Inde, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, broke the world record for dog diving, leaping 33 feet, 10 inches, at the Purina Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® National Finals on Sept. 27. The former record-holder was Inde’s friend and fellow opponent at the challenge, 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, Vhoebe, whose record was a jump of 32 feet, 3 inches.
Many of the participating dogs wore GoPro cameras attached to their collars, so you can see the races from their eyes (be sure to check out some of the footage in the video below).
TheBlot Magazine caught up separately with Inde’s and Vhoebe’s doggie “moms” about the event and what it’s like living with these record-breaking, four-legged athletes.
Dorri Olds: How thrilling was Inde’s record-breaking jump?
Michon Mills: It was amazing. This was Inde’s first time jumping. She’s only 2 ½. I didn’t know much about it, but I watched Purina’s Incredible Dog Challenge last year when Vhoebe won. I didn’t personally know [Vhoebe’s owner] Lise Ann Strum, but got the chance to go training with her and Vhoebe.
Had you chosen Inde as your pet because of her athletic abilities?
No, not at all, but when I got her she was environmentally sensitive to a lot of things. She was the weakest dog in her litter. I just planned to do some obedience with her. We did 19 [American Kennel Club] Rally Trials in one year. It was to get her exercise and make her more comfortable, but she just absolutely blossomed. I never planned the kind of stuff I’m doing with her, but this little girl has taken me to some amazing places, and I’ve met so many amazing people through her.
What is her temperament at home? Is she hard to manage?
I wouldn’t say she’s hard to manage because she’s very obedient, but she definitely has to be doing something. She’s not destructive or anything, but I keep her very busy. I’m constantly training or playing ball. She’s a dog that doesn’t want to stop doing things.
Is this a quality of Inde’s breed?
Absolutely. I don’t want to say she isn’t a good pet because she actually is very good, but they don’t make good pets for anyone who wants them to be a stay-at-home and live-in-an-apartment kind of dog. She has to be around other dogs and has to keep busy. She has, by far, exceeded any expectations I could’ve had. She has the biggest heart, and I’m blessed to have her. She’s a great companion.