His current average also ranks him the #2 German Shorthaired Pointer in the World!!
Words cannot describe how proud I am of this boy!
From no jump, to the Hoochie Hop… to sailing through the air! … The Evolution of Hooch!
At the DockDogs Mid Atlantic Regional event held at Shipps Corner, in Virginia Beach, Hooch won first place in his division finals to earn an invitation to compete at the World Championships this November! Read the details about this event HERE!
This event was more of a practice for Cello since she had already earned her invitation to the DockDogs World Championships. Cello did get to try a new DockDogs event, called Dueling Dogs – it was lots of fun!
For Hooch, this was a chance to shine, and earn an invitation. Hooch not only earned himself an invite, he scored several new personal bests, and jumped right out of his division with one of the longest jumps of the weekend!
We camped at Holiday Trav-L-Park during this event.
8.822 seconds 8.701 seconds
22’0″ 23’2″ NEW PERSONAL BESTS (and on camera!!)
23’8″ 20’3″ NEW PERSONAL BESTS (and on camera!!)
22’6″ 23’2″ FIRST PLACE SENIOR FINALS, AND AN INVITATION TO THE DOCKDOGS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS !!!!!!!!!!
Now THIS was a fun event! Cello and Hooch participated in Shipps Corner’s Back to the Splash Spring Fling.
This National event was an 80’s theme, and everyone was encouraged to dress and decorate in the 80’s fashion.
Hooch immediately flaunted his swag:
Our team canopy was decorated with 80’s bling:
Hooch had himself an 80’s boom box:
There was an 80’s playlist jamming all weekend long, and the dock was also decorated 80’s style:
They used 80’s style bracelets in place of the regular Handlers’ bracelets:
Besides this event being an absolute blast, Limoncello and Hooch each ROCKED the dock! Check out the results below!
Big Air :
21’0″ 21’0″ Second Place Master Division
21’1″ 20’1″ First Place Master Division
21’2″ 20’3″ Third Place Master Division
21’5″ 21’5″ First Place Master Division
BIG AIR SEMI-PRO FINALS:
21’3″ 19’11” First Place Semi Pro Division
8.378 8.052 First Place Express Division
2789.90 First Place Warrior
10’4″ 14’5″ First Place Junior Division
10’5″ 16’1” NEW PERSONAL BEST!
10’0″ 14’7″ First Place Junior Division
Speed Retrieve (first time EVER!!!)
Brian held Hooch so that he could see the other dogs performing Speed Retrieve:
Although he hesitated at the end of the dock, which made his score very low, he did jump off and retrieve the bumper at the end of the pool – so we are extremely proud of Hooch for catching on to this “new game” so quickly!
We all had a great 80’s weekend!
At our last dock diving event, Family Fun Day, this past weekend in Elkton, MD, there was a drone flying around filming the weekend happenings.
Cello and Brian were filmed during one of their jumps – how cool is THAT?!?!
We were very excited with this first-time ever view of Cello in action!
What a fun and exciting Valentines Day weekend we had!
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, there was a Pawentine’s Box decorating contest.
Before we left, I built our Pawentine’s Box. Here are the pictures after I built the box with foam board and a hot glue gun:
Here is the final product:
There were many other great Pawentine’s Boxes in the contest as well:
We made Pawentine cards to place in the other boxes:
Hooch and Cello received lots of really cute Pawentines in our box!
The dog treats above were homemade by our friend, Mandy. Check out her Face Book page – her cookies are AMAZING!
We won the contest!
Although Cello has not been performing up to her last season’s standards, she had a great weekend! Cello competed as an Iron Dog, and participated in all three events: Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve.
In Big Air, Cello’s longest jump of the weekend was 21’11.” She made the Elite Finals, and placed Third.
In Extreme Vertical, She reached a height of 5’4,” and placed Third overall in the Cadet Division.
Cello set a new Personal Best in Speed Retrieve at 8.788 seconds:
…AND Cello placed FIRST in Iron Dog in the Warrior Division! Way to go, Cello!
Hooch also had a BIG weekend! He placed in every Big Air wave he jumped in, and earned his first First Place ribbon!
In just his second event ever, Hooch even made Novice Finals – and placed Second!
Hooch was once again, a crowd-pleaser, with his last-minute “pop” off the dock:
Hooch’s best jump of the weekend was 8’10”
This was a SUPER-fun event, and the best Valentine’s Day weekend ever!
Cello and Hooch hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!
Unfortunately the DockDogs website is under construction, and I cannot post the exact results for Cello at this time. However, I can say it was a great weekend for Cello! She won several medals, made the Big Air Elite Division (23′ to 24’11” range) Finals, finishing in first place, earning herself a cash prize, big ribbon, and gift bag! Our good friend, John, and his dog , Storm, finished in second place, so it was a very exciting Big Air Elite Finals competition!
Cello gave it her best at Extreme Vertical again – this time finishing in third place in the Cadet Division, earning herself a cash prize, big ribbon, and gift bag!
Here is the first video I have of Cello doing Extreme Vertical:
Here’s to a great weekend…Cheers to Tommy D!
Unfortunately the DockDogs website is under construction, so I cannot post her exact results, but Cello did win several Big Air medals during this event, and even made the Big Air Finals, finishing third in the Elite (23′ to 24′ 1″ rage) Finals Division, earning a cash prize, bit ribbon, and a gift bag!
Big Air Divisions:
Novice: 0’1″ – 9’11”
Junior: 10’0″ – 14’11”
Senior: 15’0″ – 19’11”
Master: 20’0″ – 22’11”
Elite: 23’0″ – 24’11”
Super Elite: 25′ and above
Brian giving Cello a pep talk…looks like she is giving him back some sass!
Hooch and Cello hanging out under the Team Cello canopy between jumps…
Cello also tried Extreme Vertical (high jump) for the first time! is a high jump contest. Dogs are released by their handlers, and launch upward to knock down a bumper, which is suspended over the water eight feet out from the end of the dock. The current world record is 8′ 11″ . Cello did really well for her first time, and placed 5th in the Cadet Division Finals, earning a big pretty ribbon!
Extreme Vertical Divisions:
Cadet: Up to 5’11”
Top Gun: 6’0″ to 6’11”
High Flyer: 7’0″ and above
Here is Cello in action during one of her Big Air waves:
Cello in Slo-Mo:
As always, the weekend was filled with great people, lots of fun, and many super-cool pups!
We were very proud of our little Dock Diving Diva!
Hooch came along to cheer Cello on, and to (hopefully!!) watch how dock diving is done!
Cello practiced her Big Air distance and did really well!
Brian decided to try Cello at Extreme Vertical … and she did awesome for her first time! She grabbed the bumper at 5’4″ !
Here is a video of Cello doing Extreme Vertical for the first time!
Cello will be competing August 1 – 3 in the North Eastern Regionals in Somerville, MA, in hopes to earn an invitation to the DockDogs Worlds Championships in November! GO CELLO!
Cello now has a profile on Chesapeake DockDogs website! Check it out HERE!
Overall, it was a gorgeous day spent with lots of great people and pups!
This dock was set up right in the Lake Marburg!
This was an especially exciting event for us! Cello set a new personal best – not once, but THREE times this weekend as she soared 23′ 1″ then 23′ 6″ then 23′ 7″ !! How awesome is that?! These were all Elite jumps (one division higher than her current Master division title). Elite jumpers jump between 23′ and 24’11”. She even qualified for the Elite Division Finals, and finished 4th against some HUGE jumping dogs! We are so proud of her! Brian and I were recapping our weekend, and we were just amazed at Cello’s improvement since her first-ever dock diving event just 9 months ago.
Uncle Johnny and Aunt Joyce even came to cheer on Cello!
Cello in Slo-Mo!
Cello’s results from Codorus Blast:
20′ 4″ 23′ 6″ First Place Division Elite Medal **Her FIRST Elite Division Medal and new personal best!!!
21′ 3″ 23′ 1″ First Place Division Elite Medal
23′ 6” 22’11” First Place Division Elite Medal
23′ 0 23′ 7″ First Place Division Elite Medal **New personal best!!
22′ 8″ 22′ 9″ Third Place Masters Division Medal
22′ 0″ 22′ 0″ First Place Masters Division Medal
Finals: Cello was in her first Elite Division Finals!!
22′ 8″ 22′ 3″ Fourth Place Elite Division Ribbon
Cello and her Codorus Blast Bling:
Although we missed them dearly at this event, our friends Lisa, Ryan, Millie, and Addison had an amazing weekend as well! They attended an event in Maine, were Millie (Marvelous Millie, as I like to call her!) not only won 1st place in the Elite Division finals with a HUGE jump of 24’7 – but Millie and Ryan also got an invitation for the World Championship in Iowa in November! We are SO happy for them, and so very proud of them both!!
What a fun and exciting weekend!!
As you know from previous posts, Cello is very involved in dock diving. She competes in the Dock Dogs Big Air competitions, which is like the doggie version of a long jump. The handler and dog have 60 seconds to complete the jump. Each team has two jumps per “wave,” with the greater of the jumps being used for the official score for that wave. The dog’s distance is measured from the base of the dog’s tail (the point at which the base of the dog’s tail hits the water).
On March 19, we received Cellos’ Big Air Club Title Master certificate from Dock Dogs!
Cello is a member of Delmarva Dock Dogs club, an affiliate club of the National/Worldwide DockDog Organization. To earn a club title, Cello had to reach 5 consecutive jumps in the same division. The divisions are as follows:
Novice 0 – 9’11″
Junior 10′ – 14’11”
Senior 15′ – 19’11”
Master 20′ – 22’11”
Elite 23′ – 24’11”
Super Elite 25′ +
Cello has earned her Masters title, which means she has jumped 5 consecutive times in the 20′ to 22’11” range.
2014 has already been an exciting season for us, as Cello and Brian competed in their first indoor dock diving competition, where Cello also earned her new personal best distance of 22’9″ !!
We have Cello registered for quite a few events this year, and are very excited for the next event on May 3rd and 4th in Dover, DE… Dover Days Dip, hosted by Delmarva Dock Dogs. Join us by registering your dog in the event, or come out to cheer Cello on, and see just how much fun dock diving is!!
In the words of the Delmarva Dock Dogs motto…
“Run Fast, Jump Big, Have Fun!!!”