Pretend, for a moment of silliness, that the Summer Olympics were for dogs. Same events, just with canine competitors.
What sport would your dog be good at? Bonus points for explaining why.
I know a Jack Russell mix, Dewey, who would be a natural at the marathon. He runs 7 miles at a stretch without thinking twice. Others might be better at sprints. At the dog park, I run into gymnasts all the time -- they roll and tumble and hop and balance while engaging in play. The list of possibilities goes on and on. Dock divers might be diving competitors -- or the long jump. Agility dogs might compete in the hurdles.
While I haven't taken Lucy, my Chessie rescue, swimming, my guess is that she'd be pretty good in the pool. With her enthusiasm on land, I'd put her in a sprint race.
I had to wrack my brain to find an event for Jillie. She's always happy, so the fake smiles of synchronized swimming come to mind. But when all is said and done, I think she'd compete in the discus. When she retrieves a frisbee, she always drops it 5-10 feet away from me. When I insist that she "put it in my hand," she picks it up and hurls it with her mouth. It's impressive -- she's hurled it 2-3 feet sometimes (though not always in the right direction.)
Eddie is a tougher nut to crack. He's sort of a lone wolf, so team events are out. He'd be the ball hog in volleyball and waterpolo, that's for sure. But he is quite versatile. He's dabbled in agility, rally obedience, nosework, and in his prime he was a pretty good jumper. I'd have to say decathlon for Eddie -- 10 events, and the winner is considered the best athlete in the world. He sure thinks he is, sometimes.
How about your dog?