Limoncello Models for Subaru

Not to be outdone by her brother, Hooch, who modeled for Subaru of America, Inc. last year, Limoncello also scored a modeling gig with Subaru of America ! She is now featured on the website, and will be seen in dealership brochures and on dealership posters this fall! You can see her on the Subaru website by clicking the link below. Then scroll down to the accessories and navigate to: Featured>Seat cover>Click right arrow to next pick of Cello! ✨🚙💛

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A Dog Can Change the Way You See the World

We are super proud to announce that Cello’s Corner has been chosen to be ambassadors for Dog is Good!

Dog is Good is a Dog lifestyle company.  They create and market gifts and apparel for dog lovers! (How awesome is THAT?!)

This company also generously gives back to animal welfare organizations (even MORE awesome!)

The message behind all Dog is Good products is “A Dog Can Change the Way You See the World.” The company focuses on the profound, positive influence your dog has on your life. Dog is Good products let you share your love of Dog with others!

You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Watch our live interview with Dog is Good by clicking HERE!

Check our their apparel and other products at dogisgood.com !

Amazon Influencer Program

We are proud to announce that we are now a part of the Amazon Influencer Program!

This program allows us to have our own page on Amazon with an exclusive URL to showcase the products that the pups and humans in our pack recommend to our followers! When Amazon customers shop through our storefront, we earn money on qualifying purchases.

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!

You can find a link to our Amazon page on the home page of our website, or by clicking HERE!

 

The Liver Killers…Now Sponsored By Undone Watches!

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Undone Watches!  Undone Watches allows you to create a unique watch that reflects your individuality.  Each watch is a unique message! Visit them today to design yours!

Our personalized watches:

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UndoneWatches/

Website: http://www.undone.watch/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/undonewatches/

We Love Our Sweet Calendar Girl!

You may remember that Limoncello was featured as “Miss November” in the Animal Welfare Association’s 2014 calendar.

On October 9th, we came home from a camping trip to find a package on our porch.  I knew I hadn’t ordered anything, so I was anxious to see what it was.  What a surprise! Limoncello had been chosen to be included in the 2017 Workman’s 365 Dogs Page-a-Day Calendar!

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The Liver Killers… Now Sponsored By Ken Tidy Photography!

The Liver Killers are proud to announce that we are now sponsored by Ken Tidy Photography ! Ken Tidy has long been known as one of the most talented photographers in our area, capturing stunning action-packed images that truly express each dog’s individual personality. His images have been shared across the DockDogs world, and we are truly honored that Ken has chosen our fur-kids to represent his amazing work. We super excited about this sponsorship! Be sure to check out some of Ken’s amazing photography, and schedule a session with him to capture YOUR pup!
Website: www.kentidy.com
FB: @kentidyphotography
Twitter: @kptidy
Instagram: @kentidyphoto

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The Liver Killers in Animal Wellness Magazine!

I had the wonderful opportunity to write my own article for Animal Wellness Magazine!  It was such a cool experience!

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K-9 Magazine Features the Liver Killers!

See the online feature by clicking HERE!

Meet Three Dogs Sitting on the Dock of a Lake (& They Want You to Join Them!)

By  on May 13, 2016

‘Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.’ This quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. most accurately describes how our pack, bred to carry out specific tasks, found a path to a quite different kind of ‘job’, says dog owner Jenny Beadling, as she explains how alongside her husband Brian, their new home led them to find an unexpected path to follow into the dog world.

I wish I could say that Brian and I are credited with finding such a rewarding, bond-building sport, for our dock diving dogs, but all the acknowledgement belongs to Cello.

Let me start at the beginning.

When my husband, Brian, and I bought our dream home in Medford Lakes, New Jersey, we had no idea how much it would change our lives. Our dream home is a log cabin on a lake…only it didn’t quite ‘look’ like a log cabin – and, it wasn’t quite in ‘dream-home’ state when we bought it.

Our goal was to restore this historic log cabin to its original state and to fill it with decorations and mementos of the great town we live in, as well as items that would be relevant to the cabin and its history. Brian works in the mortgage industry, and was able to research back to the original deed of our home. He found out that the log home was built in 1927, and also discovered the name of the original owner. Out of curiosity, Brian Google-searched the man’s name. Low and behold, he came up in the search!

The search result that came up was linked to the English Setters Club, a local and nationally known club that conducts field trials that are open to all pointing breeds.  The original owner of our home owned a German Shorthaired Pointer, named ‘Windy Spot’, who won many awards at the club for field trials. I called the club to see if I could get more information on this dog and his owner, or a picture of them that we could hang in our cabin.

When the man from the club called me back, and I explained my story, the other end of the phone fell silent. When I asked if he was ‘still there,’ he asked me to repeat where I lived – what street, house, and so on. It turned out that the man I was speaking to was a direct family member of the man who built our log cabin back in 1927, needless to say, it was quite an interesting conversation!

Brian and I knew immediately that we needed to research German Shorthaired Pointers and we fell in love with the breed and all of their characteristics. We knew a GSP would be the perfect addition to our lifestyle, our family, and our lake home and we named our log cabin ‘Windy Spot,’ after the first dog that ever lived in our home.

In 2011 on Memorial Day, we met Limoncello, our now 5 year old GSP. Why ‘Cello’? Cello’s full name is ‘Tommy D’s Limoncello.’

Tommy D was my Italian grandfather, who was quite the character, to say the least and was famous among his family and friends for his homemade Limoncello, with his secret recipe. Before he passed, ‘Pop Pop Tommy,’ revealed his secret recipe to the family and Brian, as well as other family members, have been carried on the tradition of making homemade Limoncello ever since. When we saw Cello had yellow ‘bird dog’ eyes, we couldn’t think of a better name.

We found out rather quickly that Cello was gun-shy, not a usual characteristic of the breed. We knew GSPs need a ‘job’ to be content, but we were at a loss as to what job that would be since we knew that GSPs were bred to hunt birds. Brian found that Cello had a very strong toy drive, and began to incorporate games of fetch by throwing a tennis ball into our lake. Before we knew it, without any ball being launched, Cello began ‘flying’ off our dock over and over again, on her own. Neighbours began to notice and comment on how far she was jumping.

We happened to see an ad for a local dog festival that included dock diving. Knowing nothing about this sport, we were hesitant but decided to sign up anyway. We entered Cello in the contest, and she came in 2nd Place! Brian was hooked, and Cello found her ‘job’!

As we signed Cello up for more contests, she quickly became a crowd favourite, and continued to soar her way into Finals, placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in every event. Cello was the number one ranked GSP in Warrior Iron Dog table in the world, and earned herself an invitation to the World Championship in each of the 5 possible disciplines!

I very much enjoyed traveling to events, taking pictures and video of Brian and Cello, and cheering them on.

However, I wanted to get more involved, which led us to add a second GSP, ‘Hooch,’ to our family in July of 2014. We came to find out that like his big sister, Hooch, too, was gun shy and at first, water-shy!

Hooch participated in his first official DockDogs competition in January 2015. Despite the fact that our goal was to get Hooch to run and jump his longest into the pool, he won the crowd over with his hesitation on the dock. He quickly became a crowd favourite as he hung over the edge of the dock ‘teetering’ back and forth, deciding if he should jump… or not! The crowd loved the anticipation!

 

Hooch began to decide to jump more times than not, but would come to the edge of the dock, look around at the crowd cheering ‘HOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH!’ and at the last minute, pop into the pool, as if he had springs attached to his back paws. The crowds went wild, as his ‘pop’ had amazing height! Even though this pop only got him to about 6-8 feet into the pool, he quickly became well-known for his ‘Hoochie Hop.’

With each competition, Hooch increased his distance, earning a spot in finals, and placing in the top 3 of his division, all while keeping the crowd entertained. In just a short 6 months, he stopped his hesitation on the dock, and soared to an amazing 24’2′ in Big Air, stunning the spectators who once knew him as the dog who branded the ‘Hoochie Hop.’

Hooch now holds a prestigious National Elite Big Air title and has begun participating in Extreme Vertical competition, and has a personal best grab of 6’2.’ Hooch remains a fan-favourite, and receives some of the biggest cheers from the crowd with his signature springboard ‘pop,’ and his ability to ‘fly’ through the air.

Hooch earned himself an invitation to the World Championships in both Extreme Vertical and Big Air. He made finals in both and placed within the top 6 dogs in the world in his division. Hooch and I even won the 2015 DockDogs ‘Most Improved Team’ award! Hooch also was ranked the number one GSP in the United States for Big Air.

Hooch has become the talk of ‘Dog Town,’ as spectators and fellow competitors alike have said he is the dog to watch in 2016.

With Cello and Hooch in tow, we were not planning on having more than two dogs, however, in late August of 2015, we received a call about a retired Explosives Detection Canine who needed a home.

The reason we were sought out as a possible candidate for Lager (known then by his war zone name, Nayt) was because Lager decided that after serving his country for 18 months in Iraq, that he would much rather jump in the water. Upon his arrival back in the United States, Lager began to show distraction during training and would often dive into water, refusing to come out.

A search began to find a home that would have access to water, have knowledge of the GSP breed, and get Lager involved in dock diving…and we were the perfect match!

Lager began his dock diving career in August, just a week after joining our family, and was immediately a crowd favourite, receiving a standing ovation while he is on the dock, due to his service for our country.

Lager has also been involved in leading the spectators through the National Anthem at events. Within two months and just 2 National events, Lager soared to 20’3′ in Big Air, and a grabbed the bumper at a whopping 6’4′ in Extreme Vertical earning his invitation to the World Championship for Big Air, and placing within the top 6 dogs of the world within his division! We cannot wait to see what 2016 brings for him.

We enjoyed this sport and the joy it has brought our dogs so much, that we wanted to find a way to make dock diving a part of helping other less fortunate dogs and so to give something back, we donate all cash prizes won at their competitions to the German Shorthair Rescue of New Jersey, and all food, treats and toy prizes are donated to a local no-kill shelter.

We are fortunate to live on a lake, where all three pups swim daily and practice for competitions where our lakeside yard has officially ‘gone to the dogs’.

We have installed a 40-foot turf runway and an Extreme Vertical rig so that all of our dogs can practice their Big Air jumps, and Extreme Vertical grabs. Our trio’s exercise regimen also includes strength and stability training, cardio, agility, hiking, swimming, treadmill, and running hills.

We never imagined being involved in a sport with our dogs but now we can’t imagine life without dock diving and its rewards.
Dock diving has brought much joy to all members of our pack.

This sport not only became the ‘job’ our dogs needed, it has also helped make a strong bond between two and four-legged family members even stronger. It has prompted us to increase our dogs’ exercise and training even outside the sport.

We have travelled to and competed in over 10 states, and have encountered some of the coolest dogs, and nicest people we ever met.

Through our travels, and the dogs social media accounts, they have been recognised and approached in public by their followers up and down the East Coast. Their social media accounts have also promoted enquiries about the sport of dock diving and have motivated over 30 people and their dogs last year to join in on this fun activity.

Dock Diving may not be what our German Shorthaired Pointers were ‘meant’ to do, but they didn’t let that stop them from following their hearts, and beating the odds…all while helping less fortunate dogs, and inspiring others to try this amazing sport.

About the Author

Thinking about trying Dock Diving with your pup, but have more questions and want more information?

Visit our website at celloscorner.com where you will find more details and information on the sport.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us through our social media accounts on Facebook @CellosCorner – Twitter @CellosCorner – Instagram@celloscorner or Flicker.com.

Hope to see you on the dock!

Tidewater DockDogs End-of-Season Banquet

We were disappointed to have missed the Tidewater DockDogs banquet, especially because we won some great awards!

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This was the last of the banquets to wrap up an amazing 2015 dock diving season.

Keystone DockDogs 2015 End-of-Season Banquet

After a super-exciting season, we were so happy to be able to attend this year’s end of year banquet for Keystone DockDogs.  Not only did we have a blast, we won a couple of family awards,  and Hooch earned himself another trophy!

Awards for Most Addicted Teams and Families…

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Brian and Jenny accepting their “Most Addicted awards

We MAY be addicted…just a little!…

 

Brian and Cello won 1st Overall for Place Iron Dog Warrior :

…And Jenny and Hooch were voted Keystone DockDogs 2015 Most Improved Dog!

Chesapeake DockDogs End of Season Banquet

At the Chesapeake DockDogs End of Season Banquet, our pack was named “Most Addicted Family,” and Cello and Brian also were named “Most addicted Team.”
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Cello and Brian won a trophy for “Most Intense Team on the Dock”

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Hooch and Jenny also won “Most Exciting Team to Watch”

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It was a very exciting season for us, and we were honored to have been chosen for these awards!

2015 DockDogs World Championship

After an exciting drive out to Iowa, the days that followed were even more exhilarating!   We are so proud to share this summary of  our 3 pups’ World Champion performances!

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The competition was held at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa, located directly across the street from our hotel.

We waited in line outside the arena for  2 hours for official check-in:

Dog Town

The city of Dubuque shut down part of a street so that DockDogs could construct what’s known as “Dog Town” – where all the competitors set up.  We could see the Dog Town tent from our hotel room.

JUST after we got done setting up in the Dog Town tent, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued, then a tornado warning was issued!   Thank goodness the tornado warning was downgraded, and we did not have to evacuate.

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The Official Schedule:

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BC = Brian and Cello, JH= Jenny and Hooch, and JL= Jenny and Lager

Seeing the competition floor for the first time at our Handlers Meeting:

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We were beyond honored that our friends, Jen and Grace, also volunteers of the GSP Rescue of NJ, decorated their car window, and drove all the way from New Jersey to Iowa to route on the Liver Killers at the World Championship!  Honestly, I don’t know what we would have done without them there.  Jen and Grace gave our dogs potty breaks, took pictures and video, cheered us on, and made sure our dogs who were not competing were never left alone in their crates.

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Limoncello (Handler: Brian)

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Limoncello had an outstanding season.  Not only did she compete in Iron Dog in every event, she earned herself an invite in EVERY discipline possible:

  • Big Air (Master Division)
  • Speed Retrieve (Express Division)
  • Extreme Vertical (Cadet Division)
  • Iron Dog  (Warrior Division)
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Brian really wanted to focus on Cello’s Iron Dog performance, so he declined all invites, with the exception of Iron Dog invitation.  Just 3.5 weeks after an injury that occurred at The Pittsburgh Pet Expo, Cello was cleared by our vet to compete, and our little girl competed in Iron Dog at the World Championship with all her heart!  Competing in Iron Dog means she had to participate twice in each of the three disciplines in order to accumulate Iron Dog points.

Her performance was awesome, and she also earned herself a new Personal Best in Extreme Vertical!

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Qualifier 1

  • Big Air:  20’4″
  • Extreme Vertical: 5’2″
  • Speed Retrieve: 8.500 seconds
  • TOTAL IRON DOG POINTS:  2720.81

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  • Big Air:  20′ 6″
  • Extreme Vertical:  5’6″  ***New Personal Best***
  • Speed Retrieve: 8.482
  • TOTAL IRON DOG POINTS:  2758.42
  • OVERALL WARRIOR DIVISION IRON DOG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING:  10th in world

Cello doing Extreme Vertical:

Cello doing Big Air:

Although Cello did not qualify for Iron Dog Finals, she impressed the crowd with her endurance and efforts.  We are beyond proud of our little princess!

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Hooch (Handler:  Jenny)

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Hooch had an AMAZING first season of dock diving… in a matter of months, he went from being afraid of the water, to leaping over 24 feet!  Hooch only participated in Big Air and Extreme Vertical competitions this year.  He earned invitations to the World Championship for both of those divisions in Elite Division Big Air and Cadet Division Extreme Vertical.  Hooch also qualified for BOTH division’s finals at the World Championship!  If that wasn’t exciting enough, at the big gala, Hooch and I won DockDogs 2015 Most Improved Team!  Hooch is a very sensitive dog, and can be very skittish.  We had several hiccups throughout the dock diving season while up on the dock due to banners that blew off the pool, wind that caused the water in the pool to swirl, and light reflections in the water.  When these things spooked Hooch, he refused to jump.  It took a great deal of support and effort to get him over his fears and continue to perform consistently for the rest of the season.  At the World Championship, he did an amazing job during his qualifiers for Big Air – he even made finals!  However, the Elite Finals were chosen to be “Spotlighted” – held under the lights at night in the Arena.  This means they shut all the lights of, and only  had spotlights on the pool and dock.  This also meant that Hooch was faced with darkness, shadows, and reflections from the spotlights.  “Stage fright” set in during finals, and in the middle of running, he put his “brakes” on … skidding down the dock, and plopping in at 7’7″.  On his second turn, he flat-out refused to jump, and we were timed-out.  Although this was heartbreaking to me because I felt like Hooch was afraid and confused as to why I’d ask him to jump in what he considered “unsafe conditions,” I couldn’t be more proud of him, his huge accomplishments throughout the season, and his earned spot in both Big Air and Extreme Vertical Finals.

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During the “spotlighted” finals when Hooch got freaked out by the lighting

Big Air

  • Qualifier 1:     21’9″       21’11”
  • Qualifier 2:    23’0″       23’3″               Qualified for finals
  • Finals:             7’7″         timed out       6th Place
  • OVERALL ELITE BIG AIR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING:  6th in the world

Hooch doing Big Air:

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  • Qualifying Round:  6’2″               Qualified for finals
  • Finals:                        6’0″               4th Place
  • OVERALL CADET EXTREME VERTICAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING:  4th in the world

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Hooch doing Extreme Vertical:

Jenny and Hooch winning 2015 DockDogs Most Improved Team:

Words cannot express my excitement for this awesome award!

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See just how far Hooch has come from 8 weeks old, to 1 year old, and 6 months of competing:

 

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The fact this amazing boy earned his way to the World Championship in 2 months, and just 2 National level events, with no training, and with never having been on a dock before was unbelievable.  When he made the finals, we were filled with excitement and joy!

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Our friend, Kiersten, caught us just at the moment we found out Lager made finals:

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  • Qualifying Round 1:    17’11”     19’6″
  • Qualifying Round 2:    19′         19’7″      Qualified for finals
  • FINALS:                       17’7″     18’8″
  • OVERALL SENIOR BIG AIR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING:  5th in the world

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Lager doing Big Air:

A whole-lotta Liver Killers bling!

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Besides medals and trophies, we got some other pretty cool “bling” while at Worlds:

Out of thousands of dogs, only a few hundred are lucky enough to earn their invitation to the World Championship…out of those few hundred, only 6 dogs in each division make it to the finals…I can’t say enough how proud we are of our three fur-kids! 678

The Liver Killers: Dock Diving 2015 Season in Review

THE LIVER KILLERS 2015 DOCK DIVING SEASON IN REVIEW!

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The dock diving season technically ends in mid-October, with the World Championships being held in November.  We have officially completed our season, and what a season we had!

  • Cello had and absolutely incredible season, earning an invite to the World Championships in every discipline possible!
  • We thought Hooch would never jump – not only did he jump – he entertained everyone with the “Hoochie Hop” – -but only for a short time as he soared to over 24 feet in just 6 months of diving at a mere 1 year old! Hooch also ranked #1 German Shorthaired Pointer for Big Air in the United States, and 2nd GSP in the WORLD – by less than an inch!
  • Lager came in to our lives unexpectedly, and without any training, and jumped like a boss, earning an invitation to the World Championships after participating in just 2 national events!
  • Limoncello was offered a sponsorship from TurboPUP.
  • Cello and Hooch made the front page of the top local newspapers
  • News teams came to our house to do features on Cello, Hooch, and Lager  – and they all made the top TV news channels with their stories.
  • Cello and Hooch had a story published in a world-wide published magazine.
  • Lager had a story published in a local magazine.

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Brian’s main goal this season was to earn an invitation to the World Championship with Cello in Warrior Division Iron Dog (a combined averaged score of Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve).  Not only did Brian and Cello achieve this goal, they did so very early in the season at the Wild Card event at Cabela’s in West Virginia during the month of May!

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Little did we know that was just the beginning of Cello’s road to Worlds!  Brian and Cello went on to earn an invite in Speed Retrieve (also earned at the Wild Card event at Cabela’s in West Virginia)

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But that’s not where Cello’s invites ended!  She earned an invite for Dueling Dogs, after participating in that discipline for the first time ever at the Mid Atlantic Regionals, held at Shipps Corner Pet Spa in Virginia Beach.

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At the end of the season, we found out her rankings from sanctioned facility events also earned her an invite in Extreme Vertical, as well as Big Air!

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OVERALL WORLD RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 5th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Master Titled
    • 23′ 3″ average
  • SPEED RETRIEVE:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Express Titled
    • 7.964 average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5′ 2″ average
  • IRON DOG:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Warrior Titled
    • 2754.67 average

UNITED STATES OVERALL RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Master Titled
    • 22’3″ average
  • SPEED RETRIEVE:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Express Titled
    • 7.964 average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5’2″ average
  • IRON DOG:
    • #1 ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Warrior Titled
    • 2754.67 average

Cello ended the season with an injury.  While competing at the indoor event at the  Pittsburgh Pet Expo in Pittsburgh, PA, Cello slipped on the wet floor, and strained muscles in her neck and front leg.  Unfortunately this meant pain meds and lots of rest during the 2 weeks leading up to Worlds.  We are hopeful that she will be be back to 100% for the World Championship competition.

Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch

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As a puppy, Hooch wanted NOTHING to do with water of any sort.  He slowly began to realize water wasn’t so bad, and cautiously went into our lake and into a baby pool.  The weather quickly became what was to be the coldest, snowiest winter we’ve ever had, and access to water became difficult.  We took Hooch to some indoor pools, were he felt comfortable jumping in at the water’s edge.  However, when he found himself up on a regulation dock, which sits 2 feet above the water, Hooch gave dock diving a second thought.  Hooch kicked off his dock diving career in January being very hesitant on the dock.  He would run down the dock, get to the edge and “teeter” for a long while – sometimes not jumping and timing-out, and other times projecting himself off the edge of the dock as if he had springs in his back legs, only landing a few feet into the water!  He quickly became a crowd favorite with his “Hoochie Hop,” as the crowd waited in anticipation to see if he would POP off the dock…or not!  By about April, he was “hopping” out to about 7-8 feet, still hesitating, and still choosing not to jump at times.  By May we discovered that with Jenny running down the dock with him, Hooch would hesitate less.  This technique got Hooch leaping up to 17 – 18 feet by the beginning of June. By mid June we had switched to the “Place and Send” method, bringing Hooch to the very back of the dock (Thank you Frank Moraff for forcing me to do this!!) With that change came great results.  Hooch jumped 21 feet in mid-June, and by the end of June soared 23’8″ and earned his invitation to Worlds at 13 months old ! By July, Hooch jumped his current personal best, 24’2″, and also earned a second invitation to the World Championship for Cadet Division Extreme Vertical.  In September, Hooch was nominated for “Most Improved” for the Golden Paw Awards, held at the Gala during The World Championship celebration, and was voted to be one of the finalists for the award.

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Here is my absolute favorite video from this season:  It captures Hooch’s progression from being fearful of water, to his 23+ ft jump that earned him his Big Air Invite to the World Championship!

OVERALL WORLD RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Elite Titled
    • 23′ 7.4 ” average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5′ 10.7″ average

UNITED STATES OVERALL RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • #1 ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Elite Titled
    • 23′ 7.4 ” average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5’2″ average

Brogan’s American Lager

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Lager came home with us on August 23, apparently born to be a dock diver, not an Explosives Detection Canine!  When the training company who had Lager (known then as Nayt) saw how much he loved the water, they contacted DockDogs in hopes to find a family who were familiar with the breed, had access to water for him to swim, and would promise to get him dock diving.  Read the full story on how Lager became a part of our pack by clicking HERE! The first day Lager came home, he was exposed to water, and had no fear  of the lake, or jumping off the dock.  He had a perfect sit-stay, and seemed like he came to us with the Big Air discipline of dock diving mastered!  In less than a week’s time, Lager also picked up on Extreme Vertical, easily grabbing the bumper on our home rig.  Lager competed in just 2 national level events, and earned himself an invitation to the World Championships in Big Air!

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OVERALL WORLD RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 9th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Senior Titled
    • 19′ 10.4″ average

UNITED STATES OVERALL RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 7th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Senior Titled
    • 19′ 10.4″ average

GIVING BACK:

The Liver Killers are also happy to report that through their 2015 winnings, an abundance of food, toys, and supplies were donated to the Animal Orphanage of Voorhees, NJ, and over $1,100 was donated to the GSP Rescue of NJ!

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS SEASON:

  • Newspaper articles:
    • Courier Post: Front page!
      • http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2015/08/21/south-jersey-dogs-leap-national-dock-diving-ranks/32139705/
    • Central Record: Front page of the Sports section! 
      • http://www.southjerseylocalnews.com/articles/2015/09/03/sports/doc55e86619126ee409517699.txt?viewmode=fullstory
    • Medford Sun: Front page! 
      • http://medfordsun.com/2015/06/17/medford-pooch-cello-competes-in-dock-diving-competitions-around-the-country/

  • TV News:
    • Channel 6 ABC: 
      • Full story and news clip video:  http://6abc.com/pets/2-south-jersey-dogs-are-national-dock-diving-champs/965961/
    • Fox 29: 
      • Full story and news clip video:  http://www.fox29.com/news/29140110-story

  • Magazines:
    • Bark Magazine: http://celloscorner.com/2015/08/15/limoncello-and-hooch-in-the-bark-magazine/
    • South Jersey Magazine: http://www.southjerseymagazine.com/articles/?articleid=1650

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WORLDS BLING:

In preparation for The Liver Killers World Championship competition in Dubuque, Iowa in November, we ordered some cool team gear:

Team Shirts and and Hoodies from CustomInk

When Custom Ink found out that The Liver Killers donate all their cash prizes to the GSP Rescue of NJ , they made a donation to the rescue in honor of Cello’s Corner and The Liver Killers! How cool is that?!

Window decals for our vehicles from Vistaprint

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Car magnets from Vistaprint

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Team banner from Half Price Banners

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And of course, “pawtograph” cards – made by our friend, Mandy!

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After the season our team has had, it won’t matter to us what happens at Worlds – we are beyond proud of all three of our pups- and overjoyed that we have the opportunity to share this experience as a family!

As we begin to pack for our big adventure, we continue to reflect back on the amazing season these pups had.  We will cherish every memory – the highs and lows – the laughter and the tears – the (very) early mornings – the late nights watching EV under the lights – and the comradery shared with friends at events.  We are truly blessed to be part of such a great community (humans and animals alike).  Never have we met such a large group of the nicest people who not only strive to improve within their own team, but will at the same time stop and help other fellow competitors to enhance their game, and applaud fellow opponents just as enthusiastically as they cheer on their own dog.   The patience, advice, support, and guidance we have received from friends, family, fellow competitors, and social media followers is overwhelming, and greatly appreciated.  Thank you all for being part of this thrilling escapade with us.  We look forward to writing the next chapter of this adventure together!

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Limoncello and Hooch in the Central Record!

Brian and Jenny Beadling with their dogs, Limoncello, left, and Hooch.

Chicago had Air Jordan. Medford Lakes has Air Cello and Air Hooch.

Cello (short for Limoncello) and Hooch are owed by local residents Brian and Jenny Beadling. The dogs compete in dock diving competitions in which they get to show off their aerial skills. The two canines have literally jumped onto the scene and have earned invitations to the Dock Dogs World Championships. It all began shortly after the Beadlings moved to Medford Lakes in 2009. Cello was showing off his skills behind the house, and the Beadlings were already aware that dock diving competition for dogs existed. Brian soon realized Cello had plenty of elevation.

“She would be out back with us,” said Beadling. “She’d be jumping off the dock and I started to notice she goes pretty far. I knew that dock diving existed. There was a competition down in Tuckerton, New Jersey. We decided to go camp down there and enter Cello.”

Cello made the most of his opportunity. Despite facing nearly 300 other dogs, Cello came in second in the competition. That’s when the Beadlings knew they had something special with their high-flying canine.

“She’s actually a very driven dog,” Beadling said. “As soon as I grab that toy, she’s howling and screaming and whining. All she wants to do is get on that dock. She shakes the entire time. The humans enjoy the competition, but the dogs enjoy the jumping.”

While Cello is a four-year-old, Hooch has begun dock diving as a puppy. Hooch would follow his older friend around all of the time. After standing on the docks watching Cello perform, it did not take long for Hooch to follow in Cello’s paw-steps.

“We never thought he was going to jump,” said Beadling. “We didn’t want to force it on him. One day when he was about four or five months old, he just started jumping in the water. He’s been so fun to watch.”

The dogs compete in events throughout the East Coast. Last June, Cello earned his birth in the world championship competition by competing as an Iron Dog and earning first place in the Warrior Division. Cello also had the fastest Express Division Speed Retrieve score at that same event. Cello has been selected to be sponsored by TurboPUP, which offers meal bars to active dogs.

Hooch is ranked as the No. 1 German shorthaired pointer in the United States and the No. 2 German shorthair in the world. The one-year-old recorded a jump of 23- feet 8-inches to win first place in the Big Air Competition Virginia Beach last June. Hooch added a jump of 24’2” in Cape Charles, VA to set a new personal best.

In addition to the thrill of the competition, both dogs are getting the type of exercise which will help lead to a long and heathy life.

“They are well-trained athletes at this point,” Beadling said. “They’re very fit. It’s good for them. It’s also good for us. It keeps us active because we have to keep up with their training as well.”

While the Beadlings are thrilled to see the success of their dock-diving dogs, they are also happy to see them be part of an organization which helps dogs across the country.

“You see a lot of good stuff that happens,” said Beadling. “Dock Dogs is full of great people. You see a lot of adoption stuff going on. Dock Dog International actually has its own charity called the Bark Foundation, which does a lot of charitable work for dogs in need. They’ve done a lot to help as well.”

With both dogs rapidly emerging on an international level, the sky is literally the limit for Cello and Hooch.

“They can compete up until they’re seven years old,” Beadling said. “You look at the world record when they first started doing this and it was something like 18 feet. Cello and Hooch currently jump between 24 and 26 feet. The world record is 31 feet. As you get better at training and technique, it seems like the dogs just keep going. We may never beat the world record, but it’s fun to try.”

Read the story online by clicking HERE!

The Liver Killers on 6 ABC News!

The Liver Killers first time on the news! 

Nora Muchanic visited us at our home to do a story on the Liver Killers!

See the full story, plus a video of the news segment – click HERE!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Most people just walk their dogs. But Jenny and Brian Beadling’s dogs go for a flying leap.

The German Short Haired Pointers (GSPs for short) are two of the top dock diving dogs in the country and also rated internationally.

Brian says, “They are fun, happy, energetic dogs who really love competing and playing. And they think of all of this as play, which is really exciting for us.”

And Jenny tells us, “They need extreme exercise and what you would think of as your exhaustion point is just their starting point.”

The dock at the Beadling’s Medford Lakes cabin has become a launching pad as these two pooches practice each day. In competition they are judged on how high, long and fast they can jump.

A room inside the Beadling’s house is filled with ribbons and medals.

Hooch is the number one ranked GSP in the country for “big air”; Cello is ranked number one for “iron dogs”, the canine equivalent of a triathlon.

Jenny says, “They can run for hours and hours and hours on end. And they will keep going, they’re working dogs. They will keep going until you shut them down.”

The newest member of the family is Lager, a former bomb sniffing dog for the U.S. government who served in Iraq.

Now Lager regular leaps into the lake with his new companions.

He is clearly adjusting to his new digs.

They are highly trained and these dogs may be world class dock divers, but if you ask me they look like they’re just having fun.

Brian explains, “The humans involved take the competition seriously. The dogs just enjoy being out with the owners, jumping in the water. To see them just have fun and love life it’s really fun for us as well.”

Jenny a special education teacher and Brian a mortgage banker, travel with the dogs to competitions several times a month. The cash prizes Hooch and Limoncello win are turned over to a GSP rescue group.

Jenny says, “The amount of work that goes into it and the enjoyment you see in the dog is the best.”

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Courier Post Newspaper Article

Limoncello and Hooch made the top story on the front page of South Jersey’s newspaper!

The Courier Post sent a reporter and photographer to our home to do a story on The Liver Killers.  We had such a great time, and the story and video came out great!

Here’s the video:

And here’s the story:

MEDFORD LAKES – Limoncello — Cello for short — greeted this reporter with a kiss and then turned her laser focus to the turf runway her owners, Brian and Jenny Beadling, built for her and her canine sibling, Hooch.

Cello had a job to do, and she was serious about it.

She had to get that ball.

And she was just waiting for Brian to toss it from the Beadlings’ dock and into Aetna Lake.

The 4-year-old German shorthaired pointer watched, waited, and then, while the bright orange ball with the blue stripe was in the air, ran and flung herself to retrieve it, landing with a splash and a big doggie smile, the ball in her mouth as she paddled ashore.

Cello and Hooch are among the top dock diving dogs not only in the nation, but in the world, as ranked by Dock Dogs, the national group overseeing the sport. The Beadlings’ dogs compete all over the East Coast, traveling year-round to competitions measuring lengths of their jumps and how high they go.

The pointers, bred to be hunting dogs, are a high-energy breed, Brian Beadling said. “They’re in the same line as vizslas and weimeraners.”

That means their owners have to be high-energy, too. “Their vet told us, ‘They have no “off” button,’ ” he said.

 “This is their playground; we just pay the bills,” Jenny Beadling said with a laugh.

Indeed, the Beadlings’ lakefront log cabin they dubbed “Windy Spot” looks as much like a retreat for the dogs as for the couple. There’s the runway which extends a few feet further into the lake, as well as a metal arm that swings out over the water for the dogs to jump and grab toys on their way down.

After buying the 1920s cabin in 2009, the couple worked to restore it and Brian Beadling, who works in the mortgage business, researched the home’s history. He found the home’s original owner had a German shorthaired pointer named Windy Spot, and that was the first the couple had heard about the breed.

Windy Spot — the dog — had won several field awards with a local dog club and so the couple, after more research, decided on the breed. They got Limoncello in 2011 from a Chatsworth farm and named her for Jenny’s grandfather’s special homemade Italian liquor.

Hooch — Beadling calls him the “goofy little brother” — is a year old and was initially reluctant to go into the water. But at 15 weeks, he decided Cello shouldn’t have all the fun and, as Jenny Beadling says, “We haven’t been able to keep him out of the water since.”

Kathy Parkin helps the dogs keep fit by working with them at Pinelands Dog Training Center in Medford. She’s been working with Cello and Hooch for about 10 months, she said.

“The dogs love it,” said Parkin, who’s been a trainer for 12 years. “We work with them to build their core and leg muscles, work on agility exercises, stretching, stability.”

The Beadlings travel two to four times each month with the dogs, loading them into their brand-new GMC Denali (which already has logged 20,000 miles since November). They choose campgrounds and dog-friendly restaurants when they travel, treating Cello and Hooch as full members of the family.

“If they can’t go, we don’t go,” Jenny Beadling said. “But they’re great dogs, very well-behaved.”

The competitions pay $100 for first-place finishes; $50 for second, but Cello is sponsored by Turbo Pup, a meal supplement for dogs.

All cash prizes, she said, go to the dogs: GSP Rescue of New Jersey, a nonprofit dedicated to the breed. Contents of their prize bags, like food, treats and toys, are all donated to the Animal Orphanage in Voorhees.

“They’re great people, too,” Parkin said of the Beadlings.

Phaedra Trethan: (856) 486-2417; ptrethan@gannettnj.com

Here’s the link to the online story and video:

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2015/08/21/south-jersey-dogs-leap-national-dock-diving-ranks/32139705/

Limoncello and Hooch in “The Bark” Magazine!

Cello and Hooch’s feature in The Bark Magazine!

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About The Bark:

“The Bark is the magazine of modern dog culture—it speaks to the serious dog enthusiast. The Bark is the indispensable guide to life with dogs, showing readers how to live smartly and rewardingly with their canine companions. Founded in 1997, as a newsletter to advocate for off-leash dog parks in Berkeley, California, the magazine quickly grew into a glossy, award-winning publication acclaimed for its timely commentary and rich literary offerings. Today, The Bark has a nationwide readership of over 250,000. It is published four times a year, available by subscription and sold at Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods and PetsMart stores.

Claudia Kawczynska and Cameron Woo founded The Bark in their garage, shortly after adopting their first dog, Nellie, and discovering it was illegal to allow their dog to romp untethered at their local park. The couple tapped into Kawczynska’s experience in public policy and Woo’s skills as a graphic designer to craft a publication that addressed the burgeoning issues faced by a new generation of dog owners.

Taking the magazine’s slogan to heart—Dog Is My Co-Pilot—The Bark became the first magazine to tap into the exploding phenomena of dog culture and lifestyle, focusing on the growing bond between individuals and their pet companions. Over the past twenty years, The Bark has chronicled the America’s love affair with dogs, the evolving status of canine pets and their role in society, as well as the incredible rise in services and products. The Bark has become the recognized expert on the social/cultural world of dogs in America, and what they mean to us.

The Bark’s impeccable pedigree includes publishing many of today’s most acclaimed authors including Ann Patchett, Augusten Burroughs, Rick Bass, Amy Hempel, and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver. The magazine features the writing of noted experts in science, animal behavior and health—Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Donald McCaig, Mark Derr, and includes animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell and nutritionist Marion Nestle as regular columnists.

The Bark has been twice honored with an Alternative Press Award for Best Magazine (lifestyle category) recognized for outstanding achievement in independent publishing. The Bark has also been honored with an Award of Merit from The Society of Publication Designers and a Folio Silver Award for Best Enthusiast Magazine. In September, 2003, Crown (Random House) published Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship, an anthology from the editors of The Bark. The Bark’s second collection, entitled Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit was published in October 2007. DogJoy, a photo book featuring the magazine’s popular “Smiling Dogs” submissions was published in November 2009 by Rodale.”

~from The Bark’s Website

Limoncello and Hooch Featured on AKC’s WOOFipedia!

Limoncello is featured on the American Kennel Club’s online publication, WOOFipedia!

Taken from: http://www.woofipedia.com/articles/meet-the-dog-who-can-fly

MEET THE DOG WHO CAN FLY

Posted By: Liz

Jenny and Brian Beadling had no idea they were raising a prodigy.

Their German Shorthaired Pointer, Limoncello, never took to the sport her breed is known for—hunting—because she had a fear of guns. But she still had that GSP high drive, which she’d exert by jumping off the dock of the family’s lake house to retrieve toys they’d thrown in the water. “We began to notice at a very young age, she would jump off the dock just for fun—even with no toy being thrown for her,” Jenny Beadling says. So when the family saw a “dock diving” event for dogs at a local festival, they thought, “why not?”

And so, a star was born.

Limoncello (or Cello for short) came in second place in that first event and in the year and a half that followed, she’s become one of the highest-ranked dock-diving GSPs in the world.

Cello competes as an “Iron Dog,” meaning that she participates in all three dock-diving events, including Big Air (long jump), Extreme Vertical (high jump), and Speed Retrieve (timed retrieving). And this November, she’ll be one of the dogs representing the USA at the DockDogs World Championship in Dubuque, Iowa. She’s also inspired her little brother, Hooch, to try out the sport.

And like any pro athlete, Cello has earned endorsement deals. TurboPup selected Cello to be the ambassador for their human-grade meal-replacement bars for active dogs on the go. Her social media accounts have attracted tens of thousands of followers, and she’s been featured in multiple publications.

“With her vibrant personality, extreme speed, and stunning build, she is a crowd favorite,” says Beadling.

But she’s not in it for the fame and fortune. The Beadlings donate all the cash awards won by Cello and Hooch to the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of NJ, and all of their food and toy prizes go to a local animal-welfare organization.

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You can see the original story by clicking HERE !

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!

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!

Cello Earned Her Invitation to the DockDog World Championships!

While competing at the Cabela’s Presents Wildcard event in Triadelphia, WV, Limoncello won first place in Warrior Iron Dog, and earned her invitation to the DockDogs World Championships!  The World Championship event will be held in November, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Our good friends surprised us with the wonderful news!

We were SO excited!

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Cello and Brian’s invitation:WORLDS INVITE

Congratulations, Team Cello !

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Share the Light

Cello won a contest, and we are proud to announce that she is now helping to “share the light” with Charity Wick Candles!

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Cello’s 16 oz Candle, “Red Hot Cello,”  has the aroma of fresh-cut granny smith apples, smothered in butter and topped with cinnamon… YUM! 

The candle is made with all natural, kosher 100% soy wax with a lead and zinc-free self trimming cotton wick. The burn time for this candle is approximately 150 hours.

…The best part of this candle?  $6 of the purchase price benefits the German Shorthair Pointer Rescue of NJ !

All Charity Wick’s candles are produced from vegan friendly, kosher certified, soy beans grown in the USA.  All candles are free of any dyes or coloring, and feature lead free, self trimming cotton wicks,  as well as environmentally conscious fragrance oils.

Even more reasons to buy a Cello candle:

  • Lasts up to 50% longer
  • Burns slower and cooler which helps to better distribute the fragrance of the candle
  • Melted soy wax will not cause severe burns
  • Non-toxic
  • Less likely to trigger allergies
  • Clean up off of fabric and carpet with soap and water
  • Produces very little soot compared to paraffin wax based candles.
  • Made from American-grown soybeans, so it supports the U.S. economy instead of foreign oil conglomerates
  • Biodegradable
  • Manufactured here in the USA!

The positive attributes of Charity Wicks soy candles, combined with the fact that your purchase benefits the GSP Rescue of NJ, makes any

Shorthair Candle the best choice for any candle friendly household!

Help “Share the Light,”for the GSP Rescue of NJ,  and order your Shorthair Candle Company candle today by visiting Charity Wicks website!

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Charity Wicks is sharing the light on Facebook too! Visit their page by clicking HERE.

Finding Nemo

Cello’s best friend is Nemo, a 4 year old male Boykin Spaniel.  Cello and Nemo have been buds since the first week they both came home with their humans! “Finding Nemo” was one of the best things that happened to Cello – as Nemo is the only dog Cello truly ever fully “accepted.”  If you have ever seen these two together, you can really see just how alike they are – and just how much they truly enjoy each other.  They have played, swam, had sleep-overs, camped, and of course dock-dived together!

Cello and Nemo lounging on the couch together:

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Cello and Nemo “holding hands” while sleeping during their first sleep-over:

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Nemo, like Cello, has been dock diving for about 1.5 years. In fact, they attended their first-ever dock diving event together!

Nemo’s mom, Cindy, wrote a beautiful article on Nemo, which was published in the Boykin Spaniel Society Magazine, and included a mention of Cello.

The two pictures that were chosen for the magazine happen to be two pictures I took of Nemo and Cello at Nemo’s house.

The article is a wonderful read!

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Although Nemo lives in our town, his mom, Cindy, has recently started a job in Michigan.  Nemo and his parents travel back and forth from Michigan to NJ, and we are often away at dock diving events, so Cello and Nemo don’t get to see each other as often as they used to.

We wish we could gather more often, so we do try to get together whenever both families are home in NJ and have a free weekend!

TurboPUP Ambassadors

As some of you may have noticed, we now have a TurboPUP badge on the home page of our blog.

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Limoncello and Hooch are VERY proud to announce that they have been chosen to be ambassadors for TurboPUP (as seen on Shark Tank!!) 

Click HERE to see Shark Tank episode – start at the 21:30 mark.

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TurboPUP was founded by Kristina Guerrero (who’s nicknamed “Turbo”). In 2011, Kristina was on a back-country ski trip, and found her self without sufficient food for herself, and her rescued pup, Dunkan.  Kristina created a complete meal bar for dogs, packed with nutritious calories from 100% American sourced, grain free, all natural, human grade ingredients.  Some ingredients are organic as well! Check out TurboPUP’s products and place your order by clicking HERE  or click HERE to see a list of retailers that already carry TurboPUP!

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Not only are these meal bars packed with quality ingredients and calories for your pup, but 5% of the profits are donated to causes in support of dogs and Veterans!

Cello and Hooch are now a part of the TurboPup team, representing TurboPUP , and promoting the company’s products during all of their dock diving, camping, and hiking adventures!  They will soon be on TurboPUPs website, and will be featured periodically on TurboPUP’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Cello and Hooch were featured along with TurboPUP in the GSP Rescue of NJ’s newsletter, as well as on Barking from the Bayou’s BFTB NETWoof News!

GSP Rescue of NJ Newsletter:  

Click HERE to read the entire newsletter.

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…and click HERE to see Cello and Hooch featured in the Sports section of Barking From the Bayou’s Monday news post!

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 If you like to go on adventures with your four-legged family members like we do, TurboPUP is an easy, compact, and healthy way to fuel your on-the-go pup!

Find out more HERE!

Liebster Award Nomination – Our First Blogging Award!

LIEBSTER AWARD

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This is our first ever blogging award!

Cello’s Corner has been nominated for the prestigious blogging Liebster Award by canine friends, Buzz and Missy, and their mom, Barbara, over at k9sovercoffee.com !

We want to thank you, Buzz,Missy, and Barbara, not only for this nomination, but for all your support, advice, and encouragement as Jenny continues to learn the “how-to’s” of blogging!

It was fun answering the questions that were presented  to us by  k9sovercoffee.com ! I hope you enjoy reading some new, or unknown facts about our pack.  Incorporated throughout this post are lots of pictures within our responses.  I hope that you take delight in the “visuals” of our replies as well!

Here are our 11 Questions from K9sOverCoffee:

1. What is your & your pup’s favorite outdoorsy activity & why?

Our pack’s favorite outdoorsy activity is hiking.  In fact, we have a post that explains the benefits of hiking with your dog, as well as a whole section of our blog dedicated to Cello and Hooch’s hiking adventures!  We enjoy hiking because it provides many benefits to Cello and Hooch, such as exercise, bonding time with their human pack members, variety in their surroundings to keep them stimulated, and socialization with other pups and “peeps” on the trail!  Hiking also benefits the two humans of our pack (Jenny and Brian) by giving us an opportunity to exercise with our pups, relieve the stress of our day, reward us with a sense of accomplishment, and (my favorite!) it allows for many, many breathtaking views and picture opportunities!

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2. Does your pup have a favorite sleeping position?

Yes, and Yes!  Cello’s favorite position is either curled up under the covers, or cuddled up with her favorite “baby,” Lamb Chop.  Hooch’s favorite sleeping position is on his back, with his legs spread wide open, as he snores (loudly!)

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3. Have you had any crazy vet expenses?

Luckily (knock on wood!) we have been fairly lucky with vet expenses. Although Cello has had many issues since she was a pup, and is currently dealing with a skin and liver-value issue, our expenses have not been outrageous, as we have experienced in the past with both of our Miniature Pinschers.  Once we were out of the “puppy shots” stage with Hooch, we have been very fortunate with his health and vet expenses as well.

4. What are your thoughts on dog insurance ~ yay or nay?

Yay…yay…YAY!  As I mentioned in #3, we had 2 Minature Pinschers (Dante and Cleopatra) (who have since passed), who had many health issues throughout their lives.  We did not have insurance for either of them.  Both had severe health problems their entire lives, and both fell very, very ill in the their old age.  We spent thousands (AND thousands) of dollars at a time during these episodes, and regretted not having insurance.  When we brought Cello and Hooch home, the first thing we did is sign up for insurance!  I know of several people who all use different companies, but we went with VPI Pet Insurance through a recommendation of our prior vet, and we have had great experiences with them so far.

5. Do you feed raw food or have you considered it?

At the moment we do not feed raw.  For dry kibble, we feed Orijen to both Cello and Hooch.  Hooch is on the “Puppy Large” variety, and Cello is on the “Six Fish” Variety.  Both pups get a hard-boiled organic egg twice a week, and both get daily additions of Grizzly Salmon Oil, Coconut Oil, and Nupro in each of their meals.  In the recent past, we had given thought to switching over to raw when it was discovered that Cello not only had a chicken allergy, but also had crystals in her urine, and a skin disorder. We did lots of research, and decided to try our current feeding option for Cello first.  We switched to Six Fish Orijen, increased her water intake, increased her protein by adding organic cooked bison, salmon, and eggs to each of her meals.  Cello also gets an additional supplement of Milk Thistle to help regulate her liver values.  So far this has ben beneficial to Cello, and has improved her conditions.  However, if we find that her nutritional intake is not keeping her as healthy as can be, we will again look into the option of feeding raw.

6. If you use specific poop bags ~ do you have a favorite brand? (we love Mutt Mitts)

We do not use specific poop bags, but do carry LOTS of them everywhere we go, as both Cello and Hooch are masters of relieving themselves in THE most embarrassing places on the occasion we have forgotten our poop bags, or have not brought enough!

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7. What brought you to the blogging world (other than your pawsome pup)?

Cello is the sole reason the blog was created! My goal was to document our adventures, and share with the world the abundance of love and joy Cello (and now Hooch!!) bring to us each and every day!

8. Does your K9 have a feline best friend?

Cello and Hooch have a feline brother-from-another-mother, named Loki, named (quite appropriately) after the Norse god of trickery and mischief!  Loki thinks he is “just one of the dawgs!”  He has a funny personality, and loves to snuggle with his pack, meows for treats, and follows us everywhere we go in the house!

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 9. What does your perfect Saturday (or other day off) look like?

Ahhh, the weekend –  a day off means a day of fun…our favorite!  Our perfect weekend day is doing what we enjoy with Cello and Hooch.  We are fortunate to live on a lake, so some weekend days we enjoy just sitting on our dock, letting Cello and Hooch dive and swim.  We also enjoy hiking with Cello and Hooch, and seeking out dog-friendly attractions, historical sites, and wineries / breweries (Cello even knows how to sit on a bar stool, and has been served a drink {of water!} at the bar!)  Cello and Hooch also participate in dock diving competitions, so on many Saturdays and Sundays we are at events with family and friends, which we also enjoy very much enjoy!

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10. Does your pup like his paws handled?

We have tried our best to pet, touch, and message both Cello and Hooch all over their body since they were small pups, in hopes to make them comfortable with being handled either by us, or a veterinarian.  Both Cello and Hooch are really great about letting us touch their paws and trim their nails.


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11. Do you indulge in doggie kisses?

Definitely – – and and as often as we can!

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11 Random Facts about our Pack:

1.  Cello’s full name is “Tommy D’s Limoncello,” and originates from Jenny’s grandfather’s homemade Limoncello recipe.

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2.  Cello and Hooch live in an authentic log cabin, built in 1927.  Jenny and Brian have been (slowly!) renovating the cabin themselves over the past five years, back to it’s original beauty.

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3.  Hooch’s full name is “Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch,” and is a combination of the name of our cabin, and the homemade Limoncello in #1. Read the full story HERE!

4.  Our entire pack volunteers for the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of NJ by doing home visits, calling potential adopters, transporting dogs, volunteering at events, and fostering. Cello and  Hooch very much enjoy volunteering as donation dogs while Jenny and Brian help educate others about the GSP breed and rescue.

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5.  Cello’s DockDiving Big Air personal best (distance) is 23′ 7″ … and Hooch’s is 16′ .

6.  Cello has visited 9 states in her 3 years, and Hooch has vacationed in 6 states in just his short 8 months!!  …Hooch has spent more weekends away, then he has at home!

7.  We love to go camping!!

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8.  Since there have been so many recalls on food and treats,  Jenny started “Cello’s Cucina,” and bakes homemade treats for Cello and Hooch.

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9.  Cello has appeared in the newspaper for Halloween and dock diving, and has been featured in a calendar as well as in The Dog Show Journal.  Hooch recently won a contest and is going to be featured on a greeting card.

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10.  Cello has ridden on a public bus, a ferry (to both Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard!), a tour bus,  and a golf cart during our traveling adventures.

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11.  Cello and Hooch’s coloring is called “Liver.”

Our Nominations:

  1. The Little GSP: Annie blogs about the food, running, hiking, and of course, her little GSP, Piper!   The Little GSP is who inspired me to share Cello and Hooch’s adventures through blogging!
  2. Barking From the Bayou: A blog about funny dog stories, important pet information, and lots of great pictures of Bentley the Bassett Hound!  M.K. Clinton also does a great Monday          NETWoof News post every Monday that you won’t want to miss.  Don’t forget to check out M.K. Clinton’s book series, The Returns, also! M.K. Clinton has been one of our biggest supporters on all of our social media!
  3. Running With Sam: Aimee shares running stories and gorgeous photos of her and her dog, Sam, on their running adventures in Colorado.
  4. The Adventures of Sawyer:  This blog follows the daily adventures of Sawyer, a 3 year old Jack Russell Terrier, who lives in Salt Lake City, UT.
  5. My Goodness:  Jordyn blogs about exercise tips, clean eating habits, and random GOODNESS with her friends and family…and she has 2 GSPs, Guinness and Daisy!
  6. 2 Brown Dawgs: Escapades of super-cute Chesapeake Bay Retrievers!
  7. Tails of a Foster Mom: Rebecca shares stories about her foster pups, and all that she has learned about dogs along the way.
  8. The Adventures of a Dog Mom: Emily shares her adventures with her two cute Labrador Retrievers.

11 Questions For Nominees From Cello’s Corner:

  1. Most bloggers have a moment where they say to themselves, “I need to tell the world about this!” What was that moment for you?
  2. What is the craziest thing you have ever done with your dog(s).
  3. More and more establishments are starting to become pet-friendly.  What are your thoughts on this policy? And do you hope that it becomes more of the “standard” in the future?
  4. Have you have taken your dog to a dog-friendly winery/bar/restaurant/attraction?  If so, what was your favorite place, and why?
  5. What is your favorite game to play with your dog?
  6. Does your dog sleep in bed with you?
  7. What is the silliest thing you have ever seen your dog do?
  8. Does your dog participate in any organized activity, competition, or sport?
  9. What type of training do you use with your dog?
  10. How many dogs total do you have?  Have you ever thought about adding another to the pack?
  11. Do you carry a first aid kit with you when traveling with your dog?  If so, what do you think are the most important items you have in your kit?

 

What To Do If Nominated:

Should you accept this award, you’ll need to know the rules, which are:

  1. Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.
  2. Copy and paste the Liebster logo onto your own blog.
  3. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
  4. Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you.
  5. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  6. Nominate and link to 3—11 other blogs you enjoy that have less than 3000 followers.
  7. List 11 questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.
  8. Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.

We’re looking forward to reading our nominees’ answers, should they accept the Liebster Award!

Thanks again for the K9sOverCoffee pack for nominating us!

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Featured As “Instagram of the Day” on New German Shorthaired Pointer Blog!

Cello and  Hooch have been chosen to be featured on a new blog started by the parent of an adorable GSP named Soda.

This blog is dedicated to German Shorthaired Pointers!  Click HERE to check it this new blog!

Click HERE to see Cello and Hooch’s feature!

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Also check out Soda’s Instagram account by clicking HERE !

Cello’s Feature on Barking From the Bayou!

Cello was featured again on M.K. Clinton’s Barking From the Bayou! (Thank you Bentley and Pierre!!)

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To read the entire post, CLICK HERE!

If you haven’t already, check out The Returns book series! Both books (“Showstoppers”, as well as “The Returns”)  have just been selected finalists in the AUTHORSdb (data bank) 2014 Book Cover Contest ! Please CLICK HERE to vote for both books!

Cello Was Featured in The Dog Show Journal!

Cello was chosen to have her picture featured in the December issue of The Dog Show Journal! The Dog Show Journal is an online publication.

 Cello is on page 53 (right hand side) for an ad and story on the Inaugural NADD / AKC Diving Dog Championship, hosted by AKC and Eukanuba on December 13 and 14 in Orlando, FL. Unfortunately we will not be in FL for this event!

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Click HERE to view the entire December issue!

 

Cello’s Feature on Barking From the Bayou!

M.K. Clinton publishes a daily blog, called Barking From the Bayou, with some great stories, awesome giveaways, product reviews, cool blog hops (which I still need to figure out how to join!), valuable information, and of course, adorable Bentley photos!  She is also the author of The Returns Book Series, and has earned many awards and honors!

She has been a great supporter of Cello on both Cello’s Corner and Instagram, and I cannot thank her enough!  Somehow, even as busy as she is, she always finds time to compliment Cello’s Instagram photos, and comment on the posts on Cello’s Corner.

Check out the the feature Cello had:

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It was such an honor to be featured on this blog.  We are very appreciative for the inclusion of Cello’s Instagram link as well!

Click HERE to see M.K. Cinton’s Barking From the Bayou’s  BFTB Channel 7 News post in its entirety.

We really appreciate the feature on the blog, and also want to thank M.K. Clinton for her continued support, and “shout-outs!”

Editor’s Pick for Pack Dog! Featured on All Social Media sites!

Cello was chosen as the “Editor’s Pick” on Pack Dog’s website!  She was also featured on their Twitter , Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram accounts!!

Check out her Pack posts here!

Here is the email I received letting me know she was the Editor’s Pick!

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