Hooch’s First Invitation to Compete in the DockDogs World Championships!

At the DockDogs Mid Atlantic Regional event held at Shipps Corner, in Virginia Beach, Hooch won first place in his division finals to earn an invitation to compete at the World Championships this November! Read the details about this event HERE!
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Mid-Atlantic Regionals at Shipps Corner, Virginia Beach, VA

This event was more of a practice for Cello since she had already earned her invitation to the DockDogs World Championships.  Cello did get to try a new DockDogs event, called Dueling Dogs Рit was lots of fun!

For Hooch, this was a chance to shine, and earn an invitation.  Hooch not only earned himself an invite, he scored several new personal bests, and jumped right out of his division with one of the longest jumps of the weekend!

We camped at Holiday Trav-L-Park during this event.

CELLO:

BIG AIR:

19’5″ ¬† ¬† 18’7″

20’6″ ¬† ¬† 19’10”

SPEED RETRIEVE:

8.822 seconds         8.701 seconds

DUELING DOGS:

HOOCH:

BIG AIR:

22’0″ ¬† ¬† 23’2″ ¬† ¬† NEW PERSONAL BESTS (and on camera!!)

23’8″ ¬† ¬† 20’3″ ¬† ¬† ¬†NEW PERSONAL BESTS (and on camera!!)

22’6″ ¬† ¬† 23’2″ ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†FIRST PLACE SENIOR FINALS, AND AN INVITATION TO THE DOCKDOGS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS !!!!!!!!!!

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Codorus Blast, Codorus State Park, Hanover, PA

This venue was new for Hooch, but this was our second year competing in Codorus Blast with Cello.  For this event, we camped at Merry Meadows Recreation Farm.

In this event, the dogs jump in to a lake instead of a pool.

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Brian did some announcing this weekend:

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CELLO:

Brian felt as though Cello was getting a bit burned out, so he decided to rest her this weekend, with the exception of Speed Retrieve.

SPEED RETRIEVE:

8.344 seconds

HOOCH:

Hooch earned new personal bests again this weekend!  He also earned himself a spot in the Masters Finals for the very first time!

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BIG AIR:

17’1″ ¬† ¬† 15’8″

17’0″ ¬† ¬† 18’6″

20’1″ ¬† ¬† 19’9″ ¬† ¬† ¬† NEW PERSONAL BEST

21’0″ ¬† ¬† 19’10” ¬† ¬† NEW PERSONAL BEST

16’9″ ¬† ¬† 16’6″ ¬† ¬† ¬† 6th Place Masters Finals (First time in Masters Finals!!)

Hooch also got his very first Super Fly Suit!

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EXTREME VERTICAL:

It was pouring rain during Extreme Vertical…but Hooch managed to grab the bumper at 6’0″ , earning himself a new personal best!

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Starting height: ¬†5’4″

End Height: ¬†6’0″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†NEW PERSONAL BEST!

Even though there were storms off-and-on throughout the weekend, it was great fun!  We look forward to attending this venue next year!

Merry Meadows Recreation Farm, Freeland, MD

While Cello and Hooch were competing in their dock diving event at Codours State Park, we camped at Merry Meadows Recreation Farm.

Our campsite (site A1) was very private and wooded.

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Here are some pictures from around the campground:

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This campground was very unique.  The list of amenities goes on forever!

  • Pool
  • Driving Range
  • Remote Control Car Track
  • Miniature Golf
  • 3 Horseshoe Pits
  • Volleyball Court
  • Basketball Court
  • Softball Field
  • Playground
  • Jump Pad
  • Mining
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Fun Center
  • Pet Park
  • Wi Fi (free)
  • Dump Station
  • Entertainment Center
  • Pavilion
  • Two Laundry Rooms
  • Tourist information
  • Nature Trails

 

Featured Story in Cabin Life Magazine

Cello, Hooch, and their Windy Spot Cabin were featured in the August edition of Cabin Life Magazine, published on June 16, 2015!

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You can see the online version of this story plus additional bonus web-exclusive photos by clicking HERE.

For more renovation pictures of Windy Spot Cabin, visit our Windy Spot Cabin section of the website!

Canton/East Sparta KOA, East Sparta, OH

For Cello and Hooch’s dock diving event in Zoar, OH, we camped at the Canton/East Sparta KOA in East Sparta, Ohio.

We could not have been happier with our site (Site 77)

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Our site had a level, concrete pad, and nice landscaping. The site also had a fire pit, and two wooden benches at the fire pit.

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We even had our own “nest” style chair, , patio set, and grill!

The concrete slab had imprints of different plants – pretty cool!

This campground had lots to offer:

  • 5 acre fishing lake
  • horse back riding
  • grocery store
  • paddle boat rentals
  • game room
  • hay rides
  • laundry facilities
  • 18 hole miniature golf

 

We very much enjoyed our stay here!

Dog Fest of Zoar, Zoar, OH

Cello and Hooch added a new state to their States Visited Maps, and competed in the Dog Fest of Zoar dock diving competition in the Historic Zoar Village, in Ohio.  We camped at the Canton/East Sparta KOA for this event.

CELLO:

BIG AIR:

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21’10” ¬† ¬† 21’0″

17’1″ ¬† ¬† ¬† 19’2″ ¬† ¬† 4th Place Elite Finals

HOOCH:

We specifically came to this event so that Hooch could get another wave of EV toward his title. ¬†However, when we let him jump in Big Air, he earned a new Personal Best of 19’11” – which also earned him a spot in the Senior Finals! ¬†This would be Hooch’s first Senior Finals!

Big Air:

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19’11” ¬† ¬† 14’2″ ¬† ¬† (New Personal Best!!)

19’3″ ¬† ¬† ¬† 19’11” ¬† First Place Senior Finals!

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EXTREME VERTICAL:

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Start Height: ¬†5’2″

End Height: ¬†5’10” ¬†New Personal Best, and 2nd Place Cadet Finals!

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Overall, this was a fun event in a really neat historic town.  We hope to visit Zoar again some day!

Celebrate Fairfax, Fairfax, VA

Limoncello and Hooch participated in the Celebrate Fairfax dock diving competition during the first weekend in June.  We camped nearby at Lake Fairfax Park.

CELLO:

During this competition, Cello was just participating as continued practice for her World Championship competition in Dubuque, Iowa this November.  Here are her results:

BIG AIR:

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20’8″ ¬† ¬† 19’9″

21’8 ¬† ¬†22’2″

19’3″ ¬† ¬† 20’10”

EV:

5’2″

SPEED RETRIEVE:

8.206     8.728

HOOCH:

Hooch was participating in hopes to increase his national Big Air average, and to try out Extreme Vertical for the very first time.  Hooch surprised us all, and came in FIRST PLACE in Extreme Vertical in the Cadet Division!!!

BIG AIR:

13’6 ¬† ¬† ¬† 13’3″

15’6″ ¬† ¬† 17’10”

15’7 ¬† ¬† ¬† 18’3″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†* NEW PERSONAL BEST!

16’10” ¬† 18’11” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†*NEW PERSONAL BEST!

EXTREME VERTICAL:

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5’8″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†* FIRST PLACE CADET DIVISION!

SPEED RETRIEVE

60 seconds     9.814 seconds     *NEW PERSONAL BEST!

We had a great weekend with friends, and are SO very proud of our little Hooch-man!

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Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, VA

We camped at Lake Fairfax Park for Cello and Hooch’s dock diving event at Celebrate Fairfax.

Our campsite (site A-18):

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This park was HUGE!  It has recreational sports fields, a skate park, and a water park!

Skate Park:

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Marina and Fishing Pier:

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The Water Mine water park:

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How cool is this park?!?!  We would definitely like to visit here again some day.

(*some pictures taken from Lake Fairfax website)

Cello is Officially Sponsored by TurboPUP!

As you know, Cello and Hooch have been chosen as ambassadors for TurboPUP (read the full story HERE).

We are also now proud to announce that Cello has been selected to be officially sponsored by TurboPUP !

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Brian has team shirts, and Cello has her very own TurboPUP Super Fly suit!

We also will be sporting this banner at all our events!

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We are so proud of our little girl!