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Rio dogs lap up paddling contest

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 - 01:01

Feb. 18 - Standing paddle boarders and their dogs compete off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in the Stand Up Dogs competition. Tara Cleary reports.

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Summing up Rio's surf conditions, dogs and their owners get set for the second annual Stand Up Dogs competition. Paddle boarders were joined by their four-legged friends over a 300 meter or 328-yard course. Some dogs chose to take a mellow approach … While others chose to stand up against the waves. Neil Valdeck's dog Flipa took to paddling as a young puppy. SOUNDBITE: Neil Valdeck, competitor, saying (Portuguese): "I adopted this dog right there on the beach. She was born there. Her mother was a beach dog and lived around a kiosk. The guy working there fed her mother." Winner of the women's contest was Marcella Witt and her dog Pinga. SOUNDBITE: Marcella Witt, 2014 Women's Champion, saying (Portuguese): "When I heard about this contest with dogs I said, 'I'm going to have to enter.' It was really cool and it's super new for me. I'm very happy and Pinga is also very happy." And perhaps just a little tired?

Rio dogs lap up paddling contest

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 - 01:01

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