Dog show at state fair features rescues

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - You might think of high end breeds when it comes to dog shows, but one performer is breaking that norm.

JUMP! The Ultimate Dog Show certainly lives up to its name.

The show features up to ten dogs that perform customized stunts.

Trainers take everyday tricks and toys, and turn it into an extreme sport for dogs.

Other stunts include high jump and novelty pet tricks.

All the dogs vary in age and size, but one thing they have in common is that they are all rescue dogs.

"We like to help out the cause. You know there's a lot of dogs in shelters that are being fostered as well," said Lou Mack, the owner of the show. "They usually end up in the shelters because they have too much energy. So what we like to do, is we like to bring those dogs, of find those dogs that have that energy and incorporate them into the show."

Mack said he started the business about 35 years ago after his friend asked him to watch a Frisbee dog contest.

One of his show dogs won two world titles, and was also the mascot for the 49ers at one point.

He now has a special way to find dogs that he thinks would be good for his show.

"We can utilize that energy and the things that they like to do, like chasing Frisbees or balls or tricks or what not. So we'll go through a shelter with a squeaky toy or a ball and we look for that focus," Mack said.

Mack said he likes to promote keeping dogs happy and healthy through lots of exercise.

It's not too late to see these dogs in action at the state fair.

The last round of shows are at 10:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.