Memorial Day weekend goes to the dogs

The dog agility trials coming to Maybell this weekend are exciting for many canines, but for Spoofer, it's likely just another chance to strut.

Lori Visintainer's 10 year-old Corgi is already a three-time champion.

"He's in the (North American Dog Agility Council) hall of fame," Visintainer said. "Spoofer has been a challenge for many."

Friday through Monday, Spoofer will face tough competition from dogs across the region, and even from other countries.

The fourth annual trials will draw 50 to 60 people from across the country to Maybell Park, Visintainer said.

She is expecting about 400 runs during the four days. A run is one dog doing one event.

Events range from weaving through a course of poles to running up one side of a teeter-totter and down the other. Obstacles include tunnels and jumps, as well as A-frames and a long bridge that dogs must negotiate.

Dogs accumulate points at events like this across the country and move up to the championships, which will be held this year in Gillette, Wyo.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Monday, dogs and owners will be running, jumping, and competing for trophies as the public cheers them on.

Visintainer recommends people take chairs and sunshades to the event. The Maybell Women's Club will have hot dogs and hamburgers for sale at the trials.

"The great part for dog owners, is staying in the park in campers and RVs," Visintainer said. "They socialize, and go to Craig in the evenings for Grand Olde West Days."

Admission to the dog trials is free.

For more information, call Lori Visintainer at 824-4159.

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