The competitors fly through the air with the greatest of ease before landing with a belly-flop in the water. And they never stop wagging their tails. Introducing the long jump for dogs – a sport which has been popular in the U.S. for years and is now gaining place in Britain.
The event usually involves the animal’s owner tossing a toy or tennis ball over a large pool of water. The dog runs up a 30ft ramp and launches itself into the air in the hope of catching it. Whichever pet jumps the farthest wins the prize.
Last year up to 700 dogs at a time entered six ‘Dash ‘n’ Splash’ contests held across southern England, and more events are planned for this summer. Organiser Anton Wittwer said: ‘There is a lot of noise and kids love to sit right next to the pool because they get wet. Cross breeds which have a retriever instinct and longer legs tend to make the best jumpers. The only thing that can go wrong is the dog changing its mind at the last moment and just falling in rather than jumping.’
belly-flop – hasas (ugrás)
to wag (its tail) – csóválja (a farkát)
to launch oneself – kilöki/ellöki magát pl. a leveg?be)
retriever – egy kutyafajta neve (de vizslának is fordítható)
instinct – ösztön
Idiómák a kutyával (dog) kapcsolatban:
a dog and pony show
a show or other event that has been organized in order to get people’s support or to persuade them to buy something.
a dog in the manger
someone who keeps something that they do not really want in order to prevent anyone else from having it.
a dog’s breakfast/dinner
something that has been done very badly.
a shaggy dog story
a joke which is a long story with a silly end.
barking dog never bites
Someone who makes threats all the time seldom carries out the threats.
be as sick as a dog
to be very sick.
call the dogs off
1. to order hunting or watch dogs to abandon their quarry.
2. to stop threatening, chasing, or hounding [a person].
be like a dog with a bone
to refuse to stop thinking about or talking about a subject
better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion
It is better to be the leader of a less prestigious group than to be a subordinate in a more prestigious one.
be like a dog with two tails
to be very happy.