Bella and Maddie stand at attention, whether it is for a portrait or a competition!
Maddie and Bella from Madtown Flyers are taking Dock Diving, one of the fastest growing sports for dogs, by storm! These Up Country wearing athletes are highly ranked in the DockDogs World Championships and never cease to amaze their fans.
Maddie looks ready for action!
Maddie, a five-year-old Chocolate Labrador, came into her parents Eric and Molly’s lives after they had lost their beloved dogs and needed a companion for their Blue Heeler/Border Collie, Josey Wales. It was meant to be when Molly stumbled upon a reputable and responsible breeder who only had one female left. “She may have been the last but clearly the best!”
When Bella isn't winning Dock Diving competitions, she is resting in a comfy spot with her favorite toys.
Shortly after they lost Josey Wales, they went back to the same breeder and had the first pick of puppies from the same mother as Maddie, but a different father. “Bella chose me, and although Maddie didn’t love seeing Bella come home, now they love each other!”
Maddie got started competing at a local indoor facility in Colorado Springs, CO and connected with experienced local competitors in the sport who helped teach and encourage Maddie, Eric and Molly. They started locally, moved on to national events, and Bella soon followed in Maddie’s pawprints.
Molly and Eric pose with Maddie and Bella.
Maddie and Bella both compete in all three disciplines of DockDogs; Big Air, Speed Retrieve, and Extreme Vertical and combine them all to compete in Iron Dog. The competition consists of a 40-foot dock and running jumps into a 40-foot pool. Dogs of any size, breed, age or sex can compete in Dock Dogs and can choose to play in any one discipline, combination or all three. The girls both started playing in a new spin-off sport in 2016 known as Dueling Dogs and received invitations to the inaugural Dueling Dogs World Championships last year and are hoping to receive their 2017 invitations soon. Read more about Big Air®, Speed Retrieve™, Extreme Vertical™ and Dueling Dogs here.
Air Maddie thrills the crowd with her high “grab”.
“When Maddie and Bella aren’t competing or playing in the water they are cuddling on the couch, floor, or bed and for Bella whatever lounge chair you occupy. They also love to hike, chase each other around our big yard, wrestle and of course retrieve!”
An athletic leap makes a winning dive!
With such an active lifestyle, it is important for Maddie and Bella to have collars that can withstand water and dirt then clean up nicely for inside wear. “I first saw the Christmas collars in a catalog and decided to buy one for Maddie. I loved it so much I began to research Up Country and noticed just how colorful and fun the designs are. They match our style, they’re durable, easy to wash, secure, and most importantly they are made in the U.S.A. Our love for Up Country has gone further than just the adorable collars; the girls also love their stylish beds that come on the road with us to keep them comfortable in between events.
We look forward to being amazed by what Maddie and Bella can accomplish and wish them luck at all of their upcoming competitions! Follow this talented duo and see where they are competing next on the Madtown Flyers social pages.