I have found a competition for which my dog is actually qualified. It involves clambering around objects and falling in the water. It’s all about “style and pizzaz,” there are practically no rules and cheating is encouraged. Was this contest created for us?
My only problem is that the unconventional World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials  (on August 14) take place all the way across the country in Rockland, Maine, an awfully long way to travel to prove a point. Plus, Bark magazine is a sponsor of the competition, which probably disqualifies us—but then again, cheating is encouraged.
Still, it’s going to be a lot of fun, and for folks who live in the Northeast, the Boatyard Dog Trials sound like a worthy adventure. So, even though we’re stuck far from the action on the West Coast, we want to send some Mainers, New Hampshirites, Vermonters or visitors to the area into the fray. (Feel free to report back!)
► We’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets in a random drawing. Enter here . The ticket giveaway runs through August 10; winners will pick up their tickets at will-call.
► Meanwhile, if you have a photo of your dog in/on/near the water that you think is championship material, submit it to our Water Dogs photo contest .
The trials will take place on Sunday, August 14, during the ninth annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show at Harbor and Buoy parks in Rockland. The winner will be featured in the Boatyard Dog column of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, and has the honor of displaying the “Pup Cup” trophy until next year’s trials. Please note: the field of competitors has been pre-selected, and non-competing dogs are not invited.