Thursday, October 6, 2011

Michigan dog auditions for the Late Show with David Lettermen

Many dogs in Michigan are headed up north for the hunting season but not Crash. Instead of chasing down grouse and wild turkeys in the UP, the retriever from Shelby Township will be chasing down fame in New York City.

The poster dog for the 2012 Michigan Winter Dog Classic in Novi is one of four dogs with dock-diving skills invited to audition for the Late Show with David Lettermen.

Crash’s owner, Chip Baker, is proud of the attention she's getting but not particularly surprised. He said he's always known she was special, and rare as far as retrievers go.

“She’s a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever. It’s a relatively new breed,” said Alisa Zee, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Winter Dog Classic and WWJ-AM (950) radio personality. “That’s one of the reasons we chose her to be the poster dog for the show.”

But Crash is not just a pretty pooch.

She’s a talented high-flying dock-jumper too. 

Dock jumping is a simple but exciting sport: dogs run down a dock while their handlers try to get them to fly as far as they can after a toy tossed into the air and ultimately the water. It’s a thrilling, adrenaline-driven event that is a blast for pet owners and crowds alike. The newest addition to the sport has the dogs competing for heights rather than distance.

As for Crash being nervous about performing in front of a camera crew in the big city? Baker said there’s no worry about stage fright. “Crash could be surrounded by polar bears and wolves and she wouldn’t bat an eye,” said Baker. “So a few television cameras and lights won’t phase this pooch one little bit.”

When Zee spoke with Baker earlier today about their experience in New York, Baker said everyone seems anxious to meet her. “It’s like being the manager of a rock star.”

Fans of Crash are hoping to see her tonight on CBS’s Late Show. If not, Crash will also be doing a meet and greet as the poster dog for the Michigan Winter Dog Classic, Jan. 19-22, at Suburban Collection Showplace. The facility formerly known as Rock Financial Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River, Novi. The juried show will feature 7,000 dogs competing in every category imaginable.

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