New Year’s Eve 2017
While we were doing a wine tasting at Coda Rossa Winery , our host suggested that after our tasting we try a new winery that was right down the street.
We took the suggestion – and were so glad we did!
This family-run winery is set on beautiful grounds where you can take your dog for walks on the trails. Autumn Lake Winery is so new, that their tasting room is not built yet, but they have a temporary tasting room set up in a greenhouse.
The family is so nice, and their wines are very tasty! Oh – and they LOVE dogs!
Coda Rossa Winery is named for the Red-Tail Hawks that live in their vineyard.
This winery features both New Jersey and California wines. We did a tasting here and were very pleased with all the wines we tasted!
As you might have noticed lately, we are WAY behind on our posts (almost a year – yeah , we fell WAY behind!) and trying to catch up on our 2017 adventures and daily shenanigans!
Here is our Christmas Celebration!
Our 2017 Christmas card:
Christmas morning… Santa was good to us!
We hope you all enjoyed your Holiday Season!
We are proud to announce that we are now a part of the Amazon Influencer Program!
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We get asked very often about the things people see in our posts. Now it’s even easier to compile and share items with our followers!
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Halbrendt Vineyard is a small winery owned by a husband and wife who built their winery while both holding full-time jobs at Penn State University Fruit Research & Extension Center. We very much enjoyed the wines here, and the tasting room is dog-friendly!
Adams County Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Pennsylvania, and also was voted Best Winery in Gettysburg. Best of all, they have free wine tastings every day!
Santa, Mrs. Claus, and a few of their elves even stopped by to visit Margarita and tell her she was on the Nice List!
Lager Visited the Irish Brigade Monument in Gettysburg Battlefield located in Gettysburg National Military Park.
This monument features an Irish Wolfhound.
Reid’s Winery and Cider House did not allow dogs inside the tasting room, but they did have a dog-friendly outdoor patio.
During our stay in Gettysburg this past Thanksgiving, Margarita had the opportunity to go shopping with her PAWrents!
Dogs of Gettysburg Pet & Gift Emporium is a Civil War inspired shop that contains unique gifts for both people and dogs.
We found a cool Pointer print, which we now have hanging in our home:
…and a few other fun gifts:
We took Lager to the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry War Dog Memorial located in The Gettysburg National Military Park .
Location: Gettysburg, PA
Sculptor: E. A. Kretschman
“Sallie,” a brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was the regimental mascot for the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Given to 1st Lt William R. Terry as a four-week old puppy, Sallie grew up among the men of the regiment. Sallie followed the men on marches and to the battlefield. At the Battle of Gettysburg, the dog got separated from the unit. Unable to find her way, Sallie returned to the Union battle line at Oak Ridge, where she stood guard over the dead and wounded. The dog continued her faithful service through February, 1865, when she was struck by a bullet to her head in the battle of Hatcher’s Run, Virginia. She was buried on the field of battle. For her devotion to the men, Sallie is memorialized at the 11th Pennsylvania monument erected at Gettysburg.”
*All information obtained from the Vietnam Dog Handler Association ( http://www.vdha.us/content15795.html )
We stopped at Crossings Vineyard after visiting a War Dog Memorial with Lager to celebrate Veterans Day.
The vineyard was situated on beautiful grounds, and had a really neat tasting room!
Not only did we love their wines (we bought a case!), they had a chocolate fountain – YUM!
Balic’ also had a quite outdoor sitting area:
Best of all, they are dog friendly, and have their own vineyard dog, Mariah , who Margarita quickly made friends with!
We will definitely be adding this winery to our “visit regularly” list!
Margarita taking a stroll around the campground – she was fascinated by the free-roaming chickens!
We had a very nice stay at this campground. If you have never seen the Natural Bridge, this is definitely a trip to add to your travel wish list!
We were thrilled that all three of our dogs who participate in dock diving were once again invited to compete at the DockDogs World Championship!
This was also the first year the World Championship was held in Knoxville, TN!
Once again, we traveled in our motorhome, and towed our Jeep.
We had our team decals updated:
Ready to roll!
We had fun playing the Roadtrip Bingo game created by a fellow dock diving competitor!
Arrived to Knoxville safe and sound…Cheers!
Excited to be in Knoxville, TN for the first time!
Waiting in line to check in at the competition:
Getting super crowded as we move in line to sign in!
Having some fun in line!
First glimpse of the competition floor!
Our spot in Dog Town:
Getting back to the hotel room and Margarita claiming all of our Goody Bag items as HERS!
Hooch earned #1 Ranked GSP for the 2nd year in a row ~ so proud of him!
Margarita enjoyed the views from the hotel windows, and napping between competitions !
Liver Killer Bling:
We had a wonderful time, and hope we are fortunate enough to be a part of this event next year!
Previously home to acres of apple orchards, Hauser Estate Winery ‘s tasting room is located right outside of Gettysburg. Beneath the tasting room is an underground winery production facility. The winery also has a location in downtown Gettysburg on Lincoln Square.
We visited the tasting room, which was situated on a hill, and had a gorgeous view.
We sat on the outside deck, as dogs were not allowed inside.
Their outdoor patio was dog-friendly.
This may have been the most fun we’ve ever had at a campground!
On the way out to Knoxville, TN for the DockDogs World Championship, we stopped for an overnight stay at Wytheville KOA.
Not only was this campground super dog friendly, it had a snack bar, an arcade, batting cages, AND a bowling alley!
The Batting Cages:
The Bowling Alley:
Margarita got excited to see a few other “doggies” she could play with! HaHa!
This was a great over-night spot right on the Shenandoah River!
This campground has lots to offer!
- All sites come with a fire pit
- RV 30-amp & RV 50-amp sites
- Water and Electric sites
- Water, Electric and Sewer sites
- 2 Dump Stations
- River front sites
The amenities here are endless! I wish we had more time to enjoy some of the many options!
- Propane Refills
- Dog Park
- Ball field
- Outdoor Stage
- Game Room
Settling in for the night…
We were able to do a campfire before settling in!
Taking a walk around the campground before we headed back on the road to Tennessee:
Each time we stopped to spend the night on our way to Knoxville, we changed the “miles to go” sign on our camper!
Getting ready to get back on the road… but not before a selfie with HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH!
Margarita had her “first day at college” with a great visit at Rowan College at Burlington County meeting students and staff in the Student Success Center for their Mental Health Week event, while she helped enlighten them on the positive benefits therapy dogs provide for students with depression and anxiety!
The event was sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa Chi lota Chapter and RCBC Student Support.
The first full week of October focused on increasing understanding of what mental illness feels like, so others can learn more about the wide range of symptoms experienced by those living with a mental illness.
In addition, the purpose of this week was to also reduce the misunderstanding and stigma associated with mental health conditions.
Family GLAMping trip!
We found a rare time where my mom, my aunt, and us all had a free weekend, so we decided to try Massey’s Landing in Milsboro, DE. None of us had ever been there before, but we had heard great things about this campground – and it truly was very pretty there.
This was an unusually cold weekend in September, but we made the best of it.
We enjoyed playing Scrabble…
…And a walk on the beach:
Most of all, we enjoyed our time with family!
This venue is always one of our favorites, as this event in 2013 was Limoncello’s first ever DockDogs competition!
Extreme Vertical: 5’6 ” Third Place Cadet Division
Speed Retrieve: 8.035 seconds
Iron Dog: 2808.24 points
Finals: 21’9″ 1st Place Elite
Extreme Vertical: 6’6″ 1st Place Top Gun Division
Extreme Vertical: 6’4″ Second Place Top Gun Division
Margarita had a fun time keeping cool in the shade and greeting spectators who walked by our team canopy.
Liver Killer Bling and Goody Bags:
After Margarita was blessed by the Pastor at the Blessing of the Animals, we headed over to see The Stone Pony. We then decided to check out the Asbury Park boardwalk. There are several dog friendly eateries on this boardwalk. We decided to try Pop’s Garage – and were glad we did!
With authentic Mexican cuisine and delicious drinks, how could we pass it up!?!
The staff was very dog friendly and set up a water bowl for Rita.
The food was delicious, and the drinks were amazing! If we are ever back in Asbury Park, we will definitely be visiting Pop’s Garage again!
This summer Margarita was blessed at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Brick, NJ!
All the animals waiting to be blessed:
Margarita waiting in the shade as the Pastor begins the ceremony:
All the animal’s PAWrents also received a prayer square:
Although we had been to several boardwalks in NJ, we had never been to this one – and it was the perfect weather day for the occasion!
Rita loved people-watching!
Even though it was a perfect day, the boardwalk was not very crowded. We enjoyed taking a walk, looking at the beach, and listening to the ocean!
I was born and raised in NJ, and had always wanted to visit – it was awesome to see it in person!
The Fairhill International Fairgrounds hosted Four Paws, One Cause – an event where where multiple dog rescues came together and brought their adoptable dogs in order to find them loving FURever families. The purpose of this event was to bring together all kinds of different people with one similar passion: a love for dogs!
This event not only hosted the DockDogs competition, it also featured the world champion frisbee dogs featured on America’s Got Talent as well. There was live music, face painting, bounce houses, over one hundred vendors, great food, craft beer tastings, and wine tastings throughout each day!
Extreme Vertical: 5’0″
Speed Retrieve: 9.583 seconds
Iron Dog Score: 2563.55 2nd Place Warrior Division
Big Air Pro Division Finals: 24′ 0″ 1st Place Pro Division
Big Air with Brian:
19’2″ 2nd Place Senior Division
20’5″ 3rd Place Master Division
Extreme Vertical with Jenny:
5’10” 1st Place Cadet Division
Our Team Cheerleader enjoyed snoozing under the canopy in the rain, and snacking on goodies throughout the day!
Liver Killer Bling:
Best of all, through our winnings, we were able to raise $100 for the GSP Rescue of NJ!
We had a “dock diving free” weekend last August , so we had the rare opportunity to camp with family. We chose the Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountain KOA .
Our campsite was awesome, but there were power lines running right through the campground. It turned out not being a big deal, but definitely was something we were not used to seeing at a campground.
Margarita enjoyed walking around the campground with her cousin James. We bought James his own little “Rita leash” that we attach along with the leash I am holding so that he can feel like he is walking her.
We enjoyed the relaxing weekend with family. It was nice not to have to get up early, or have any set plans for the weekend!
Overall, despite the first impression we had with the power lines running through the campground, we had a great time playing miniature golf, taking a hay ride, exploring around the campground, and just relaxing!
Brian captured one of my most favorite shots of Margarita and me sitting at the campfire on our campsite:
You can purchase the above “Never Camp Alone” t-shirt from Dog is Good!
We decided to try dock diving through a different organization. On August 11, 2017 we headed down to Maryland to Hog Dog Productions to try out an Ultimate Air Dogs competition. We hadn’t been to a UAD event since Limoncello’s very first event back in 2013!
We were able to camp right on site!
20’9″ 2nd Place Masters Division
21’2″ 2nd Place Masters Division
8.21 seconds 8th Place
16ft 4th Place
23’1″ 1st Place Master Elite Division
24’8″ 1st Place Ultimate Division
22’8″ 1st Place Master Elite Division
24’8″ 1st Place Ultimate Division
19’9″ 4th Place Senior Elite Division
19’11” 5th Place Senior Elite Division
21’4″ 2nd Place Master Division
20’4″ 6th Place Master Division
20’3″ 3rd Place Master Division
6.147 seconds 2nd Place
Margarita spent her weekend getting petted by everyone, and enjoying her pink Wubba and Ko Ko CHEWnel toy!
Liver Killer Bling
Rita, you are the mac to my cheese!
It certainly wasn’t our fastest race, (at least it was faster than our first 5k together!) but it was time well spent together – and for a good cause! 15% of each registration for this race is donated to Soles4Souls. Since 2006, Soles4Souls has collected and distributed 26 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S!!
Rita’s total race miles: 12.45 miles
Who’s the mac to YOUR cheese?!
This summer we were lucky enough to receive a pretty cool package in the mail – – Tito’s Vodka bling!
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is made in batches using old-fashioned pot stills, is gluten-free, and distilled & bottled in Austin, TX.
They even have a “Vodka for Dog People” program – where their mission is to better the lives of pets and their families.
100% of the net proceeds from sales through their Vodka for Dog People web store go directly to support their non-profit partners – and you get to choose which one non-profit you want to help!
Our pack thoroughly enjoyed their goodies from Tito’s!
Boulder Woods Campground for Jenny and Brian’s 10th Anniversary!
Our camp site #17:
Around the campground…
We had a relaxing weekend of walking, hanging out at our campsite, and playing board games.
We were lucky enough to enjoy our Anniversary dinner outside:
This was one of our rare camping trips where we didn’t have a dock diving event. It was nice to relax, and not have anywhere to go!
The Liver Killers have a VERY exciting announcement!
We “blended” to create a very cool “mixer-ship” with some “partners-in-lime!!”
Hooch is now the official Hooch Pooch for O&O Hooch – the endless mixer! Head over to their Facebook page and give them a “Like!” You can find out where to pick up some Hooch for yourself by clicking HERE. Additionally, you can purchase Hooch online through their website (where you will find some great recipes too)! Stay tuned for more updates about our sponsorship, and more fun posts as The Liver Killers “Hooch-it-up!”
Hoochie’s Mama will be sporting some new bling up on the dock!
Follow the liter and try some of these recipes…
or “Hooch it up,” and create your own concoction!
This had been one our favorite dock diving events in the past. We loved attending this event in both 2015 and 2016 . We camped at Sunset Beach Resort (another favorite!)
Although were extremely excited to be back a third year in a row in July 2017, the weather this year was just unbearably hot. We tried jumping the dogs, but by the time Limoncello’s came up, the temperatures were a real-feel of over 103 degrees… too hot and dangerous to compete in our opinion.
22’8″ 23’5″ 2nd Place Elite Division
Even though the one jump that Lager and Hooch executed put them into the Finals, we scratched our jumps for the rest of the weekend, and forfeited our spot in the Finals. We chose to make the best of the remainder of the weekend, and enjoy the campground with the dogs.
Back to the campground to enjoy some Chesapeake Bay fun!
It sure wasn’t the weekend we thought it would be, and people thought we were crazy to give our spot in Finals…but our dogs’ safety and health come first. We made the best of the hot temps, and enjoyed cooling everyone off in the Chesapeake Bay. A bad storm eventually rolled in, but the outcome was a beautiful double rainbow, and a gorgeous sunset!
Now that Margarita is a registered therapy dog, she visits several libraries in our area where children read to her.
Burlington County Times visited the Evesham Library to do a story on their therapy dog program, and Rita made the paper!
Thank goodness we have amazing neighbors who love to see our pack getting crazy out on the lake …(you can hear them cheering in the background as our pups come barreling out onto the lake!)
Margarita checked-off another 2017 Summer Bucket List item when we visited the dog Beach on Long Beach Island.
She even went into Barnegat Bay for the very first time (You can see Barnegat Light House across the Bay)!
Margarita had a blast retrieving her toy from the bay!
We had an amazing day!
On our way to the game:
Arriving at the Blue Claws home stadium- First Energy Park:
Rita got her own “wrist” band for the game!
Finding our seats… we had a great view!
Keeping cool during the game:
Margarita found a doggie friend, and didn’t want to leave his side!
Margarita enjoyed her first ball field hot dog !
Such a fun time!
Since we get up so early during the school year, one of Margarita’s 2017 Summer Bucket List items was to sleep-in.
She accomplished that task like a boss! ZZzzzzzzz
Margarita’s Summer 2017 Bucket List item: Take a ride in a canoe for the first time!
What a beautiful night ~ The sky was as pink as Rita’s life jacket!
We had a beautiful sunset, and a fun night out on our lake!