Friday, September 19, 2008
Water Rescue Dogs To Test Skills
(The Gary Post Tribune, September 19, 2008)
VALPARAISO -- "Twenty-six Newfoundland dogs from five Midwest states will be taking their water tests Sunday at Rogers-Lakewood Park.
The tests are hosted by the South Central Newfoundland Club, said Kouts resident and Newfoundland enthusiast Sid Reggie. The club covers Indiana and part of Ohio.
"Newfoundlands will be tested for pulling and jumping from boats, rescuing drowning people, retrieving boat cushions and other exercises designed to demonstrate their ability to work in the water.
"Seven junior entries are striving for junior titles (Water Dog), and 19 senior entries for Water Rescue Dog titles.
"The test director is Lawren Coulam of Michigan, and the secretary is Barbara Hearn of Illinois. Reggie completes the test committee.
"South Central is one of 26 regional clubs of the Newfoundland Club of America.
Historically, Newfoundlands have participated in many heroic water rescues.
The tests demonstrate natural ability as well as skills acquired through training. They also emphasize teamwork between dog and handler in rescue situations.
"No admission will be charged for the test, which is open to the public. Tests are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m."
What, me? Oh, I'd love to but I'm getting a bath today.