CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) went out with a splash with the DockDogs Finals. It's the world premiere canine aquatics competition.
Hundreds lot of people were braving the cold including the dogs to be out at Brittlebank Park for a day of festivities. Many were so close they could feel the splashes coming from the dogs jumping in the water.
Deb Feller is the owner of dock dogs. Her dog Donnie was voted the top ranked yellow lab in the DockDogs World Championship.
"It's kind of like watching your kids be a champion soccer player when your dog does this well," says Feller.
On Sunday Donnie beat his previous record by scoring a jump of 26 feet 11 inches. Making him the Big Air Pro Champion.
Dogs of all kinds and skill levels come out to compete. There are three different categories, a running long jump, a high jump and a speed retrieve. In that event the dogs go after an object thrown in the water and they bring it back as fast as they can.
"The primary thing is the conditioning so Donnie does everything from plays Frisbee and ball to swimming and swimming and swimming," says Feller.
These competitions took place throughout the entire weekend. A crowd of hundreds came to watch and cheer on the dogs and their owners.
These DockDogs competitions also take place in four countries.
This was just one of the many events that are held at SEWE including fine art exhibits and all kinds of animal demonstrations. The exposition also has a big impact on the economy in Charleston, drawing in over 40,00 visitors.