One of the highlights of the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, presented by our fiends at Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine in Rockland, ME each August, is the World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials. In this popular event, each dog and handler have eight minutes to negotiate a dockside obstacle course, scramble in and out of a very unstable dinghy in the harbor, and show off their special talents in the freestyle segment.
Last year’s runners-up, Gatsby (pictured) and handler Amy Douglass of Scarborough, ME, returned in top form to defeat defending champions Ruffles and handlers Linda & John Duffy of Cushing, ME and five other contenders. As World Champion, Gatsby will keep
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the perpetual “Pup Cup” trophy for the year and is invited back to defend her title in 2015. The World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials is sponsored by Custom Float Services, Sea Bags, The Loyal Biscuit, and Bell’s Furry Friends Photography. For more information, visit maineboats.com/boatshow/visitors/boatyard-dog.