On Tuesday, large lunchtime crowd gathered to gawk at an event staged to promote the premiere of cable network the Outdoor Channel's new show "DockDogs." Yes, it's what it sounds like: Dogs take a running start, leap off docks and compete to get the best distance or height before hitting the water -- in this case a pool set up expressly for that purpose in the park.
In case you're wondering, those hounds sure do splash. Four-year-old Pico, who won the "Big Air" category, catapulted some 24 feet 8 inches (the pooch is a Belgian something-or-other) while Reggie, who looked distinctly black lab, aced the "Extreme Vertical" event by arcing 6 foot 8 inches into the air -- and then topping that with a 7-foot-2-inch soar. The loudest cheers in the crowd, however, came from Rock, a black lab who howled in appreciation after mostly every jump.
Of course, what would an event be without the obligatory big-check handoff -- in this case to the worthy Animal Cancer Foundation. But when the impeccably dressed and expensively tailored Roger Werner Jr. stepped up to award the loot, one had to wonder: does this CEO of the Outdoor Channel really trample the great outdoors?