By having this blog, it is pretty obvious that health and fitness is a HUGE part of my life. That’s a no brainer. It’s not only important to me, but also to Marcus. When we decided to get a dog, one thing that we knew was most important was getting her regular exercise, consisting of long walks, lots of running, and plenty of fetch. Lucky for Winnie, her friends over at Purina Pro Plan noticed her love for staying active, and invited her and a few guests to the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge!
The event was held over in St. Petersburg at Spa Beach, about 30 minutes from our house. Once we picked up our friend Meg, we headed over for a fun morning of spectating multiple competitions: agility, diving dog, Jack Russell Hurdle Racing, 30 Weave Up and Back , and the Freestyle Flying Disc. Purina was nice enough to give us media passes, so we had access to the competitor tent, which included catered food and drinks, along with less crowded spectating areas. We also got up close and personal with the competitors.
The first event we were able to see was the agility competition. This is the event that I most relate to dog events. The dogs jumped over hurdles, climbed up a-frame towers, weaved around poles, and went through tubes. Seeing the handlers guide the dogs along the course was pretty impressive. The dogs were so obedient and were waiting for the handler’s every command. Each dog was given 2 rounds to get the best score, which included doing a clean run in the shortest amount of time. I couldn’t help but smile the entire time. The dogs were so cute, and looked like they were having so much fun! Check out the short clip below – I have no idea what happened to the audio – but you get the picture
The next event was the diving dog competition, which I was looking forward to the most. The dogs had a small runway to gain some speed, and then they jumped in a big pool, chasing after a toy their handler knew they loved.
Here is a quick video for the diving dog competition. My apologies for the somewhat bad quality. I was standing in the splash zone, and quickly had to move my phone before getting completely soaked my the pup’s big splash.
The next event was Jack Russell Hurdle racing. I wasn’t sure what the expect with this event, but I am sure glad we caught it! Groups of dogs were loaded into crates. Once the race started, the gate was lifted and the dogs just took off after a stuffed toy for them to chase. The goal was to get from one side to the other, jumping over hurdles in between. Once multiple rounds were held, the winners from each round went head to tail in the final race. Just look at the speed of these little guys (and girls!)
By this time, Winnie was a bit over the entire scene, so we decided to head out. We missed the last couple of events, but still had an absolutely awesome day!
If you ever get a chance to go to a dog challenge, I highly recommend it! It will put an instant smile on your face!
Have you ever been to a competition like this? Would you ever go if you had the chance?
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, or for going to the event, but I was given a few passes. All thoughts and opinions on these adorable pups are my own.