"Dog Pound" Ready to Cheer on Rochester's American Ninja Warrior

May 24, 2018 09:38 PM

(ABC 6 News) –The “K9 Ninja” from Rochester, Minnesota, will be competing on the television show “American Ninja Warrior” for a third-straight year—and he’s bringing some friends with him.

The K9 Ninja, whose real name is Andrew, or “Roo,” Yori, qualified for the regional round of competition on American Ninja Warrior for a third-straight year—and this year could be a little different in terms of the crowd behind him.


“They call them the dog pound, they’re pretty rowdy,” Yori said, referring to his group of fans. “They get the crowd going. It’s a blast having them there.”

Yori will be competing just north of Rochester in Minneapolis in Friday’s city regionals. The previous two years, he’s competed in regional competitions in Kansas City and Indianapolis. In his first year on the show, Yori reached the finals in Las Vegas, which is where his wife said she believes the “dog pound” name for his fan group came from.

“(The dog pound) just seemed like a good name for it, but I’m not sure who came up with it actually,” Roo’s wife, Clara, said.

“I got the best support group here,” Roo Yori said. “They’re making signs for me, they’re ready to go up and cheer me on. Knowing they’re going to be there and helping me through the course, it’s going to give me that little extra edge and advantage.”

Roo said there could be as many as “50-100” people in the dog pound during the taping of the show on Friday in Minneapolis, which isn’t nerve-wracking for the American Ninja Warrior veteran.

“People are asking me if I felt pressure, and I actually don’t feel pressure, I feel the support,” Roo Yori said. “I think it’s going to help me perform that much better.”

Unfortunately, this season, Yori won’t have his dog Angus along the sidelines watching him compete for this summer (Angus passed away in January), but he will at least have his pit bull, Johnny, and possibly his new dog, Juju, with him this year.

“We’ll definitely have dogs in the house,” Roo Yori acknowledged.

Roo Yori said when he’s performing the obstacles during the actual competition, he’ll tune out the crowd, but when Yori hits the buzzer at the end of an obstacle, there’s nothing like hearing the dog pound chanting in support.

“I just love hearing them chanting and hooting and hollering and just barking,” Yori said. “It makes the whole experience that much better. I love having them there.”

Yori will likely hear the “Who let the dogs out” or “Dog Pound” chants from the crowd throughout the night of the regional competition, and Yori said he’s thankful for the friends, family, and fans who are supporting him in Minneapolis.

“It’s a long night, lots of lines, and they’re sacrificing a lot to come cheer me on,” Yori said. “I appreciate it so much.”


Sean Tehan

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