JOIN Z104, ASHLEY & KEVIN, AND TIDEWATER DOCK DOGS SEPTEMBER 5-7TH AT THE HAMPTON BAY DAYS SUMMER SPASHDOWN DOCK DOGS EVENT!
NOT ONLY IS IT A WEEKEND OF DOCK DOGS FUN, BUT SATURDAY IS SOMETHING SPECIAL!
SATURDAY THE TIDEWATER DOCK DOGS SHELTER PROGRAM WILL SHOWCASE NUMEROUS DOGS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT OF THE SHELTER AND TRAINED TO JUMP ...SPECIFICALLY WITH HOPES THEY WILL BE ADOPTED AND FIND THEIR FUR-EVER FAMILIES!
Z104 WILL BE THERE TO PROMOTE EACH AND EVERY SHELTER DOG JUMPING THAT DAY!!!
THE DOCK DOGS EVENT IS ALL WEEKEND LONG:
SEPTEMBER 5TH FRIDAY 2:00-7:00PM
SEPTEMBER 6TH SATURDAY 9:00-7:00PM
SEPTEMBER 7TH SUNDAY 9:00-5:00PM
THE SHELTER DOGS WILL BE JUMPING AT A SPECIFIC TIME. WHICH IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH FROM 2:30-3:30
MORE INFO ON THE TIDEWATER DOCK DOGS SHELTER PROGRAM
The Shelter dog program is the first of it’s kind in the DockDog community. In 2012 the Tidewater DockDogs Board of Directors wanted to make an impact in the community with their compassion and love of shelter dogs and their ability to become just as talented at DockDogs as any other dog.
Sponsoring this program is a joint effort from Shipps Corner Pet Spa, from donating the dock time to orientate the dogs to the dock, Tidewater DockDogs members for volunteering their time training, taking pictures for cards to hang on the kennels stating “I’m training to become a DockDog, come see me at Bay Days” and finally and the most important piece, a volunteer from the shelter to commit to being the handler for both the orientation day and competition day.
Tidewater DockDogs pays for all the wave fee’s and because this is a club event we are able to set special time in a wave (also known as a heat) for these shelter dogs.
Three weeks before our event we invite the dogs out to the dock for practice and orientation, which is actually August 24, 2014 . These chosen dogs, have already displayed a “toy drive” and some sort love for water. In our first year we had 10 dogs at orientation day, 6 jumped and showed confidence to be on the dock in front of a large crowd and where chosen to be sponsored.
Last year, 19 dogs showed up and we had to narrow our choices to 10 dogs to be sponsored. The most amazing thing happened; all of these dogs were adopted within 30 days of competing and many within the day of the event. These are dogs that have spent often months or even years in the shelter, but giving them a job and something they feel excited about puts them in a whole different light that people see.
At the end of the event, it doesn’t matter, what dog jumped the farthest, or the highest, or even swam the fastest. It’s about getting them out of the shelters and into their forever families.