A Rockin’ Good Weekend

This past weekend, I dragged P to Richmond for Dominion RiverRock! I headed to Farmville on Friday night, and then we got up Saturday morning to hit the road. We met with some friends for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, then after being temporarily waylaid by the rain, we headed to Brown’s Island for “the nation’s premier outdoor sports and music festival!”

I initially wanted to go because one of the headlining events at Riverrock was the Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs contest, where people could enter their dogs in a distance jumping competition! I knew it would be great fun to watch. Then I found out about the Interactive Village, where they had kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, slacklines, and other demos to try for free!

kayaks and stand up paddleboards

kayaks and stand up paddleboards

Once we got there, the combination of the overcast + off-and-on rainy weather and the big crowd psyched me out of trying a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard. But that’s okay, because I was more than happy just being surrounded by doggies all day long!

We arrived in time for the 3pm qualifying round. I’m just going to let my (less than great) pictures do the talking for me!

a German Shepherd preparing to jump!

a German Shepherd preparing to jump!

a pair of English Bull Terriers...aka the Target dogs! they were so cute and you could tell how much they loved people

a pair of English Bull Terriers…aka the Target dogs! they were so cute and you could just tell how much they loved people

I caught a Border Collie mid-air!

I caught a Border Collie mid-air!

a fancy Poodle 'do

a fancy Poodle ‘do

kayakers huddling on the rocks out in the river

kayakers huddling on the rocks out in the river

 

stand up paddleboarders trying to maneuver upstream

stand up paddleboarders trying to maneuver upriver

Next, we moved down to the lower area, where there was a slacklining demo and bouldering semifinals. I had never seen slacklining like this before: when I was in college, kids would set one up between trees out on the drillfield, but all they ever did was jump on and struggle to walk across. This demo featured some young kids doing seriously impressive tricks on the slackline. I wasn’t able to catch any really cool pictures, but trust me: it was neat stuff.

slacklining demo

slacklining demo

slacklining demo

slacklining demo

 

the male bouldering competitors, sizing up the course

the male bouldering competitors, sizing up the course

 

festive doggies!

festive doggies!

a girl rock climber!

a girl rock climber!

After we watched the bouldering semifinals for a while, we started to get antsy. So we headed back to the upper level, so I could watch the doggies a little longer! My favorite part about Riverrock was the overabundance of dogs! They were everywhere! I loved it.

a puppy by the port-a-potties!

squee! a puppy by the port-a-potties!

Near the very end of the day, I said to P: “the only thing we haven’t seen today is a Great Dane!” I’ve wanted a Great Dane for years. I love the idea of a 150+ pound giant who thinks he’s a lap dog. I love everything I’ve read about the breed, and I hope that one day I’ll add one to the family!

a Newfie puppy!!

a Newfie puppy!!

Just as I was obsessing over the adorable Newfoundland puppy above, I saw this handsome giant:

GREAT DANE ALERT!

GREAT DANE ALERT!

His name is Chaos, and he weighs 170 pounds!! He was SO FREAKING BIG!!! (Look at that girl and her dad behind him for scale!) His owner was the guy with the leash, who was also unusually tall, so they were a pretty perfect pair. I want one.

All in all, it was an awesome day. I was so, so happy to be surrounded by puppies all day long. I didn’t even mind the overcast weather! (And it was great to spend the weekend with P, too. I’m lucky that he’s so agreeable when it comes to me dragging him wherever I want to go!)

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