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‘Splash Dog’ wets competitors’ whistles

A dog makes its way across the tank at Splash Dogs on Saturday.
Dale Ann Luzzi

More than 40 dogs jumped in Splash Dog competition over the weekend in Gardnerville.

The annual event drew hundreds of people to Heritage Park where they watched as fearless K-9s chased toys into the drink.

“We had 25-30 new dogs trying the sport for the first time with some success stories off the dock and most successfully jumping off the ramp and retrieving their toys,” organizer Heather Paterson-Lewis said. “It is very different for dogs to swim in clear water as they cannot see it as opposed to lake or river water so there is much more confidence building needed.”

Another 45-50 dogs competed over the weekend.

“There was a pretty steady crowd starting on Friday and continuing through finals on Sunday afternoon,” Paterson-Lewis said. “We had several photographers over the weekend trying to capture our flying dogs and expressed that it was one of the hardest things to shoot.”

Gardnerville resident Karen Chaton’s Australian Cattle Dog Higgs won the junior finals on Sunday.

Regular competitor Carson City resident Michon Mills’s Belgian Malinois Venice took the pro finals on Sunday.