Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s Peconic, New York, location will be transformed into a dog dock diving pet expo extravaganza on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21. Harbor Pet and Greenport Harbor Brewing Company have joined forces to bring DockDogs to the North Fork by co-hosting the 1st Annual North Fork Dock Diving Pet Expo and Fundraiser Event. DockDogs is the largest and most diversified presenter of dock diving Dog Performance Sports in the world.
Blue Buffalo is the presenting sponsor of the event, and the weekend’s event will benefit three different local organizations: the North Fork Welfare Animal League (NFWAL) of Southold, New York; Burton Potter Post (div. of American Legion); and Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).
In addition to the high-flying splashing action that dogs and their owners can participate in, or watch in amazement, there will be pet vendors to buy products from, pet experts to learn from and speak to and brews to enjoy. Along with local and national vendors like, Weruva pet food and Greenport Jerky Company, there will be local dog trainers and adoptable dogs from NFWAL, and pet parents can learn about becoming a puppy raiser with CCI.
Spectators can purchase food and brews from the Greenport Brewing Harbor during the event. The event is a wonderful way to spend a weekend on the North Fork of Long Island with your dog, while also helping raise funds and awareness for three different charitable organizations that help the surrounding community.
Champion Dock Diving dogs from Long Island, like Tango Munch Pit Bull, as well as those from the surrounding tri-state area will be flying through the air and making big waves during this event. Tango averages a 22-foot jump into the pool and travels the country to compete at many DockDog events.
“This will be Tango’s second full season of competition and he’s a 7-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier we rescued as a small puppy,” said Tango’s owner, Chris Geymayr of West Babylon, New York. “At the first DockDogs event we brought Tango to, he jumped 15 feet on his first jump, we knew he had something special! He is a pro athlete who competes at the highest level all over the country now.”
Dog owners who are interested in trying this aquatic dog sport are encouraged to come and let their dogs try it out as well. Dogs that love to swim and have high toy drive often take to it very quickly.
There are competitions throughout each day–Big Air, Speed and Vertical–that dog dock diving novices and pros can register to be part of. Dog parents that want to have their dogs compete, or try this sport for the first time, can register in advance at www.dockdogs.com or on site the day of the event. Fees to try out or compete start at $27 per team (dog and handler), for each competition.
This pet friendly event is free for spectators to attend and enjoy. (No retractable leashes please.)
“We wanted this event to benefit local organizations that mean a lot to us here on the North Fork and Long Island. Being able to give back to NFWAL, CCI and Burton Potter Post who do so much for the animals and people in our community is something we are very passionate about,” said Kimberly Loper, owner of Harbor Pet. “What a great way for pet parents to kick off the season here on the North Fork, meet and see new pet products and companies, and enjoy a beer from the brewery.”
“We are excited to bring the North Fork’s first dock diving event, pet expo and fundraiser to our brewery,” said Rich Vandenburgh, co-founder of Greenport Harbor Brewing Company. “Our event will bring in businesses from all around the area, help support local and island-wide non-profit organizations and get to see dogs fly through the air and splash in the pool.”