January 10, 2009

Splash Dog a rare treat for dogs, owners

The annual Splash Dog competition in San Mateo, Calif., is not about winning money and prizes, but rather about having fun with one's pet, some owners say.

Ryan Plevney, whose dog Aries was to take part in the leaping competition, said this weekend's event is all about fun and a love for the world's canine population, the San Mateo County Times reported Friday.

We're not really doing it for the money at all, Plevney, 20, said. It's all to see who can pull off the longest jumps, and for the fun of the dogs.

Diane Lanum, the owner of a Splash Dog competitor, agreed, saying the event allows her and her 3-year-old black Labrador retriever to mingle with other canine lovers.

I just enjoy being here, she told the Times. It gets you out in the sunshine and you meet other people with similar likes.

The newspaper said the competition revolves around owners luring their dogs to leap across a large swimming pool while pursuing a thrown toy in an attempt to set distant records.