This past weekend I took a trip up to Toronto. It was my first time up there and I was surprised to see how dog friendly the city is. Everywhere I looked there was someone with a dog. Nearly every store I went in had a bowl of water and treats available. It was so much nicer than seeing dogs tied up to trees and bike racks here in NYC.
On Saturday afternoon, we were walking around Toronto’s lakefront area and we happened to come across a competition taking place. The best part was, it was all about dogs! Toronto was playing host to an event called DockDogs – “The World’s Premier Canine Aquatics Competition”! (www.dockdogs.com).
The dogs take part in one or more of the three events: Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve. Pups that are registered in all three events are eligible to have all of their scores combined and compete for the Iron Dog.
Regardless of the event, it involves adorable dogs running down a 40ft. platform and jumping into a pool.
It was so much fun to watch, even when we got splashed. The dogs genuinely seemed to be having a good time and their playfulness and excitement to be released into the pool was hysterical.
I’m so happy that I had my camera on me because this was an amazing thing to capture!
Taz (the dog in the middle photo above) is currently tied as the world record holder for the Big Air competition at 31ft!
Hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed watching and the dogs enjoyed participating!