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Dogs at Del Mar Dog Beach demonstrated Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Celebrity Home & Family Host and SUP Semi-pro Laura Nativo with her pups Preston and Delilah
Celebrity Home & Family Host and SUP Semi-pro Laura Nativo with her pups Preston and Delilah
Helen Woodward Animal Center

Pooch Stand-Up Paddleboarding is the hottest new canine craze! It is all the rave down on Del Mar Dog Beach! This past Saturday, August 9th, the latest and greatest dog athletes joined the ranks with Celebrity Host of the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, Laura Nativo, to show their stuff.

Nativo, acting as lead instructor, showed the canine participants and their human companions how to splash into this class. This hottest new dog sport will be presented this year at the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon which is scheduled to take place on September 7th.

Helen Woodward (HWAC), is known for their annual Surf Dog lessons. For the past few years, they have led the pack by offering classes for the PUPular new canine craze! Stand-Up Paddleboarding is perfect for dogs that prefer smooth waters to the white water surf that those radical surf dogs like.

During the special summer-time fun time, pups and their owners are offered the opportunity to learn from one of the best in the field. Laura Nativo, Pet Trainer and Pet Lifestyle Host of Hallmark Channel's Emmy-Nominated Series, Home & Family, also happens to be a Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Semi Pro and was last Saturday’s class instructor.

Laura Nativo is considered one of the leading voices in animal-related entertainment. She leapt into the pet-world spotlight on the CBS hit reality show, Greatest American Dog, alongside her Pomeranian pup, Preston. Laura and Preston finished in the top seven and their lives officially went to the dogs. Since that time she and Preston have hosted a live, interactive show for dog lovers, Preston’s Planet L!VE; traveled the country to work with other amazing dogs and their humans filming The Adventures of Laura & Preston; hosted a dog competition one-hour special for the Game Show Network, Dog Park Superstars; and much more, ultimately landing on Hallmark Channel’s Lifestyle Series Home & Family. Through it all, Nativo has been passionate about promoting the importance of the human-animal connection and volunteering with pet-focused charities around the country.

In her spare time, Nativo has managed to establish herself as a semi-pro paddleboarder and she and Preston bond “on board.” Now, Helen Woodward Animal Center, a longtime friend of Nativo’s and grateful recipient of her dedication to the animal welfare world, has asked the duo serve as Paddleboard Ambassadors, at the Center’s upcoming Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, sponsored by Blue Buffalo, on Sunday, September 7th, 2014. The annual canine surf competition is the largest of its kind and has earned a reputation for attracting four-legged, ocean-obsessed athletes from up and down the coast. This year, for the very first time, the beloved event will feature a Stand-Up Paddle Paws Parade, as well. Nativo and Preston will kick off the event by leading that parade.

All Helen Woodward Animal Center Stand-Up Paddle Boarding lessons are limited to five dogs per class and run 70 minutes in length. All classes cost $45 with a $10 discount offered off any additional lessons and include the required canine life-vests and paddle boards.

Dogs that prefer to “hang twenty” can enroll in Helen Woodward Animal Center Surf Dog lessons which run on the same dates as the SUP classes. Surf Dog classes are limited to 10 dogs per class and run 50 minutes in length. Remaining class times for this event are10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and Noon on August 17th and 23rd. Dogs who take to the waves are encouraged to register for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon. All proceeds from the classes and the annual competition go towards the animals and programs at HWAC.

If you missed this past Saturday, you and Fido can still sign up for Sunday, August 17th or Saturday, August 23rd. All classes begin at 8:30 a.m. sharp!

For more information, questions or to register, go to animalcenter.org or call (858) 756-4117 x 350. You may also stop by Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road, in Rancho Santa Fe.