Long Island’s superdogs will be heading to the North Fork this weekend to prove they can do more than roll over and shake hands.
Dozens of dogs from across the Island are expected to compete at the first North Fork Dock Diving Weekend. Pit bulls, golden retrievers and other water-loving breeds will be diving off a dock into a 20-by-40-foot pool. Three events test their ability to jump far and high and swim to retrieve a toy.
“Most of the dogs on Long Island swim anyway, so why not get them into a competition?” says Kim Loper, owner of Harbor Pet in Greenport, which is co-hosting with Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.
Pet owners can bring noncompeting dogs (as long as they are leashed and well-behaved), shop for pet supplies at 15 vendors and purchase food and beer. Pet experts will be on hand to answer your questions.
Here are four canine contenders expected to make a big splash at the dock-diving pool.
BREED Red nose pit bull
WEIGHT 60 pounds
HEIGHT 24 inches
LONGEST JUMP 22 feet, 6 inches
OWNER Chris Geymayr, 28, of West Babylon
Tango is an Instagram star with 25,000 followers. He’s known for his ability to balance household items such as a glass of wine or up to a dozen doughnuts on his face and head. He’s also “a big air” jumper, according to Geymayr.
BREED Golden retriever
WEIGHT 81 pounds
HEIGHT 23 inches
LONGEST JUMP 21 feet
OWNER Karin Tanenbaum, 58, of East Williston
Parker is certified by Therapy Dog International and visits with special needs children and adults with dementia. “It took a while to get Parker comfortable in the water and jumping off the dock, but now he can’t get enough of flying through the air,” Tanenbaum says.
BREED Yellow Labrador mix
WEIGHT 55 pounds
HEIGHT 21 inches
LONGEST JUMP 14 feet, 6 inches
OWNER Jen Towers, 37, of Bohemia
Allie was rescued from a shelter where she was scheduled for euthanasia, and then adopted and retrained. “She had some fear and aggression issues, but she now is awesome and is the friendliest, most outgoing dog,” Towers says. Allie trains for dock diving by jumping off rocks into a river in the Catskills.
BREED Pointer mix
WEIGHT 70 pounds
HEIGHT 24 inches
LONGEST JUMP 8 feet
Doc was adopted from an Islip animal shelter where he’d wound up after being found outside on the street and covered in yellow paint. This is his second dock diving competition. “He is still getting the hang of it but loves the water,” Towers says.
North Fork Dock Diving Weekend
WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., 42155 Main Rd., Peconic
INFO 631-477-1518, thegivingtank.org
MORE DOCK DIVING THIS WEEKEND
The Gold Coast Cluster/Ladies Kennel Association of America and Long Island Kennel Club
WHEN | WHERE 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay
INFO 516-922-9200, lkaa.org
ADMISSION $10 per person, $20 per carload
The annual all-breed dog show features North America Diving Dogs dock-diving trials in air retrieving and distance jumping, which are qualifying events for the annual championship, held in Orlando, Florida, in December. Bring your pet to try out dock diving between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. ($15 for 3 minutes).