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PHOTOS: DockDogs Amaze Crowd at Backyard Splash Event at Patriot Place

Bass Pro Shops and the Hudson Valley DockDogs hosted a DockDogs Regional Competition to the enjoyment of hundreds of human and canine spectators alike.

The "Dog Days of Summer" were in full swing at the at  this past Saturday as dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes took part in the Regional Competitions of Big Air, Speed Retrieve and Extreme Vertical Canine Aquatics.

"Wilson," "Fenway," and "Addie" were just some of the dogs that enjoyed jumping into the pool, while "Teagan" and "Nova" put on the brakes at the edge of the dock rather than jump in to retrieve their floaty toy. 

All dogs were welcome to participate. Some were seasoned veterans while others were first-timers, but the spectators enjoyed watching each and every one of them.

Many dogs were able to compete in the Big Air with jumps ranging from two to over 20 feet. But fewer dogs competed in the Extreme Vertical (EV) competition. The stand-out dog for this event was "Yeager."

He is a Belgian Malinois, was found on Craigslist, and is the current 8-foot, 3-inch World Record Holder of Extreme Vertical. He and his owner/trainer/handler, Dave Skoletsky of Stoughton were at the event to compete and put on quite a show.

Last November, Skoletsky and 3-year old Yeager were featured on WCVB Chronicle to raise awareness about Yeager and his DockDog accomplishments, but also to raise awareness about Down syndrome. Skoletsky's seven-year-old daughter, Eve, has Down Syndrome, which is why he created www.GoTeam21.org

Through this organization he raises awareness and funds for the Down syndrome program at Children's Hospital Boston. Their slogan is "Jumping Up For Down Syndrome."

The competitions continued throughout the day on Sunday, with cash prizes for final winners and ribbons for all participants. 

Yeager and Skoletsky will compete next on Aug. 11 and 12 at Mansfield Crossing. 

For more information about these events and organizations log onto:  www.dockdogs.com, www.goteam21.org,  www.hudsonvalleydockdogs.com.

Todd Bender July 23, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Thanks for your coverage of this wonderful event. Todd Bender Staatsburg, NY
Colleen M. Sullivan July 23, 2012 at 03:09 PM
You are welcome, Todd. I had never seen this type of event before and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the connection between the dogs and their owners/handlers....it was truly amazing!
cory carlson July 28, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Hi Colleen, I attended the event with my dog wilson my name is cory carlson. would you be able to email the pictures of him and I so i can have them in a larger form. thank you c.carlson16@yahoo.com

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