“Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show” owner bears two world titles
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - During the dog show at the Nebraska State Fair Tuesday, canines performed a variety of tricks. “Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show” is a traveling show that goes on around the nation involving dogs that participate in speed agility, weave pole racing, trick Frisbee and more.
Lou Mack, the trainer, handler and owner of “Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show,” said he started traveling around for performances more than 35 years ago.
He and Mindi Lindsey who is a trainer and handler for the dog show, said they had more than 10 dogs.
Mack added that part of what they promote during their shows is dog adoption.
“There’s a lot of dogs in the shelters, man, so we encourage folks to go down there but, do your homework,” Mack said. “And we always encourage people to bring a dog in that suits your best lifestyle you know, your working lifestyle, your family lifestyle. If you’re a real active family, you know, get a border collie, and Australian Shepard, you know, something that’s active.”
Before he had even imagined the show, Mack lived an almost entirely different life. Mack was a full-time general contractor until he participated in a contest in Davis, California where he had acquired an Australian Shepard that changed his path.
“It just so happened to be, he tried to be the greatest performing Frisbee dog of all time,” Mack said. “He became the San Fransisco 49er mascot for about seven or eight years, we traveled with the team.”
He added that he’d worked his way across the globe with the Australian Shepard, Scooter, by his side and had even won two world titles with the dog. Mack said through their involvement with the 49ers, the public had begun taking notice of him and Scooter’s work and he started receiving phone call after phone call asking to set up a dog show.
Mack said the consistent demands eventually led him quit his contracting job. Though the first couple years in the dog show business were tough, he said it wasn’t long until he took off.
Since then, Mack had been around the world for the dog performances. He was traveling around the United States with Jump! and decided to make a return to the fair in Grand Island for his fourth year.
“We love the Nebraska State Fair,” he said. “People are just so good here, great crowds and real receptive. A lot of dog people out here as well, man. So, they can associate, you know, we have a lot of people that have certain breeds or mixed breeds, you know, that we have in the show so, they hang around after the show, you know, and they’re real excited.”
To see “Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show, head to the fairgrounds or check out the Nebraska State Fair website to find out times for the performances.
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