Dock Dog Competitor
Fort Collins, CO
Dog(s) name/age/breed: Dakota Magic “Dakota”/ 9 year old yellow Labrador Retriever
Bleu Badgers Big And Bad In Black “Triton”/ 4 year old black Labrador Retriever
What makes your dog’s special?: My dogs are special to me because no matter how bad my day has been, I can come home to them and they will make me smile.
Dakota: Hit 07’07” in the Extreme Vertical [event] as a 9 year old dog. Got an invite to the DockDogs World Championships in 2012 and beat his personal best Speed Retrieve times twice there.
Triton: Triton is a work in progress – as a dog. He was afraid to jump after breaking his femur as a youngster. He hit his personal best jump of 18’03” in the summer of 2013.
What makes your discipline difficult?: Our discipline is difficult because you want your dog to be all amped up and excited about jumping, but you want them to remain calm, focused and composed the entire time they’re on the dock. There’s nothing worse than having a dog that breaks stay on the dock and takes off because they are unfocused.
What is the most rewarding thing about having dogs?: The most rewarding thing about having dogs is definitely bonding with them and showing off all the hard work you’ve done with them at competitions. Having dogs is also extremely rewarding because no matter how bad of a mood I’m in, my dogs can always cheer me up with their silly antics.
Favorite quote to live by: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” - George Bernard Shaw
Why do you feed Cetyl M: “I feed Cetyl M to my dogs to help them maintain proper form and function. My dogs are high-drive working dogs, and they need that extra kick from Cetyl M to keep their joints in proper working order. It really helps them – I’ve noticed my older dog doesn’t get as stiff after hard competitions at all anymore.”