Thank You for Hangin’ Out on Cello’s Corner!


Hi! My name is Jenny, and I live with my husband, Brian, and our  fur-kids, “FatCat,” Loki, and our amazing German Shorthaired Pointers, Limoncello (Cello), Hooch, and Lager in Southern NJ.  We enjoy camping, hiking, and dock-diving competitions with our pups.  My goal with this blog is to publish photos, document our adventures with our German Shorthaired Pointers (GSPs), and to share with the world the love and joy Cello, Hooch, and Lager bring to us each and every day…GSPs are truly are an amazing breed!

Why a GSP? …Brian and I bought our dream home in April of 2009.  A log cabin on a lake… only it 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 its 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.  Read all about Tommy D’s Limoncello HERE!

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Jenny and “Pop Pop Tommy”

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Tommy D’s Limoncello (“CELLO”)

Cello was born on March 14, 2011, on a South Jersey farm in the town of Chatsworth.  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!!  She has an outstanding personality, bringing smiles to people’s faces everywhere we go!

Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch (“HOOCH”)

Since we just adore Cello, and think she is just THE most amazing pup, when we found out in July 2014 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!)

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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  :)

Now that we had 2 brown (referred to as “liver” in the GSP world) colored GSPs, and they both have been named after alcoholic beverages (not good for your liver), we have taken on the dock diving team name of “The Liver Killers!”

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Brogan’s American Lager (“LAGER”)

On Friday August 21, 2015, I received a phone call from the Vice President of Tidewater DockDogs, explaining that there was a retired Explosives Detection Canine in need of a home.  Brian, Limoncello, Hooch, and I drove out to West Virginia to meet him – and the rest is history!  (Read the full story by clicking HERE!)

Nayt (pronounced “KNIGHT”) served the United States of America for a year as an Explosives Detection Canine in Iraq.  Nayt decided that his GSP instincts and love for water were more fun that searching for explosives, and he was discharged from his duties.  He is now known as Brogan’s American Lager – “Lager” for short.  Brian’s grandmother, Fran Brogan, who loved Cello and Hooch, had just recently passed.  Lager’s name incorporates Brian’s grandmother’s last name (Brogan), our country’s name (America), and a continuation of our Liver Killer’s alcoholic-beverage-themed names with a play on our log cabin (logger) and a type of beer (Lager).

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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 and Hooch from the time they were small pups
  • Hiking – lots of great views and adventures!
  • Dock Diving: Cello competes in dock diving events, and has even won first place in her division!  Hooch will (hopefully) begin dock diving in 2015
  • 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
  • Been There / Done That: some of the best dog friendly places we’ve visited!  If Cello and Hooch aren’t welcome, we don’t go!

 So won’t you please come join us?!

“Dive in” and “hang out” on Cello’s Corner as we document the life of Cello and  Hooch ….their adventures are endless!


Thank you for hangin’ out on Cello’s Corner…Enjoy!

***Thinking about a GSP?  Think RESCUE!

32 thoughts on “Thank You for Hangin’ Out on Cello’s Corner!

  1. I’ve been following Cello on Instagram and just found your blog. Love the story of your cabin and how you came to have a GSP!

  2. Hello! Thanks so much for visiting Barking from the Bayou. I’m happy to know that you also have blog about the amazing Cello & darling Hooch. I’ll definitely follow you here. The story of your cabin is amazing. I’ll follow your other social media sites too. I’m thrilled to meet you outside of Instagram. ☺ Melissa

    • Thank you!! It’s so nice to connect with you! I have followed your blog – and will follow your other social media as well!! Thanks for the follow and for “hanging out” on Cello’s Corner!! :)

  3. Brian –

    Spoke with you in Easton this past Sunday — appreciate the kind advice for Kona. Drop me a line when you get a chance — I’d like to stay in contact.

    Continued success!

  4. Thanks so much for stopping in to say hi. Barkley loved the dock dive as well. I’m kind of afraid of the water, but I’m learning here in my new furever home not to be afraid of things.

    Abby the Lab and her Mom Lin

  5. I’m very glad I “stumbled upon” your blog in late 2014! I love what I’ve seen so far and will be back on a regular basis :-) Love that your pack enjoys going for hikes ~ our pups Missy & Buzz have the same hobby!

  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog recently! I have read about Cello on another blog….I can’t remember where now. I am fascinated with dock diving, so kept meaning to come by and check things out! I look forward to reading more about all of your adventures.

    • Love your blog – so glad I found it! Thanks so much for visiting Cello’s Corner! We very much enjoy dock diving, and we hope our puppy, Hooch, takes to it as well as Cello did! We are very excited for the 2015 season – and appreciate that you will be reading about Cello and Hooch’s adventures!

  7. Love your blog. We trained with a guy named Dennis braugh at the setter club. Did you ever do hunt with your Gsps? Also, if you are even thinking about a new Gsp, jane Rae (cheza) in cross river ny has 2 litters on the ground and they are nothing short of spectacular. Most are solid liver, a few ticked and patched

  8. I read about Chello’s date for the Sadie Hawkins Dance and decided to visit you. Please come and visit my blog.. BTW–mum lived in northern NJ (Essex County) for about 10 years, bol

    ttfn and toodle pip


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