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Chesapeake Bay Retrievers dominated the pool in Friday's competition.  By Anne Douglas

Those dogs and handlers that prefer to live on the edge - of the pool - made a splash today with an almost 25-foot jump.

Kona, a rescue Chesapeake Bay Retriever owned and handled by Tracy Hughes of Costa Mesa, California, was the longest jumping dog of the day, with a jump from dock to the base of the dog's tail measuring at 24 feet, 10 inches.

Hughes was walking on air herself after the jump that judge Brian Sardo called "phenomenal." She said, "I'm super excited and hopfully he'll throw out even bigger tomorrow!"

The world record holding jumper, also a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, is named Henry and is owned by Barbara Henderson of Carlsbad, California. Henry's record jump is 26'5". Today he jumped just behind Kona with a 24'8" jump. Henry and Kona are both competing at the Cynosport Games for Sunday's Splash Dogs World Championships.

Anne Douglas is the editor of DogSport magazine ( She can be reached at


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