at the same time.

Dog Friendly Home Tips:

I have fun snapping pictures of home modifications designed to make living with dogs easier. Check out a some of the pictures I’ve taken while showing clients homes all over town.

My clients Jenny and Michael bought a house last month where 2 growing puppies and a large adult dog were living. The owners puppy-proofed the family room to protect the rest of the house and the floors. While I wouldn’t have recommended showing the house while it was for sale with the room set up like this, it was a great solution.

If you have a puppy that will likely outgrow his destructive phase, or an extra room that you can simply turn into your dog’s palace, you might want to give this a try.

In the same house, these smart homeowners converted a twin bed and mattress into a dog bed. They just removed the legs off the frame and set it on the floor. It’s a brilliant solution if you have puppies still in the chewing stage, multiple dogs or giant sized dogs.

Another one of my buyer couples purchased a Webster Groves homes that used a floor doggy doorbell instead of bells on the door. All they had to do is teach the dog to ring the doorbell rather than scratching on the door or holding a staring contest (like my dog Milo does when he wants to go out).

This mid-century home originally had two windows near the floor with a large picture window above them. The current homeowner replaced one of the lower windows with a solid panel and a doggie door in her master bedroom. The doggie door leads directly into the fenced backyard.

I know a lot of small dog and puppy owners who would love to be able to send the dog outside without even getting out of bed.

Cat Friendly Home Tips:

I wouldn’t want cat owners to be left out. I’ve snapped some cat tips I picked up from home sellers too.

This cat door was built into the basement laundry room door at a home I recently listed in Kirkwood. The door was there when my clients bought the house, and my clients added he brush bristles on the other side of the door to give kitty a light brushing each time she headed to the litter box.

I’ve never seen a heated cat house before, but I guess it’s a thing. This outdoor cat was given a warm spot to rest on the front porch of a home I was showing a couple of years ago. Yes, I’ve been selling homes for a long time.

If you are a pet owner and want a pet-friendly realtor in St. Louis, we should talk.

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VIDEO: When Should Home Sellers Get Municipal Inspections?

While many real estate agents have their clients wait to get required municipal inspections until they get a contract, I encourage home sellers get municipal inspections before they put their home on the market.

One reason for getting the municipal inspection up front is so you can advertise that the house has already passed the city inspection. Or maybe you want to know what you will have to fix before getting a list of repairs from the buyer under the inspection contingency.

Either way, getting the municipal inspection before hitting the MLS can help you get your house sold and minimize expensive repairs.

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One of the big advantages of getting a municipal inspection BEFORE the buyer has their inspections, is that municipal repairs can be done by the seller (or friends/family). Unless the work involves a permit, you don’t need to hire someone if you can get it fixed yourself.

You can save a lot of money by changing the outlets yourself, or hiring a handyman instead of an electrician. But if you wait until the buyer has had their inspections, the buyer will usually want specialized contractors to make the repairs.

More importantly, if your municipality is going to force you to make expensive repairs, don’t you want to get credit for them (possibly even getting a higher sale price)?

One of my former clients was getting ready to sell her home in University City MO. The municipal inspector required her to get the entire plumbing system pressure tested. She also had to get rid of some peeling paint and broken windows on her detached garage.

She wasn’t planning to do any of this before she got the city inspection. But since she was forced to do these items to sell, the house was able to be listed for a higher price rather than discounting it due to a run down garage. Plus, I included the plumbing pressure test in the advertising of the house. While we would have preferred that she didn’t have to do it, it was something that let us stand out compared to the other homes in this historic neighborhood.

If she had waited until after getting a contract to bring in the municipal inspector, the house would have been listed for less money and she would have been hit with expensive repairs AFTER she negotiated the price.

Are You Thinking About Moving?

I specialize in selling St. Louis homes regardless of whether they will be the hot listing to hit the market or if they have a challenge that makes it much harder to sell.  I also work with buyers who want to find the home of their dreams, but don’t want to overpay.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the St. Louis area, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.

Circa Properties LOVES Dogs

If you follow me on social media or have met me in person, you know I love dogs. I have one dog of my own, Milo. Plus I foster rescue dogs and find them new families.

So, it was important to me when I joined Circa Properties over 4 years ago that I was joining a dog friendly company.

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I also like working in a modern space that is flooded with sunlight, that does everything it can to support the agents and clients.

Plus, how can you go wrong with an office that is painted orange.

But let’s get back to the dogs.

Not only does Circa welcome agents and visitors to bring dogs to the office, but Circa even has a resident dog. Loki is our broker’s dog, and he comes to the office most days. He thinks it is his second home and will make you step over him rather than moving out of the way.

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He also likes to hang out by the front door, watching for anyone who might show up with food.

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Milo, my dog, likes to go to the office too. Loki and Milo are still learning to be friends, but everyone is a good sport when the dogs end up barking because Milo just stole Lucky’s bone.

Karen’s Foster Dogs:

I usually have 1-2 foster dogs living with me while I search for the right family to adopt them. Honestly, it’s not all that different than selling homes. I figure out what the dog needs and who is going to want the dog, and then I market the dog via websites, social media and video.

I also work on socializing the dog so they are comfortable with new people. And that means taking them as many places as I can and having strangers hold them.

Luckily, everyone at Circa loves seeing my foster dogs. Sometimes the dogs even help with closings and attend meetings.

If you are ready to move and you have a dog, you need an agent who understands how the move will impact every member of your family. And that includes the dogs.

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When Home Buyers and Sellers Should Get Started for the Spring Real Estate Market [VIDEO TIP]

Are you wondering when you should get started if you want to buy or sell a home in the St. Louis spring market this year?

I recorded this video for Facebook and YouTube a few months ago. As I mention in the video, the real estate market is already hot and I’ve been so busy taking care of clients that I haven’t had time to post the video here on the blog until now.

But everything I talk about in this video is even more true today than when I recorded it in January!

Moving forward, I’ve got more behind the scenes help so you will start seeing more video tips shared right after I record them. Just be sure to subscribe to the Arch City Homes weekly email and the video tips will be delivered directly to your inbox.

You also should watch the video I recorded last spring as I talk about some more details that I didn’t cover this time.

Currently there 3,675 homes and condos that are under contract in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County.

If you are thinking of selling this year and can get your house ready quickly, waiting until spring to list your home means you miss out on buyers who want a house now.

There will be more buyers in the spring, but there are tons of buyer right now who are complaining that there aren’t enough homes to choose from. They are snatching up homes as soon as they come on the market. If you wait a few months to list your home, there will be more homes for buyers to select from and they will get more picky about what they want…taking it longer to sell your home.

Are You Thinking About Moving?

I specialize in selling St. Louis homes regardless of whether they will be the hot listing to hit the market or if they have a challenge that makes it much harder to sell.  I also work with buyers who want to find the home of their dreams, but don’t want to overpay.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the St. Louis area, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.