If you’re a canine-loving fan of the larger re- trieving types and you believe that dogs should have ice cream too, then you need to plan your trip to Bay Creek on the Eastern Shore near Cape Charles, VA, in July of next year for a
couple of reasons.
One, the DockDogs® competition held every July at
Bay Creek’s Bark in the Park event is a must-see; and two,
Cape Charles might be the dog-friendliest city on the East
Coast. You can dine with your dog, take her or him out
for canine-friendly ice cream, and expect almost everyone
you see to say hello…to your dog.
So, it’s no surprise that folks who live near Cape Charles
decided to bring the DockDogs® competition to town.
And, if you saw the community of Bay Creek, you would
quickly see why people from across the country ;ock to it,
both for the Bark in the Park event, and in general.
“One of the things that’s so great about Bay Creek and
this entire region is that we have the luxury of open space
create ample space for dogs and their owners,” said Beth
Davis, the event organizer partially responsible for bring-
ing the event to Bay Creek three years ago.
DockDogs® is “;e World’s Premier Canine Aquatics
Competition” with events held, literally, all over the world,
including cities like New York City, and Rome, Italy. It’s
a sporting event for any and all dogs whose owners are
interested in entering.
;e third annual Bay Creek Bark in the Park DockDogs® competition, held in July of this year, was a DockDogs® Wildcard Double Header, including all DockDogs®
events as well as a DuelingDogs™ event, part of the DuelingDogs™ Organization.
Four events were in the lineup this year: ;e Big Air
Wave, Speed Retrieve, Extreme Vertical, and DuelingDogs™. All events involved dogs diving, and o;en appearing to be ;ying, into the water with the intent to retrieve.
;e top six ranked teams within each division of each
discipline received an invitation to the 2017 DockDogs®
World Championships that will be held in Knoxville, TN,
in the spring of 2018.
;ere were 55 teams and over 100 dogs competing in
On Your Mark, Get Set, Fetch!
By: Jamie Penn
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COMBINE DOGS AND SPORTS?
THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF FETCHING GOING ON.