Whiskey Turns ONE !

Whiskey’s First Birthday

December 31, 2018

Birthday breakfast:

Fried Egg, tater tots, bacon, pancakes, and banana

Birthday dinner:

Filet mignon, salmon, mashed sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, and pineapple

 

 

Birthday cake:

Birthday fun:

First “Big Girl car ride” using a car harness instead of traveling in a crate with her idol, Limoncello

 

Swimming indoors at Green Leaf Pet Resort with her idol, Limoncello

First Hike at Estell Manor Park

 

Lakeside Patio: Take 2!

The 2014 flagstone patio project did not hold up well, and our patio went back to being unsafe to walk on.  When the bulkhead was being done, the flagstone was pretty much completely destroyed.  In addition, we had so much more space, so it was time to look into something different.

Although we loved the flagstone, we decided it would be best to replace it with something more suitable for holding up tothe wear-and-tear of our pack of pups.

 

Before                                                                                                      After

 

 

 

Whiskey’s First Hike: Estell Manor Park; Mays Landing, NJ

For Whiskey’s first birthday, we kicked-off the weekend by taking her on a solo adventure. Whiskey is not able to do difficult hikes or long walks due to her shoulder issue, so we took her on a mini-hike at Estell Manor Park in South Jersey.

This area was owned by the Estell family and was the site of a glassworks company in the 1800’s.

This land then became the home of a munitions plant during World War I. Click HERE to read more.

Whiskey explored the ruins of Bethlehem Loading Company from 1918 – a WWl Munitions complex.

The park had a nice boardwalk throughout the forrest.

This park really had some beautiful pathways!

Whiskey inspected the river rocks in South River.

What a gorgeous park with wonderful views of South River!

Christmas 2018 (Whiskey and Porter’s First)

Annual Christmas video 2018

 

Porter had a separate segment in addition to the above video because he was still our foster dog and we did a separate video for the rescue that just featured Porter.

This was both Whiskey and Porter’s first Christmas!

Porter left Santa some pizza and beer…way better than milk and cookies! Haha!

Merry Christmas from our pack to yours!

Beadling’s English Porter (AKA Porter 182201-P-D-NC)

As soon as our GSP Rescue of NJ foster, Maxeen, went home with her new FURever family, we contacted Pointer Rescue, Org, to let them know we were ready to welcome another foster into our home.  They told us that they had a female pointer named Lacey, who was in danger so we told them we’d foster her.  A few minutes later, they sent another message that they had a safe place for Lacey, but a young male who was found as a stray was just days away from being euthanized in a high kill shelter in North Carolina.  We immediately responded that we would foster him.  I asked what his name was… Porter! 🍺

Porter’s transport was set, and he was to arrive in New Jersey on December 15th.

Porter in the NC shelter:

Porter was picked up at the shelter in North Carolina by a PRO volunteer and taken to a veterinarian.

Porter in the veterinarian’s office in North Carolina:

Great friends of ours signed up to do the last two legs of the transport and bring him directly to our home!

With a name like Porter, we had to give him a big Liver Killer welcome of beer-themed toys and even a beer themed collar!

Porter was completely emaciated and exhausted from his travels.

Porter was “weighed-in” on our antique scale.

Porter did nothing but sleep for almost an entire week.  He then began to show interest in playing with Whiskey when he started to gain some strength.

On January 2, Porter began to have cluster seizures.  After several months of medication adjustments and trips to the ER, we decided that Porter needed us, and had already found his FURever family. On May 9, 2019 we officially adopted Porter!

 

 

Maxeen: GSP Rescue of NJ Foster

On Friday night, October 26, 2018, Brian and I were on our way out the door to go to dinner when we got a call about someone in our area who wanted to surrender their German Shorthaired Pointer, and wanted the dog out of the home as soon as possible.  GSP Rescue of NJ had a foster family who quickly stepped up to foster, so all we needed to do was pick up the dog and have her as our guest for the weekend until the foster family could pick her up.

We contacted the owner, and postponed our dinner plans.

We met Maxeen in the owners home.  Her owner told us that Maxeen is 15 months old, and was purchased as a hunting dog.  Maxeen did not have any interest in hunting, and spent a lot of time in her crate.  Since her owner was avid hunter, and knew he could not give Maxeen the time she needed, he thought it was best to re-home her.  After proper paperwork was filled out, we brought Maxeen back home with us.

 We weighed her in on the antique scale, as we do with all of our fosters…

Maxeen was amazing.  Super affectionate, crate trained, house trained, and very eager to please!

Maxeen went with her foster family on Sunday.  In a few days, that family decided they were interested in adopting her.  Before the adoption was official, however, Maxeen and the foster family’s resident dog had a few issues with getting along.  It was determined that Maxeen was not a good fit for the foster family to adopt – and in everyone’s best interest, it was determined that the ideal situation was to find Maxeen another foster. Rather than have Maxeen go through another adjustment getting used to another family, we decided to take Maxeen back to our house until she found a forever home.

On November 27th, we picked Maxeen up again to take her in as our longer-term foster.

Maxeen is smart, full of energy, and willing to please!

GSP Rescue of NJ had many approved applicants waiting to add a fur-kid to their family.  However, that list was greatly narrowed down knowing that Maxeen was best fit to be an only-dog.

When we spoke to the family we thought was the best match for Maxeen, we knew immediately that they’d love her like we would!  They drove 3 hours to come meet her on December 8, 2018 , and as soon as they came through the door, Maxeen greeted them both with lots of kisses.

We all knew immediately that Maxeen’s forever family had been found, and Maxeen’s Christmas wish had come true!  Her family took her home with them that day.

Merry Christmas, Maxeen and family!

 

Bulkhead

We knew when we bought our fixer-upper historic log cabin ten years ago that we would need a new bulkhead sooner than we’d like.  Next to having to rip the entire roof off of the house, this was the biggest home improvement project we have completed.  The old cement bulkhead was beginning to fall off into the lake, and much of our lakefront property had eroded.  Although it was a huge job, I am happy the original bulkhead hung in there for almost a decade!

The picture below shows the old cement bulkhead:

The old cement bulkhead had to be broken up and hauled out to the dumpster in our driveway:

The new posts were driven into the lakebed:

You can see how much of the land eroded that we gained back with the new bulkhead:

Huge truckloads of dirt were delivered and dumped in the driveway:

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The construction company had to take down our fence and use trucks and bobcats to transport materials in and out of the lakefront area, which meant leash-walking all the dogs while the project was underway.

“Dead-men” posts were set back into the property threaded with rebar anchor rods to hold the bulkhead in place:

Dirt was then hauled to the lakeside and back-filled to the new bulkhead:

It was a stressful (and messy!) time, but I am relieved that the new bulkhead is completed!

New wooden bulkhead:

Before/After:

 

 

 

Agatha: GSP Rescue of NJ Foster

Agatha is a three year-old German Shorthaired Pointer who was found as a stray in Northern New Jersey.  GSP Rescue of NJ stepped in to help this sweet girl.  Agatha was on stray-hold for a week, and then was spayed by the rescue’s vet in North Jersey.

 

On November 16th, we drove north about an hour to a turnpike rest-stop to meet a fellow rescue volunteer who offered to transport Agatha so we didn’t have to drive as far to pick her up.

Agatha had a stuffed monkey to help her heal from her surgery.

Once we met her in person, we quickly agreed that Agatha looked more like an English Pointer than a German Shorthaired Pointer.

 

Another fellow GSP Rescue volunteer who had seen our pictures of Agatha on our Facebook, fell in love, and decided to adopt her!

One of my students fell in love with Agatha and drew her picture as a gift to her forever family.

Just a few days later, on the night before Thanksgiving, the rescue volunteer and her husband came to meet Agatha, and took her home!

Happy Thanksgiving, Agatha and Family!

 

 

Sinbad the Coast Guard Dog

With respect, honor, and gratitude on this Veterans Day:
Thank you to all who have served our country and for the sacrifices you have made to protect our freedom.
For those of you just joining our adventures, our German Shorthaired Pointer, Lager, is a retired Explosives Detection Canine.  Lager served 18 months in Iraq at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
For Veterans Day 2018, we took Lager to visit the grave of Sinbad the Coast Guard Dog.

🐕Sinbad (c. 1937 – 30 December 1951) was a mixed-breed Dog who served 11 years aboard the USCGC Campbell (WPG-32), including combat in World War II. He was one of only two animals to be classified as non-commissioned officers by an arm of the United States military, rather than property, prior to the enactment of regulations to prohibit such decisions.
🐕Sinbad ended his time at sea earning 6 medals, and a rank of K9C Chief Dog (equivalent to Chief Petty Officer). After his death, he was buried at the base of the flagpole at the old Barnegat Light Station in Barnegat Light, New Jersey.

The old Barnegat Light Station in Barnegat Light, New Jersey

Lager at Sinbad’s grave-site

🐕Sinbad’s medals:
🏅American Defense Service Medal
🏅American Campaign Medal
🏅European-African-MiddleEastern
    Campaign Medal
🏅Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
🏅World War II Victory Medal
🏅Navy Occupation Service Medal

Kelly Green Brewing Company:Pittman, NJ

Another enjoyable New Jersey Brewery!

Kelly Green Brewing Company, located in Pittman, NJ, is open Wednesdays from 5 – 10PM, Thursdays from 5 – 10 PM, Fridays from 3- 10 PM, Saturdays from 12 – 10 PM, and Sundays from 12:30 am – 6 PM.

You can take a tour any time during brewery hours, and if you don’t plan to hang out in their tasting room, you can bring your growler in to be filled with your favorite Kelly Green Brewing Co. beer.

Right now their beer cannot be bought in stores – it is brewed and sold exclusively at the brewery.

We enjoyed the beer, the atmosphere, and the fellow beer drinkers here!

Bonesaw Brewing Company: Glassboro, NJ

A colleague at work recommended we try Bonesaw Brewing Co.  so of course we couldn’t resist!

Owned by a surgeon and his brother-in-law, Bonesaw is open 7 days a week, and allows dogs on the outdoor patio area.

This brewery has quite a few beers on tap!  Click HERE to see their menu.

We very much enjoyed our flight of beer, and will definitely visit Bonesaw again soon!

 

Hooch’s Subaru Gig!

Hooch was chosen to do a photo shoot for the 2019 Subaru Forester seat cover!

He is currently featured online in the accessory options when building your own Subaru Forester online, as well as in the accessories brochure within the dealerships.  Some dealerships also have a window cling that Hooch is featured on!

Did you know that Subaru works with the Southeastern Guide Dogs,  a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the task of helping blind men and women achieve independence through the means of a guide dog.  Subaru sponsors a number of events that fund the training and development of guide dogs, who will ultimately be paired with people who need them.

During the month of October, through the “Subaru Loves Pets initiative,” Subaru retailers also collect new pet supplies to donate to local animal organizations in the dealership’s communities, and provide shelter supply kits for fur-kids awaiting adoption. They also donate starter kits for new pet-adopting families.

 

Secondary IDEXX Laboratory Taurine Test

On October 18, 2018 Limoncello had a check-up with our primary veterinarian, Dr. Helen Campbell at Old York Veterinary Hospital to have a Taurine test done. This time the test was performed through IDEXX Laboratory.

It has been two months since we had deleted all legumes from our pack’s diet, and switched them all to kibble that included good grains. It has also been two months that Cello had been on an increased supplemented amount of Taurine.

Limoncello’s Taurine plasma level had now risen from 50 to 216. This was high considering the normal plasma range is 60-120. However, when we consulted Cello’s cardiologist, Dr. Bossbaly, she suggested that we still keep Limoncello on all the same supplements and doses, including the 1,500mg of Taurine twice daily.

2018 DockDogs World Championship; Knoxville, TN

I am disappointed in myself for falling behind on this blog, but writing about Margarita’s Lymphoma journey each week has prompted me to remember the whole reason I began this journal of posts in the first place:  to share all the memories that have been gifted to me by my fur-kids.  It’s important to me to be able to look back on just how blessed we are to be spending a part of our lives with each and every special 4-legged angel included in this blog.

My first “catch-up” post is the 2018 DockDogs World Championship!

This was our 4th consecutive year that we have been fortunate enough to have all competing dogs qualify for the World Championship.  Even though two out of our five do not compete, we have a “no dog left behind” policy, so we travel in our camper as a family to this exciting event!

Of course we updated all of our team “bling!”

2019 Trading Cards

Team Banner:

Team Shirts:

Special Shirt Made for Whiskey’s First Year:

RV Window Decals:

This is the 2nd year the World Championship was held in Knoxville, TN.

Getting ready to leave, and tracking our miles along our road trip:

My mom was waiting outside of her house to wish us luck!

We were worried about how Whiskey would handle such a long trip…but she didn’t seem to mind one bit!

 

 

Every year one of the DockDogs clubs puts out a Road Trip Bingo game for all team handlers to play along the way!

We did get Bingo, but did not win first place!

Some road trippin’ fun along the way:

We are HERE!!!!!!!!!!!

Check-in:

The moment we’ve all been waiting for!!!!!!

Dog Town:

The amazing lady in this next photo is one of the people who helped Whiskey (then known as “Wish”) on her freedom ride from the kill-shelter to our house in NJ. Not only did she do several legs of the transport in TN, she sent Whiskey with special treats to wish her well in her new life.  When she heard that Whiskey had made the World Championship, she booked a hotel and came out to meet us, visit with Whiskey, and watch her up on the competition dock! As you can see, the blur-that-is-Whiskey was just a “little” excited!

 

As we arrived and set up our spot in “Dog Town,” a friend of ours presented me with one of the most amazing surprises ever!

He was going to paint Whiskey in between competitions!

 

“Paint me like one of your French girls.”

This was one of THE most thoughtful and loving gifts we had ever received!

Limoncello:  Team Coach

Cello is now retired due to heart disease.  She very much enjoyed hanging out at the team canopy and getting lots of attention from her DockDogs family!

Hooch

Hooch was fired up, but his normal 23+ foot jumps were just not there.

Round 1:

  • Big Air:
    • 21′ 7″
    • 21′ 5″

Round 2:

  • Big Air:
    • 21′ 0″
    • 21′ 8″

 

Lager

Round 1:

  • Big Air:
    • 17’8″
    • 18’3″
  • Extreme Vertical:
    • 5’8″
  • Speed Retrieve:
    • 9.873 seconds
  • Iron Dog Score:
    • 2579.84 points (ranked 21 overall for Round 1)

Round 2:

  • Big Air:
    • 17’3″
    • 18’11”
  • Extreme Vertical:
    • Double-missed (no score – which unfortunately also disqualified him from getting a qualifying Iron Dog score)
  • Speed Retrieve:
    • 7.582 seconds

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Rita  enjoyed  “helping”  during  setup!  

She also enjoyed hanging out with her main-man, Mr. Spock the English Pointer!

Whiskey

This was Whiskey’s first trip to the World Championship, but not her first time in TN… Whiskey was born in TN and dumped in a kill shelter before we took her in as a foster pup with Pointer Rescue, Organization in May 2018.

Round 1:

  • Big Air:
    • Timed-out (refused to jump)

Round 2:

  • Big Air:
    • Timed-out (refused to jump)

Although Whiskey refused to jump, she sure put on a show for the crowd!

Although none of our competing dogs performed as well as we had hoped, we are thrilled we had another opportunity to be a part of such an exciting event, and honored to have competed against the best dogs in the World!  People asked us if we were disappointed in our dog’s performance – NEVER!  Would we have liked to have made finals?  SURE! But, what’s most important is that our dogs had a blast, we had fun competing our dogs,  and we learned from the experience.

Brian and Lager

Jenny and Hooch

Jenny/Rita and Brian/Cello

Jenny and Whiskey

We are very much looking forward to the 2019 Dock Diving Season!

Southlake RV Park: Knoxville, TN

Limoncello, Hooch, Lager, Margarita, and Whiskey stayed at Southlake RV Park while attending the DockDogs World Championship in October 2018.

The campground was decorated for Halloween.

Our campsite:

What a great view and a huge area to walk the dogs!

 

Whiskey on Pointer Rescue, Organization’s Shirt

While Whiskey was still our Pointer Rescue, Org’s foster dog, “Wish,” I had shared a screen-shot of her from a video I took of her on “point.”

One of the volunteers took that shot and turned it into one of the rescue’s fund-raising shirts!

You can view the fundraising event and buy a shirt by clicking HERE!

We are so proud of our little girl as her image helps other needy Pointers!

Jumping into Jersey at the Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show: Tuckerton, NJ

This annual competition will always hold a special place in our hearts. Back in 2013, this was Limoncello’s very first DockDogs event!

I packed some fun gear to wear while jumping Whiskey and Hooch!

Limoncello:  Team Captain

Every captain deserves their own chair, right?! Limoncello kept the crew in-line back at our Team Canopy.

Hooch

Big Air:

  • 22′ 5″
  • 22′ 2″
  • 22′ 6″
  • 22′ 9″
  • Big Air Finals:  22′ 0″  1st Place Elite Division Finals

Extreme Vertical (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 6′ 2″

 

Lager

Big Air:

  • 19′ 9″  1st Place Senior Division
  • 19′ 0″  First Place Senior Division
  • 18′ 7″  First Place Senior Division
  • 18′ 7″  2nd Place Senior Division
  • Big Air Finals: 18′ 8″  2nd Place Senior Division

Extreme Vertical (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 5’10” 1st Place Cadet Division 

Speed Retrieve (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 7.310 seconds 3rd Place Turbo Division

Iron Dog (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 2867.36 points 3rd Place Titan Division Iron Dog

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita cheered her siblings on, but in-between competition waves, she posed for pictures around the Tuckerton Seaport!

Whiskey

Whiskey decided yet again, just like at the Hebron Harvest Fair, she was done with jumping! She was still a crowd favorite with her antics up on the dock!

 

We had a wonderful time, as usual, at this event!

 

Liver Killer Bling

Wiskey Earns an Invitation to the 2018 DockDogs World Championships!

Whiskey (then still Wish our foster dog) earned her invitation to compete in the 2018 DockDogs World Championships!

(She earned this at a qualifier she jumped at before we had adopted her which is why her name on the invite is “WISHkey!”)

There had been no other English Pointers competing this year, so Whiskey also was ranked as the #1 DockDogs English Pointer! We are so proud of this little nugget!

Nelson’s Family Campground: East Hampton, CT

When we competed at the 2018 Hebron Harvest Fair, we camped at Nelson’s Family Campground.

We stayed on site T-48.

Although this site was directly across from the campground’s service center, it was a perfect site for us, as it had a very roomy grass area to walk the dogs.

 

This campground had a lot to offer!

  • Themed Weekends with Scheduled Activities
  • 60′ Swimming Pool
  • Snack Bar (limited hours)
  • Pool Tables
  • Horseshoes
  • Shuffleboard
  • Basketball courts
  • Volleyball court
  • Softball and Soccer Fields
  • Mini Golf
  • Fishing
  • Bingo
  • Cable TV
  • Pets Allowed (on leash)
  • Firewood & Ice Sales
  • Camp Store
  • Laundromat
  • On-site RV Sales & Service

Hebron Harvest Fair; Hebron, CT

Hebron Harvest Fair is another event that we hope to get to every year.  The venue is great, and the crowds are amazing!

Our team canopy – I miss our American Flag canopy and will be on a mission to find another for the 2019 Season!

Limoncello:  Team Coach

Limoncello enjoyed naps in the camper in between competition days!

The job of a coach is never done!

Hooch

Big Air

  • 21′ 3″
  • 22′ 3″
  • 21′ 10″
  • Pro Finals:  21′ 7″  First Place PRO Division

Extreme Vertical:  All-in-One Finals Format

  • 6’2″

Lager

 

Big Air

  • 19′ 4″
  • 19′ 8″
  • 19′ 8″

Extreme Vertical:  All-in-One Finals Format

  • 6ft

Speed Retrieve:  All-in-One Finals Format 

  • 7.230 seconds Third Place Turbo Division

Iron Dog:  All-in-One Finals Format

  • 2883.05 points  2nd Place Titan Division 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita walked around the fair and gave out her love to all the spectators.

Rita also enjoyed napping in the camper in between the competition days!

Whiskey

Whiskey decided she was done with jumping!

I could not get her off the dock the entire competition, so she had no scores for this event!

Despite the fact that our team didn’t do as well as we would have liked, our dogs – most importantly – had a blast doing what they love!

Sandy Beach RV and Camping Resort: Coontocook, NH

We camped here while attending the 2018 Hopkinton State Fair.

We stayed on site G9

We arrived much later than expected and it was SO dark that we missed a turn.  People at this campground were so nice  – before we knew it we had a whole crew of people helping us back up (NOT an easy thing to do where we ended up!) One of the campers even drove in their golf cart to lead us to our campsite. I don’t know what we would have done without their help that night!

There was plenty of space to walk the dogs.  All the campers were so excited to meet the “dock dogs!”

This was our first time staying at this campground – but we liked it so much that we already booked it for the 2019 Hopkinton Fair!

Hopkinton State Fair: Contoocook, NH

We were thrilled that we were able to make it to one of our favorite annual events again this year – The Hopkinton State Fair !

The only bummer was that this year they had a target shooting show close to the competition pool, which freaked-out a lot of the dogs (one even broke out of his kennel – thank goodness he was safely caught).  Our dogs were NOT fans of this noise, and we had to scratch them from several of the competition jumps.

Limoncello:  Team Coach

Our team coach gave the competitors some good “Pointers” during our trip up to New Hampshire.

 

Hooch

Big Air

20’7″

22’0″

23’7″  2nd Place Elite Division

22’5″

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Finals Format

6’0″

Lager

 

Big Air

19’8″

18’9″

19’9″

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Finals Format

5’10”

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita’s main-man, Mr. Spock the English Pointer, brought her roses!

Whiskey

Big Air

3’5″  1st Place Novice Division (Whiskey’s first 1st Place medal!)

4’6″  2nd Place Novice Division

This may be my most favorite video ever…even though I am the one being made out to be a fool! Haha!  Whiskey was a crowd favorite as she ran through my legs (in the opposite direction of the pool!) I chased her on the dock and the crowd was going wild!

So proud of this little girl!

A family we met two years ago at this event made a special trip back just to see us, and give us a special gift in celebration of our new family member…some Tennessee Whiskey to celebrate OUR Tennessee Whiskey!

We had a great time seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and hanging out with our pups…AND we accomplished what we came here for:  Whiskey had to jump at least once at another National level event in order to be able to accept the DockDogs World Championship invite she earned in Canada – mission accomplished…Whiskey’s going to Worlds!

Bedford Creek Marina and Campground: Sackets Harbor, NY

On our way to the K9 Central Wild Card Double Header, we stayed overnight for the first time at Bedford Creek Marina and Campground .

We had a nice end spot with room to walk the dogs.

When Rita and I went for our first walk, look at what we saw at someone’s campsite!  I was hoping we’d get to see the GSP, but we didn’t.  Maybe next time!

This campground offers a beach, boat rentals, marina, pizza & ice cream shop, and mini golf!

Margarita and I walked down to see the beach in the morning.

What a view!

Rita enjoyed stalking all the birds!

Taking in the views!

 

This campground was a great stop-over!

K9 Central Wild Card Double Header: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

This venue by far is our favorite!  The event at K9 Central has camping on site, awesome pool set-up, and some of THE nicest people you will ever meet!

Not only is the venue our favorite, the easy drive, and the beautiful scenery add to the enjoyment of our road trip.

One of the most exciting parts of this journey is the Thousand Islands Bridge.

I am not a fan of bridges – especially narrow ones (yikes!).

However, I do my best to put my fear aside so that I don’t miss out on the beautiful scenery of the Thousand Islands area on either side of the bridge.  The view is gorgeous, and you get to see many of the privately owned islands while crossing the bridge.

 

The past few years we had taken a few extra days off for this trip, so we are usually the first ones there!  We love how close our camper is to the pool!

This was also the first trip in our new camper!

We upgraded to a bigger camper with double slides so we could have more room !


Limoncello:  Team Coach

Limoncello enjoyed lounging in the camper with Margarita.   Coaching Hooch and Lager is a “ruff” job – so Cello relieved some stress by getting a massage from our friend, Marti, at Pawz Therapy.

Hooch

Big Air

  • 22’6″
  • 23’3″  1st Place Elite Division
  • 22’9″
  • 24’1″  1st Place Elite Division
  • 23’3″  1st Place Elite Division
  • 22’9″
  • Big Air Pro Division Finals:  22’6

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Final Format

This probably was the most exciting Extreme Vertical for Hooch and Jenny as a team!  Hooch matched his personal best, grabbed the bumper at 6’6″  and in the end earned 3rd Place Top Gun Division  – but not before Hooch had to go into a “jump-off” with 2 other dogs who were in a 3-way tie with him!

Lager

Big Air 

  • 17’7″
  • 19’1″
  • 20’9″  2nd Place Master Division
  • 18’6″  2nd Place Senior Division
  • 19’2″  1st Place Senior Division
  • 19’8″ 1st Place Senior Division

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Final Format

  • 6’2″

Speed Retrieve All-in-One Final Format

  • 7.037seconds  1st Place Turbo Division

Iron Dog All-in-One Final Format

  • 2920.34  3rd Place Gladiator Division

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita made sure to get her beauty rest in the camper with Limoncello in between cheering-on her siblings during the competition.  She also enjoyed a massage with Marti!

Whiskey (Wish): First Ever DockDogs Competition AND Adoption Day!

Whiskey was still our foster dog, Wish at the time of this trip.  However, she had begun jumping into the lake at home, so I figured, why not try her up on the dock?!?!

We had been calling her “Wish the Fish,” so I bought Whiskey very own “fish wubba” for the dock.

I registered her under the name “WISHkey,” as a guest Liver Killer team member, and hoped for the best! Whiskey not only jumped into the pool, but earned herself a DockDogs World Championship invitation!

Big Air

5’10”

4’3″

7’0″  Second Place Novice Division

6’3″  Second Place Novice Division

We had fallen in love with Whiskey long before this trip, but had been fighting the urge to adopt her.  We decided while on this trip we would no longer fight that fight, and called Pointer Rescue, Organization to let them know we would like to adopt her.  Welcome home, Tennessee Whiskey!

Liver Killer Bling

We had been known for our American Flag team canopy for quite some time now.  Unfortunately, at this event, a huge wind gust came along and mangled it! We have been searching for another one ever since.

This was also not a very good “maiden voyage” in our new camper.   It had rained very hard the last day of this competition, and the ground became extremely muddy. We sank – A LOT – and had to get towed out.

 

Luckily there was no damage done to the camper and we made it safely home!

We can’t wait to come back to Canada next year!

 

 

5-Month Check-Up

Almost immediately after diagnosis of Limoncello’s DCM, news regarding the grain-free diets being the culprit for many dogs’ cardiac issues exploded.

At this appointment with Cello’s cardiologist, Dr. Bossbaly, an echocardiogram was done. This time the test revealed that despite the fact that Limoncello was taking the suggested supplements and had displayed no symptoms whatsoever, her heart murmur increased in severity from a grade 2 to a grade 3, and her DCM had worsened. Although Cello’s heart rate was normal, her echocardiogram measurements of her heart’s left ventricle both in diastole (relaxation) and in systole (contraction) phases had increased, which confirmed progression of her heart disease. We were devastated.

Due to the new developments on the grain-free diets, it was highly suggested that change not only Limoncello’s diet, but the diet of our whole pack. Blood work was drawn and sent to UC Davis to determine Limoncello’s Taurine level. Results revealed that Cello had a low plasma Taurine level of 50. (Normal plasma range of Taurine in dogs is 60-120, and Normal Whole Blood range is 200-350).

We were told to increase Cello’s Taurine from 1,000mg twice daily to 1,500mg twice daily, and to keep her L-Carnitine and Coenzyme Q10 the same. A 5-month follow-up echocardiogram was also scheduled.

During the appointment I was provided with a handout with information about the study of grain-free diets. The following information is copied directly from Limoncello’s discharge paperwork, and is written by Dr. Lisa M. Freeman, a veterinary nutritionist and professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University:

  1. Popular grain-free dog foods may be linked to heart disease. The common factor was a diet heavy in peas, lentils, chickpeas, and potatoes – the carbohydrates typically intended to replace the grains. Diets with exotic ingredients such as kangaroo, duck, fava beans, buffalo, tapioca, salmon, lamb, barley, bison, and venison and even some vegan diets have been associated. DCM has now even been seen in dogs eating raw or home-prepared diets.
  2. There is ongoing suspicion that the disease is associated with these boutique or grain-free diets, with some of dogs improving when their diets changed. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine and veterinary cardiologists are currently investigating this issue.
  3. Exotic ingredients are on the rise. Exotic ingredients are more difficult to use. Not only are the more exotic ingredients unnecessary, they also require the manufacturer to have more nutritional expertise to be nutritious and healthy. Exotic ingredients have different nutritional profiles and different digestibility than typical ingredients, and also have the potential to affect metabolism of other nutrients. For example, the bioavailability and metabolism of Taurine is different in a lamb-based diet compared to a chicken-based diet or can be affected by the amount and types of fiber in the diet.
  4. Dr. Freeman believes pet owners are feeding these exotic ingredients because they’re falling victim to marketing which portrays exotic ingredients as more natural or healthier than typical ingredients. There is no truth to this marketing, and there is no evidence that these ingredients are any more natural or healthier than more typical ingredients. This is just good marketing that preys on the desire of pet owners to do the best for their pets.
  5. There is no proof that grain- free is better. Many pet owners have unfortunately also bought into the grain-free myth. The fact is that food allergies are very uncommon, so there’s no benefit of feeding pet foods containing exotic ingredients. And while grains have been accused on the Internet of causing nearly every disease known to dogs, grains do not contribute to any health problems and are used in pet food as a nutritious sources of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
  6. Consider your dog’s diet. If you’re feeding boutique, grain-free, or an exotic ingredient diet, reassess whether you can change to a diet with more typical ingredients made by a company with a long track record of producing a good quality diet. Stop reading the ingredient list. Although this is the most common way owners select their pet’s food, it is the least reliable way to do so. Be careful about currently available pet food rating websites that rank pet foods either on opinion or based on myths and subjective information. It is important to use more objective criteria such as research, nutritional expertise, and quality control in judging a pet food. The best way to select what is really the best food for your pet is to ensure the manufacturer has excellent nutritional expertise and rigorous quality control standards.
  7. If you are feeding your dog a boutique, grain-free, or exotic ingredient diet, watch for early signs of heart disease… Weakness, slowing down, less able to exercise, short of breath, coughing, or fainting. Your veterinarian will listen for a heart murmur or abnormal heart rhythm, may do additional tests, or send you to see a veterinary cardiologist for your dog to have x-rays, a blood test, electrocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram).
  8. If your dog is diagnosed with DCM and eating one of the diets discussed above, the following steps are recommended:
    • Ask your veterinarian to test whole blood and plasma taurine levels. The University of California Davis Amino Acid Laboratory is recommended.
    • Report to the FDA. This can be done either online or by telephone. The FDA may be able to help with testing costs for your dog. Reporting it will also help us identify and solve This current problem.
    • Change your dog’s diet to one made by a well-known reputable company and containing standard ingredients such as: chicken, beef, rice, corn, wheat. Changing to a raw or home-cooked diet will not protect your dog from this issue and may increase the risk for other nutritional deficiencies. If your dog requires a home-cooked diet, or has other medical conditions that require special considerations, be sure to talk to a veterinarian or a veterinary nutritionist before making a dietary change.
    • Start Taurine supplementation. Your veterinarian or veterinary cardiologist can recommend an appropriate dose for your dog. Be sure to use a brand of Taurine with good quality control.
    • Any improvements in your dogs DCM can take 3 to 6 months. Your dog will need regular monitoring and may require heart medications during this time. There is no guarantee that your dog will improve but it is certainly worth a try. Make sure your dog is getting the best combination of medications to treat for heart disease, as this can make a difference in the outcome.You can find a board certified veterinary cardiologist near you on this website: https://find.vetspecialists.com/

During this appointment, I was also given a handout from the FDA on how to report a pet food complaint.

Although I have different views on some of the dog food ingredients that were considered standard in Dr. Freeman’s above statements, our entire pack was immediately taken off their grain-free diet of Orijen brand kibble, and I began to research food companies. I also spoke to our primary veterinarian, Dr. Campbell about our pack’s individual nutritional needs. Lastly, I also spoke in great length to the owner of a local dog food supply store who has had relationships with several prestigious dog food companies and distributers for an extensive amount of time.

Cardiology Service Update: Dog Food & Dilated Cardiomyopathy

The following handout was forwarded to me by Limoncello’s cardiologist, Dr. Beth Bossbaly. The Direct link can be accessed by clicking HERE.

CARDIOLOGY SERVICE UPDATES: DOG FOOD & DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY
The Cardiology Service has developed this document in response to the alerts from the FDA. These alerts identify an
associated risk for some grain-free diets containing certain ingredients (legumes like peas, pea components, lentils; white
potatoes, sweet potatoes) and a diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The links provided throughout this document
can be copied and pasted to obtain additional information.
FDA Alerts found here:
https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm613305.htm
https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm616279.htm


What is Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)?
DCM is a heart muscle disorder that results in a weak pump function and heart chamber enlargement. In the early stages of
this disease pets may appear totally healthy with no apparent clinical signs. Later in the course of this disease, dogs may
have a heart murmur, an arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), collapse episodes, weakness or tiredness with exercise, and even
trouble breathing from congestive heart failure. While there are some breeds of dogs (like Dobermans) that have a genetic
predisposition to development of DCM, there are also nutritional factors that may result in this disease.


What should I do?
If you are feeding a diet of concern based upon the FDA alert we recommend that you consult with your veterinarian or
veterinary cardiologist. We provide 4 general points for guidance below:

  1. An initial step is to consider whether you are willing or interested in performing additional testing to assess whether
    your pet is affected with DCM. If you believe your dog is at risk, showing any of the aforementioned clinical signs or would
    prefer to simply rule out any heart disease, we recommend that you first have your pet’s taurine levels tested (both whole
    blood and plasma levels) as well as seek an echocardiogram by a board-certified veterinary cardiologist. Low taurine levels
    are associated with development of DCM in dogs and are sometimes a component of this current issue.
    Information on taurine testing can be found here: https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/labs/amino-acid-laboratory
  2. At this time, diet change is recommended when possible and should be considered regardless of the results obtained
    from any testing. You can consult with your veterinarian in selecting a new diet that avoids the ingredients of concern listed
    by the FDA. When selecting this diet, we recommend that you choose a diet that is manufactured with rigorous quality
    control measures and research behind the formulation. A way to ensure that your diet meets these recommendations is to
    follow the following guidelines that were generated by a large number of the world’s leading experts in veterinary nutrition.
    Food selection guidelines found here:
    https://www.wsava.org/WSAVA/media/Arpita-and-Emma-editorial/Selecting-the-Best-Food-for-your-Pet.pdf
  3. If your pet is identified through testing to have a low blood taurine level or evidence of DCM by echocardiogram, we urge
    you to report this information to the FDA.
    FDA reporting guidelines found here: https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm
  4. Work with your veterinarian(s) to determine the best course of action and medical treatments if indicated. In the case of
    a DCM diagnosis, diet change alone may not be sufficient and additional medications may be prescribed.

Please continue to monitor the FDA website and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Newsfeeds for updates and
recommendations regarding this issue.

How to Report a Pet Food Complaint

The following handout was given to me at Limoncello’s 5-Month Check-Up appointment at VSEC with Dr. Bossbaly. You can also access the link directly by clicking HERE.

How to Report a Pet Food Complaint

Report a Pet Food Complaint

You can report complaints about a pet food product electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or you can call your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.Your report to the FDA is important. Thank you for submitting it. The FDA continues to devote time, energy, and resources to monitor reports of illness that could be related to pet foods, to determine their root causes where possible. The FDA will review your report to determine whether any follow-up investigation is possible or needed based on the information provided. A follow-up investigation could include collecting pet food or treats, or seeking a diagnostic sample from your pet for analysis. Even if no testing of pet food products or diagnostic samples is needed, your report will be part of adverse event and product surveillance to help prevent future problems. You may choose to have your pet food product tested by a private laboratory, but testing may be costly. The FDA cannot pay for private laboratory testing costs or provide reimbursement for veterinary costs associated with your animal’s illness.

Please have as much of the following information available when submitting your complaint:

Consumers often transfer dry pet food into other containers for easier handling.  If possible, please save the original packaging until the pet food has been consumed.  The packaging contains IMPORTANT information often needed to identify the variety of pet food, the manufacturing plant, and the production date.

  • Exact name of the product and product description (as stated on the product label)
  • Type of container (e.g. box, bag, can, pouch, etc.)
  • Product intended to be refrigerated, frozen, or stored at room temperature
  • Lot number – This number is often hard to find and difficult to read.  It is stamped onto the product packaging and typically includes a combination of letters and numbers, and is always in close proximity to the best by/before or expiration date (if the product has a best by/before or expiration date).  The lot number is very important as it helps us determined the manufacturing plant as well as the production date.
  • Best by, best before or expiration date
  • UPC code (also known as the bar code)
  • Net weight
  • Purchase date and exact location where purchased.
  • Results of any laboratory testing performed on the pet food product
  • How the food was stored, prepared, and handled

Description of the problem with the product.  Examples include:

  • Foul odor, off color
  • Swollen can or pouch, leaking container
  • Foreign object found in the product.

If you think your pet has become sick or injured as a result of consuming a pet food product also provide information about your pet, including:

  • Species (dog, cat, rabbit, fish, bird, other)
  • Age, weight, breed, pregnant, spayed/neutered
  • Previous health status of pet
  • Any pre-existing conditions your pet has
  • Whether you give your pet any other foods, treats, dietary supplements or drugs
  • How much of the suspected product your pet normally consumes
  • How much of the “suspect” product was consumed from the package?
  • How much of the product you still have
  • Clinical signs exhibited by your pet (such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy)
  • How soon after consuming the product the clinical signs appeared
  • Your veterinarian’s contact information, diagnosis and medical records for your pet
  • Results of any diagnostic laboratory testing performed on your pet
  • How many pets consuming the product exhibited clinical symptoms
  • Whether any pets that consumed the product are not affected
  • Whether your pet spends time outdoors unsupervised
  • Why you suspect the pet food caused the illness

Crystal Springs Wilderness Lodges & RV Resort: Cream Ridge, NJ

Brian and I camped at Crystal Springs Wilderness Lodges & RV Resort for our 11th anniversary on August 4, 2018!

The site was spacious!

Around the campground…

Margarita found a friend! This bull is actually a smoker!  I was hoping we’d get to see someone using it during our stay – I  bet it looks so neat when the meat is cooking and the smoke is coming out of the bull’s nose!

Margarita

Margarita

Whiskey enjoyed the scenery too

Whiskey noticed a friend off in the distance – but was too afraid to go closer!

Hanging out around outside our camper and enjoying the weather!

We love playing Scrabble – and the dogs love helping their Pop!

Hooch wants to play the winner!


Mojitos, beer, and Scrabble – our kind of summer day!

Another great camping trip – and another year in the books – Happy 11 Years to us!

 

Another visit to Crystal Springs in 2019 for Easter:

Limoncello

Hooch

Margarita

Lager

Porter (His first camping trip!!!)

Whiskey

Village Green Family Campground: Brimfield, MA

We camped for the first time at Village Green Family Campground when we competed at Klem’s DockDog Days.

This campground had been hit hard by a tornado in 2011.  They are still working to recover from the tragic losses that ensued from that disaster.  However, the owners could not have been nicer, and despite what the campground had been through, it looked great and was very enjoyable.

Our campsite was private and had a HUGE living space…perfect for letting the dogs out!

 

Klem’s DockDog Days; Spencer, MA

This was our first time competing at this event held at Klem’s .  We had heard how nice it was – and we sure were not disappointed!  The venue was easy to get in and out of, and the spectators and competitors were very friendly!

Limoncello: Team Coach

In between yelling at the boys, Limoncello enjoyed napping in the shade at our team canopy.

Hooch

Big Air 

23’9″  1st Place Elite Division

23’9″  3rd Place Elite Division

23’3″ 2nd Place Elite Division

Big Air Finals:  23’10”  2nd Place

Extreme Vertical All-in-One-Final Format:  6’2″

Lager

Big Air

18’3″

20’0″

20’1″

20’11”

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Final Format:  5’10”

Speed Retrieve

7.136 seconds   3rd Place Turbo Division

Iron Dog

2892.45 points  First Place Titan Division

Margarita

Margarita enjoyed walking the grounds, snacking on yummy treats, and napping along with Cello under our team canopy.

Whiskey

Whiskey was still our foster puppy, “Wish,” at the time.  She enjoyed the attention from all the spectators, and concentrated on doing her best with chewing her special Wish-bone.

 

Overall, this event was a success for our team, and most of all – FUN for all!  We hope to be able to attend this competition next year!

 

Liver Killer Bling:

 

K9 Fun Zone Wild Card Double Header: Caledonia, Ontario, Canada

We enjoyed our trips to Canada so much in the past, that we decided to go to a different part of Ontario to compete at a venue we had never been to in the past…Caledonia! We had heard great things about this event and were very excited to compete at K9 Fun Zone!

Our camping spot on-site at K-9 Fun Zone…so close to the pool!

 

Limoncello:  Team Coach

Limoncello enjoyed a massage from our fiend, Marti, at Pawz Therapy!

Limoncello was also chosen to be the retrieval dog for the charity ball-drop!  This was a special treat for Limoncello – as she has been retired from competing in dock diving due to a heart issue.  To make it even more memorable, Limoncello wore the collar of the owners dog at K-9 Fun Zone, who had recently passed away from cancer.

Hooch

Hooch did not do his best in Big Air at this event, but he made up for that in the Extreme Vertical competition later in the weekend!

Big Air

21’6″

20’4″

21’6″

21’5″

21’1″

21′

21’6″

Semi-Pro Finals:  19’0″   5th Place

Extreme Vertical (All in One Finals format)

Hooch tied his personal best of 6’6″ which earned him 2nd Place overall in the Top Gun Division, and a DockDogs World Championship invitation for Extreme Vertical!

Lager

Lager had a GREAT competition and earned a World Championship invitation in every discipline in which he competed!

Big Air

18’3   2nd Place Senior Division

17’1″

19’3″  2nd Place Senior Division

18’7″  1st Place Senior Division

Extreme Vertical – All in One Final Format

6ft   4th Place Top Gun Division

Speed Retrieve

2884.82  2nd Place Turbo Division – which earned Lager a World Championship Speed Retrieve invitation!

Iron Dog – All in One Final Format

2884.82 points 1st Place Overall Titan Division – this earned him a Titan Iron Dog World Championship invitation!

Dueling Dogs

7.184 seconds  2nd Place in Class 2 Finals – which earned him an invitation to the Dueling Dogs World Championship (Separate from the Dock Dogs World Championship)

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita also enjoyed a massage from our fiend, Marti, at Pawz Therapy! Margarita has gotten a massage each of the three times we have been to Canada so far!

Whiskey (Still Wish, our foster pup)

Whiskey (who was still our foster pup at the time) had a great trip – it was her first time in Canada!  We decided to celebrate by getting her a massage as well! Whiskey liked holding a toy and watching the competition during her massage!

We had been to Canada a couple of times, but have never tried poutine (a dish originating from the Canadian province of Quebec, consisting of French fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy) – we finally had some! It was quite different and we liked it!

This venue gave our the most amazing prize bags!

We were quite happy we decided to try out this competition – we’ll be back next year for sure!

July 4th 2018

4th of July 2018 (Whiskey’s First!)

                                     Whiskey (then still “Wish” our foster pup)

 

PV Pet Pet Palooza: PV Pets, Pennsville, NJ

This was our second year back at this event.  Click HERE to see us at this event last year.

We like this event since it is very close to home!

Limoncello:  Team Coach

Limoncello enjoyed taking a dip in the competition pool in between the scheduled jumps.

Hooch

Big Air

22’9″

Big Air Finals:  22’9″ 2nd Place Pro Division

Lager

Big Air

17’9″

18’5″  3rd Place Senior Division

 

Speed Retrieve

7.605 seconds

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Rita was not impressed at this event, and enjoyed taking naps throughout the day.

Whiskey

Whiskey, still our foster pup, Wish, at the time, enjoyed getting all kinds of attention!

Hog Dog Air Dogs Club Event: Millersville, MD

Last year we decided to try another diving organization:  Ultimate Air Dogs.  We had a blast at the event they held at Hog Dog Productions last year, so we decided to give it another try – – and we were not disappointed!

It was a bonus to be able to camp on-site at Hog Dog Productions!

Limoncello

Limoncello had fun keeping a watch on all the activities from the camper!

Hooch

Splashes:

21’9″   3rd Place Master Division

21’2″   2nd Place Master Division

Master Finals

21’5″ 1st Place

Lager

Splashes:

19’8″  (with Brian)

18’7″  (with Brian)

19’6″ 2nd Place Senior Elite (with Brian)

Senior Elite Finals

20’1″ 2nd Place

Chase-It

7.53 seconds (with Jenny)

 

Fetch-It (with Brian)

16 ft

Margarita

Sweet Reet took a swim (not by her choice! lol) to cool off in the hot temps.

Whiskey

Whiskey (still our foster dog, Wish, at this point) enjoyed watching all the dogs jump from the comfort of her shaded crate under the team canopy.

Pets in the Park: Newark, DE

Back in June 2018, we attended Pets in the Park at Glasgow Park in Newark, DE.

Team Coach: Limoncello

Limoncello did some strategic planning before the event on the camper…

…and also took a nice swim to cool off at the event:

 

Hooch

Big Air:

23’6″  First Place Elite Division

22’1″

22’0″

Big Air Pro Finals: 22’2″

Lager

Big Air (With Brian)

19’2″

19’9″  1st Place Senior Division

18’11”  2nd Place Senior Division

17’2″

 

Extreme Vertical (With Jenny)

5’6″ 3rd Place Cadet Division

Speed Retrieve (With Brian)

7.251 seconds First Place Turbo Division

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita enjoyed visiting with spectators – – and even took a little dip (thanks to Dad!) to cool off!

 

Whiskey (aka Wish)

Whiskey was still our foster dog, “Wish,” at the time of this event.  She took her first dip in a DockDogs pool with Dad’s help too!

 

Liver Killer Bling!

Lilly’s Painting

Remember our Pointer Rescue, Org foster, Lilly ?

Well JJ Kelley, who drove a part of her transport from TN to NJ, painted her from a photo her new FURever family took of Lilly and her new Bro-fur!

JJ Kelley plans to sell her paintings, and donate 50% of sales price to various rescues, fosters, and other groups involved in rescuing pets!

You can see the full post here: Bluej Imagery & Art

Keystone DockDogs at SteelStacks; Bethlehem, PA

We were not scheduled to go to this event because the weather was forecasted to be awful.  However, when we saw the weather took a turn for the better, we quickly packed everyone up in the camper and headed out to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania!

This was our first dock diving event of 2018 – and Whiskey’s first camping trip as well as her first dock diving event.

(Whiskey was still “Wish” our foster dog!)

SteelStacks has been one of our favorite venues! We have also attended this competition in 2016 and 2017 .

Although we arrived too late to compete on the first day, we were able to secure some jumps on Sunday.

 

 

                                                                                            Our team canopy

Limoncello

This was our first competition since Limoncello’s retirement.  Although it was very emotional for us, Cello was quite content with her new “Team Coach” role.  She is allowed to jump into the water leisurely, so at each event in between competitions, we will allow her to take a quick swim.

 

Hooch

Big Air

22’0″

23’5″  1st Place Elite Division

Finals:  22’11”  First Place Elite Division

Lager

Big Air

17’0″

17’6″

Speed Retrieve  7.573 seconds

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita enjoyed people watching and receiving tons of attention from all of her DockDogs family.

Whiskey (then “Wish” our foster dog)

Whiskey, who we took in as a foster in May 2018, was still with us because she had been put on “medical hold” due to several health issues.  Not only did she ride in the camper nicely, she was very well-behaved, even with the abundance people and dogs at the event.

Overall, we had a wonderful time kicking off the start of our 2018 Dock Diving Season!