Have You Ever Seen A Dog Fly?
The Ultimate Air Dogs make it a regular habit to fly, leap and sail to new heights and unimaginable distances. If you’ve never seen these dogs and their humans interacting and competing in the Ultimate Air Dog Challenge, you are in luck because they are coming to Dothan September 23-25 for PorktoberQue.
Ultimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the country, was started in 2005 by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox and his son Brian. Milt was best know for winning the 3rd game of the 1984 World Series, and comes to the events as emcee and main announcer. His charismatic personality is entertainment in itself, but the real attraction is the dock diving.
Dogs are divided up into divisions according to the distance they can jump. Dogs can be any breed or mix and any size as long as they can swim. A handler will throw the toy into the pool and the dog runs and jumps to catch it. Distance is measured and awards are given. Ultimate Air Dogs has become popular because of the down to earth attitude, the grass-roots background and the ability to make every competitor feel welcome.
Ultimate Air Dogs are going to have a competition at PorktoberQue in Dothan on September 23-25 thanks to the generosity and support of the Lucky Dog Sports Club of the Wiregrass who has made this event possible. Every dog is welcome to sign up for the competition or practice which will introduce your dog to dock jumping, and can do so by registering online at the Ultimate Air Dogs webpage or on site the day of the competition.
It is free to watch the Ultimate Air Dogs dock diving competition, and there will be some seating available near their pool. Spectators may want to bring a lawn chair to ensure they have a seat, though many prefer to stand to see all the activity. The Ultimate Air Dogs competition will be held parallel to the cattle barn at the Houston County Farm Center, near the East entrance to the German-themed Biergarten. PorktoberQue runs from 5-10 pm on Friday then from 10-6 pm on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday and is an Oktoberfest celebration and barbecue competition that is fun for the whole family. If you purchased a ticket on Friday or Saturday, you can bring your ticket stub back on Sunday afternoon for for free admission to the Biergarten and Ultimate Air Dogs finals!