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Winner of the 2008 World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials

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For immediate release - August 19, 2008
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Announces the
Winner of the 2008 World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials
Truman & the Youthlinks "agents".
Rockland, Maine: Eight canine contestants and their people showed off their skills (and their senses of humor) during the 2008 World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials, held on Sunday, August 10, before a lively crowd under bright, but foggy skies. The Trials were part of the sixth annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, held in Rockland, Maine, August 8-10, 2008. The new World Champion is a young and energetic bloodhound from the Humane Society of Knox County, who was trained and sponsored by teens from Youthlinks, a nonprofit youth organization located in Rockland. He entered the competition as “Mystery Mutt, a.k.a. Agent K-9,” handled by “Agents” from Youthlinks. The teen agents had a dual purpose in mind: they wanted Agent K-9 win, but they also hoped that the exposure would help Truman (his real name) find a home. To the sounds of theme music from James Bond and the Pink Panther, Truman and his handlers cleared the obstacle course, leaped from a tippy dinghy, disarmed secret agents, kissed a femme fatale, responded to commands in a multitude of languages, knocked a villain off the dock, and then resumed their cover as an everyday family and dog. After a tie-breaking performance, crowd acclaim (as measured by applause) clinched the championship for Truman and his Youthlinks team mates. "It was great to be involved in a collaboration with such a variety of business and non-profits, who together have enabled these kids to learn lessons and skills that will benefit them far beyond this two week project," said Youthlinks Program Director Amie Hutchison of her young team. She added "and if in the process Truman is able to find a new home—what could be better?" Truman and his agents went through rigorous preparation with professional dog trainer Marie Finnegan during the two weeks before the competition. After the competition, Truman told us, “This morning was just great—I was so glad to be out and about, to meet new dog friends and to smell the fresh sea air without even having to get wet! I had a blast training Youthlinks operatives in super secret spy tactics. I couldn’t have done it without all of my agents and Marie who helped get me focused and ready for the trials. What I am really hoping for, though, is that my tricks will woo a family, and they will adopt me!” Truman, 2008 World Champion Boatyard Dog and a loving hound in search of a family, awaits adoption at the Humane Society of Knox County. Interested parties should contact the society directly: 207-594-2200. [Please note: despite the report that Truman has found a home, as of 8/19 he is still looking for one.] Second place went to repeat contenders Kelvin and Cody Penn, a dynamic pair of Chesapeake Bay retrievers sponsored by Adirondack Guide Boat. Their “Chessie Water Ballet” wowed the crowd, as did the pair’s jumps from their very own diving board, and their fine swimming ability. Last year’s World Champion, Kylie Davis, a border collie, did not compete, but she made a guest appearance and led the preliminary Boatyard Dog parade through the show grounds and down to the docks. As winner, Truman will be featured in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine’s popular Boatyard Dog® column (Winter issue), and will keep the cherished revolving Pup Cup for one year. Each competing dog was awarded a canine goody bag courtesy of the Loyal Biscuit Company, located on Main Street in Rockland. The contest was based on three simple rules: either the dog or handler had to finish completely soaked; cheating was not only tolerated, but encouraged; and “there were no other rules.” Judges were Dr. Bjorn Lee of PenBay Veterinary Associates in Rockport; Lucinda Lang, Spaniel Aficionada; and Holly Sherburne of Downeast Dog News. Bob McLaughlin served as emcee. Next year’s trials will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2009, during the seventh annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show. Interested dogs should tell their people to visit for entry information. Only pre-qualified dogs are allowed on show grounds, no other pets are allowed. The MAINE BOATS, HOMES & HARBORS SHOW was founded in 2003 by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. Held annually during the second weekend of August in Rockland, Maine, the show attracts thousands of attendees from all over the country and world. Known for its authentic architecture and lovely ship captains' homes, Rockland is a popular summer destination with restaurants, cafés, shops, bookstores, a movie theater, and galleries. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, the premier magazine about life on the Maine coast, is celebrating its twenty-first year. Noted for its eclectic and award-winning coverage of all aspects of coastal living, the magazine covers everything from maritime matters and natural history to boats, homes, fine art, and food. Published out of nearby Camden, the magazine has loyal subscribers around the world and more than 100,000 total readers. The award-winning online edition at is filled with original content, photo galleries, tide charts for Maine and New Hampshire, guides to products and services, and Local Knowledge® to help visitors enjoy the Maine coast. Show hours: Friday and Saturday 10-6; Sunday 10-4. Admission $10 cash only; 2-day passes $15 per person; 3-day passes $25 person available at the gate. Children under 12 admitted free of charge. No pets allowed on show grounds. For more information: Mary Carey, MAINE BOATS, HOMES & HARBORS SHOW, 207-236-8622;; Media Contact: Leila Murphy, email: Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, P.O. Box 758, Camden, ME 04843; 207-236-8622; 800-565-4951