Labor Day traditionally marks the end of the summer pool season ... well, at least for swimmers of the human variety. In many communities, it’s the dogs who get to enjoy the final swim of the season — one last splash before the pools are drained for the year.

Such was the occasion in Kirkwood Tuesday night when the city’s aquatic center hosted its annual Dog Pool Party. Tuesday’s event was packed with pooches and their “pet parents,” all enjoying a night of wet, if not somewhat chaotic, fun in the water. The event is so popular in Kirkwood that two more sessions were held on Thursday. Proceeds from the pool parties benefitted the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.

Photos by Ursula Ruhl.