The Route South

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Postcard from Maine #12

The Boatyard Dog Contest

One of the highlights of the Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show every year is the Boatyard Dog contest.  
There were Labrador Retrievers, a MinPin, mutts and even a St. Bernard!

OK, in and out of the dinghy!
The contest involves:
1)  An agility course - being able to negotiate and bunch of lobster pots, and other loose gear piled up on the float.
2) Dog and handler have to climb in and out of a dinghy.
3) Fetching a tennis ball.
4) Some one-either dog or handler-MUST go for a swim.
5) Cheating is encouraged.
6) Bribing the judges is expected.
7) Goofy costumes garner style points.

Somebody has to swim.
The handler lost the battle of wills!