West Michigan's champion air dogs

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Cowboy and Na'ia, Cheseapeake Bay retrievers, compete in the Ultimate Air Dogs Competition Series.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- They fly through the air with the greatest of ease, and they love to please. 

Cowboy and Na'ia, Cheseapeake Bay retrievers, compete in the Ultimate Air Dogs Competition Series.  Nearly every weekend throughout the summer, they can be found at county fairs and festivals across the Midwest.  

The dogs leap upwards of 20 feet into a pool of water, a crowd pleasing competition you just have to see.

Cowboy and Na'ia belong to Jason and Abby Kidd of Kalamazoo. 

"I can't imagine my life without them," Jason Kidd says.  

"You just can't help but be happy when they're around," according to Abby.

The dogs share a mother and, to see the siblings fly through the air and race around their home, it's hard to imagine they ever sit still.   But they do have a quiet, contemplative side.

They are licensed therapists, part of a program called Tail Waggin Tutors.   Young children who sometimes struggle reading in class find that reading to a non-judgemental dog can boost their skills.  

"They've had several kids who tested out of the program -- they had improved their scores by that much," Abby Kidd says.

But they are most at home, running, jumping and flying through the air - being the Kidds' kids.

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