In Clayton, The Dogs Are...Flying

In Clayton, The Dogs Are...Flying

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Dozens of dogs are flying and splashing along the St. Lawrence Riverfront in Clayton for the annual Seaway Splash.

The competition involves dogs jumping into a large pool of water, chasing after toys, also called bumpers.

"We play all types of games on the dock, so today we're doing our all-out distance competitions," says Victor Sparano from the Ultimate Air Dogs. "We play a lot of games to see who the fastest dog on the dock is."

At least 25 dogs will compete during the weekend on the Frink Park waterfront.

"On Sunday, besides distance, we'll do a game we call 'catch it,' where the dog either catches the bumper over the water or they get no score," Sparano said. "So that can be a little fun and frustrating at the same time."

The Seaway Splash brings in teams and families from Long Island and out-of-state.

"The best part about it is when we get the dog to jump in for the first time and the whole family's jumping up and down with the dog," Sparano said. "That's probably my favorite part. That first initial jump, even if it's a foot, that first jump is my favorite."

The Seaway Splash continues Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.

"We have open time in between competitions, so if you're local, bring your dog down and maybe we can get her jumping off the dock," Sparano said.

The finals will be at 4 p.m. Sunday.

We have must-see video from the event by 7 News reporter Chris Spiker. Click on the picture at the top of this note to watch it.

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