Upper Aetna’s Schuss Jägermeister

In the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, we saw an email come through from GSP Rescue of NJ about a young German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) named Jäger who needed a foster immediately. Jäger was an owner-surrender because his family could no longer take care of him with his special needs. Unfortunately Jäger suffers from seizures due to Epilepsy. Another volunteer offered to take him in as a foster. Unfortunately, a few days after being in his foster home, Jäger had a major altercation with one of the resident dogs. The foster family wanted him transferred out of their home, as they were not equipped to do crate-and-rotate. Brian and I could not let a dog with epilepsy end up in a boarding facility with no monitoring at night. On August 2, 2020 Jäger was dropped off at our home and he began his adoption journey as our foster dog.

Although a couple of people showed interest in adopting Jäger, they were either out of state (GSP Rescue of NJ only adopts to New York and New Jersey), not willing to do crate-and-rotate, or were not experienced with Epilepsy.

He was very happy here, and we couldn’t deny our love for him. Four months later, on Christmas Day 2020, we officially adopted Jäger! We are very excited to see what adventures this pup will create for us! Welcome to the family, buddy!

Jägermeister’s Christmas Countdown


The cookie countdown is ON!
Don’t stop believin’!
Sorry Santa, I tried my best!
Baby, it’s COVID outside!
Oh DEER… I just found out Santa knows when I’ve been bad or good! #wasntme
Deck yourself before you wreck yourself
Have a TREEmendous Holiday Season
I’m the total package
Sweet but twisted
Have yoursELF a merry little Christmas
Dear Santa, please define “nice”
Seeing is believing
YETI to pawty
Don’t be afraid to shine – the world needs your light
Naughty is the new nice
The greatest gifts are not wrapped in paper…they’re wrapped in fur
Up to sNOw good
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
Christmas wishes and mistletoe kisses
Getting into the Holiday spirits
The best gifts are from the heart, not the store
Channeling my inner Christmas spirit animal
Santa Baby, just slip an adoption contract under the tree for me
Only one more sleep until Santa PAWS comes!

Run Run Rudolph 5k (Margarita’s Last)

Margarita and I completed the Run Run Rudolph 5K on December 24, 2020 during Covid 19 with Margarita’s cousin James and her Aunt Casey.

This was the last 5k Margarita and I ever did together.

I am grateful for the countless memories and adventures Margarita led me on while we walked many miles together. Click HERE to see all the 5K’s Rita and I completed.

I will forever miss my 5k partner.💖

My Running Buddy Rocks 5K

On November 7, 2020, Margarita and I hiked in Bass River State Forest with our friends Jen and her English Pointer, Pearl as we completed the MY Running Buddy Rocks 5K hosted by Run Pups.

A percentage from this virtual 5K’s race fee 10% of your registration went to abandoned dogs being cared for by Charming Pet Rescue

My. running buddy truly does ROCK

Way to go, Reet!

United For the Fight 5K

On November 5th, 2020, Margarita & Whiskey combined efforts to complete the United for the Fight 5K hosted by Flex it Pink. We completed this 5K at Atlantic Shore Pines Campground. This event donated a percentage of our race fee to Stand Up To Cancer .

Margarita

Whiskey

Paws for the Law 5k

On 10/15/20 and 10/18/20, Margarita and I completed the Paws for the Law 5k – a special “Thank You!” to Law Enforcement Officers everywhere.

Police Officers wear ballistic vests as part of their daily uniform, however, the K-9s who are putting themselves between officers and an armed suspects are often not provided the same protection. 100% of the funds raised from this event were used to purchase:

  • K-9 ballistic vests that provide protection against guns and knives for K-9s who are used to help track and apprehend armed suspects
  • Opioid reversal kits for narcotics K-9s who may be exposed to inhaled or ingest drugs.

The charity that hosted this event was The Delisle K-9 Officer Safety Foundation. The DeLisle K-9 Officer Safety Foundation began raising funds for K-9 Officer ballistic vests in the fall of 2016 after hearing of a K-9 shot and killed in the line of duty. These vests cost an average of $1,200 each and are usually not included in police department budgets. Since that time they have become a 501(c)3 and have raised enough funds to purchase 31 bulletproof K-9 vests, helping to protect K-9’s throughout Delaware and across the country. Each vest purchased helps to protect the K-9, which in turn protects our dedicated Police Officers!

Stronger Than Cancer 5k

On 10/19/20 Margarita and I completed the Stronger Than Cancer 5k. This event donated proceeds to Rethink Breast Cancer.

Rethink Breast Cancer’s mission is to empower young people worldwide through innovative education, support, and advocacy. 

We walked this 5k with our dock diving friends, “Team Salty Paws” at Haddon Lake Park.

Scooby Doo 5K

ZOINKS! Looks like we’ve got another mystery on our hands! …Not to worry though – Margarita is on the case! Only one problem… the Mystery Machine was out of commission, so we had to “take a run at it!”

Margarita enjoyed some Scooby Snacks and Scooby themed toys before completing the Scooby-Doo Family and Pet Run/Walk . 

A percentage of our mystery-solving fee was donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital .

Hoot, Waddle & Stroll 5k

On 9/14/20 Jägermeister participated in his very first 5k: Hoot, Waddle & Stroll benefitting the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge . The refuge is located in the Pinelands of Medford Township and cares for more than 5,100 wild animals annually. Cedar Run also aims to promote outdoor health and wellness for all ages and is dedicated to educating children about the importance of conserving our shared habitats.

Chesapeak DockDogs B.A.A.R.K.toberfest

On October 6, 2020 Margarita and I participated in the Chesapeake DockDogs B.A.A.R.K.toberfest 5K, benefiting the The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation, Inc. The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation is 501(c)3 organization which plays a leading role in making grants that enable and strengthen the DockDogs community when members have fallen on hard times.

We walked this one in the historic town of Medford. Medford’s Main Street had their annual scarecrow contest and it was so fun to look at all the scarecrows along the way!

America Runs 5k

🇺🇸America Runs…Even at a Distance.

Margarita completed the virtual America Runs 5K.

A portion of our race fee was donated back to local communities by supporting COVID-19 recovery efforts through The Gannett Foundation. All funds raised were donated across the United States in the hopes of achieving 1 million dollars raised for COVID-19 recovery efforts.

I no longer watch the timer, and don’t pause the race apps (I use Runkeeper and WoofTrax at the same time) for potty breaks, water breaks, or photo ops.. instead, these days the longer our walks are, the better – and I enjoy every second of every one of our 5Ks!

Jumping into Fall: Bennington, VT

This was our 2nd and last dock diving competition in 2020 due to the cancellations of events and restrictions during the Covid 19 pandemic. This was also Jägermeister’s first camping trip.

Limoncello

  • Big Air
    • 17’11”
    • 17’10”
    • 19’7″
    • Finals: 19’2″

Hooch

  • Big Air
    • 22’1″
    • 23’2″ / 1st Place Elite Division
    • Finals: 22’3″ / 3rd Place Elite Division
  • Extreme Vertical
    • 5’8″
  • Speed Retrieve
    • 7.081 seconds
  • Iron Dog
    • 2903.58 points / 4th Place Gladiator Division

Lager

  • Big Air
    • 18’7″
    • 19’6″
    • 19’9″
    • 20’6″
  • Speed Retrieve
    • 7.226 seconds / 3rd Place Turbo Division

Margarita

Rita enjoyed naps under the team canopy and lounging on her couch-bed in the camper

Whiskey

  • Big Air
    • 4’8″
    • 7’0″
  • Finals: Timed-out / Novice Division

Porter

Porter enjoyed snoozing under the team canopy.

Jägermeister

  • Big Air
    • 18’5″ (with Jenny)
    • 17’10” (with Brian)
    • 19’4″ (with Jenny) / 1st Place Senior Division
    • 18’2″ (with Brian) / 2nd Place Senior Division
    • 18’1″ (with Jenny)
    • 12’9″ (with Jenny)
  • Speed Retrieve
    • 7.559 seconds (with Brian)