Agility Doggins Make Me Happy

Since the Kentucky State Fair has been sans “awesome pig race” the past couple years, they have a new show that includes agility and retrieving dogs.  This makes me happy.  And all of the people that packed in the bleachers – talk about a hot show.  It was packed.  I’m talking people were sitting on hot concrete to watch these dogs.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

I’ve thought about signing Chase up for agility training because she is a frisbee fanatic but then I remember I’m lazy.  So we’ve stuck to backyard training and even have the Chevster retrieving discs.  Not too shabby if you ask me.  But these dogs were so good!  Chase can do a few of the tricks but for the most part, she’s small time compared to these pros.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

The trainer, Lou Mack, introduced all of the performers, most of which were blue heelers. Not surprised as they are a very smart breed and usually work with cattle. These dogs love to be out there. And how do I know this? Because there are frisbees everywhere and if they are anything like Chase they can’t wait to get that flimsy plastic in their mouths.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

Look at the air this dog got! Amazing!

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

He has dogs that can do hand stands.  Or rather, front leg stands.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

He has dogs that jump rope.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

This one is my favorite though.  That doggin wants that frisbee in it’s mouth.  I can hear her saying “I’m coming to get ya!”

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

There were dock jumping dogs.  But none of those photos looked too good.  Not because I did a horrible job photographing it but because the background they jumped against.  The trainer had a huge white trailer next to the pool so the audience could see the dog that was jumping.  But in the pictures, you can’t make it out because there’s also a picture of a dog jumping on the side of the trailer.  It’s an optical illusion.  And confusing.  So I’m not posting those. Sorry.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

We liked the dog show, it was cool, but it just doesn’t compare to the racing pigs. Racing pigs scream State Fair. Dog show… not so much. There’s no little colored silks. There’s no crowd with pompoms to match. And there’s not a prize Oreo at the end of the track.  I miss those oinkers.  But as long as the agility dogs return to the fair, I’ll be sitting on those bleachers.

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August 24, 2009 - 1:06 pm

Abby J - i vote that next year we organize a “bring back the racing pigs” campaign. We’ll make buttons and shirts and recruit!

August 24, 2009 - 1:56 pm

geekgirl415 - Wow!!! Amazing shots!

August 24, 2009 - 1:58 pm

shutterboo - Master plan, AbbyJ. :)

August 24, 2009 - 2:56 pm

benteirena - Amazing dogs, I’ll have to say! Wish I could train my dog like that, but as far as I know, all he’s interested in is sleep, hugs, beeing outside and give you presents in form of a shoe ;) Although he seem to like jumping over (?) uhm, in lack of the right word ( in norwegian it would be “hinder”, but I can’t put my finger on the english word at the moment..), boxes and stuff like that ;)

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