Dogs rule, and jump, in Libertyville

 
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Updated 7/7/2018 5:29 PM
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  • Jeremy Hanchar of Island Lake is with his dog Mojo as he celebrates his 10th birthday by taking a leap of faith at the DockDogs Big Air dog jumping competition, which returned for those dog days of summer in Cook Park in downtown Libertyville on Saturday.

      Jeremy Hanchar of Island Lake is with his dog Mojo as he celebrates his 10th birthday by taking a leap of faith at the DockDogs Big Air dog jumping competition, which returned for those dog days of summer in Cook Park in downtown Libertyville on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Sue Sentowski of Chicago and her dog Splash entertain the audience at the DockDogs Big Air dog jumping competition in downtown Libertyville on Saturday.

      Sue Sentowski of Chicago and her dog Splash entertain the audience at the DockDogs Big Air dog jumping competition in downtown Libertyville on Saturday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

One of the highlights of Libertyville's 10th annual Dog Days of Summer is the DockDogs Big Air dog jumping competition at Cook Park.

The competition includes local and nationally ranked dogs. The pooches run down a 40-foot dock and try to jump the farthest into a 27,000-gallon pool of water in the middle of Church Street.

Saturday's opening to the competition included a vendor fair, and dog training and police dog demonstrations.

Sunday's competition is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day is to include a pet blessing at noon and a pet costume parade at 12:30 p.m. The Big Air finals start at 4 p.m. at 300 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Funds raised during the festivities go to the pet food pantry at Our House of Hope Rescue in Libertyville, as well as other local charities, especially those that help animals.

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