MINOCQUA - Jacob Rademacher of Minocqua got his first dog, a chocolate lab, a little over a year ago.
"I told myself I would do competitions with her, but I just didn't know what," said Rademacher. "And when this came up I was like 'sure, let's do it'."
"This" being DockDogs - an aquatic sport for dogs with three disciplines, including Speed Retrieve.
"It's how fast they can run, jump and swim to the end of the pool and retrieve a bumper," said DockDogs announcer Jared McMahon.
Dozens of dog and handler teams competed in the timed event at Torpy Park Sunday, Rademacher and his dog Ky being one of them.
Kylan Juhl and her dog Etsy came from Iowa for DockDogs.
"It's a lot of fun for me and the dogs," said Juhl. "On hot days it provides a chance to kind of cool off. You also get to meet a bunch of new people."
This is Rademacher and Ky's second time doing Speed Retrieve. Ky had the fastest time with 6.5 seconds.
"I was shocked really, she's making me look good," said Rademacher. "I'm proud of her."
And after their first place finish it won't be their last.
"I think I'll start traveling and doing as many as I can, and see how far she can go."