Hooch Ranked #1 GSP in the United States!

As of now, Hooch is ranked THE #1 German Shorthaired Pointer in the United States with a DockDogs Big Air average of 23′ 7.4″unnamed (1)

His current average also ranks him the #2 German Shorthaired Pointer in the World!!

Words cannot describe how proud I am of this boy!

Hooch’s First Invitation to Compete in the DockDogs World Championships!

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!
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Mid-Atlantic Regionals at Shipps Corner, Virginia Beach, VA

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 Рit 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.

CELLO:

BIG AIR:

19’5″ ¬† ¬† 18’7″

20’6″ ¬† ¬† 19’10”

SPEED RETRIEVE:

8.822 seconds         8.701 seconds

DUELING DOGS:

HOOCH:

BIG AIR:

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 !!!!!!!!!!

MEDAL

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Back to the Splash Spring Fling at Shipps Corner, Virginia Beach, VA

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:

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There was an 80’s playlist jamming all weekend long, and the dock was also decorated 80’s style:

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They used 80’s style bracelets in place of the regular Handlers’ bracelets:

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Besides this event being an absolute blast, Limoncello and Hooch each ROCKED the dock!  Check out the results below!

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Extreme Vertical:

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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

Speed Retrieve:

8.378     8.052     First Place Express Division

Iron Dog:

2789.90     First Place Warrior

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Big Air:

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10’4″ ¬† ¬† 14’5″ ¬† ¬† First Place Junior Division

9’5″ ¬† ¬† ¬† 10’6″

10’5″ ¬† ¬† 16’1” ¬† ¬† NEW PERSONAL BEST!

10’0″ ¬† ¬† 14’7″ ¬† ¬† First Place Junior Division

8’7″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†12’5″

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Speed Retrieve (first time EVER!!!)

Brian held Hooch so that he could see the other dogs performing Speed Retrieve:

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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!

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We¬†all¬†had a great 80’s weekend!

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Cello and Brian – Filmed By Drone!

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!

Virginia World of Pets Expo, Hampton, VA

What a fun and exciting Valentines Day weekend we had!

We took a 5.5 hour drive down to Hampton, Virginia, for Cello and Hooch to participate in the World of Pets Expo dock diving competition,”Lover’s Leap,” ¬†hosted by Tidewater DockDogs.

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In celebration of Valentine’s Day, there was a Pawentine’s Box decorating contest.

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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:

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Hooch and Cello received lots of really cute Pawentines in our box!

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The dog treats above were homemade by our friend, Mandy. Check out her Face Book page – her cookies are AMAZING!

We won the contest!

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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!

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Hooch also had a BIG weekend!  He placed in every Big Air wave he jumped in, and earned his first First Place ribbon!

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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”

While we were there, someone recognized Cello from our Instagram account —¬†our friends, Cyndee and Lola – – How cool is THAT?!?!

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This was a SUPER-fun event, and the best Valentine’s Day weekend ever!

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Cello and Hooch hope everyone had a great¬†Valentine’s Day!

Delmarva DockDogs Unleashed at Pooch Palooza, at Frontier Town Campground, Berlin, MD

This was the first time Cello has competed in this Delmarva DockDogs event, hosted by Delmarva Unleashed, and held at the Frontier Town Campground.

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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!

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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!

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Here is the first video I have of Cello doing Extreme Vertical:

Hooch is still too  young to go off the dock, but we did show him the pool and gave him a chance to fetch his toy!
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Here’s to a great weekend…Cheers to Tommy D!

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Delmarva DockDogs Jumping Into Jersey at the 2014 Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Festival, Tuckerton, NJ

This is Cello’s second year in a row competing in Delmarva DockDogs¬†“Jumping Into Jersey” event at the Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Festival, held annually at Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton, NJ.

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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!

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Hooch watching his big sis…unnamed

Hooch and Cello hanging out under the Team Cello canopy between jumps…

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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!

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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!

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We were very proud of our little Dock Diving Diva!

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Practice Makes Perfect!

On Sunday, Cello attended Chesapeake DockDog’s practice at Detour Winery in Keymar, MD in preparation for her Regional Competition coming up in August!

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Hooch came along to cheer Cello on, and to (hopefully!!) watch how dock diving is done!

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Cello practiced her Big Air distance and did really well!

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Brian decided to try Cello at Extreme Vertical¬†… and she did awesome¬†for her first time! ¬†She grabbed the bumper at 5’4″ !

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Here is a video of Cello doing Extreme Vertical for the first time!

 

Cello will be competing August 1 Р3 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!

Codorus Blast, Hosted by Keystone DockDogs, Hanover, PA


This weekend Cello participated in Codorus Blast dock diving event, in Hanover, Pennsylvania, hosted by Keystone DockDogs.  This event was held in Codorus State Park.

This dock was set up right in the Lake Marburg!  

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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.

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We had a great weekend hanging out in our little “tent city” with great people we have met through dock diving! Lots of members of Chesapeake DockDogs and Keystone Dockdogs were in attendance.

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Uncle Johnny and Aunt Joyce even came to cheer on Cello!

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Cello in Slo-Mo!

Cello’s results from Codorus Blast:

Friday:

20′ 4″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†23′ 6″ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†First Place Division Elite Medal ¬† ¬† ¬† **Her FIRST Elite Division Medal and new personal best!!!¬†

 

Saturday:

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!!

 

Sunday:

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

 

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Cello and her Codorus Blast Bling:

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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!!

 

Cello Earned Her Masters!

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! ¬†

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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″‚Äč

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!!!”