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Old 06-11-2007   #1
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Sending JiggyDawg off in style

I just recieved this note about the dog competition at Fibark this weekend. One of Jiggy's favorite events ever. I will be sending Jiggy's ashes down the Ark before the event so if you are around come help me send him off. Thanks to Ruff Wear for the help and to Mike Harvey. It is going to be a sad and happy day at the same time. Also, if you lost a four legged friend and want to do the same come down and we will send them off side by side. Still can't believe the old man is gone.

Ruff Wear Sponsors the Crazy River Dog Competition at Fibark
June 11, 2007 (Bend, Ore.) — Ruff Wear, innovator of gear For Dogs On the GoŽ announces its sponsorship of a unique aspect of the Fibark festival – the Jiggy Memorial Crazy River Dog Competition. Fibark, America’s oldest whitewater festival takes place on the Arkansas River in Salida, Colorado. The events include kayaking, rafting, running and biking competitions along with live music and entertainment from June 14-17th. River dogs of all breeds and sizes are invited to hit the rapids on Sunday.

Ken Hoeve, a.k.a Hobie, Jiggy’s owner will the emcee of the Crazy Dog Competition, where approximately thirty human/dog competitors will line up on the banks of the Arkansas river. The humans throw a stick or other fetching device across the river, the dog has to ferry across, fetch the stick and then ferry back. The dog will have to negotiate the moving whitewater without ending up down stream or losing out on the allotted time. The exact staring location will be determined by water flow. The competition takes place on Sunday, June 16th at noon, meet at the Salida boat ramp, or listen to the P.A. for details.

This year’s Crazy River Dog contest is being held in honor of a true Colorado whitewater paddling legend, Jiggy Dawg. Anyone who has paddled around Colorado over the last ten years or so will remember the lovable pit bull with his wild river antics and a stick in his mouth. Jiggy moved on this year but his spirit embodied all that makes a true Crazy River Dog. Come check out some intense four-legged athletes diving into the heart of the whitewater, right below the upper hole.

Top dogs will receive Ruff Wear gear for dogs on the goŽ: 1st place-$100 gift certificate, 2nd place-$75 gift certificate, and 3 place- $50 gift certificate. Other canine contestants will be recognized with additional Ruff Wear gear giveaways consisting of Growler cinch tops™, collapsible food totes and large Hover Crafts™ – flying discs.
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