Oh, to live the life of Dr. Barkapotomus! The Night & Day dog gets a tummy scratch every 100 words or so — that adds up to quite a lot of pets per day! — and he only dines on the finest, most wholesome chow. This weekend, in addition to his usual pampering, he'll be vacationing at a five-star resort: the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center (7550 Lohmeyer Avenue). Oh, sure, for us humans this pool is really just a lovely place to swim. But for Dr. Barka, who's not usually invited to such facilities, the municipal aquatic center is a spa beyond all others. All weekend long at the sixth annual Maplewood Dog Swim
, he'll doggie paddle around and soak up the soothing, relaxing powers of the swimming pool. The swim happens from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (September 11 through 13). Admission costs $10 per dog (and two adults) per day, and a three-day pass costs $25; proceeds benefit the Maplewood Dog Park (a.k.a., Dr. Barka's topnotch fitness center). Learn more about the rules of the swim by calling 314-645-8743.
Sept. 11-13, 2009