June 23, 2011

Whitewater Dogs in Action

Canine contestant retrieves stick while the safety boat waits downstream above the "play hole."

Our favorite part of the FIBArk whitewater festival, the Crazy River Dog contest, was held as scheduled in downtown Salida on Sunday, June 19, even with the Arkansas River running high and fast. The white in the upper left of the photo is white water on the kayak course. Dogs had to retrieve in the relatively slacker water along the bank, but they still had to paddle hard downstream after their sticks. A typical retrieve lasts about 20 seconds—but it sometimes seems longer.


Camera Trap Codger said...

My dog Fred would love to participate, and yodels as he pursues the stick. I think they'd love to see him in action. He likes to shoot the relatively tame rapids of the local flume, and one of the fringe benies is I don't have to give him a bath as often.

Chas S. Clifton said...

You should enter Fred. A California dog would be a real novelty at our little festival.