Date Of Event: June 3, 2017 (first weekend of June each year)
Location: Parking lot of Dave’s Soda And Pet City, 151 Springfield Street
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Highlights: dogs, jumping,speed and agility contests, face painting, fund raising
Website: Dock Dogs
Dogs big and small came from all over New England and farther to take part in the Dock Dogs competition last week in Agawam, MA.
In case you missed it, I covered last year’s Dock Dogs event.
There were two events at Dock Dogs during my visit. There was the Big Air Wave and the Extreme Vertical contests.
The first event, the Big Air Wave contest, was a jumping contest. The dog’s trainer would throw an object, usually a tennis ball, Frisbee or toy, and the dog would jump as far as he or she could to retrieve it.
Just watching the trainers getting their pets psyched up for the jump was fun to watch.
Some dogs needed a little more encouragement than others. But, what I really loved was the trust and discipline the dogs had.
The second event was the Extreme Vertical contest. Each dog would have the chance to reach the bar resting on a hook. Although the dogs try to grab the bar in their mouths, all the dog has to do is knock the bar off the hooks to be successful. Yeah, that”s easy enough for me to say.
Even if the dogs didn’t grab the bar in their mouth they could still advance to the next round by just knocking it off the holder. The winner was Coop, a 2 year old, Chocolate Lab, who was able to grab the bar at 7 feet, 2 inches.
Some people seemed more interested in the swarm of bees one of the trees near the competition.
By the time we came back from lunch, bee keepers had been called and had handled the situation.
Not all of the dogs who came to Dave’s for the event participated. But, even if they were just spectators they were still beautiful. Below are just some of the dogs I saw at the Dock Dogs event.
Duke is an 8.5 year old German Short Hair Pointer.
This 10 wek old Belgian Malinois did not have a name yet.
Bella is a 7 year old Pomeranian. She is known as “Bella The Therapy Dom.” She works with Paws For Friendship as a therapy dog as well as being the official mascot of the East Forest Park Library. You can find out more about Paws For Friendship here. You can also contact Bella at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lola is a 2 year old mini Pincher Chihuahua.
Fiona is a 8 month old Maltese Yorkie.
Fargo is a 3 year old German Shepherd.
Inky is a 15 month old Blue Merle Australian Sheepdog.
Meeko is a 15 month old Siberian Husky.
Tobin is a 2 year old Great Pyrenees. His sister Maggie Mae, a 3 year old Great Pyrenees and Golden Retriever, is behind and to the right in the photos.
Token is a 5 year old Belgian Tervuren.
Fluffy Puffer, with the signature Newfoundland signature drool, is a 1 and a half year old Newfie
Miller is a 1 year old Golden Retriever and German Shepherd.
Rufus is a 7 year old Newfie.
Max is a 9 year old Border Collie.
There was also face painting, a bouncy house (I was tempted to go in it) and a variety of vendors and charitable organizations at the event.
Can’t wait until the next year’s Dock Dogs event!
Below are some videos of the dogs competing at Dock Dogs!
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