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Hastings' Troy Weathers prepares Murphy for the retrieval competition.

Serious about DockDogs

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Serious about DockDogs
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

For Troy Weathers of Hastings, Rivertown Days is always a great event. But lately the annual celebration has just kept getting better and better.

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Weathers is the reason the DockDogs competition is an annual event now.

It was three years ago, when he was on the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was involved in a conversation about finding new events.

Weathers knows Tom Dropik well. Dropik is a key member of DockDogs and co-host of the TV series DockDogs Unleashed on the Outdoor Channel.

Weathers proposed adding the event and looked up some video online to show his fellow board members. They were impressed, and the idea took shape.

Now, the Hastings event is quickly becoming a popular spot on the DockDogs tour.

"It was a great event," Weathers said. "We had a great turnout."

Weathers and his 3-year-old British Lab, Murphy, competed as well.

Murphy jumped his personal best distance of 20.6 feet. His previous best was 17.4.

Weathers and Murphy have trained for the past year and are now entering more competitions.

"We're just kind of getting into this together," he said.

Next week, the two will compete in Mankato as part of the Super Retriever series.

"The bottom line is, these dogs love doing this," Weathers said. "Next year, I hope to compete a lot more."

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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