Cannonball dogs! Dogs jump off docks, grab toys in the air and make a splash at California Pet Expo contest
- Competition in Costa Mesa is a family competition
- Dogs seem to like the chase, and sometimes the catch, but always the splash
- Splash Dogs hosts events nationwide so all dogs can get in on the action
The Costa Mesa fairgrounds in California have gone to the dogs.
At America’s Family Pet Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center, one of the biggest attractions was the Splash Dogs competition.
The competition involves dogs jumping off docks in pursuit of toys. They dive into a waiting pool.
splash dogs markets itself as a “dog-loving company that organizes and promotes dock jumping events across the United States, strives to create a family-oriented competitive atmosphere, and is a sanctioning body for jumping events wharf and wharf diving”.
Go long! Athena the dog takes the leap as she tries to grab her toy in front of a packed house
Sam the dog watches as he tries to win the ultimate best dog award
Pro is part poodle and part pointer, and lives up to his name. We see her catch the ball in the air like a pro!
Basil is ready to go as soon as her owner throws the toy she’s up and after
The competition is spread over the three days of the Pet Expo.
The preliminary heats took place on Friday and Saturday, and the finals on Sunday.
It’s all for fun.
Dogs earn pet food, they get to keep their toys, and of course, there’s bragging rights.
Who doesn’t want to be Top Dog?
A “golden” moment: the Golden Retriever Jack is ready for the catch and the dive!
Eye on the Prize: Nanook only has eyes for the toy as she stands inches away from the splash
Audience takes pictures of Splash as she tries to catch and splash
Dudley the dog is ready to sink his teeth into his toy, on his second try at the splash
Dudley doesn’t look ready to get wet, in this one, but he’s about to splash
Little dog, big jump. Crazy Daisy appears to be using her tail as ballast as she goes for the gold
So close, Yogi splashes just seconds after his toy hits the water
Shake. Luke the dog knows there’s always the next round of the big competition