- The competition in Costa Mesa is a family friendly competition
- Dogs seem to love the chase, and sometimes the catch, but always the splash
- Splash Dogs holds events all over the country so all dogs can get in on the action
The Costa Mesa California Fairgrounds have gone to the dogs.
At the America’s Family Pet Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, one of the biggest attractions was the Splash Dogs Competition. The competition involves dogs leaping off docks in pursuit of toys. They splash into a waiting pool.
Splash Dogs calls itself a ‘ dog enthusiast company that organizes and promotes dock jumping events across the United States, strives to provide a family oriented competitive atmosphere and is a sanctioning body for dock jumping and dock diving events.’
Go Long! Athena the dog makes the leap as she tries to catch her toy before a packed house.
Sam the dog lives by the mantra “leap and the pool will appear”
Pro is part poodle and part pointer, and really lives up to her name– catching the ball in midair like a Pro!
Basil is ready to go as soon as her person throws the toy she is up and after it. Then, splash!
The competition is broken up over the three days of the Pet Expo.
Preliminary heats took place on Friday and Saturday, and the finals on Sunday
A ‘golden’ moment: Golden Retriever Jack is ready for the catch, and the splash!
Eye on the Prize: Nanook only has eyes for the toy as she gets within inches of splash down
It is all for fun.
Dogs win pet food, they get to keep their toys and then of course there are bragging rights.
Who doesn’t want to be Top Dog?
The audience snaps photos of Splash as she takes her try at the catch and splash
Dudley the dog is ready to sink his teeth into his toy, during his second try at the splash
Dudley doesn’t seem ready to get wet, in this one, but he’s about to splash down
Little dog, big leap. Crazy Daisy seems to use her tail as a ballast as she goes for the gold
So close, Yogi splashes down just seconds after his toy hits the water
Shake it off. Luke the dog knows there is always the next heat of the big competition