By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - It may not be the ski jump, figure skating or bobsledding, but this week there's a different Olympic contest going on.
This one isn't for human athletes, but rather canine competitors.
The competition is fierce, training is rough and the conditions are just right for the 2014 Doggie Winter Olympics at Bed & Biscuit Doggie Daycare.
"It's fun for them. It keeps us motivated. It keeps the staff motivated, and the parent's love it. They show off the medals and the pictures to all their friends. and it's stimulating for the dogs to have new games to play," says Rebecca Gaskell, the Bed & Biscuit owner.
A little trash talking and a quick frolic in the snow before the games begin gets these finely tuned athletes ready to compete.
With more snow here in Sioux City than in Sochi, it doesn't slow down the pack.
The first event?
The Doggie Dash. Memphis, Max, and Abigale line up for the sprint.
And they're off.
Abigale is coached to the finish line and crosses first, Memphis is a close second, and Max isn't interested.
He gets the bronze.
Up next, Obedience Baseball for the bigger dogs.
Run the bases in the shortest amount of time for first.
Rudy is just happy to be there and finishes in 22 seconds.
The last event is also the tastiest, the Peanut Butter Lick.
Athleticism not required for this one.
A predictable win for Percy, the Puggle.
"It's just so much fun. The dogs get so excited when they come here and they get to experience something new and it's not something that they get to do everyday," says Macauley Perry, the Bed & Biscuit manager.
A few winners worth mentioning, fittingly, Sky the Yellow Lab takes the gold and consoles the loser on the left. And the small pup, Silver Streak, got the silver.
Even in these games, you've got your Cinderella stories and your upsets, but these canines are spared the agony of defeat.
"Everybody gets a medal and they have bragging rights for the next four years until the next Winter Olympics," says Gaskell.
It's a win win for the four-legged athletes and the coaches.
This is the first time for the Doggie Winter Olympics at Bed and Biscuit, but they did have the Doggie Summer Olympics two years ago.
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