Local underdogs fetch big splash at dock-jumping contest

Friday, January 18th 2008, 7:30 pm
By: News 9

By Audrey Esther and Darren Brown, News9.com INsite Team

It's the fastest growing sport on four legs.

ESPN's DockDogs contest combines canines of all kinds with a 26,000-gallon tank and 40-foot dock.

You can catch this canine event at the Oklahoma City Home and Garden Show through Sunday.

"If any of you out there want to come out, and you think you may have a dog that may be interested, by all means bring them out," said DockDogs event director John Thode.

Dogs must be at least 6 months old to participate.

"The number one thing is the dog must have a toy that they're absolutely crazy about," Thode said. "And they must love to swim."

Ultimate Dock champions like Skye Creger's dog, Grace, can jump more than 20 feet. Grace flew  18 feet in her first jump, Creger said.

"It's so much fun," she said. "Just the energy the dogs put out, the crowd, our friends that we make from showing up at the events, it's great."

For more information, visit: www.oklahomacityhomeshow.com or www.dockdogs.com