When I started this blog, one of my original goals was to document and share the results from Bailey’s Dockdogs events. Of course, I started the blog in January (definitely the Dockdogs off-season since Bailey has no interest in jumping into cold water!) so up until now I haven’t had anything Dockdogs-related to share. That’s all going to change now because the Dockdogs season has officially begun!
Last weekend we drove down to Virginia Beach for the 5th Annual Care-A-Lot Pet Supply National Sportsman’s Series Event. Despite chilly temperatures, a steady wind, and a nice rain storm on Saturday, Bailey managed to jump into the pool twelve times. Sometimes when it’s cold she’ll come to a screeching halt at the end of the dock so this was a big accomplishment all by itself!
For me, the highlight of the event was getting to watch two top-ranked Belgian Malinois throw down some enormous scores as they each came within inches of breaking the world record (29’3”). Rocket, a handsome reddish male from York, PA, had several jumps over 28 feet. The other malinois, a slim, muscular male named Baxter, traveled all the way from St. Louis, MO for this event! Baxter is the current world record holder and he too came within inches of setting a new record with several jumps in the 27-28 foot range.
Bailey’s best jump of the weekend was 22’2” and she ended up in 4th place in the semi-pro finals. Not her best showing but I’m hoping that this event was more of a warm up since it was her first competition since November. Regardless of Bailey’s performance on the dock, we had a blast at the event visiting with our Dockdogs friends and showering Bailey with treats and swag from the Care-A-Lot vendors. That makes the event a success in my book because having fun is really what it’s all about! 🙂