Dock Divers the Last Hurrah

August 21, 2015  •  3 Comments

As I mentioned we spent last weekend back at Yellowstone Dog Sports for the last NADD (North American Diving Dogs) event for our season.    As I get up this morning to low 40s for temps I realize how quickly Fall will be here!    I am very proud of the baby black poodle though as he achieved his next level title (based on increments of 5 feet) this weekend and improved his personal best jump of 10'2" to 12'2" and we are starting to figure out some of what we need to do to get more length.    I of course had numerous really bad throws and well, as the one doing the photos, of course really don't get any of MY dog.  Well I am happy to say that long time friend Ingrid Rosenquist came on Saturday to jump her cattle dog Kip and is one amazing photographer!   So these next shots are all from what she shared on FB of Epic jumping on Saturday! by Ingridby Ingrid by Ingridby Ingrid by Ingridby Ingrid Thanks Ingrid!!!  I will say I had some incredibly crappy throws (who knew how much that counts but now realize why they critique it on the TV shows) and my timing was bad on others - still he was over 10' on all of his qualifying jumps (you get two tries in each round or "splash").   To work on his next level though he needs to jump over 15' so we'll see....it doesn't matter because he has THE BEST TIME!    

There were some dogs jumping that were there in July but also quite a few new ones and I wanted to share some of the photos I took on Friday of the form and function of dock diving - LOL.

This is Jack - as you can tell, the toy is not what drives this dog (notice he isn't even looking at it) - he was the longest jumper as well as the highest jumper in the vertical competition.

This is my friend Adele's little Aussie girl Bandi walking on water.   This little girl adores swimming so Mom decided to try dock diving with her....except she's not a "fetcher" so Mom threw rocks and well, it worked.  I was the official "dog launcher" so my Mom took this shot. And she isn't always easy to convince to come out of the water either - she'll motor around (and has been report to want to "herd" boats) forever and then come part way in and sit her butt in the mud just out of Mom's reach.

You never know what the water entry will look like and it happens so fast you can't tell it either.....

This is Matlock and his Mom who are from Texas and were up for Dog Camp the days before this.   We teased her a lot about one of her throws that went behind her instead of into the water - yet "saved by the dog" ruled and Matlock jumped anyway.

This is Lily and her Mom from Utah - and Lily is AMAZING at this and certainly gave Jack a run for his money!
Always a crowd favorite here is Lucy the Corgi - our senior and blind in one eye she is an amazing jumper for her Mom Tammy (who is the tosser, not the dog launcher you see in these shots). This is Zephyr my friend Judy's English Cocker Spaniel who also loves this game but his Mom said the vertical jump is REALLY what he loves.
Whoa!  Where'd the toy go? The July unique toy winner was the rubber chicken, this competition it was Champ's turtle! I wanted to share pictures of the vertical competition (this was the first time we've had it here) but I discovered I'm not as good at capturing that yet (as you can tell by the blur) as the distance but here is one of Judy's Zephyr who topped out at 5'.   Realize, the dummy is 8' out from the dock and the 5' up is measured from the top of the dock not the water!   
 
We had great judges (Melissa and her husband Paul from MN) and fun competitors and lovely weather.   Certainly can't complain about the venue either!   This is a sport I think we'll continue on in with Epic as he just adores it and I'm so very glad that we have the opportunity during our short MT summer to actually participate!

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TheDancingDonkey(non-registered)
What great fun! I love the walking-on-water shot:)
diane(non-registered)
It looks like a fun sport to watch too. Epic looks very stylish.
Far Side(non-registered)
What fun! Epic did great!! You got some great photos of some happy dogs! :)
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