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Dog Olympics Come to Canberra

By che - 4 July 2008 8

Got a 4 legged friend who you think is gold medal material. Good at hurdles, catching, Rhythmic Gymnastics or licking their balls. Then give them a run at the RSPCA Dog Olympics.

To be held at RSPCA Weston Creek dog training fields on Sunday 3 Aug from 1.30 – 3.30

Events include:

100 meter hurdles – Owner runs beside the dog as the dog hurdles the jumps.
Shot Put – The dog that can catch a Good O on the full at the greatest distance from its owner.
Synchronised Swimming – Musical chairs with a partner. When music stops, owner to instruct dog to sit and stay. Partner holds the lead while owner races to find a chair. If dog breaks stay, owner must relinquish chair and put dog back into a sit stay.
Water Polo – The dog who can get the most balls out of a clam shell pool within 30 seconds.
ParaOlympics – A challenge for dogs that can respond to just a verbal cue and just a visual cue to sit and drop.
Rhythmic Gymnastics – Dogs and owners have 30 seconds to impress the judges with a dance or trick routine.
Walking Event – A short walking race where the owner and dog must walk together at the same pace ie. loose lead walking.
Marathon – A running event where owner runs beside dog. Dog has to navigate 3 agility obstacles as part of the course (bridge, heart break hill, entering the Olympic stadium through the tunnel).

RSPCA ACT Dog Olympics – 3 August 2008 – 1.30-3.30pm
Registration Form

Entry is Free (which also includes free RSPCA membership)

Your details Full Name: …………………….……………………………………

Email Address: ………………………………………………………………..Age: (if under 18yrs) ………

Address: ……………………………………………………………………Postcode: ….……………………

Phone: (h) ………………………….. (w) …………………………. (m) ……………………………………

Dog’s details Dog’s Name: …………………………………………………………

Breed: …………………………………………………………… Age: …………………

Form must be returned by 22 July 08
Event selection

We will endeavour to enrol you in all the events you select, however as each event has a limited number of places, and depending on their popularity we may not be able to do so. We will ensure that you are enrolled in at least two events, as well as the Opening Ceremony. Therefore please select the events you would like to participate in and rate them in order of preference from 1-8.

Note: All events are conducted with the dog on lead.

I wish to participate in the Opening Ceremony parade (please tick) ?
A parade through the Olympic Village and past the VIP box.

100 meter hurdles
Owner runs beside the dog as the dog hurdles the jumps. ……………

Shot Put
The dog that can catch a Good O on the full at the greatest distance from its owner. ……………

Synchronised Swimming
Musical chairs with a partner. When music stops, owner to instruct dog to sit and stay. ……………
Partner holds the lead while owner races to find a chair. If dog breaks stay, owner must relinquish chair and put dog back into a sit stay.

Water Polo
The dog who can get the most balls out of a clam shell pool within 30 seconds. ……………

ParaOlympics
A challenge for dogs that can respond to just a verbal cue and just a visual cue to sit ……………
and drop.

Rhythmic Gymnastics
Dogs and owners have 30 seconds to impress the judges with a dance or trick routine. ……………

Walking Event
A short walking race where the owner and dog must walk together at the same pace ie. ……………
loose lead walking.

Marathon ……………
A running event where owner runs beside dog. Dog has to navigate 3 agility obstacles as part of the course (bridge, heart break hill, entering the Olympic stadium through the tunnel).

What’s Your opinion?


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8 Responses to
Dog Olympics Come to Canberra
Spitfire3 10:27 am 05 Jul 08

No, but perhaps you’re a bit inexperienced. Sometimes organisations that aren’t rolling in money have to put up with having their operations spread over several premises instead of all in one location. I was merely asking for confirmation that the Kirkpatrick St address mentioned on their website (which I even mentioned in my response) and the dog training fields mentioned in the original post were one and the same. I didn’t expect a rude response.

jake555 10:43 pm 04 Jul 08

Spitfire3 said :

Is that on Kirkpatrick St? The RSPCA website is a bit vague…

I just hit ‘contact’ to find the address. Are you a bit vague?

bigfeet 9:30 pm 04 Jul 08

Pesty said :

wow! Imagine, little ol canberra chosen above all others for such a prestigeous event, maybe they should increase the seating capacity of Canberra stadium to cope with the numbers!

Did we lobby for this? Who were we competing against to get this event?

Were we entertaining the Dog Olympics Committee and perhaps offer them an enticement or two? Perhaps the fact that we have access to 400 recently killed kangaroos sealed the deal.

No-one can accuse Canberra of being just a Public Service Town now.

Pesty 8:51 pm 04 Jul 08

wow! Imagine, little ol canberra chosen above all others for such a prestigeous event, maybe they should increase the seating capacity of Canberra stadium to cope with the numbers!

jenny green 6:39 pm 04 Jul 08

Why do the owners need to be alongside the dog for all of these? My collie/beagle cross would beat a whippet any day but I’d have buckley’s of keeping up… Is this RSPCA or Life Be In It?

bigfeet 12:38 pm 04 Jul 08

Thumper, I reckon my two could give yours a run for the money in the sleeping field.

They only seem to wake up at 6.00pm to stand around their food dishes, then its straight back to bed.

I assume they slept through a burglary last month. They certainly didn’t do anything to stop it anyway.

Spitfire3 12:13 pm 04 Jul 08

Is that on Kirkpatrick St? The RSPCA website is a bit vague…

Thumper 9:57 am 04 Jul 08

My dog is a cert for the gold medal in sleeping and generally doing nothing.

in fact, she may be dead, I’ll have to check.

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