Dog-diving event a big splash at Perry Dogwood Festival

jkovac@macon.comApril 13, 2014 

  • Dogs launched themselves into a pool on Main Street at the Dogwood Festival in Perry on Sunday. Video by Joe Kovac Jr.

PERRY -- There were flying dogs at the Perry Dogwood Festival’s dog-diving competition here Sunday.

One of the pups, a black Lab named Brie, was wearing a caped Wonder Woman costume.

After she streaked down a runway in the middle of Main Street and, blue cape sailing, soared more than 20 feet before splash landing in a pool, a man in the audience said, “That one looked like Superman.”

Brie’s red Wonder Woman shirt was part of a child’s Halloween get-up her owner bought at Wal-Mart.

“I sewed up the arms and made her her own outfit,” her owner, a woman from Winder named Spring Day, said. “It’s the best $3 I ever spent.”

“Makes the kids go crazy,” Day’s husband, Brian, added.

The competition is more or less a long jump for dogs. They get running starts and launch themselves off a platform into a pool. A 25-foot leap is considered impressive.

Cyndy Douan, of Rome, brought her 3-year-old border collie, Rook, to the contest.

Rook, one of more than 100 dogs at the weekend competition, has been at it about two years. He recently took fourth place overall at a national event in Atlanta.

“My dogs love the water,” Douan said, “and they love to do this. The key to training is to gradually build their confidence so they’ll fly.”

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