Pup jump

Dogs reach in­cred­i­ble heights

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Sjanna San­dalova

A dis­play of de­ter­mi­na­tion, agility and strength left the crowd speech­less as seven pooches jumped to im­press at the Ko­jonup Show.

The event, spon­sored by El­ders Ko­jonup, was part of the 110th an­nual Ko­jonup Show, held on Oc­to­ber 21.

High-jump­ing dogs com­peted over a sin­gle fence to de­ter­mine which dog could jump the high­est.

The fence’s height was grad­u­ally raised as dogs were elim­i­nated, with the prize go­ing to the last dog stand­ing.

As it got down to just two dogs, a black kelpie cross called Pongo and a fe­male Koolie named Smudge, Pongo was elim­i­nated at 1.9m, leav­ing win­ner Smudge to im­press with a 2.42m jump.

Smudge’s owner, Scott Franz from Cuballing be­lieves the se­cret to a good jump­ing dog is in their at­ti­tude.

“She’s just so will­ing to please. She wants to do any­thing I ask of her,” he said.

When Smudge, a three-year-old merle-coloured Koolie, isn’t high­jump­ing, her favourite past time is herd­ing the chooks.

“She has a sweet tooth for soft­serve ice-cream, so I will have to buy her one for try­ing so hard to­day,” Mr Franz said.

El­ders Ko­jonup was proud to pro­vide prizes in the form of dog bis­cuits to pro­vide en­ergy for the gal­lant jump­ing dogs.

Win­ners Scott Franz and Smudge, who made a 2.42m jump.

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