4th of July Is For The Dogs


In one KELOLAND community the Fourth of July is really going to the dogs. Luverne, Minnesota has added a new event to their Independence Day celebrations, a dog dock diving competition.

The first ever dock diving competition in Luverne is really making a splash. Dogs and their owners came out to Davis Lake to run, jump, and swim to victory. Luverne native, Bob May is a professional dock diver with his dog, Sentry. He has competed in Sioux Falls and St. Cloud and has even qualified for National tournaments.

“It’s a good time always with the dogs out, and they try to add something new to this celebration every year,” professional dog dock diver Bob May said.

But today May isn’t going for the gold. Instead he organized the competition and will be one of the water judges marking the distance of each jump.

“I’m not competing with him today I figured I’d keep it fair,” May said.

For a lot of the dogs today was their first time dock jumping

“She was hesitant at first kind of confused as to what to do. After the second time you know we reassured her that its ok and she went off,” dog owner Stacy Kopp said.

“We dive all the time at the lake, but this is his first competition,” dog owner John Jarchow said.

John Jarchow and his dog Fred are excited to compete but for them winning isn’t everything.

“Anytime I get to spend with Fred is just a fun time. This is going to be just awesome, I can’t wait to get started,” Jarchow said.

The competition was split into three categories: miniature dogs, adults, and kids.  Kopp competed in the adult category with her dog Quinn who jumped 16-feet off the dock.

“Im very proud of her! It’s fun to see all of the dogs. She has a lot more air time than running to get that distance,” Kopp said.

Kopp says it’s been a really positive experience with a great turnout.  And she can’t wait to compete again.

“I hope they have this again next year it’s a great time for everyone,” Kopp said.

After all the dogs jumped they announced the winners of each category with the farthest jump being 19-feet.

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