Hi! My name is Jenny, and I live with my husband, Brian, and our fur-children, “FatCat,” Loki, and our amazing German Shorthaired Pointer, Cello, in Southern NJ. We enjoy camping, hiking, and dock-diving competitions with Cello. My goal with this blog is to publish photos and stories about our adventures with Cello, and to share with the world the love and joy Cello brings to us each and every day…she truly is one amazing dog!
Why a GSP? …Brian and I bought our dream home in April of 2009. A log cabin on a lake… only didn’t quite “look” like a log cabin – - and, it wasn’t quite in “dream-home” state when we bought it (see Cello’s Cabin page). Our goal is to restore this historic log cabin to it’s original state, and to fill it with decorations and mementos of the great town we live in, as well as items that would be relevant to the cabin and it’s history. Brian works in the mortgage industry, and was able to research back to the original deed of our home. Brian was able to find out that the log home was built in 1927, and also discovered the name of the original owner. Out of curiosity, Brian Google-searched the man’s name. Low and behold, he came up in the search! The search result that came up was linked to the English Setters Club, a local and nationally known club that conducts field trials that are open to all pointing breeds. The original owner of our home owned a German Shorthaired Pointer, named “Windy Spot,” who won many awards at the club for field trials. I called the club to see if I could get more information on this dog and his owner, or a picture of them that we could hang in our cabin. When the man from the club called me back, and I explained my story, the other end of the phone was silent. When I asked if he was “still there,” he asked me to repeat where I lived – what street – what house, etc… come to find out, this man I was speaking to was a direct family member of the man who built our log cabin back in 1927!! Needless to say, it was quite an interesting conversation! Brian and I immediately researched German Shorthaired Pointers online, and fell in love with the GSP breed, and all their characteristics. We knew a GSP would be the perfect addition to our lifestyle, our family, and our log home. We have named our log cabin “Windy Spot,” after the first dog that ever lived in our home!
Why “Cello”? (pronounced CHELLO) …Cello’s full name is “Tommy D’s Limoncello.” Tommy D was my Italian grandfather (my mother’s father), who passed away in 2007. He was quite the character to say the least, and was “famous” among his family and friends for his homemade Limoncello, with his “secret” recipe. Before he passed, “Pop Pop Tommy,” revealed his “secret” recipe. Brian, as well as other family members, have been carrying on the tradition of making homemade Limoncello ever since.
Cello was born on March 14, 2011, on a South Jersey farm in the town of Chattsworth. Brian and I became lucky parents of our four-legged child on Monday, May 31, 2011 (Memorial Day). Cello is the ultimate water dog! If there is water in site, Cello must find her way into it…! Her entire body shivers with excitement with the site of water to jump into or lay in! Luckily we live on a lake, so she gets plenty of swimming and dock-diving time! We also keep a baby pool in the yard for her to lay in when she is not in “lake-mode.” She is also obsessed with soccer balls!! Cello is the sweetest, most loving, good-natured dog I have ever met. There is not a mean bone in her body! She just loves all humans and dogs she comes in contact with. She has an outstanding personality, bringing smiles to people’s faces everywhere we go!
Since we just adore Cello, and think she is just THE most amazing pup, when we found out that Limoncello’s mother had another litter, we could not help but go visit her, and see the puppies.
On May 24, 2014, Cello’s Mom, Shoal Branch Ladybird (“Lady”) had another litter, and gave birth to 10 puppies. On July 12, 2014, we brought home Cello’s half brother, “Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch” (“Hooch” for short)! (Read the full story by clicking here!)
Why “Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch?” As you read above, when we bought our log home, Brian was able to search back to the original deed of the home and find the first owner of our cabin, who owned an award winning German Shothaired Pointer, named “Windy Spot.” As you also read above, we named our cabin Windy Spot, after that GSP, before we even met Cello. The name “Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch” incorporates the name of the first dog/GSP that lived in our cabin, and also refers to my grandfather’s Limoncello being the “Hooch” that we make here at our cabin, Windy Spot… AND connects Hooch’s name to Cello’s too :)
Below are just some of the ongoing adventures that I will be sharing: (See top of page for all menu categories)
- Camping – we have camped with Cello from the time she was a pup, so Cello has tent and RV camped in many places
- Hiking – lots of great views and adventures!
- Dock Diving – Cello competes in dock diving events, and has even won first place in her division!
- Cello’s Cucina – homemade dog treats made fresh in Cello’s kitchen!
- Cello’s cabin – the ongoing “life-long” project of restoring a log cabin built in 1927
So won’t you please come join us?! ….”Dive in” and “hang out” on Cello’s Corner….her adventures are endless!
Thank you for hangin’ out on Cello’s Corner…Enjoy!
***Thinking about a GSP? Think RESCUE!