Purnia Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Qualifier:

Those of you who have been following our website know that Hooch was invited to compete in a Purnia Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Qualifier at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.  Well, as an added bonus, we were able to get Limoncello qualified to compete in this qualifier as well! We knew Limoncello would jump no matter what, but we were very unsure about Hooch, as for the first time, we were on a dock with no railings (scary!).

It turned out that Limoncello jumped very well, and Hooch – well – was “HOOOOOOOOCH!”

Limoncello rockin’ the dock:

Hooch giving the crowd some entertainment… (wait for the very end!)

We also enjoyed walking around at the Kennel CLub of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show!

Neither dog qualified to move on to the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge, but we sure had a great time, and enjoyed every moment of this new experience!

2016 DockDogs World Championship

Last year we attended the DockDogs World Championship with all three of our diving dogs qualifying to compete.  This year, we were lucky enough for all three competing dogs to qualify once again for the DockDogs World Championship in all the disciplines in which they participate! Check out our 2016 Season in Review and see some of our team’s Worlds Bling by clicking HERE!

We drove our motor home out to Iowa this year! We had custom window decals made and updated the “Miles to Dubuque, Iowa” with every stop-over!

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Our Route:

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Dubuque, Iowa – Dog Town:

Our Schedule:

LIMONCELLO:

Limoncello competed as an Iron Dog.

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Big Air:

22’0″

22’4″

Speed Retrieve: 8.531 secnds

Extreme Vertical: 5’4″

Total: Iron Dog Points: 2754.14 points

At the big Golden Paw Awards Gala, Limoncello was named DockDogs #1 Ranked Warrior Iron Dog in the World!

HOOCH:

Hooch competed in Elite Division Big Air, and Top Gun Division Extreme Vertical.

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Big Air: 23’3″

Extreme Vertical: 5’10”

At the big Golden Paw Awards Gala, Hooch was named DockDogs #1 Ranked German Shorthaired Pointer in the World!

LAGER:

Lager competed in Senior Division Big Air (with Jenny) and Top Gun Division Extreme Vertical (with Brian).

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Big Air: 19’3″

Extreme Vertical: 5’10”

MARGARITA:

Although Margarita doesn’t compete, she was sure ready to cheer her siblings on with her Super Fly suit and painted pink piggies!

Our fellow GSP Rescue of NJ friends, Jen and Grace, drove all the way from New Jersey to Iowa to be with us and our team. Jen and Grace took Margarita every day during the competition to run at the dog park! Margarita even took a trip with Jen and Grace to see the Mississippi River.  Much to Margarita’s delight, her Aunt Jen and Grace also took her to get a McDonald’s chicken sandwich for lunch one day, and to Starbucks to enjoy a puppuccino!  I think Margarita had THE time of her life!

We are so proud to have been able to compete against the best dock diving dogs in the world, and are so very pleased with the performance of our pups!

The Liver Killers: Dock Diving 2016 Season in Review

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Photo Credit: Becca Connor

The 2016 DockDogs Season ended in October, with the World Championship being held in November.  The Liver Killers had an amazing season last year.  This year was just as exciting!

Limoncello the “Dock Diving Diva”

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Photo Credit: Ken Tidy Photography

Limoncello had an incredible season, earning new Personal Bests in Big Air (25 ft), Speed Retrieve (7.33 seconds), AND Iron Dog (2,883 points)! She earned an invitation to the DockDog World Championship in all disciplines for the second year in a row, although Brian decided only to accept the Big Air and Iron Dog invitations.  Cello is the # 2  German Shorthaired Pointer in the World for Big Air, and also earned the #1 spot for overall Warrior Division Iron Dog in the World!

Overall World Rankings

  • Big Air:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Master Titled
    • Average: 23’0″
  • Speed Retrieve:
    • 3rd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Turbo Titled
    • Average: 7.512 seconds
  • Extreme Vertical:
    • 5th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • Average:  5’5″
  • Iron Dog:
    • 1# Warrior Division Iron Dog overall!
    • #3 ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Average: 2,797.40 points

Hooch the “Dock Diving Dude”

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Photo Credit: Ken Tidy Photography

Hooch had a big year also!  After his “scare” on the dock last November at the World Championship when they shut the lights down and had spotlights on the dock, Hooch carried that fear until almost May of this season.  He finally gained his confidence back, and began to jump HUGE!  He earned a new Personal Best in Big Air (25’4″!!!!), and also is the #1 German Shorthaired Pointer in the World! Hooch earned himself an invitation to the DockDog World Championship for both disciplines in which he competes (Big Air and Extreme Vertical).  Hooch was also recently invited to participate in a qualifier for the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge!  That qualifier will be in November as well.

Overall World Rankings

  • Big Air:
    • #1 ranked German Shorthaired Pointer!
    • Elite Titled
    • 23’10” (Elite Average)
  • Extreme Vertical:
    • #4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Top Gun Titled
    • Average:  6’0″

Lager the “Deployed Dock Diving Dawg”

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Photo Credit: Ken Tidy Photography

Lager continued to excel in his first full year of competition.  Lager secured an invitation to the DockDog World Championship for the 2 disciplines in which he competes (Big Air and Extreme Vertical).

Overall World Rankings

  • Big Air:
    • 9th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Senior Titled
    • 19’10” (Senior Average)
  • Extreme Vertical:
    • 5th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Top Gun Titled
    • Average:  5’11”

Margarita the “Team Cheerleader”

Margarita joined our pack right before the start of the dock diving season, and has been a wonderful team cheerleader! Margarita is still learning toy-drive as she gets used to the water and learns how to swim.  She has come a long way, and we are very, VERY proud of her!

 

 

Sponsorships

We are super proud to be a part of some very unique and prestigious sponsorships this year!

  • 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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Photo Credit: Ken Tidy Photography

  • Undone Watches
    • Undone Watches is a unique company who’s motto is “Individuality Matters.” They make unique watches designed by you to reflect your own individuality. Every watch is a unique message!
  • TurboPUP
    • TurboPUP makes all natural complete K9 meal bars for on-the-go dogs! 

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Publications:

Limoncello, Hooch, Lager, and Margarita were featured in several publications this season!

  • Feature Story on the American Kennel Club’s FB Page

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Giving Back:

The Liver Killers are happy to report that along with the help of some friends and fellow competitors, an abundance of food, toys, and supplies were donated to a few really great organizations…and a grand total of $3,868 was raised!

  • GSP Rescue of NJ
    • 100 % of our DockDogs winnings from Finals placements were donated to the rescue
    • Sport Dog Food donation in the name of The Liver Killers
    • Cabela’s Delaware :  food servers collected money for our rescue instead of accepting tips at a Delmarva DockDogs event
    • Liver Killers T-Shirt Fundraiser through Booster
  • United States War Dogs Association
    • We matched Lager’s DockDogs winnings that were donated to the GSP Rescue of NJ and contributed that amount
    • Cash donations from family
    • Items donated from friends
    • Patriotic bandannas hand made by GSP Rescue friends were sold at events – 100% of the sales were donated
    • Sport Dog Food donation in the name of Lager
    • Fellow dock diving competitors brought items to events and sent supplies to us
    • Bay Creek Community donation in the name of Lager at a Tidewater DockDogs event
  • Animal Orphanage of Voorhees, NJ
    • All prize bag contents including toys and food won by The Liver Killers were donated
    • Fellow competitors brought items to events

 

Worlds Bling:

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  • PAWtograph cards designed by our friend, Mandy Eiche, and ordered from printfirm.com

As we begin to prepare for our second long trip out to Iowa for the DockDogs World Championship, we continue to reflect upon the amazing season we had, all the exciting adventures we encountered, and the many incredible people and dogs we met because of our pups and this wonderful sport.  We cherish every moment, and embrace it ALL: the highs and lows, the laughter and the tears, the (VERY) early mornings,  the late nights, our every-growing camping group, and the comradery shared with friends at the events. We are truly blessed to be a part of such an awesome community.  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, co-workers, bosses, fellow competitors, and social media followers is beyond overwhelming, and greatly appreciated.  Thank you ALL for being a part of this thrilling ride with us.  We look forward to writing the next chapter of this adventure together!

We are both honored and excited to have the privilege of competing against the top dogs in the world.  No matter where our dogs rank at the World Championship this year, we are beyond proud of all of our pups, and thrilled that we have the opportunity to share this grand experience.   We cannot wait to spend the week at the World Championship with our DockDogs family!

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Delmarva DockDogs Jumpin’ into ‘ Jersey

Processed with Snapseed.This annual event, held at the Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show, will always hold a special place in our hearts.  Although back in 2013, this event was only our second-ever dock diving competition, it was our very first DockDogs event with Limoncello.

During this event in 2013 is also where we signed up as members with our first DockDogs Club ~ Delmarva DockDogs .  It is a joke among our DockDogs friends that we belong to every club on the East Coast, as we are now members of the Delamarva,  Keystone, Chesapeake, Tidewater, and even Rideau River [in Canada!] DockDogs clubs!

The 2013 event is also where we met Annie from The Little GSP , who not only helped us with all of our “newbie” dock diving questions, but she also was the inspiration for the start of this blog, which also led to our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Flicker accounts! Annie’s amazing photography is also what inspired me to start the ongoing process of learning how to take better quality photos of our pups. Check out some of her amazing shots on Flickr by clicking HERE!

And here we are in 2016:  Back for our fourth year in a row, this time with 4 dogs!  As always, we camped at one of our favorite spots, Atlantic City North Campground.

Limoncello

Big Air:                      

  •  23’6″                      1st Place Elite

Extreme Vertical:    

  • 5’6″                        2nd Place Cadet Division

Speed Retrieve:        

  • 7.570 seconds      4th Place Turbo Division

Big Air Finals:           

  • 21’10”                    4th Place Elite Division

Hooch

Big Air:

  • 24’4″  2nd Place Elite
  • 24’2″  1st Place Elite

Extreme Vertical:    

  • 6’2″   2nd Place Top Gun Division

Big Air Finals:            

  • 24’9″  1st Place Elite Division

Lager

Big Air:

  • 19’11”   6th Place Senior Division
  • 19’9″    2nd Place Senior Division
  • 21’3″    2nd Place Master Division
  • 20’9″   3rd Place Master Division

Extreme Vertical:    

  • 5’10”     1st Place Cadet Division

Big Air Finals:      

  • 19’11”    6th Place Master Divsion

Margarita

Margarita had a big weekend cheering on her German siblings while spending her days with her heart-throb and fellow English Pointer, Mr. Spock!

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What a fun and exciting weekend for the Liver Killers!

All 3 dock divers made Big Air Finals:

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And we took home lots of bling!

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Hopkinton State Fair, Contoocook, NH

This was our first time at the Hopinton State Fair in Contoocook, NH.  What a beautiful area, filled with great vendors, and friendly people!Processed with Snapseed.

LIMONCELLO

Big Air:

20′          1st Place Master

19’10”

20’11”    1st Place Master

Extreme Vertical: 5’0″   4th Place Cadet Division

Speed Retrieve: 8.370 seconds

Big Air Finals: 22’1″   1st Place Semi-Pro Division

HOOCH

Big Air:

21’11”

22’1″

22’2″

21′

21’5″

Extreme Vertical: 5’8″   

Big Air Finals: 22’3″   1st Place Pro Division

LAGER

Big Air: 

18’7″      4th Place Senior

19’1″       1st Place Senior

18’3″      1st Place Senior

19’2″      2nd Place Senior

MARGARITA

Margarita worked her magic and wooed the crowd all weekend long.  People of all ages came by our canopy to say hello to her and give her some pets!

Liver Killer Bling:

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Cabela’s Dog Days of Summer with Delmarva DockDogs: Newark, DE

We participated in Cabela’s Dogs Days of Summer with Delmarva DockDogs at the Christiana, DE Cabela’s this past weekend… what a BLAST we had!

We were able to camp right at Cabela’s!

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New team banner!

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All the pups did GREAT at this event!

LIMONCELLO:

Big Air:

24’5″     2nd Place Elite Division

Big Air Finals:     24’4″     5th Place Pro Division

Extreme Vertical:     5’2″     4th Place Cadet Division

Speed Retrieve:     7.747     5th Place Turbo

Iron Dog:     2825.02     4th Place Titan

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HOOCH:

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Big Air:

25’0″     2nd Place Super Elite Division    (***First SUPER Elite jump and first Super Elite medal!!)

25’3″     1st Place Super Elite Division       (***First Super Elite 1st Place medal)!

Big Air Finals:      25’4″  ***NEW PERSONAL BEST!!!    (4th Place Pro Division)

Extreme Vertical:     6’0″      Third Place Top Gun Division

LAGER:

Big Air:

19’3″     3rd Place Senior

20’8″     5th Place Master

19’11”     1st Place Senior

19’11”    1st Place Senior

Big Air Finals:     20’6″     4th Place Pro Division

Extreme Vertical:     5’10”    1st Place Cadet Division

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MARGARITA:

Rita enjoyed all the attention of people stopping by our team canopy to say hello.  Margarita even got to go on a shopping spree in Cabela’s, as this store was dog friendly! Click HERE to see what toy Rita picked out in Cabela’s!

Liver Killers Bling:

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