New Year’s Eve 2015: Lager’s First NYE!

Brian and I got engaged ¬†the day before New Years Eve, so we used to always make a big party out of the holiday, whether it was hosing a big bash at our home, or attending a big gala or celebration… until we got Limoncello. ¬†Cello is gun shy… and shy of ANY loud noises – fire place crackling, fireworks, etc. ¬†So ever since we discovered that she was fearful of fireworks, we decided to make New Years Eve a family night at home, so that we could be there to comfort her. ¬†Once neighbors start to set off fireworks, Cello pretty much spends her night huddled in with her Papa.

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We do try to make it a fun night before the “scary noises” begin, and of course, always have some NYE bling to dress the pups in!

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Happy New Year from our pack to yours!

Papa’s Christmas Gift to the Pups: A Wintertime Workout!

Last winter was really tough for our pack.  With an abundance of snow, and many freezing temperatures, it was difficult to get them outside to exercise.  This made for many WILD days inside, as German Shorthaired Pointers need to run, run, and RUN (did I mention run?!).  So for Christmas, Brian bought the pups a doggie treadmill to keep them in shape this winter, and to help keep the GSP zoomies at bay.

Our only feline fur-kid, Loki (aka PHATcat), was officially the first family member to attempt get on the treadmill.  (Funny, because he could TOTALLY benefit from it!! haha!!)

Hooch watches from afar as Loki sits on¬†¬†“the big scary thing in the bar room .”

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In typical Hooch fashion, Hooch hates the treadmill. ¬†Yup – scared to death of it. He will stand next to it while it is off, but will not stand on it -or be in the same room with it while it is running. ¬†… That’s my Hoochie Man ūüôā

Limoncello will do pretty much anything you ask of her. She lives by her Papa’s motto, “Champions are made in the off-season.” ūüôā

¬†Lager does EVERYthing you ask of him, and does it like it’s his job… he took to the treadmill quickly, and enjoys it so much, that he will actually go stand on it, waiting for someone to turn it on!

Overall, this Christmas gift has been a lifesaver. ¬†On bad weather days, the dogs can still get their exercise in! ¬†We have developed a routine with Hooch for “treadmill nights.” ¬†Instead of the treadmill, we play ball indoors with the Chuck-It indoor ball. ¬†51lXNf7piFL._SY300_

Brian will throw the ball up over the balcony so that Hooch has to run up the steps to get the ball, and back down. Once Hooch has the ball, he is so proud that he will run down the stairs, jump over the couch, and run through our bar room into the kitchen…so our steps become a doggie stair-master, our couch turns into a hurdle, and our bar and kitchen rooms, a sprinting¬†path. ¬†Hooch LOVES it!

This winter we vowed to keep the dogs busy (and tired!) despite whatever Mother Nature presented to us… even though our house may be a bit crazy, we are keeping¬†our word, and the dogs are having a blast!

Christmas 2015: Lager’s First!

Lager’s first Christmas was an exciting one!

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Santa even visited Lager at our cabin!

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The pack had a blast!¬†This year, to celebrate our pups making it to the¬†World Championship, we decorated our Christmas tree with the dogs’ ribbons and medals¬†from special events throughout the 2015 season.¬†¬†

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…And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care..

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The Liver Killers must have been really good this year, because Santa Paws left lots of toys!unnamed (4)

Oh what fun the dogs had on Christmas morning!!

Merry Christmas from The Liver Killers!

Chesapeake DockDogs End of Season Banquet

At the Chesapeake DockDogs End of Season Banquet, our pack was named “Most Addicted Family,” and Cello and Brian also were named “Most addicted Team.”
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Cello and Brian¬†won a trophy for “Most Intense Team on the Dock”

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Hooch and Jenny won “Rookie Team of ¬†the Year”unnamed (2)

Hooch and Jenny also won “Most Exciting Team to Watch”

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It was a very exciting season for us, and we were honored to have been chosen for these awards!

2015 DockDogs World Championship

After an exciting drive out to Iowa, the days that followed were even more exhilarating! ¬† We are so proud to share this summary of ¬†our 3 pups’ World Champion performances!

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The competition was held at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa, located directly across the street from our hotel.

We waited in line outside the arena for  2 hours for official check-in:

Dog Town

The city of Dubuque shut down part of a street so that DockDogs could construct what’s known as “Dog Town” – where all the competitors set up. ¬†We could see the Dog Town tent from our hotel room.

JUST after we got done setting up in the Dog Town tent, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued, then a tornado warning was issued!   Thank goodness the tornado warning was downgraded, and we did not have to evacuate.

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The Official Schedule:

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BC = Brian and Cello, JH= Jenny and Hooch, and JL= Jenny and Lager

Seeing the competition floor for the first time at our Handlers Meeting:

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We were beyond honored that our friends, Jen and Grace, also volunteers of the GSP Rescue of NJ, decorated their car window, and drove all the way from New Jersey to Iowa to route on the Liver Killers at the World Championship! ¬†Honestly, I don’t know what we would have done without them there. ¬†Jen and Grace gave our dogs potty breaks, took pictures and video, cheered us on, and made sure our dogs who were not competing were never left alone in their crates.

The Liver Killers

Limoncello (Handler: Brian)

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Limoncello had an outstanding season.  Not only did she compete in Iron Dog in every event, she earned herself an invite in EVERY discipline possible:

  • Big Air (Master Division)
  • Speed Retrieve (Express Division)
  • Extreme Vertical (Cadet Division)
  • Iron Dog ¬†(Warrior Division)
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Brian really wanted to focus on Cello’s Iron Dog performance, so he declined all invites, with the exception of Iron Dog invitation. ¬†Just 3.5¬†weeks after an injury that occurred at The Pittsburgh Pet Expo, Cello was cleared by our vet to compete, and our little girl competed in Iron Dog at the World Championship with all her heart! ¬†Competing in Iron Dog means she had to participate twice in each of the three disciplines in order to accumulate Iron Dog points.

Her performance was awesome, and she also earned herself a new Personal Best in Extreme Vertical!

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Qualifier 1

  • Big Air: ¬†20’4″
  • Extreme Vertical: 5’2″
  • Speed Retrieve:¬†8.500 seconds
  • TOTAL IRON DOG POINTS: ¬†2720.81

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  • Big Air: ¬†20′ 6″
  • Extreme Vertical: ¬†5’6″ ¬†***New Personal Best***
  • Speed Retrieve:¬†8.482
  • TOTAL IRON DOG POINTS: ¬†2758.42
  • OVERALL WARRIOR DIVISION IRON DOG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING: ¬†10th in world

Cello doing Extreme Vertical:

Cello doing Big Air:

Although Cello did not qualify for Iron Dog Finals, she impressed the crowd with her endurance and efforts.  We are beyond proud of our little princess!

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Hooch (Handler:  Jenny)

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Hooch had an AMAZING first season of dock diving… in a matter of months, he went from being afraid of the water, to leaping over 24 feet! ¬†Hooch only participated in Big Air and Extreme Vertical competitions this year. ¬†He earned invitations to the World Championship for both of those divisions in Elite Division Big Air and Cadet Division Extreme Vertical. ¬†Hooch also qualified for BOTH division’s finals at the World Championship! ¬†If that wasn’t exciting enough, at the big gala, Hooch and I¬†won DockDogs 2015 Most Improved Team! ¬†Hooch is a very sensitive dog, and can be very skittish. ¬†We had several hiccups throughout the dock diving season¬†while up on the dock due to banners that blew off the pool, wind that caused the water in the pool to swirl, and light reflections in the water. ¬†When these things spooked Hooch, he refused to jump. ¬†It took a great deal of support and effort to get him over his fears and continue to perform consistently for the rest of the season. ¬†At the World Championship, he did an amazing job during his qualifiers for Big Air – he even made finals! ¬†However, the Elite Finals were chosen to be “Spotlighted” – held under the lights at night in the Arena. ¬†This means they shut all the lights of, and only ¬†had spotlights on the pool and dock. ¬†This also meant that Hooch was faced with darkness, shadows, and reflections from the spotlights. ¬†“Stage fright” set in during finals, and in the middle of running, he put his “brakes” on … skidding down the dock, and plopping in at 7’7″. ¬†On his second turn, he flat-out refused to jump, and we were timed-out. ¬†Although this was heartbreaking to¬†me¬†because I¬†felt like Hooch was afraid and confused as to why I’d¬†ask him to jump in what he considered “unsafe conditions,” I couldn’t be more proud of him, his huge accomplishments throughout the season, and his earned spot in both Big Air and Extreme Vertical Finals.

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During the “spotlighted” finals when Hooch got freaked out by the lighting

Big Air

  • Qualifier 1: ¬† ¬†¬†21’9″ ¬† ¬† ¬† 21’11”
  • Qualifier 2: ¬† ¬†23’0″ ¬† ¬† ¬† 23’3″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Qualified for finals
  • Finals: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 7’7″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† timed out ¬† ¬† ¬† 6th Place
  • OVERALL ELITE BIG AIR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING: ¬†6th¬†in the world

Hooch doing Big Air:

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  • Qualifying Round: ¬†6’2″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Qualified for finals
  • Finals: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†6’0″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 4th Place
  • OVERALL CADET EXTREME VERTICAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING: ¬†4th in the world

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Hooch doing Extreme Vertical:

Jenny and Hooch winning 2015 DockDogs Most Improved Team:

Words cannot express my excitement for this awesome award!

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See just how far Hooch has come from 8 weeks old, to 1 year old, and 6 months of competing:

 

Lager (Handler: Jenny)

The fact this amazing boy earned his way to the World Championship in 2 months, and just 2 National level events, with no training, and with never having been on a dock before was unbelievable.  When he made the finals, we were filled with excitement and joy!

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Our friend, Kiersten, caught us just at the moment we found out Lager made finals:

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  • Qualifying Round 1: ¬† ¬†17’11” ¬† ¬† 19’6″
  • Qualifying Round 2: ¬† ¬†19′ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 19’7″ ¬† ¬† ¬†Qualified for finals
  • FINALS:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†17’7″ ¬† ¬† 18’8″
  • OVERALL SENIOR¬†BIG AIR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING: ¬†5th¬†in the world

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Lager doing Big Air:

A whole-lotta Liver Killers bling!

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Besides medals and trophies, we¬†got some other pretty cool “bling” while at Worlds:

Out of thousands of dogs, only a few hundred are lucky enough to earn their invitation to the World Championship…out of those few hundred, only 6 dogs in each division make it to the finals…I can’t say enough how proud we are of our three fur-kids! 678

Road Trip! 2015 DockDogs World Championship

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Words cannot express how exciting this week was for our pack! ¬†All three of our pups qualified for the World Championship, we drove further West than we’ve ever been before, we got to see some pretty cool sights¬†along the way, all three¬†Liver Killers finished within the top 10 in the world in their own divisions, and best of all, we had a safe trip out and back, with no injuries or illnesses. ¬† Here is a recap of the Liver Killer’s preparation for our road trip,¬†and some of our adventures on the¬†drive!

Everyone was asking for us to bring Tommy D’s famous Limoncello, so Brian made a few batches to bring with us:

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We ordered lots of bling the month before our trip! We designed and ordered team gear from CustomInk.com РРand when the company saw we donate to the GSP Rescue of NJ, they made their own donation in  the Liver Killers name to the GSP Rescue of NJ Рhow nice was THAT?!

 

¬†Our trip wouldn’t be complete without truck bling!

Our talented friend, Mandy made our trading cards:

And, of course, we did lots of shopping:

Jenny has a very difficult time packing lightly, so the packing started (and never seemed to stop!)… and Brian decided it was a good idea to rent a little trailer just in case ūüôā

¬†DockDogs had a window decorating contest for everyone making the road trip out to Iowa… so of course we dressed up the truck windows!

 

And we’re off!

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As we crossed state borders along our ride, we saw some pretty neat sights:

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Along our stops, we came across the coolest place right off of I-70 in Indiana! ¬†Not only is it the World’s largest “candle,” it was a candle company and gift store that had a cute little restaurant, THE coolest bathrooms ever, huge and safe areas to walk the dogs – and best part of all ???… they welcome dogs INside!

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We are huge American Pickers fans, so we couldn’t help but stop to see their Antique Archaeology shop!

 

Crossing the Mighty Mississippi!

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We went a bit out of our way for this one, but we couldn’t miss the opportunity to stop at the movie set from Field of Dreams!

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Once we checked into the hotel, and got the pups settled, we celebrated our adventurous road trip, and our safe arrival at our destination in Iowa!

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What an exciting week of competition we have ahead!

Lager Finding Hydrogen Peroxide

Since Lager has joined our family, we have tried to keep his nose busy so that he can still feel like he is doing his job.  Here is Lager finding Hydrogen Peroxide in our home.  Hydrogen Peroxide is just one of the 30-plus explosives ingredients Lager is trained to identify.

Pretty impressive!

The Westin, Pittsburgh, PA

Instead of camping, we decided to stay at a hotel for our last dock diving event of the season, since we are not used to staying in hotels, and because we would have to stay in a hotel for the DockDogs World Championship.  We hoped that this would prep our whole pack for our trip out to Iowa in November.  The Westin was attached directly to the Pittsburgh Expo Center, so we decided that would be our home-away-from-home for the weekend.

What a gorgeous hotel this was! …And the hotel staff were MORE than dog friendly! ¬†We felt so at-home here! The biggest surprise was the size of our room… it was GINORMOUS! The dogs thought they were at an indoor dog park!

This hotel was very clean, the staff were not only friendly Рbut super DOG friendly, and the breakfast was delicious!

Pittsburgh Pet Expo, Pittsburgh, PA

The last dock diving event before the World Championship!  We chose to do this event because like the World Championship, this event was held indoors.  We knew Cello would jump in any conditions, but Hooch had not been to an indoor event since March (when he was plopping in at 5-6 feet!), and Lager had never been to an indoor event.

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This event, hosted by Three Rivers DockDogs, was their annual indoor “Quest for the Belt.” If you remember back to September, we attended their annual outdoor Quest for the Belt. ¬†At these events, the handler of the dog with the longest jump wins the Champion Belt. ¬†The winning team then has to return to the annual event, belt in hand, and defend the belt against a new set of divers! Hooch had the longest jump of the weekend, until Sunday rolled around and he got knocked down to 2nd longest jump by one of the biggest jumping dogs in the world! Darn! We almost got that coveted belt!

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We were quite pleased with all the dogs’ performances. ¬†Each one performed in their “normal” range for an indoor event. I say that because in general, dogs do not usually jump as far inside as they do outside. ¬†Maybe its the loud noise of an enclosed building full of barking dogs and cheering spectators, or perhaps it’s the pool water that is a bit colder than usual?

Unfortunately, shortly into the event, Cello slipped on the wet floor, and injured herself. With just weeks left until the World Championship, we were very nervous that this injury could hinder her ability to perform at the World Championship event.   We scratched her from the rest of this event, called our vet, and let her rest for the remainder of the weekend.  Luckily, with great care and advice from our vet, Cello healed nicely and was fully recovered to compete at Worlds.

LIMONCELLO:

BIG AIR:

21’1″ ¬† ¬† 21’8″

20’5″ ¬† ¬† 20’8″

19’7″ ¬† ¬† ¬†SCRATCH

As I mentioned above, Hooch had a great weekend Рand had the longest jump of the event until Sunday.  We were more than pleased with his performance, and he did not show any signs of being afraid, or hesitant.  Hooch is very easily spooked, so we were thrilled that he jumped with such enthusiasm in a loud, enclosed environment.

HOOCH:

BIG AIR:

22’8″ ¬† ¬† 23’3″ ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Elite

22’5″ ¬† ¬† 22’8″

21’6″ ¬† ¬† 22’0″

Elite Finals: ¬† ¬† ¬†22’2″ ¬† ¬† 22’5″ ¬† ¬† 3rd Place Elite

I was very nervous competing with Lager at this event, not knowing if he would jump indoors.  As with everything else Lager is presented with, he performed exuberantly, with no hesitation at all, and was a crowd favorite!

Our friend, Kim, who is the gal that makes all those great Super Fly Suits you see the dogs wearing, had brought our completed suit that we had ordered special for Lager for the World Championship.

The suit is AWESOME, and ¬†in typical Lager-fashion, he displayed his excitement and “flew” out of Kim’s arms…Haha

We had no idea about Lager’s next adventure at this event. ¬†A handler who was also competing in this event with his dog was a Veteran. ¬†Three Rivers DockDogs asked the human Veteran and Lager to lead the crowd in The Star Spangled Banner. ¬†This was SO cool, and such a huge honor! Look how proud Lager is!

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LAGER:

BIG AIR:

18’5″ ¬† ¬† 17’11” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Senior

18’6″ ¬† ¬† 19’7″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†1st Place Senior

18’7″ ¬† ¬† 20’1″

Senior Finals: ¬† ¬† ¬† 19’6″ ¬† ¬† 20’3″ ¬† ¬† 5th Place Senior

The Liver Killers: Dock Diving 2015 Season in Review

THE LIVER KILLERS 2015 DOCK DIVING SEASON IN REVIEW!

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The dock diving season technically ends in mid-October, with the World Championships being held in November.  We have officially completed our season, and what a season we had!

  • Cello had and absolutely incredible season, earning an invite to the World Championships in every discipline possible!
  • We thought Hooch would never jump – not only did he jump – he entertained everyone with the “Hoochie Hop” – -but only for a short time as he soared to over 24 feet in just 6¬†months of diving at a mere 1 year old! Hooch also ranked #1 German Shorthaired Pointer for Big Air in the United States, and 2nd GSP in the WORLD – by less than an inch!
  • Lager came in to our lives unexpectedly, and without any training, and jumped like a boss, earning an invitation to the World Championships after¬†participating in just 2 national events!
  • Limoncello was offered a sponsorship from TurboPUP.
  • Cello and Hooch¬†made the front page of the top local newspapers
  • News teams came to our house to do features¬†on Cello, Hooch, and Lager ¬†– and they all made the top TV news channels with their stories.
  • Cello and Hooch had a story published in a world-wide published magazine.
  • Lager had a story published in a local magazine.

TOMMY D’s LIMONCELLO

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Brian’s main goal this season was to earn an invitation to the World Championship with Cello in Warrior Division Iron Dog (a combined averaged score of Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve). ¬†Not only did Brian and Cello¬†achieve this goal, they did so very early in the season at the Wild Card event at Cabela’s in West Virginia during the month of May!

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Little did we know that was just the beginning¬†of Cello’s road to Worlds! ¬†Brian and Cello went on to earn an invite in Speed Retrieve (also earned at the¬†Wild Card event at Cabela’s in West Virginia)

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But that’s not where Cello’s invites ended! ¬†She earned an invite for¬†Dueling Dogs, after participating in that discipline for the first time ever at the Mid Atlantic Regionals, held at Shipps Corner Pet Spa in Virginia Beach.

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At the end of the season, we found out her rankings from sanctioned facility events also earned her an invite in Extreme Vertical, as well as Big Air!

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OVERALL WORLD RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 5th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Master Titled
    • 23′ 3″ average
  • SPEED RETRIEVE:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Express Titled
    • 7.964 average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5′ 2″ average
  • IRON DOG:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Warrior Titled
    • 2754.67 average

UNITED STATES OVERALL RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 4th¬†ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Master Titled
    • 22’3″ average
  • SPEED RETRIEVE:
    • 2nd¬†ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Express Titled
    • 7.964 average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5’2″ average
  • IRON DOG:
    • #1¬†ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Warrior Titled
    • 2754.67 average

Cello ended the season with an injury.  While competing at the indoor event at the  Pittsburgh Pet Expo in Pittsburgh, PA, Cello slipped on the wet floor, and strained muscles in her neck and front leg.  Unfortunately this meant pain meds and lots of rest during the 2 weeks leading up to Worlds.  We are hopeful that she will be be back to 100% for the World Championship competition.

Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch

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As a puppy, Hooch wanted NOTHING to do with water of any sort. ¬†He slowly began to realize water wasn’t so bad, and cautiously went into our lake and into a baby pool. ¬†The weather quickly became what was to be the coldest, snowiest winter we’ve ever had, and access to water became difficult. ¬†We took Hooch to some indoor pools, were he felt comfortable jumping in at the water’s edge. ¬†However, when he found himself up on a regulation dock, which sits 2 feet above the water, Hooch gave dock diving a second thought. ¬†Hooch kicked off his dock diving career in January being very hesitant on the dock. ¬†He would run down the dock, get to the edge and “teeter” for a long while – sometimes not jumping and timing-out, and other times projecting himself off the edge of the dock as if he had springs in his back legs, only landing a few feet into the water! ¬†He quickly became a crowd favorite with his “Hoochie Hop,” as the crowd waited in anticipation to see if he would POP off the dock…or not! ¬†By about April, he was “hopping” out to about 7-8 feet, still hesitating, and still choosing not to jump at times. ¬†By May we discovered that with Jenny running down the dock with him, Hooch would hesitate less. ¬†This technique got Hooch leaping up to 17 – 18 feet by the beginning of June. By mid June we had switched to the “Place and Send” method, bringing Hooch to the very back of the dock (Thank you Frank Moraff for forcing me to do this!!) With that change came great results. ¬†Hooch jumped 21 feet in mid-June, and by the end of June soared 23’8″ and earned his invitation to Worlds at 13 months old ! By July,¬†Hooch jumped his current personal best, 24’2″, and also earned a¬†second¬†invitation to the World Championship for Cadet Division Extreme Vertical. ¬†In September, Hooch was nominated for “Most Improved” for the Golden Paw Awards, held at the Gala during The World Championship celebration, and was voted to be one of the finalists for the award.

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Here is my absolute favorite¬†video from this season: ¬†It captures Hooch’s progression from being fearful of water, to his 23+ ft jump that earned him his Big Air Invite to the World Championship!

OVERALL WORLD RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 2nd¬†ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Elite¬†Titled
    • 23′ 7.4 ” average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 2nd¬†ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5′ 10.7″ average

UNITED STATES OVERALL RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • #1¬†ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Elite¬†Titled
    • 23′ 7.4 ” average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5’2″ average

Brogan’s American Lager

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Lager came home with us on August 23, apparently born to be a dock diver, not an Explosives Detection Canine! ¬†When the training company who had Lager (known then as Nayt) saw how much he loved the water, they contacted DockDogs in hopes to find a family who were familiar with the breed, had access to water for him to swim, and would promise to get him dock diving. ¬†Read the full story on how Lager became a part of our pack by clicking HERE! The first day Lager¬†came home, he was exposed to water, and had no fear ¬†of the lake, or jumping off the dock. ¬†He had a perfect sit-stay, and seemed like he came to us with the Big Air discipline of dock diving mastered! ¬†In less than a week’s time, Lager also picked up on Extreme Vertical, easily grabbing the bumper on our home rig. ¬†Lager competed in just 2 national level events, and earned himself an invitation to the World Championships in Big Air!

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OVERALL WORLD RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 9th¬†ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Senior¬†Titled
    • 19′ 10.4″¬†average

UNITED STATES OVERALL RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 7th¬†ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Senior¬†Titled
    • 19′ 10.4″ average

GIVING BACK:

The Liver Killers are also happy to report that through their 2015 winnings, an abundance of food, toys, and supplies were donated to the Animal Orphanage of Voorhees, NJ, and over $1,100 was donated to the GSP Rescue of NJ!

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS SEASON:

  • Newspaper articles:
    • Courier Post:¬†Front page!
      • http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2015/08/21/south-jersey-dogs-leap-national-dock-diving-ranks/32139705/
    • Central Record: Front page of the Sports section!¬†
      • http://www.southjerseylocalnews.com/articles/2015/09/03/sports/doc55e86619126ee409517699.txt?viewmode=fullstory
    • Medford Sun:¬†Front page!¬†
      • http://medfordsun.com/2015/06/17/medford-pooch-cello-competes-in-dock-diving-competitions-around-the-country/
  • TV News:
    • Channel 6 ABC:¬†
      • Full story and news clip video: ¬†http://6abc.com/pets/2-south-jersey-dogs-are-national-dock-diving-champs/965961/
    • Fox 29:¬†
      • Full story and news clip video: ¬†http://www.fox29.com/news/29140110-story
  • Magazines:
    • Bark Magazine:¬†http://celloscorner.com/2015/08/15/limoncello-and-hooch-in-the-bark-magazine/
    • South Jersey Magazine:¬†http://www.southjerseymagazine.com/articles/?articleid=1650

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WORLDS BLING:

In preparation for The Liver Killers World Championship competition in Dubuque, Iowa in November, we ordered some cool team gear:

Team Shirts and and Hoodies from CustomInk

When Custom Ink found out that The Liver Killers donate all their cash prizes to the GSP Rescue of NJ¬†, they made a donation to the rescue in honor of Cello’s Corner and The Liver Killers! How cool is that?!

Window decals for our vehicles from Vistaprint

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Car magnets from Vistaprint

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Team banner from Half Price Banners

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And of course, “pawtograph” cards – made by our friend, Mandy!

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After the season our team has had, it won’t matter to us what happens at Worlds –¬†we are beyond proud of all three of our pups- and overjoyed that we have the opportunity to share this experience as a family!

As we begin to pack for our big adventure, we continue to reflect back on the amazing season these pups had.  We will cherish every memory Рthe highs and lows Рthe laughter and the tears Рthe (very) early mornings Рthe late nights watching EV under the lights Рand the comradery shared with friends at events.  We are truly blessed to be part of such a great community (humans and animals alike).  Never have we met such a large group of the nicest people who not only strive to improve within their own team, but will at the same time stop and help other fellow competitors to enhance their game, and applaud fellow opponents just as enthusiastically as they cheer on their own dog.   The patience, advice, support, and guidance we have received from friends, family, fellow competitors, and social media followers is overwhelming, and greatly appreciated.  Thank you all for being part of this thrilling escapade with us.  We look forward to writing the next chapter of this adventure together!

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Shipps Corner’s Monster Splash: Virginia Beach, Virginia

This event is one of our annual favorites – however, this year, it was a bit more exciting (and stressful!) as it was our very last chance to increase Lager’s overall Big Air average in hopes to get him qualified to earn an invitation to the DockDogs World Championship held this November.

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Big Air:

22’0″ ¬† ¬† 22’4″ ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Master

16’9″ ¬† ¬† 20’7″ ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Master

20’4″ ¬† ¬† 21’1″ ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Master

Pro Finals: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†17’4″ ¬† ¬† 20’3″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†5th Place

Extreme Vertical:

5’0″ ¬† ¬† 3rd Place Cadet

Speed Rretrieve:

8.332       4th Place Express

Iron Dog:

2735.00 Points          1st Place Warrior Iron Dog

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Hooch

Big Air:

22’11” ¬† ¬† ¬†22’5″

21’2″ ¬† ¬† 23’3″ ¬† ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Elite

22’2″ ¬† ¬† 22’0″

Pro Finals: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 23’9 ¬† ¬† 23’7″ ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place

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Lager

Big Air: (Handler: Jenny)

11’3″ ¬† ¬† 13’10”

19’4″ ¬† ¬† 19’5″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†2nd Place Senior

20’2″ ¬† ¬† 19’3″

Extreme Vertical: (Handler: Brian)

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6’0″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 5th Place Top Gun

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This event was loads of fun Рand one we will never forget Рas it was this event (only the SECOND National event Lager has attended) where Lager pushed his Big Air Average high enough to earn a Big Air World Championship invite in the Senior Division!  Way to go, Lager!

Lager’s Invitation to the DockDogs World Championship!

Three months after returning from Iraq, two months after joining our family, and after competing in only 2 National events, Lager earned his invitation to the DockDogs World Championship for Senior Division Big Air!  Words cannot express how proud we are of this boy!

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Hooch’s First Dance !

Blogville Sadie Hawkins Dance PAWty!

Hooch was asked by the beautiful Paisley to the Blogville Sadie Hawkins Dance PAWty!  

I have to admit he was super-excited – and what dog wouldn’t be ¬†– Hooch’s date was the prettiest gal at the dance!

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To read the full story, visit our friends over at Barking From the Bayou and read the details about the dance!

Wondering who the heck Sadie Hawkins is and why she has a dance named after her?  Today I Found Out has a great explanation:

Sadie Hawkins’ renown, which evolved into an American folk-holiday in some places, doesn’t really originate from a dance, but rather from a race, as we shall soon see. Sadie was the product of the fertile imagination of cartoonist Al Capp. She was a character in his popular cartoon Lil’ Abner, set in the hillbilly town of Dogpatch, that began its wildly successful 40 year run in 1934.

The way Al tells it, Sadie was the daughter of Hekzebiah Hawkins, one of the town‚Äôs first settlers, who had the dubious distinction of being the ‚Äúhomeliest gal in all them hills.‚ÄĚ After waiting not-so-patiently for 15 years for a suitor to show up at her door, not a single prospective husband arrived to court her. With each passing year, Sadie became more and more panicky, as did her father, who did not relish the idea of supporting a spinster daughter for the rest of her days.

So, figuring he had nothing to lose, he called all the unmarried men of Dogpatch together and declared it Sadie Hawkins Day. In a reversal of Atalanta‚Äôs race in ancient Greek mythology, the race placed Sadie in hot pursuit of the town‚Äôs bachelors; the ‚Äúlucky‚ÄĚ chap she managed to catch became her lawful wedded husband. Or, as her Paw explained it, ‚ÄúWhen ah fires [my gun], all o‚Äô yo‚Äô kin start a-runnin! When ah fires agin‚ÄĒafter givin‚Äô yo‚Äô a fair start‚ÄĒSadie starts a runnin‚Äô. Th‚Äô one she ketches‚Äôll be her husbin.‚ÄĚ Pure poetry.

The rest of the spinsters in Dogpatch thought the race was an excellent idea, and insisted upon making Sadie Hawkins Day a yearly and mandatory event, much to the horror of the bachelors in town, who apparently had no say in the matter. According to the strip, if a woman caught a man and dragged him, presumably kicking, screaming, and crying for mommy, over the finish line before the sun had set, by law he had to marry her. This had overtones of a caveman clubbing a woman and dragging her back to his cave, and was as close to women’s lib as you’d get at the time in popular entertainment.

This entire Sadie Hawkins Day story line was a plot device concocted by Al Capp for the romance between main characters Abner and Daisy Mae, which had a bit of a Ross and Rachel from ‚ÄúFriends‚ÄĚ quality to it. Eventually, Capp put everyone out of their misery and allowed the two characters to finally marry.

The dance didn‚Äôt appear in the strip until a bit later. The Sadie Hawkins Dance took place on the evening before the race, and the spinster girls traditionally wore hob-nailed boots to ‚Äúunintentionally‚ÄĚ stomp on the feet of the single men in attendance, which unfortunately (for them) might adversely affect their ability to run the next day during the race.

Sadie Hawkins Day as a popular culture phenomenon was all the rage on college campuses by 1939. According to Lifemagazine, over 200 colleges were celebrating a Sadie Hawkins Day that year, and it was obvious that the tradition was quickly gaining in popularity with the nation’s young people.

The question is ‚Äď why? One reason could be that as the nation was taking its first strides out of the Great Depression, a down-home low-cost activity like Sadie Hawkins Day was something that all could participate in, without the need to rent a tux or buy a gown as prom or homecoming would entail. There was also the naughty novelty of girls inviting boys for a social outing.

Compared to the Roaring ‚Äė20s, the ‚Äė30‚Äôs were considerably more sexually repressed. Gone were the flappers, bee-stung lips and bootleg whiskey. The depression brought with it a sober prissiness that made the very idea of a woman openly pursuing a man deeply offensive to many. But an approved activity such as Sadie Hawkins Day ‚Äď where a lady could state her choice with impunity and not be labeled a Jezebel ‚Äď while at the same time men could pretend to be horrified while secretly being titillated ‚Äď that‚Äôs a situation where everyone wins!

By 1952, it was reported that Sadie Hawkins Day was celebrated at over 40,000 different locations. In that year, Capp wrote:

It’s become my responsibility [to include Sadie Hawkins Day every year in the strip.] It doesn’t happen on any set day in November; it happens on the day I say it happens. I get tens of thousands of letters from colleges, communities, and church groups, starting around July, asking me what day, so they can make plans.

Eventually, it morphed into an event of an entire day’s duration that fell on the Saturday after November ninth.

For today’s young women, Sadie Hawkins Day doesn’t seem all that relevant anymore. But for a few decades in the middle of the twentieth century, it served as a social bridge between the years when women rarely left the home and the sexual revolution.

Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show, Hosted by Delmarva DockDogs, Tuckerton, NJ

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The Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show¬†is one of our favorite competitions to attend. ¬†This event was the first DockDogs event in which Brian and Cello competed in 2013, when we met Annie, Matt, and Bailey from The Little GSP!¬† Not only is it very close to our home, but the GSP Rescue of NJ also sets up a table here¬†–¬†and they are one of just many REALLY cool vendors at this large festival. ¬†We especially love that we can compete, and still volunteer the pups as donation dogs in between their jumps! ¬†This was also an especially thrilling¬†event, because Lager won First Place in Senior Division Big Air finals! ¬†Another exciting part of this event, is that a friend and fellow GSP Rescue of NJ volunteer, Jen C. , as well as Jenny’s sister Dana, both jumped Cello… AND got medals!

LIMONCELLO:

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Big Air:

21’9″ ¬† ¬† 22’3″

Finals: ¬†22’5 ¬† ¬† ¬† 22’2″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†4th Place Elite

Extreme Vertical:

5’2″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†3rd Place Cadet

Speed Retrieve:

7.972 seconds         5th Place Turbo

**FIRST PLACE WARRIOR IRON DOG! 

 

HOOCH:

Big Air:

23’3″ ¬† ¬† 20’11” ¬† ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Elite

22’0″ ¬† ¬† 21’9″

22’2″ ¬† ¬†22’5″

Finals: ¬†22′ 7″ ¬† 23’4″ ¬† ¬†Third Place Elite

 

LAGER:

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Big Air:

16′ ¬† ¬† 19’0″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†2nd Place Senior

18’6″ ¬† ¬† 18’11” ¬† ¬†¬†2nd Place Senior

18’2″ ¬† ¬†18’6″ ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†1st¬†Place Senior

Finals: ¬† 19’8″ ¬† ¬† 19’5″ ¬† ¬† 1st Place Senior

Extreme Vertical:

5’10” ¬† ¬† 1st Place Cadet

We were extremely proud of all 3 of our pups! They earned several awesome ribbons and medals!

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The Liver Killers were pretty exhausted after performing so well, and slept in a Pointer Pile the whole way home! 

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Delmarva DockDogs Lets the Dogs Out: Elkton, MD

With the hopes of getting Lager an invitation to the 2015 DockDogs World Championship held in November, we took a short day trip to Elkton, Maryland with Lager only, since Limoncello and Hooch had already earned invitations for multiple disciplines.

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Big Air (Jenny as the Handler):

18’6″ ¬† ¬† 18’7″ ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Senior

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Extreme Vertical (Brian as the Handler):

6’0″ ¬† ¬† ¬†5th Place Top Gun

Hebron Harvest Fair, Hebron, CT: Wild Card Event

We chose to add this event to our list in order to try and secure a DockDogs World Championship invite for Lager.

 

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LIMONCELLO:

Big Air:

22’2″ ¬† ¬† 21’5″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Master

20’6″ ¬† ¬† 21’4″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Master

20’9″ ¬† ¬† 20’11” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†3rd Place Master

20’0″ ¬† ¬† 20’4″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Master

Finals: ¬†18’11’ ¬† ¬† 21’7″ ¬† ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Pro

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Extreme Vertical:

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Speed Retrieve

8.190  First Place Express

 

HOOCH:

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Big Air:

20’11” ¬† ¬† 21’5″

22’5″ ¬† ¬† 22’11”

20’9″ ¬† ¬† 20’5″

Finals: ¬†20’10” ¬† ¬† 20’11” ¬† ¬† 4th Place Pro

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Extreme Vertical:

6’2″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†4th Place Top Gun

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LAGER:

Big Air:

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21’3″ ¬† ¬† 20’0″

19’2″ ¬† ¬† 18’9″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Third Place¬†Senior

17’11” ¬† ¬† 19’0″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†First Place Senior

16’0″ ¬† ¬† 18’9″

13’3″ ¬† ¬† 18’0″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†First Place Senior

 

Finals: ¬†19’4″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†5th Place Semi Pro

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Extreme Vertical:

6’4″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†3rd Place Top Gun !! Amazing!

 

Lager JUST missed getting an invite to the World Championships at this event – but we were so SO proud of him and his performance!

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Quest for the Belt, Hosted by Three Rivers DockDogs: Cabela’s, Triadelphia, WV

Lager’s first official dock diving competition!

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In less than 2 weeks after Lager joined our pack, we were entering him in his very first official DockDogs competition! Three Rivers DockDogs hosted an event at Cabela’s in Triadelphia, West Virginia.

LIMONCELLO:

Big Air:

21’5″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†21’2″

21’3″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†22’2″

20’4″ ¬† ¬† ¬† 20’7″

19’10” ¬† ¬† ¬†20’9″

Extreme Vertical:

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Speed Retrieve:

8.489                          Second Place Express

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HOOCH:

Hooch was up on the dock when a gust of wind blew a banner off of the side of the pool, freaking him out completely .  It was a tough weekend, as Hooch had a difficult time gaining enough confidence on the dock to run and jump at his full speed.

Big Air:

22’7″ ¬† ¬† 15’9″

21’2″ ¬† ¬† 22’11”

13’0″ ¬† ¬† 14’11”

23’0″ ¬† ¬† 22’3″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Third Place Elite

22’5″ ¬† ¬† 23’6″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†First Place Elite

Extreme Vertical:

5’10’ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Second Place Cadet

LAGER:

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Big Air:

13′ 4″ and 13′ 11″ ¬† ¬† ¬† First Place Junior (with Brian)

15’7″ and 16’2″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†(with Jenny)

16’9″ and 18’2″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Second Place Senior¬†(with Jenny)

17’0″ and 17’5″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†(with Jenny)

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Extreme Vertical:

This was Lager’s first attempt at EV. ¬†Lager missed both times, but was very determined – we had no doubt that he will excel at this in the future!

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None of the pups made the finals at this event Рfirst time all season!!  There were some HUGE jumping dogs here!  We had a great weekend camping with friends, and enjoyed watching Lager have a blast on the dock at his first official event!

Limoncello and Hooch in the Central Record!

Brian and Jenny Beadling with their dogs, Limoncello, left, and Hooch.

Chicago had Air Jordan. Medford Lakes has Air Cello and Air Hooch.

Cello (short for Limoncello) and Hooch are owed by local residents Brian and Jenny Beadling. The dogs compete in dock diving competitions in which they get to show off their aerial skills. The two canines have literally jumped onto the scene and have earned invitations to the Dock Dogs World Championships. It all began shortly after the Beadlings moved to Medford Lakes in 2009. Cello was showing off his skills behind the house, and the Beadlings were already aware that dock diving competition for dogs existed. Brian soon realized Cello had plenty of elevation.

‚ÄúShe would be out back with us,‚ÄĚ said Beadling. ‚ÄúShe‚Äôd be jumping off the dock and I started to notice she goes pretty far. I knew that dock diving existed. There was a competition down in Tuckerton, New Jersey. We decided to go camp down there and enter Cello.‚ÄĚ

Cello made the most of his opportunity. Despite facing nearly 300 other dogs, Cello came in second in the competition. That’s when the Beadlings knew they had something special with their high-flying canine.

‚ÄúShe‚Äôs actually a very driven dog,‚ÄĚ Beadling said. ‚ÄúAs soon as I grab that toy, she‚Äôs howling and screaming and whining. All she wants to do is get on that dock. She shakes the entire time. The humans enjoy the competition, but the dogs enjoy the jumping.‚ÄĚ

While Cello is a four-year-old, Hooch has begun dock diving as a puppy. Hooch would follow his older friend around all of the time. After standing on the docks watching Cello perform, it did not take long for Hooch to follow in Cello’s paw-steps.

‚ÄúWe never thought he was going to jump,‚ÄĚ said Beadling. ‚ÄúWe didn‚Äôt want to force it on him. One day when he was about four or five months old, he just started jumping in the water. He‚Äôs been so fun to watch.‚ÄĚ

The dogs compete in events throughout the East Coast. Last June, Cello earned his birth in the world championship competition by competing as an Iron Dog and earning first place in the Warrior Division. Cello also had the fastest Express Division Speed Retrieve score at that same event. Cello has been selected to be sponsored by TurboPUP, which offers meal bars to active dogs.

Hooch is ranked as the No. 1 German shorthaired pointer in the United States and the No. 2 German shorthair in the world. The one-year-old recorded a jump of 23- feet 8-inches to win first place in the Big Air Competition Virginia Beach last June. Hooch added a jump of 24‚Äô2‚ÄĚ in Cape Charles, VA to set a new personal best.

In addition to the thrill of the competition, both dogs are getting the type of exercise which will help lead to a long and heathy life.

‚ÄúThey are well-trained athletes at this point,‚ÄĚ Beadling said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre very fit. It‚Äôs good for them. It‚Äôs also good for us. It keeps us active because we have to keep up with their training as well.‚ÄĚ

While the Beadlings are thrilled to see the success of their dock-diving dogs, they are also happy to see them be part of an organization which helps dogs across the country.

‚ÄúYou see a lot of good stuff that happens,‚ÄĚ said Beadling. ‚ÄúDock Dogs is full of great people. You see a lot of adoption stuff going on. Dock Dog International actually has its own charity called the Bark Foundation, which does a lot of charitable work for dogs in need. They‚Äôve done a lot to help as well.‚ÄĚ

With both dogs rapidly emerging on an international level, the sky is literally the limit for Cello and Hooch.

‚ÄúThey can compete up until they‚Äôre seven years old,‚ÄĚ Beadling said. ‚ÄúYou look at the world record when they first started doing this and it was something like 18 feet. Cello and Hooch currently jump between 24 and 26 feet. The world record is 31 feet. As you get better at training and technique, it seems like the dogs just keep going. We may never beat the world record, but it‚Äôs fun to try.‚ÄĚ

Read the story online by clicking HERE!

Fox News Features Lager !

Bill Rohrer from Fox News did a story on Lager!  It was nice to meet Bill Рhe was so nice, and made us feel very comfortable while filming the story at our home.  Brian and I had great fun doing this story, as Lager is a very special pup!

Click HERE for the link to the story, and the video of the news feature that was aired:

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The Liver Killers on 6 ABC News!

The Liver Killers first time on the news! 

Nora Muchanic visited us at our home to do a story on the Liver Killers!

See the full story, plus a video of the news segment Рclick HERE!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Most people just walk their dogs. But Jenny and Brian Beadling’s dogs go for a flying leap.

The German Short Haired Pointers (GSPs for short) are two of the top dock diving dogs in the country and also rated internationally.

Brian says, “They are fun, happy, energetic dogs who really love competing and playing. And they think of all of this as play, which is really exciting for us.”

And Jenny tells us, “They need extreme exercise and what you would think of as your exhaustion point is just their starting point.”

The dock at the Beadling’s Medford Lakes cabin has become a launching pad as these two pooches practice each day. In competition they are judged on how high, long and fast they can jump.

A room inside the Beadling’s house is filled with ribbons and medals.

Hooch is the number one ranked GSP in the country for “big air”; Cello is ranked number one for “iron dogs”, the canine equivalent of a triathlon.

Jenny says, “They can run for hours and hours and hours on end. And they will keep going, they’re working dogs. They will keep going until you shut them down.”

The newest member of the family is Lager, a former bomb sniffing dog for the U.S. government who served in Iraq.

Now Lager regular leaps into the lake with his new companions.

He is clearly adjusting to his new digs.

They are highly trained and these dogs may be world class dock divers, but if you ask me they look like they’re just having fun.

Brian explains, “The humans involved take the competition seriously. The dogs just enjoy being out with the owners, jumping in the water. To see them just have fun and love life it’s really fun for us as well.”

Jenny a special education teacher and Brian a mortgage banker, travel with the dogs to competitions several times a month. The cash prizes Hooch and Limoncello win are turned over to a GSP rescue group.

Jenny says, “The amount of work that goes into it and the enjoyment you see in the dog is the best.”

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Our Globetrotter!

Due to Lager’s extensive training and his Military service, he has traveled to many states and even a few countries!

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  • Canada (Ontario)
  • Jordan
  • Iraq
  • Netherlands
  • United States of America

Western Europe:

Lager was born on May 13, 2012 in The Netherlands.

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The Middle East:

Lager’s Military service brought him to Jordan, and also to Iraq, where he served as an Explosives Detection Canine for 18 months.

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  • Jordan
  • Iraq

The United States of America:

Lager has been in several sates with his extensive training for his Military service.

 

Brother From Another Mother: Brogan’s American Lager

Brogan’s American Lager

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From Hero To High Flyer…

Brian and I had been talking about getting a third dog for quite some time, but found ourselves getting cold feet in the process. ¬†We had inquired about a couple of dogs, waiting for “that feeling” to emerge to indicate that we found just the right fur-child to add to our family.¬† Brian and I had been talking about this one particular mixed-breed¬†we both saw online in a rescue, but kept having mixed emotions, so we held off on advancing any¬†further. ¬†On Friday August 21, 2015, as I sat on our porch waiting for Brian to get home from work, I thought I would tell¬†him to go ahead and call about the dog we had been talking about so much to find out more information that may help us make a definite decision one way or another. ¬†Not even 30 minutes after that thought, I received a phone call from our friend, Gwen, the President of Tidewater DockDogs, one of the affiliated clubs of the DockDogs organization that we belong to, explaining that SOC had a 3 year old male GSP, who is a retired Explosives Detection Canine, in need of a home. ¬†With the dog’s best interest and love of water in mind, John, the man in charge of the dog,¬†contacted Gwen of Tidewater DockDogs¬†to inquire if she¬†knew of¬†anyone involved in the sport that is familiar with the breed, would have access to water at home, and would get the dog involved in dock diving. ¬†(There are¬†other affiliated clubs closer to John’s location – However, Gwen was the only person listed with a phone number in reasonable¬†proximity!!) Gwen called me immediately. ¬†During this conversation with Gwen – without even having seen a picture of the dog – there it was – –¬†“that feeling” kicked in.

Gwen forwarded an email from John, the man who had the GSP at his company’s facility. ¬†The email included some information about the dog, 4 pictures, and a video of the dog training to detect explosives. ¬†In the email, John¬†explained that the dog’s name was Nayt (pronounced Night), and included that he was born in the Netherlands. John also listed Nayt’s birthday, weight, and training (Single purpose Explosives Detection Canine, certified under the ATF National Odor Recognition Test standards for 33 explosives). ¬†John stated that he would have adopted the dog himself, if it weren’t for the fact that¬†both his¬†condo in Virginia, and his¬†primary home in Florida do not have the space for Nayt¬†to play. ¬†John stressed that his company’s desire is to have someone adopt Nayt that¬†will provide the opportunity for him to play, exercise and enjoy himself ¬†– with access to water, which he loves. John stated, “If Nayt sees water, ¬†he‚Äôs in it ¬†– and it usually takes 45 minutes to get him OUT of it!!”

Here are the pictures included in John’s email:

We love the German Shorthaired Pointer breed, and are fascinated with how different each GSP’s markings are, as they can be solid black, black and white, black roan, solid liver, liver roan, or liver and white. ¬†If the GSP is not a solid color, the American Kennel Club¬†refers to their markings as¬†patched, patched and ticked, or ticked. ¬†Although we think every GSP we see is unique and stunning, we are very partial the solid liver and liver roan coloring – and even chose our dock diving team name to be The Liver Killers (a “play” on the coloring of Cello and Hooch (liver) with the human liver, ¬†and their alcoholic-beverage-themed names. ¬†When I viewed¬†the pictures of Nayt, I ¬†saw that he was liver roan, and was in love for sure!

Also included in John’s email, a video of Nayt training to detect a specific explosive:

 

Shortly after I received the¬†email, Brian came home. ¬†I relayed my conversation with Gwen to him, and showed him the pictures and video. ¬†I could tell immediately “that feeling” had set in for Brian as well. ¬†Brian almost immediately called¬†John. ¬†Brian felt very comfortable with the conversation he and John had, and John felt we were a good fit for the dog.

On Sunday, August 23, 2015, the entire Beadling pack (minus our cat, Loki) set out on a road trip to Martinsburg, WV to meet Nayt and John.

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When we arrived at the facility in Martinsburg, John met us outside. ¬†He led¬†us all inside, where we were able to secure Cello and Hooch in separate crates so that Brian and I could meet Nayt before introducing him to Cello and Hooch. ¬†We¬†were greeted by a friendly and very energetic GSP with a toy drive like no other!¬† After meeting Nayt, and speaking with John and one of Nayt’s trainers, we introduced the three dogs on-lead, walked them all together outside, then into a fence-in¬†yard to see how they interacted. ¬†All went well outside in the yard¬†with the three dogs socializing¬†appropriately. ¬†¬†Nayt quickly won our hearts over with his vibrant personality, and handsome build¬†– -and the decision was made to adopt him into our family. ¬†He came home with us that very day.

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Nayt had his own soft Captain America blanket to lay on for his ride home.

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Unsure of how the three pups would ride together for our 3.5 hour ride home, I sat in the back seat with the two boys…unnamed (10)

…And Cello got to ride Shotgun on her Queen Elsa blanket, using Olaf as a pillow … (what a Diva!)

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More about Nayt…

Nayt is 3 years old, and served the United States of America for one year as an Explosives Detection Canine in Iraq.  He decided that his GSP instincts and love for water were more fun that searching for explosives, and was discharged from his duties.  He can identify over 30 explosives, and his journeys have led him to quite a few states here in America, and even to a couple of countries overseas.  This world traveler has been to The Netherlands, Iraq, Jordan, North America, Minnesota, Indian, New York , Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and now, New Jersey.  Check out maps of his travels by clicking HERE. 

Nayt is now¬†known as Brogan‚Äôs American Lager ‚Äď ‚ÄúLager‚ÄĚ for short.

Brian‚Äôs grandmother, Fran Brogan, who loved Cello and Hooch, had just recently passed. ¬†Lager‚Äôs name incorporates Brian‚Äôs grandmother‚Äôs last name (Brogan), our country‚Äôs name (America), for whom he served, and a continuation of our “Liver Killer‚Äôs” alcoholic-beverage-themed names ¬†– with a “play” on our log cabin (logger) and a type of beer (Lager). ¬†The word lager is also of German origin, linking his name to his breed. ¬†ūüôā

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Lager had some themed toys waiting for him at his new home… Captain America, a stick of dynamite, and his very own Chuckit training bumper for the lake! ūüôā

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So far, Lager is doing well, and our family is adjusting nicely.  Lager has not yet met our cat, Loki.  We plan on slowly introducing them in the near future, as to not overwhelm Lager or Loki.  Lager is enjoying playtime with Cello and Hooch in our side yard, goofing off in the baby pool, and has already displayed his love of water and diving off our dock! We plan to enter him into a dock diving competition before the 2015 season is over, to see if he would be comfortable jumping into a clear-water pool.

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Lager doing Big Air off our dock:

Lager doing Extreme Vertical off our dock!

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Welcome home, Lager!

Courier Post Newspaper Article

Limoncello and Hooch made the top story on the front page of South Jersey’s newspaper!

The Courier Post sent a reporter and photographer to our home to do a story on The Liver Killers.  We had such a great time, and the story and video came out great!

Here’s the video:

And here’s the story:

MEDFORD LAKES ‚Äď Limoncello ‚ÄĒ Cello for short ‚ÄĒ greeted this reporter with a kiss and then turned her laser focus to the turf runway her owners, Brian and Jenny Beadling, built for her and her canine sibling, Hooch.

Cello had a job to do, and she was serious about it.

She had to get that ball.

And she was just waiting for Brian to toss it from the Beadlings’ dock and into Aetna Lake.

The 4-year-old German shorthaired pointer watched, waited, and then, while the bright orange ball with the blue stripe was in the air, ran and flung herself to retrieve it, landing with a splash and a big doggie smile, the ball in her mouth as she paddled ashore.

Cello and Hooch are among the top dock diving dogs not only in the nation, but in the world, as ranked by Dock Dogs, the national group overseeing the sport. The Beadlings’ dogs compete all over the East Coast, traveling year-round to competitions measuring lengths of their jumps and how high they go.

The pointers, bred to be hunting dogs, are a high-energy breed, Brian Beadling said. “They’re in the same line as vizslas and weimeraners.”

That means their owners have to be high-energy, too. “Their vet told us, ‘They have no “off” button,’ ” he said.

¬†“This is their playground; we just pay the bills,” Jenny Beadling said with a laugh.

Indeed, the Beadlings’ lakefront log cabin they dubbed “Windy Spot” looks as much like a retreat for the dogs as for the couple. There’s the runway which extends a few feet further into the lake, as well as a metal arm that swings out over the water for the dogs to jump and grab toys on their way down.

After buying the 1920s cabin in 2009, the couple worked to restore it and Brian Beadling, who works in the mortgage business, researched the home’s history. He found the home’s original owner had a German shorthaired pointer named Windy Spot, and that was the first the couple had heard about the breed.

Windy Spot ‚ÄĒ the dog ‚ÄĒ had won several field awards with a local dog club and so the couple, after more research, decided on the breed. They got Limoncello in 2011 from a Chatsworth farm and named her for Jenny’s grandfather’s special homemade Italian liquor.

Hooch ‚ÄĒ Beadling calls him the “goofy little brother” ‚ÄĒ is a year old and was initially reluctant to go into the water. But at 15 weeks, he decided Cello shouldn’t have all the fun and, as Jenny Beadling says, “We haven’t been able to keep him out of the water since.”

Kathy Parkin helps the dogs keep fit by working with them at Pinelands Dog Training Center in Medford. She’s been working with Cello and Hooch for about 10 months, she said.

“The dogs love it,” said Parkin, who’s been a trainer for 12 years. “We work with them to build their core and leg muscles, work on agility exercises, stretching, stability.”

The Beadlings travel two to four times each month with the dogs, loading them into their brand-new GMC Denali (which already has logged 20,000 miles since November). They choose campgrounds and dog-friendly restaurants when they travel, treating Cello and Hooch as full members of the family.

“If they can’t go, we don’t go,” Jenny Beadling said. “But they’re great dogs, very well-behaved.”

The competitions pay $100 for first-place finishes; $50 for second, but Cello is sponsored by Turbo Pup, a meal supplement for dogs.

All cash prizes, she said, go to the dogs: GSP Rescue of New Jersey, a nonprofit dedicated to the breed. Contents of their prize bags, like food, treats and toys, are all donated to the Animal Orphanage in Voorhees.

“They’re great people, too,” Parkin said of the Beadlings.

Phaedra Trethan: (856) 486-2417; ptrethan@gannettnj.com

Here’s the link to the online story and video:

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2015/08/21/south-jersey-dogs-leap-national-dock-diving-ranks/32139705/

Coo-Coo for Coconut Cookies!

Cello and Hooch are coo-coo for coconut, so I decided to try a new recipe that includes both coconut oil and coconut flour.  These treats are organic and grain-free.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • ¬Ĺ cup broth (I make my own from boiling Bison meat from Whole Foods). ¬†If you do not make your own, be sure that the broth has no traces of onion or onion powder in it.
  • ¬ľ cup organic coconut oil
  • ¬ľ cup canned organic pumpkin (100% pumpkin ¬†– NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1‚Öď cups organic tapioca flour
  • ‚Öď cup organic coconut flour
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon ¬†sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons organic ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon organic fresh parsley

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Use parchment paper to line a baking sheet.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the broth and coconut oil to a boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in the pumpkin.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the tapioca flour, coconut flour, sea salt, yeast, flaxseed and parsley. Pour the broth mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until no traces of dry ingredients remain (the dough will become stiff).
  4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper,¬†¬†to about ¬ľ-inch thickness, ¬†and cut into desired shapes. I cut mine into 1-2 inch squares.
  5. Transfer parchment paper with cut treats to the prepared baking sheet,  and bake for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, leave the treats in the oven and crack the oven door until they are cooled completely (this will help them dry out a bit, and make them crunchy). Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month, or in the freezer to keep longer.

 

 

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Original recipe from Primally Inspired

Cabela’s Summer Splash, Hosted by Keystone DockDogs: Cabela’s, Hamburg, PA

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We love Cabela’s events where you can camp right in the parking lot, and crate the dogs right from your home on wheels!! ¬†This event was hosted by Keystone DockDogs, and held at Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA.

We set up “camp” with other dock diving friends who also have campers – and had a BLAST! (We are the camper with the American Flag canopy).

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We also love this event since it is close enough for friends and family to venture out to watch the pups dive. ¬†One of Brian’s coworkers, and Brian’s mom, brother, & god-daughter all came out to watch the Liver Killers get some big air! ¬†The only pictures I took this weekend are the ones you see above (bad dog mom!).

Luckily two of our friends and fellow competitors took some pictures of Hooch, which I am sharing below (thank you, Kevin and Gary!!)

There were some computer issues at the event, so I don’t have all the recorded jump information just yet, but I will share the scores that I do have.

This was a particularly good event for Hooch!

Hooch jumped big all weekend, soaring over 23 feet in all five of his Big Air waves, acquiring (3) First Place medals, (1) Second Place medal, and (1) Third Place medal – all in the Elite Division. Hooch also took First Place in the Elite Division Big Air Finals! ¬†His biggest jump of the weekend was 24’1″, just an inch under his personal best.

Here is Hooch in action during a Big Air jump:

Hooch secured¬†a new Personal Best in Extreme Vertical, with a grab of 6’2″ !! ¬†This also earned him a First Place ribbon for the Top Gun Division!

Cello jumped consistently all weekend, but score just below her current division most of the weekend. ¬†Cello did make the Elite Big Air finals (this was the first time Cello and Hooch made the same division finals and went head-to-head!) Cello placed 5th in the Elite Division Big Air Finals with a jump of 21’6″.

Cello did Extreme Vertical as well  Рhowever her biggest nemesis (golf cart) made an appearance while she was up on the dock, and she lost her focus, knocking her out of the competition earlier than she should have been.

Overall, we had a really fun weekend with friends and family, won some really cool ribbons, medals and Cabela’s goodies, and even got to meet some new friends who follow Cello and Hooch’s adventures on their Instagram account!

Limoncello and Hooch in “The Bark” Magazine!

Cello and Hooch’s feature in The Bark Magazine!

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About The Bark:

“The Bark is the magazine of modern dog culture‚ÄĒit speaks to the serious dog enthusiast. The Bark is the indispensable guide to life with dogs, showing readers how to live smartly and rewardingly with their canine companions. Founded in 1997, as a newsletter to advocate for off-leash dog parks in Berkeley, California, the magazine quickly grew into a glossy, award-winning publication acclaimed for its timely commentary and rich literary offerings. Today, The Bark has a nationwide readership of over 250,000. It is published four times a year, available by subscription and sold at Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods and PetsMart stores.

Claudia Kawczynska and Cameron Woo founded The Bark in their garage, shortly after adopting their first dog, Nellie, and discovering it was illegal to allow their dog to romp untethered at their local park. The couple tapped into Kawczynska’s experience in public policy and Woo’s skills as a graphic designer to craft a publication that addressed the burgeoning issues faced by a new generation of dog owners.

Taking the magazine‚Äôs slogan to heart‚ÄĒDog Is My Co-Pilot‚ÄĒThe¬†Bark became the first magazine to tap into the exploding phenomena of dog culture and lifestyle, focusing on the growing bond between individuals and their pet companions. Over the past twenty years, The¬†Bark has chronicled the America‚Äôs love affair with dogs, the evolving status of canine pets and their role in society, as well as the incredible rise in services and products. The¬†Bark has become the recognized expert on the social/cultural world of dogs in America, and what they mean to us.

The Bark‚Äôs impeccable pedigree includes publishing many of today‚Äôs most acclaimed authors including Ann Patchett, Augusten Burroughs, Rick Bass, Amy Hempel, and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver. The magazine features the writing of noted experts in science, animal behavior and health‚ÄĒDr. Nicholas Dodman, Donald McCaig, Mark Derr, and includes animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell and nutritionist Marion Nestle as regular columnists.

The Bark has been twice honored with an Alternative Press Award for Best Magazine (lifestyle category) recognized for outstanding achievement in independent publishing. The Bark has also been honored with an Award of Merit from The Society of Publication Designers and a Folio Silver Award for Best Enthusiast Magazine. In September, 2003, Crown (Random House) published Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World‚Äôs Oldest Friendship, an anthology from the editors of The Bark. The Bark‚Äôs second collection, entitled Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit was published in October 2007. DogJoy, a photo book featuring the magazine‚Äôs popular ‚ÄúSmiling Dogs‚ÄĚ submissions was¬†published in November 2009 by Rodale.”

~from The Bark’s Website

Hooch’s Second Invitation to the DockDogs World Championships!

It’s official! ¬†Hooch’s Extreme Vertical Invitation came via email today!

He earned this by coming in first place in the Cadet Division Extreme Vertical discipline at the Bark in the Park Wild Card event!

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Hooch Ranked #1 GSP in the United States!

As of now, Hooch is ranked THE #1 German Shorthaired Pointer in the United States with a DockDogs Big Air average of 23′ 7.4″unnamed (1)

His current average also ranks him the #2 German Shorthaired Pointer in the World!!

Words cannot describe how proud I am of this boy!

Limoncello at the Orange Inn: Goshen, NY

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Limoncello at the Orange Inn was opened by brothers Luigi and Victor Kapiti in August of 2006.  These brothers renovated what was once a rundown restaurant and inn.  The Orange Inn was a Goshen Landmark, dating back to 1790.  Many historical figures were guests at the inn, especially from the Revolutionary War era.  The inn’s well-known guests ranged from George Washington to James Cagney.

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unnamed (93)Located across the street from the World’s oldest harness racetrack –¬†¬†Goshen’s historic race track¬†– many people would come to the inn (especially to the bar within the inn!) after the races.

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We enjoyed a snack of fried calamari served with Thai chili sauce Рwhich I highly recommend if you ever find yourself visiting Limoncello at the Orange Inn! unnamed (94)

Bon appetit!

Brimstone Hill Vineyard: Pine Bush, NY

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Our last stop on the Shawangunk Wine Trail – – Brimstone Hill Vineyard, located in Pine Bush, NY.

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Brimstone Hill has been in operation for 30 years, and has a great list of wines to choose from.  We did a wine tasting here.

The vineyard is 13 acres, and the small winery building houses a cozy dog-friendly 2nd-floor tasting room overlooking the vines.

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Overall, we had wonderful experiences at each of the wineries we visited on the Shawangunk Wine Trail!

Whitecliff Vineyard: Gardiner, NY

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Our next-to-last visit at White Cliff Vineyard on the Shawangunk Wine Trail was yet another great experience.  unnamed (98)

 

Whitecliff is an artisanal, family run winery fashioned by the current owners and founders from the ground up, in what was an empty field thirty years ago.

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The view of the White Cliffs from the tasting room patio was magnificent!unnamed (99)

 

Arriving at the winery, there was a driveway lined with artistically painted doors – really cool! This driveway leads you right through the heart of the vineyard.

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They had a great list of wines to choose from here!  The dogs were allowed in the tasting room Рbut with this view, who wants to sit INside?!unnamed (90)

Check out the storm drain!

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Currently, White Cliff Vineyard is one of the largest vineyards in the Hudson Valley, with over 20 varieties of grapes planted in their vineyard.

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We enjoyed the wine, the dog-friendly atmosphere,  and the view at this vineyard!

 

Adair Vineyards: New Paltz, NY

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The wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail just keep getting cooler!

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Adair Vineyards, located in New Paltz, New York,  is housed in a 200+ year old barn, once occupied by cows and horses.

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The winery has a stream running by with the Shawangunk Mountains in the background.

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The winery also supports several animal related charities including:

  • Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary: ¬†a no-kill animal rescue, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, This organization’s¬†mission is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education.
  • The Sato Project:¬†dedicated to rescuing abandoned & abused dogs¬†from Puerto Rico. They¬†have rescued and rehabilitated over 1,200 dogs, and are¬†working towards systemic change through education and partnerships on the Island.

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The tasting room and gift shop are located in the loft of the barn and the wine making area is below – and dogs are allowed inside!

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We decided to do a wine tasting here, as this winery had many interesting wines to choose from! unnamed (96)

The loft of the barn – the tasting room – was really neat!

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This winery was truly a unique experience!

Stoutridge Vineyard: Marlboro, NY

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Continuing along the Shawangunk Wine Trail, we came across Stoutridge Vineyard.  This winery is located in Marlboro, New York,  which is about 70 miles north of Manhattan, and located in the Hudson Valley.   

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Stoutridge Vineyards is built on the historical foundations of vineyards planted in the late 1700’s. ¬†The old winery’s foundation wall is all that remains of the historic structure. ¬†You can see it in the above picture, as it is now the¬†beautiful front wall for the Stoutridge tasting room patio.

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This is a very unique winery!

Many of the wines and spirits at Stoutridge are locally grown, and all are from New York State sourced fruits and grains.  The winery is built into a hillside, and the wine cellars are underground.  This establishment uses entirely solar generated electricity, and utilizes the heat off of their stills to heat the building in the winter through a radiant system built into the floor.  How cool is that?!

Stoutridge is also what’s known as a “gravity winery,” ¬†meaning the¬†never use pumps or filters in their¬†wine making. In addition, they do¬†minimal chemical processing to their¬†wines. Stoutridge does not¬†¬†not “fine” their¬†wines with gelatins, tannins or clays, doesn’t¬†add water or sugar, or¬†chemically adjust the acidity of their¬†wines. They also¬†do not add sulfites or sorbates to the wines after they are made. All of this ¬†means that the¬†wines are pretty much¬†unprocessed, and in a very natural state. ¬†All Stoutridge¬†wines are sold exclusively at the winery, so that they can make their¬†wines using¬†less processing, and retain higher levels of naturally occurring antioxidants in the wines.

We enjoyed a glass of wine on the great tasting room patio with the pups, although the dogs were allowed inside the tasting room at Stoutridge.

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Black Bear Campground: Florida, NY

Our first non-dock diving camping trip of the year all by ourselves!  This was our annual Anniversary Camping Trip.  This year, we decided to camp at Black Bear Campground, located in the Village of Florida, New York.

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We stayed on site 55:

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Black Bear Campground is located in Orange County, about one hour Northwest of New York City.

Amenities here include:

 

  • Full Hookups
  • Free Wi-Fi & Cable TV
  • Rental Units
  • Mini Golf
  • Swimming Pool (Memorial Day – Labor Day)
  • Playground
  • Basketball
  • Shuffleboard
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Pavilion / Game Room
  • Arcade
  • Pool Table
  • Fishing Pond
  • Hiking/Nature Trails
  • Picnic Tables
  • Fire Rings
  • Camp Store with Inventory of RV Parts
  • Dump Station
  • Laundromat

 

This Campground is also close to many attractions Рlots to do in the surrounding area!  Here are just some of the things to do/see (click on the attraction to read more):

Benmarl Winery: Marlboro, NY

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After our awesome beer sampling at Rushing Duck Brewery, we continued along the Shawangunk Wine Trail to Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY.

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The setting is a 37 acre estate that overlooks the historic Hudson River Valley.  The grounds were stunning!

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This winery had delicious wines,¬†also was very dog friendly. ¬†The allowed Cello and Hooch to come inside to the tasting room – this was Hooch’s very first time INside of a winery’s tasting room!

The inside of the winery was really unique as well!

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This winery was SO neat!  So far, we are very much enjoying the Shawangunk Wine Trail!

Rushing Duck Brewing Company: Chester, NY

We found a dog friendly brewery along our travels on the Shawangunk Wine Trail! ¬†We almost missed the building – until we noticed the “RD” on the door ūüôā

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Rushing Duck Brewery, located in Chester, NY, not only has great beer  Рthey are super dog-friendly, and the dogs are allowed inside! 

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Cello decided to volunteer as the brewery bouncer during our visit:

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When Cello wasn’t checking out new patrons, she was enjoying her time with her Pop!

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This brewery has some really great beer selections!  I highly recommend the Zingerbier!

Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery: Washingtonville, NY

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Continuing along the Shawangunk Wine Trail during our anniversary camping trip, we were sure to stop at Brotherhood.

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Established in 1839, this winery is located in the village of Washingtonville, in Orange County, New York.  This winery really has some great history behind it!

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Palaia Vineyards and Winery: Highland Mills, NY

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We visited some great wineries  on our Anniversary Camping Trip.  The first winery we stopped at was Palaia Vineyards.

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This winery is located along the Shawangunk Wine Trail in Highlandland Mills, NY.  The setting is a 200 year old former dairy farm.

The winery and tasting room are located inside the 200 year old barn, which is really cool!

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We enjoyed a tasting of their Traminette during our visit.

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What a great sign:
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This winery offers a menu of light bites and live music every weekend.  Definitely worth the stop if you are ever in the Hudson Valley area!

Orange County Choppers: Newburgh, NY

Our first stop during our Anniversary Camping Trip was Orange County Choppers.

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Orange County Choppers (better known as “OCC”) is a world-famous custom motorcycle manufacturer¬†located in¬†Newburgh, NY, that has been the center of the hit TV reality series ‚ÄúAmerican Chopper‚ÄĚ aired on the Discovery Channel. ¬†Founder,¬†Paul Teutul Sr.,¬†and his team custom-design and manufacture choppers. ¬†OCC bikes are customized, and often built around a theme. ¬†Check out some of their cool bikes by clicking HERE.

Bay Creek Loves Hooch!

When we were in Cape Charles Virginia for the Wild Card Event, Hooch was a big hit in Bay Creek!

Hooch made the Bay Creek Golf Newsletter:

Golf Newsletter 1Golf Newsletter 2Golf Newsletter 3Golf Newsletter 4Golf Newsletter 5

View the whole newsletter HERE.

Hooch also made the Bay Creek Real Estate Newsletter!

Real Estate News Letter 1Real Estate News Letter 2Real Estate News Letter 3Real Estate News Letter 4Real Estate News Letter 5Real Estate News Letter 6

So proud of this little pup!