Surfing Dogs Show Passion, Trust

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    TK
    Buddy rides the waves and goes back for more. Who will win the competition? Check in this weekend at the fair.

    When Buddy the Surfing Dog rode out to catch a wave Friday at Dog Beach, his attitude was “Go big or go home.”

    So many factors were at stake – the height of the wave, the length of the wave and of course what style points he could gain during the ride.

    Buddy was one of a number of dogs vying for Top Dog in the surfing competition as part of the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge.

    Tough Competition on Dog Beach

    [DGO] Tough Competition on Dog Beach
    For the first year, Purina Incredible Dog Challenge brings its events to the San Diego County Fair including Surfing Dogs at Dog Beach, Friday June 12, 2009.

    The annual competition traveled to Southern California as part of the San Diego County Fair. For the first time, organizers have added surfing to the usual round of events that include dog diving, freestyle flying disc, head-to-head weave poles, Jack Russell hurdle racing and agility.

    The surfers competed in heats while a group of judges, including U.S. Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, watched from the beach.

    Buddy the Surfing Dog

    [DGO] Buddy the Surfing Dog
    Several surfing dogs compete at Dog Beach as part of the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. Bruce Hooker and his 11 year old Jack Russell terrire Buddy talk about the competition.

    “It’s amazing, the board is going to wobble. It’s really uncertain footing for a dog. To get a dog comfortable in that kind of situation really says something about the dog’s trust in its handler,” said Louganis.

    That’s one of the things Bruce Hooker credits for Buddy’s success.

    “He’s got a passion and ultimate trust,” Hooker said. “He learned how to surf when I was teaching my son how to boogie board. He just wanted to be part of the family.”

    That and the fact that Jack Russell Terriers are “adrenaline junkies and he definitely fits that mold,” said Hooker.

    He has spent 9 of his 11 years surfing and still Buddy ends one ride and can’t wait to get out for the next.

    “He’s very possessive of his board. When other dogs get around his board, he’s not too happy about that” said Hooker.

    After a couple of wipeouts, including one where the lifeguards had to pull Buddy from the waves, he and his partner decided to look for a couple of safe waves and just have fun.

    After all, that’s what surfing is all about.

     

    Schedule of events for Saturday, June 13 at the San Diego County Fair.
    11:00 AM Agility Course Inspection
    11:20 AM Agility Forerunners
    11:25 AM National Anthem
    11:30 AM Incredible Agility Competition
    12:30 PM Incredible Diving Dog Competition
    1:30 PM Incredible Jack Russell Hurdle Racing
    2:15 PM Incredible Head-to-Head 60-Weave Pole Racing
    2:45 PM Incredible Freestyle Flying Disc Competition