The X-Treme AirDogs began in 2003. Recently, they have focused on events at county fairs and the Oregon State Fair, said Mike Allen, producer and CEO for Meadowview Products. According to him, they are hoping to have an annual event at the lake.
The event featured three main jumping competitions that test and measure: distance, height and speed. Participants paid $20 per preliminary round in each competition over the three-day event.
There were many doggie participants but not everybody went for the ball. Many of these poocheschose to run after bumpers, and other fancy things.
Cera Reusser was inspired when she saw dog dock-jumping competitions on TV in 2003. She tried it with her dog. Her first competition was with her dog Chase, a black Labrador,at a 2004 sportsman show in Portland. The duo made it to the 12-dog finals.
“I was hooked after that,” she said.
Along with many of the other regulars on the X-Treme AirDogs circuit, she now goes to eight to 10 competitions a year. This Saturday, an X-Treme AirDogs event is planned for Reser Stadium in Corvallis.
Chase died from cancer in 2006.Reusser used her connections in the sport to help honor her Labrador and maybe someday find a treat for cancer.
Reusser established a group called Chase Away K9 Cancer. She sells T-shirts, collars and other merchandise, and accepts donations at the competitions. So far they have raised more than $800,000 to fund 18 cancer research studies.
Now, Reusser has three dogs and they are all descendants of Chase. She competed with two of them last Sunday — one taking second in a distance jump competition and the other earning “top dog” honors for doing great in all three categories.
There are different methods to produce a perfect dog plunge. Reusser makes her dogs sit and wait for her signal, then run down the dock and follow a bumper she throws into the water. The purpose isn’t for the dog catch the toy, but to jump as far as he can.
The best jumps happen when owner and dog are in tune.
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