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It's been a big week for dogs.

First*, there was the unleashing of Snuppy, the world's first cloned puppy.

Then* Jake, a 4-year old Golden Retriever from San Diego, dog-paddled his way into the record books as the first dog to ever take part (and successfully complete!) in the annual Alcatraz Invitational, during which mostly human swimmers brave the trecherous 1.2 mile crossing from the infamous and now historic island prison of Alcatraz to the San Fransisco shore.

Jake made good time in just under 42 minutes. In fact, by placing 72nd out of 500, he beat out most of the humans.

*Actually, Jake set his record last weekend, before Snuppy was introduced to the world, but I only realized this after I'd already written this whole story (all four paragraphs of it!). And since I'm the world's Laziest Blogger...

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Debra said:

Red,

We "met" in the chatroom at BlogHer last week.

And if MY Jake had out there swimming he'd have beaten the Golden Jake... but how to keep a tennis ball in front of him for the for whole swim?? (especially since I don't swim at all)....

Bear said:

Go Jake! Better to hear about superdogs than about shark attacks in the news. :)

Red Dahling,
I wonder how much it would cost to clone my CoCo ?

Sweety said:

Way to swim Jake! That's impressive.

miked said:

I'd love to find out what sort of time that dog could run a triathalon... he'd easily kick my ass.

Although he might have a hard time with the bike.

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  • miked : I'd love to find out what sort of time that dog could run a triathalon... he'd easily kick my ass. ... [go]
  • Sweety : Way to swim Jake! That's impressive.... [go]
  • bookstorediva : Red Dahling, I wonder how much it would cost to clone my CoCo ?... [go]
  • Bear : Go Jake! Better to hear about superdogs than about shark attacks in the news. :)... [go]
  • Debra : Red, We "met" in the chatroom at BlogHer last week. And if MY Jake had out there swimming he'd hav... [go]
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