First Canoe Ride!

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!

First Ice Cream Cone!

One of Margarita’s Summer 2017 Bucket List items was to enjoy her first ice cream cone!

We took her to the Sand Stand in Medford, NJ – I think she enjoyed it! Haha!

 

 

Amalthea Cellars Farm Winery: Atco, NJ

Another great New Jersey winery ~ Amalthea Cellars !

Such a cool tasting room! Dog’s aren’t allowed inside – so if you visit with a friend, be sure to have them watch your pooch while you check out the inside of the winery.

We sat outside on the pretty grounds and very much enjoyed ourselves and the wine!

 

White Horse Winery: Hammonton, NJ

White Horse Winery, located in Hammonton, NJ, quickly became one of our favorite wineries!

Dogs are not allowed in the tasting room.  However, leashed, well behaved friendly dogs are allowed outside, where they have corn hole, live entertainment, fire pits, and plenty of seating.

 

They have a nice selection of white, red, and rosé wines.

I think this may be Margarita’s new favorite winery as well!

K-9 Central Wild Card Double Header: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

In July, we were back in Canada for the second year in a row! We attended this event last year¬†where all three of our competitors earned their invites to the 2016 DockDogs World Championship. This trip proved to be just as rewarding, as again, all 3 GSP’s won, and earned their invitations to the 2017 World Championship!

All buckled in and on our way from New Jersey to Ontario, Canada!

Thousand Islands Bridge:

Just some of the privately owned islands among the more than 1,8000 islands in Thousand Islands!

 

Waiting in line at Customs:

Look out, Ontario – the Liver Killers are in town!

We arrived at K-9 Central  Рlook how close our camper is to the competition pool!  It was so nice to crate the dogs from right under our camper canopy and to be able to watch the competition from our camper spot!

 

Limoncello

Big Air

21’2″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Masters Division

21’5″

Extreme Vertical:  

4’10”

Speed Retrieve 

9.768 seconds

Iron Dog

2631.56 points

Hooch

Big Air

23’6″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Elite Division

25’0″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Super Elite Division

24’7″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Elite Division

25’3″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Super Elite Division

 

Lager

Big Air

19’10”¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Senior Division

Extreme Vertical 

6’0″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†3rd Place Top Gun Division

Margarita

At last year’s event, Tremblay Equine Massage Therapy was there, so we had signed Rita up for a massage.¬† I had taken a picture and shared it with them. The company used Margarita as their “Poster Child!”¬† Tremblay was there again, and Rita got another massage!

A storm rolled in, but it created a beautiful rainbow over the competition pool!

What an exciting event! 2017 World Championship, here we come!

Lighthouse Landing Campground: Marathon, NY

We stopped at Lighthouse Landing Campground for an overnight stay on our way to the dock diving Canadian Wild Card Event.

                                                                                                               Camp Store

 

Lums Pond State Park: Bear, DE

We camped at Lums Pond State Park when the pups competed at the Pets in the Park competition.

We stayed on site 8:

Site 8 was extremely roomy, and had a lot of area to walk the dogs!  Other sites we wrote down to consider if site 8 was take are:  9 or 11

Lums Pond State Park is built around the largest fresh water pond in Delaware.  They offer camping, fishing, hiking trails, and a tree-top adventure course.

 

Pets in the Park: Newark, DE

Pets in the Park was held on June 10th and 11th, 2017 in Newark, Delaware.

Limoncello

If you remember from our Steel Stacks event, Limoncello had been a bit “off.”¬† Her performance was still not her usual, so we scratched her from the rest of the event in case she wasn’t feeling well.

Big Air:

14’8″¬† ¬† ¬† 19’3″

16’4″¬† ¬† ¬† 16’2″

 

Hooch

Big Air:

21’3″¬† ¬† ¬†23’2″

Big Air Finals:¬† ¬† ¬†21’11”¬† ¬† ¬†21’3″¬† ¬† ¬†2nd Place Elite Division

 

Lager 

Big Air (with Brian):

19’4″¬† ¬† ¬†19’1″¬† ¬† ¬†2nd Place Senior Division

19’7″¬† ¬† ¬†18’3″¬† ¬† ¬†1st Place Senior Division¬†

 

Margarita

Margarita stayed cool in her crate behind the fan and cheered her teammates on from the shade!

Liver Killer Bling:

Keystone DockDogs at SteelStacks: Bethlehem, PA

SteelStacks is one of our favorite venues for dock diving – and Keystone DockDogs is one of the best hosts!

We were able to camp right in the parking lot at SteelStacks too!

Limoncello:

This was a very “off” event for Cello.¬† She was definitely not herself, and it showed through in her performance.¬† We wound up scratching her from some of her jumps until we could get her seen by a vet to be sure she was OK.

Picture Credit: Pics By Kim

Big Air:

20’9″

19’7″

19’1″

 

Extreme Vertical:

4’10”

Speed Retrieve:

9.208 seconds

 

Hooch:

Photo Credit: Becca Conner

Big Air:

23’3″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Elite

23’6″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Elite

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

Photo Credit: Pics By Kim

Lager:

Big Air (with Jenny)

19’2″

18’0″

Photo credit: Pics By Kim

Big Air (with Brian)

18’0″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†3rd Place Senior

20’0″

Photo credit: Pics By Kim

Extreme Vertical (with Jenny)

5’8″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Cadet

Pic Credit: Becca Conner

 

Margarita:

Margarita enjoyed her time chewing on treats, playing with toys, getting attention from fellow competitors, and hanging out with an adorable Bernese Mountain Dog puppy!

Liver Killer Bling: Gift bag full of goodies, medals, and ribbons!

If you are in the area and can stop at SteelStacks, it’s worth the trip – the stacks are amazing to see in person, and they host some pretty cool events and great concerts!