Have you ever seen a dog run an agility course? How about competing against other dogs to see who can get the most air or make the longest jump from a dock into a pool?
Most of us think of our dogs as just cute, cuddly companions, but just like people, some dogs are athletes who excel at competitive sport.
This weekend, the Doglympics, the University of Doglando Foundation’s family and dog-friendly event will take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, and it’ll give spectators a chance to watch man’s best friend compete in Olympic-style games designed for dogs and their owners – for instance, freestyle obedience to music, ultimate air dog and hunting and agility demonstrations from rescue dogs.
The Doglando Foundation’s Doglympics has worked to promote responsible canine ownership in the Orlando area through educational workshops, training and seminars. The foundation expects 6,000 to attend this year’s event – 4,500 attended last year.
In addition to sporting events, talented doggies will have a chance to audition for American Idogs, the popular entertainment show featuring ordinary dogs that do crazy tricks and travel around the country like big-time celebrities.
So if you’re looking for some fun this Saturday, or you’re hoping to get an autograph of a canine version of a Michael Phelps – but cuter – this event’s for you.
9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Central Florida Fairgrounds