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May 29, 2009
Tomorrow: Splash Dogs arrives in Midtown

Chances are, unless you're keen on the canine sports circuit you probably don't know that doggie dock diving has incited a national craze throughout the United States. The organization Splash Dogs has drawn thousands of sprightly beasts and their human companions to compete for high-flying glory, and tomorrow, Sacramento's pooches will try their paws at the increasingly popular sport.

So...what is it, exactly? Well, tomorrow morning, a giant pool will be set up at the corner of 28th and J streets in Midtown, and dogs and their owners will compete to see whose dog can jump the longest distance across the pool to retrieve a toy. These folks are serious: they employ the SD Ruler, which, according to the Splash Dogs website, is "the most accurate measuring system in the sport of dock jumping."

If you think your dog has what it takes, a visit to the group's website,, will give you an idea of how the sport works (and it's quite easy to waste an hour or so drooling over adorable photos from other Splash Dog events around the country).

Everyone is invited to participate, and even if you're not competing, who wouldn't love the sight of dozens of dogs flying through the air? If you do want to play, sign ups begin at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, and entry fees range from $10 to $20, with proceeds benefiting local pet charities.

For more information, contact the Sacramento MBA office at (916) 442-1500, or visit

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