Give It Up for the Pups 

I don't know about you but for months I've had that one peppy, smile-inducing song, "Dog Days are Over," permanently on repeat in my head. Florence and the Machine's rock/pop hit is catchy and energizing, but its title is completely off the mark — at least in Charleston. Here, the dog days are just beginning.

The Dock Dogs competition returns to SEWE, bringing more than 60 teams of hopeful dogs and their trainers to Charleston to compete in three extreme events.

First head out to Brittlebank Park on Friday to witness the Big Air Wave competition starting at 10 a.m., where dogs of countless breeds will perform the canine version of a long jump. Instead of staring at a pile of sand, these pups are jumping into the water aiming to catch, what else, a delectable doggie toy.

But the water fun doesn't stop there. On Saturday at 5 p.m., the Extreme Vertical competition will feature dogs jumping like you'd never believe. The record to beat is more than seven feet. You can finish off the furry festivities with the Speed Retrieve, a more traditional fetch competition where the contestants battle the clock as they run, jump, and swim to retrieve their prize.

For moms and dads out there, the competition is not only a chance to entertain the kids. Children ages seven and up can compete as handlers, making the event even more family friendly.

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