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Calling All Canines: 10th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials

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For immediate release - May 14, 2012
Calling All Canines 10th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials
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ROCKLAND, Maine – As the zany and light-hearted 10th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials approach, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show organizers have some serious questions for the canine community: Does your tail wag faster when you dream of the roar of the crowd? Does the breeze off the bay entice you to strut your stuff? In short, are you dog enough to compete in the World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials? If the answers are yes, then please cast your paw into the ring for a chance to stand up, sit down, and roll over before an adoring crowd. A few choice slots are available for prospective contenders in the trials, which are to be held Sunday, August 12, at 10:30 a.m., as part of the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show. Any well-behaved dog is eligible, but preference will be given to dogs that work in a boatyard, crew on a boat, or direct operations of any kind on the waterfront (or think they do). Dogs and their handlers who are chosen for the quirky competition will navigate a tippy dock, fetch objects from the water, and participate in a “freestyle” event of their own creation that must incorporate a hula hoop. Any dog that’s crazy enough is encouraged to have his or her “person” submit a letter of interest, a flattering high-resolution image, and daytime contact information. Extra points will be given for humor; this is not a serious competition. Send by June 1, 2012, to Finalists will be notified by June 15. For liability reasons, no other pets will be allowed on show grounds, except the field of predetermined trials competitors on Sunday only. Please plan accordingly. See for entry details. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors is pleased to acknowledge the generous support from the following companies: Custom Float Services, lead sponsor; The Bark magazine, 2012 media sponsor of the Boatyard Dog Trials, and supporting sponsors Loyal Biscuit Co. and Sea Bags. For more information about the show, its exhibitors, and collaborative community events, visit 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. Show hours: Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, August 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $12 at the gate, under 12 free. Advance tickets are available for purchase online through August 1 at No pets allowed on show grounds—please leave them at home. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, “The Magazine of the Coast,” is celebrating its 25th year. Noted for eclectic 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. The magazine has loyal subscribers around the world and more than 100,000 total readers. An 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. Media Contact: Marnie Read 207-266-9381 High-resolution images are available for download at