Is Your Pup the Best Boatyard Dog? Enter the World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials Now!

We know that we should be most excited about the boat part of this boat show, but as dog lovers, we think the canine competition may be the highlight of the event.

The entry deadline for the 10th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials are just around the corner and organizers have some serious questions for the canine community: Does your tail wag faster when you dream of the roar of the crowd? Does the breeze off the bay entice you to strut your stuff? In short, are you dog enough to compete in the World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials? If the answers are yes, then please cast your paw into the ring for a chance to stand up, sit down, and roll over before an adoring crowd.

A few choice slots are available for prospective contenders in the trials, which are to be held Sunday, August 12, at 10:30 a.m. as part of the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show. Any well-behaved dog is eligible, but preference will be given to dogs that work in a boatyard, crew on a boat, or direct operations of any kind on the waterfront (or think they do). Dogs and their handlers who are chosen for the quirky competition will navigate a tippy dock, fetch objects from the water, and participate in a “freestyle” event of their own creation that must incorporate a hula hoop.Any dog that’s crazy enough is encouraged to have his or her “person” submit a letter of interest, a flattering high-resolution image, and daytime contact information. Extra points will be given for humor; this is not a serious competition. Send by June 1, 2012, to byd@maineboats.com. Finalists will be notified by June 15. For liability reasons, no other pets will be allowed on show grounds, except the field of predetermined trials competitors on Sunday only. Please plan accordingly.

For more information, go to www.maineboats.com/boatshow.

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