Dogs On The Dock is an annual event each Fall along the Essex, CT riverfront. There's a blessing of the dogs, costume contests, and lots of treats.
1 Sophie in her Spiderman costume ready for the contests to begin
2 And of course the band that was playing for the crowd in front of the Connecticut River Museum called themselves The Howling Hound Dogs
4 Before the contests begin the priest gives each dog a blessing. I didn't confess that Sophie is Jewish but every little prayer helps.
5 These three Yorkies dressed up as pirates were stiff competition
6 Daddy and Sophie doing the walk around the ring for the judges
7 Contest was over and Sophie only won looks of love from Mommy
8 The finale of Dogs On The Dock was a contest for water dogs to fetch a toy thrown by their handler into the water from the town dock. The dog had to leap into the water from the dock and retrieve the toy.
9 In fact, this was the only dog that in fact leaped off the dock and fetched their toy, so it was the de facto winner. The others either refused to jump into the water or quickly swam to shore after jumping in without retrieving.