Logan Martindale didn’t have extraordinarily high expectations when he entered his black Labrador, Brie, in last year’s Splash Dogs jumping competition at the Louisiana Sportsman Show.“I just saw the competition happening and that everyone seemed to be having fun,” the Des Allemands resident said. “I didn’t know the competition existed before that, actually, but I thought giving her a shot at it would make for a good time.”
It turned out to be a fortuitous choice. Brie went on to win the contest, and after this year’s competition, she counts herself as a two-time winner.
Brie’s winning leap this year was a mark of 22.1, narrowly below her winning mark last year of 23.2.
Martindale estimated the competition, which is open to dogs of all breeds and ages, saw Brie best “between 50 and 100” other canines.
“She put up higher numbers than anyone, which was cool to see,” Martindale said. “Some of those other dogs really got up there.”
Splash Dogs allows dogs to stretch out and see how far they can jump. Dogs compete for distance, diving from a dock into a 40-foot-long pool. Pet owners travel from all over the region to compete in the Splash Dogs event, which has grown in popularity.
Brie, who is about to turn two within the next month, could have the chance to become a 3-time winner next year.
“Hopefully,” Martindale said. “I can’t predict that. But we all know what they say… good things come in threes.”