Old dogs can’t learn new tricks — but they can still rack up the medals.
Dozens of area pooches and their masters flocked to Marine Park on Saturday to sniff out some gold medals during the seventh annual Doggie Olympics, where canines tested their skills at jumping, frisbee-catching, sprinting, rolling-over and, of course, glaming for the crowd as they strutted their stuff on the catwalk.
But this year’s competition was more of an “old timer’s day”: Doggie Olympics two-time champion Daisy, the friendliest pit bull you’ll ever meet, fetched her third gold medal upon gaining first place ribbons in the frisbee catch, highest jump and rolling over competitions.
Dasher the dachshund snagged the silver after seizing victory in the hind legs standing competition and the small dog agility course, while last year’s silver medalist, Casey the collie, secured the bronze medal at the end of the three hour competition.
Yet everybody won in the end: Each dog entering the Olympics received a $10 gift card from Bow Wow Pet Supplies on Gerritsen Avenue.
But the big winners were the felines: Members of the Canarsie Lion’s club, who sponsor the yearly event, raised enough money to help two charities, Doggie Olympics founder Bryan Lee explained.
“We will once again be able to help ensure that visually-impaired children and their families throughout this state are provided with recreational and educational opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have received,” Lee said. “We’re also extremely proud that we were able to also fund some school classroom projects right here in Brooklyn.”
The Canarsie Lions also collected two dozen pairs of old eyeglasses, which will be distributed to visually-impaired people in need, Lee said.
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