Meyer’s to host Dock Diving Competition

Staff Report

BELVIDERE, Ill. — More than 150 four-legged friends from around the nation will be visiting Meyer’s in Belvidere for a Dock Diving Competition sponsored by the Chicagoland Dockdogs. The weekend-long competition is May 18-20.

Meyer’s Tails Up Farm, at 5390 Irene Road, equipped with a heated outdoor pool May through October, is home to a top-notch canine aquatics program. Kent and Gwen Meyer are thrilled to be hosting this year’s Summer Splash 2012 event.

“We are so excited to bring this to our area. It’s a great event; we hope to have a lot of local dogs participating,” said Meyer. In addition to the event putting Meyer’s on the map, local hotels and restaurants expect to see a boost from the weekend-long competition that will bring in many visitors to the Rockford area.

The Dockdog Competition will consist of three contests: Outdoor Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve. There’s no age limit for handlers, and any breed from the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane is welcome at a DockDogs event. Food booths along with other vendors will be on hand. Tours of Meyer’s will also be available. There is no cost to watch the event.

The sport of DockDogs was started in 2000 with a competition called Big Air. It is the fastest-growing dog sport in the U.S. DockDogs is a fun, performance sport for dogs. Events are held regionally, nationally and internationally.

For more about on competition time, go to or call (815) 623-9999.

From the May 9-15, 2012, issue

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