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Welcome at the First Water Park for Dogs

Wet Wags

Sparkling pools with geysers? Check. Waterfalls? Check. Diving boards? Check. Poolside cabanas? Check.

Sounds like a fun water park to take the family, right? Wrong. These are all features of the Bora Bora Club – the first water park in the United States exclusively for dogs. The park opened at the Paradise Ranch Resort in Sun Valley, Calif., early in August, and soggy tails have been wagging there ever since.

Not only can pooches play below waterfalls and geysers – or jump off of diving boards and docks if that’s their thing – but more adventurous (and coordinated) surf-furs can take surfboard and boogie board lessons.

KABC-TV reports that Paradise Ranch Pet Resort was the first cage-free boarding facility in Texas when Kristyn Goddard opened it 15 years ago. In 1997, she and her husband moved to Southern California and opened the resort there. The water park’s Los Angeles area location has already made it popular with celebrities like Nicole Richie, Rihanna, and Shaquille O’Neal, whose pooches have all gotten their paws wet, according to KTLA News.

Goddard said the idea for the water park was sparked by her own dog. “She loves to go to the beach, she loves to get in the water, she loves shallow water, swimming…you know, dogs just love the water. So we just decided, why not? A water park for dogs,” she told KABC-TV.