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When it comes to athletic dogs, Alaska has traditionally held its own. We have sled dogs, we have weight-pullers and we have hunting dogs. But if you look around town at some of our city parks on summer weekends, you'll discover there are some new athletes in town. We have agility dogs. We have flyball dogs.
If you've never seen one of these competitions, you owe it to yourself to get out and watch. Bring the kids, because the skills these dogs exhibit negotiating courses for time are remarkable. And unlike some of Alaska's traditional sports, it doesn't take a husky or a retriever to compete. Everything from corgis to danes run these courses and excel.
This week, tell us about your sports dogs. Do you compete in one or more of these sports? What breed of canine athlete do you own? How long did it take to become proficient? How much time does it require to train? When and where do you compete?
PICTURES OF THE WEEK
Last week's theme of "pictures of your dogs being social" inspired no one, even your dog blog host. It's tough enough getting a picture of one dog in a frame, let alone two. However, a theme is a theme, so we have to have a winner. Kirk Allen's Haley (yellow) and Legacy may have been napping, but you can't argue that it took some social skills. My dogs won't sleep within three feet of each other without growling. Runner-up and stretching the "social" theme to its limit is Mona Widger's Jake being caught napping with
his "buddy." Hey, every dog needs a pal. Lastly, for sheer comic relief, we have Pamela Parson's Bo showing off his Team Arctic cap. Only in Alaska!
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PICTURE THEME OF THE WEEK
Puppy pictures. Send us current or older shots of your pups looking cute.
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