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July 13, 2013
Long leaps of faith are part of State Fair's Splash Dog event

By Anthony Siino

Candis Amasalian gives Legend a prep talk before lift-off. But it's hard to tell if Legend is listening, mostly because he's an 11-month-old Doberman who clearly just wants to jump in the water.

He can hardly wait as Amasalian runs to the front of the dock and wags the chew toy. She shouts "OK, go! Go! Go! Go!" and he's off, galloping to the edge and leaping out to catch the flung stick. Legend clamps down as he gracefully slams into the water just at the 20-foot, 5-inch marker. Two young girls at the pool's edge giggle as they whisk splashed water out of their eyes.

Amasalian, a Hanford resident who's been participating in Splash Dogs events for about 11 years, proudly says that this is a new personal best for Legend. His previous? 19 feet, 10 inches.

"We do it for the fun of the dog," she said.

She brought five dogs to Saturday's Splash Dog event at the State Fair, which can be found near the entrance of the Miller Light Grandstand in the east side of the fair lot. While you won't find Amasalian and her troupe of flying dogs, the rest of the Splash Dogs outfit will still be out Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Video: Splash Dog competition at the state fair:

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