Monday, April 23, 2018
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Florida Strawberry Festival: Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show

Frisbee dog alert! Catch these pups in action daily

Most of the dogs featured in Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show are adopted or rescued — shelter animals with an obsession to chase or jump.

"That's usually why they are in the show," said Lou Mack, president of Cool Dog Productions, based in Las Vegas.

See the Frisbee-catching, back-flipping, high-jumping dogs in action daily at the Florida Strawberry Festival with shows at 1, 4 and 8 p.m. through March 10. They're located near the Borden Dairy Strawberry Tent. The show is free with paid gate admission.

"Everybody loves dogs, everybody can associate with dogs, everybody loves to see dogs doing incredible things that they are trained to do," Mack said.

And these dogs are athletes.

One of the stars of the show is Nubs, a three-legged dog. Nubs is a dock-diving specialist — meaning he is an expert at running down a 40-foot ramp and jumping as far as possible into a 40-foot long pool.

"It's the dog version of human long-jumping at the Olympics," Mack said.

Afterward, stick around and there just might be a chance to meet the furry stars and ask questions about the show's main message.

"The fact that all the dogs are adopted or rescued is a really important subject now to everybody," Mack said, "so we like to educate people."

Shelley Rossetter, Times staff writer

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