Even Poodles Do It...

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country

We finally made it to the Texas Jump Off at the Texas Hunter's Classic show in San Antonio yesterday.  I went expecting to see amazing jumps and top rated dogs flying off the dock.  What I saw was just as entertaining...but not exactly the cream of the crop jumpers.  I got tickled watching owners leading their dogs up the ramp and gearing them up for "the jump".  Kinda reminded me of hopeful parents who drag their kids to dance class, Pop Warner football leagues, clarinet lessons, and choir hoping (and praying) that their baby will have the "it" factor.

I had reported in my previous blogs that any kind of dog can compete in Dock Dog Competition...not ever dreaming I would see a Standard Poodle getting ready to jump.  "Oh my gosh"...I thought..."If this poodle can jump, I'll just die laughing right here...".  So...I waited...with camera in hand...ready for this gal poodle to jump.  Her owner got her excited as she taunted her with the toy she would be retrieving.  As excited as she was getting I thought..."This is gonna be good". 

Then it happened...the owner ran towards the end of the dock with the poodle following close behind... BOOM!...the bait was tossed and the poodle came to a screeching halt at the end of the dock.   Awwwwwwwwww...dang it.  She chickened out.  She gave her owner a look that said..."Hey...you don't actually want me to get wet and get that ball do you?  I've got an image to maintain."  The owner was disappointed...and so was the crowd.  Even so...it WAS funny. 

It took several more jumps to get a really good one.  It was obvious which dogs would be going to the finals.  At first I was disappointed...but then got filled up with hope knowing that my new puppy, Bell, would have a place to compete without feeling totally embarrassed.  Let me re-phrase that...  At least there would be a place "I" could take Bell to compete without being totally embarrassed. 

Dock Dog competition still rocks in my book...I'm just gonna have to keep looking for more events to attend. 

Dock Dog competition is just one of the many ways folks celebrate living the "rural lifestyle".  If you have been itching to get out of the city and into the country or one of the small towns outside of San Antonio...give me a call.  I can help!  I love living the rural lifestyle and would be so pleased to help you do the same.

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Rainmaker
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Claire~  You can't blame that poor little girl for not wanted to get her hair wet, let alone her whole body emerged in that water!  I mean what about the nails and the hairdo?  Too funny!

Aug 15, 2010 07:52 AM #1
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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Claire,  Well, you fooled me with the horse picture and the " Texas jump off & Hunter's Classic "  I thought your post was about an equestrian event !   Have a great Sunday !

Aug 15, 2010 07:52 AM #2
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Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

I'm with you, Vicki...  I wouldn't want to get my hair wet either...let alone ruin my pedi.  :) 

Hey Bill...wasn't purposely tryin to fool ya...  I guess if you would have read my previous blog you would have known...ahem.  So maybe you should just subscribe...don't cha think?

Aug 15, 2010 08:08 AM #3
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Nell Lindner
American Realty, Lake Jackson, TX - Lake Jackson, TX
Brazosport Area Specialist

Claire-- Our lab would have been off that dock in a heartbeat and probably wouldn't have understood why everyone wasn't jumping right in. He'll go anywhere to retreive his tennis ball!

Aug 15, 2010 08:13 AM #4
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

That's pretty cool...I don't think my dog would jump in....but I sure would like to see the competititon!

Aug 15, 2010 08:17 AM #5
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Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

Nell...two of the best jumpers there were labs.  One jumped 17.5 feet.  He also had some great height as well.  You would have loved it.  You should think about competing with your dog.  Read my other blog on the Texas Jump Off.  There's a site called Heart of Texas Dock Dogs Club that could probably get you started.  How cool would that be???

Aug 15, 2010 08:17 AM #6
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Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

Celeste...just google dock dog competition in Hawaii and I am sure you will find it somewhere.  It's a blast to watch.  Even your dog would love it. 

Aug 15, 2010 08:29 AM #7
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