VIRGINIA BEACH — Dogs are capable of performing many roles in life aside from being a cuddle buddy.
Police train them to find suspects, they can be ring bearers at weddings and at Care-A-Lot’s Lovers’ Extravaganza last weekend, they competed as athletes in DockDogs, an international canine water sport organization.
The Virginia Beach-based pet store featured the organization during its weekend event, which kicked off Friday at noon and ran through Sunday. According to its website, DockDogs gives pets the chance to flex their jumping and swimming skills.
“Pets add so much more to your life,” Bobby Clarke, Care-A-Lot owner, said in an interview. “It makes life complete and it’s about unconditional love.”
Among the furry friends that frolicked in the grass at the store’s headquarters on Diamond Springs Road was Pixie, a 4-year-old brindle American pit bull terrier rescue.
Pixie likes eating string cheese, anything duck, cuddling and sleeping, according to owner and dog trainer Crystal Partain.
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