In oppressive heat, it’s important to keep an eye on your pets, and keep them cool. What better way to stay cool than to dive into a pool all day? This weekend, over 80 dogs did just that at the third Annual DockDogs competition at Benson’s Pet Center in Clifton Park.
It was the epitome of the phrase “dog days of summer.” Temperatures were in the 90s and dozens of pups were leaping headlong into the water one after another. But these pups weren’t there just to beat the heat; they’re there to compete.
Bullet and his human Mark Evans attended the competition, driving in from Arlington, Vermont.
“He lives in the pool at home, so he has a blast,” says Evans.
While bullet, is just a baby, Mister Nick is 12-years-old. His proud owner, Frank Preda from Malta, says Mister Nick has been jumping for 11 years. The two of them have been to the world competition six times.
“He has jumped over 2,000 times in competition, and he’s jumped in 20 different states,” says Preda.
80 dogs from all over the country competed for the gold in their chosen events.
In Speed Retrieve, the dogs start from the 20 foot line, run, jump, and swim to the end of the pool and pull a bumper off of magnets.
In EV, or Extreme Vertical, dogs jump to grab a bumper hanging eight feet from the end of the dock, and over four feet in the air. Dogs have two misses before they are eliminated.
In Big Air the dogs have 40 feet of dock to run and jump as far into the pool as they can.