LOMA, Colo. — Not many dogs can enjoy the Western Slope with summer temperatures exceeding 90 degrees.
Loma resident Brian Chapman found a simple solution: a 24,000-gallon pool in his backyard for his pups.
Chapman created the organization Mustang Sallyz, with the hope of encouraging other pet owners to join him in his passion for canine aquatics. He found his golden lab, Sally, abandoned about 12 years ago. Ever since, Chapman takes his dogs to national competitions in dog dock jumping.
“We went to an event on a whim,” Chapman said. “And the first time [Sally jumped] … 14 feet. We haven’t stopped since.”
His backyard training facility is already sanctioned for North American Diving Dogs competitions. On August 24th and 25th, Chapman decided to host an event closer to home. His inaugural meet, “Dog Days of Summer” is open to anyone willing to bring their pets and try out the sport.
We wanted to show everybody in town that this is a really fun thing to do,” Chapman said. “Anybody can do it. You can show up and do it. Your dog jumps in, you’re a hero.”
There’s only a few guidelines at the Chapman estate: one dog on the dock at a time. The dog needs to love water, and (most of all) they need to love snagging toys.
“Playing fetch is the name of our game.”
Chapman’s gigantic pool stretches 40 feet, ensuring record-breaking jumps can be safely contained in its boundaries. The “Dog Days of Summer” is $20 to register your dog online, $25 the day of the event. Online registration closes on August 21st at midnight. More information on the event can be found on the official website.