Surfing dogs? Yes. Surfing dogs raising more than $100K to help orphaned animals? Definitely!
California’s no-kill animal shelter, Helen Woodward Animal Center, recently hosted their sixth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, presented by Eukanuba.
Eighty dogs competed, but there could only be one “Top Dog.” Fourteen-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy, took home the honor for the fifth time this year, and even became the first dog inducted into the Surf Dog Hall of Fame.
Sadly, this may be Buddy’s last year as a participant in the competition.
"That last heat was probably the best of Buddy's life," said Buddy’s owner, Bruce Hooker. "Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts the best Surf Dog Competition and we are so proud to represent."
The Surf-A-Thon is the largest surfing dog competition in the nation, and is judged by world surfing champion Guy Takayama, Volcom’s Alex Gray, professional surfers Sunshine Makrow and Kristy Murphy, and the Swami Surfing Association’s Mike Emerson and Pat McGriff.
Of the other 4,000 attendees, several television stars also joined in on the fun and helped to do some judging. The Apprentice’s Tyana Alvarado, Average Joe’s Dennis Luciani, The Mole’s Craig Sike, The Amazing Race’s Mike Munoz and Mark Munoz, and Survivor’s Gillian Larson were some of the celebrities who were present to help.
Keep in touch with the Helen Woodward Animal Center on Facebook or by visiting http://www.animalcenter.org/.
Photo credit: Michael Schrager, PRNewsFoto/Helen Woodward Animal Center