It came to pass that Oshawa's outdoor pool would, as in other years, close after Labour Day. Except for one special event, where the pool would stay open and lifeguards engaged just one more day for a doggie swim.
Kids would be in school, and we would all be moving forward into fall activities.
This particular first day of school was a hot humid ninety degree heat wave, where kids might love to have one more swim on this shortest of school days.
Parents and dog lovers were pitted against each other in a most public Facebook outcry. Hundreds weighed in. The anonymous parent who first raised the issue was praised, excoriated, called a Karen, and congratulated for speaking up.
Comments flew back and forth, with the main points repeated with increasing levels of ire.
Arguments against the doggie swim included:
Kids should come first
People were suffering in the heat
An exception could be made
Arguments for the doggie swim included:
The pool was reserved
Dogs like to get cool too.
The very, very best comment came from an irate and apparently knowledgeable pet owner with inside scoop on the inner workings of the canine brain. The person said, "the dogs look forward to it."
The dogs were apparently looking forward to September 5 for their swim at the pool.