Keystone DockDogs Cabela’s End of Summer Splash, Hamburg, Pennsylvania

Cello participated in Keystone DockDogs End of Summer Splash dock diving event held at Cabela’s in Hamburg, Pa.


Cabela’s is an amazing store on its own – but add dock diving, and it’s THE coolest!


We even got to camp right at Cabela’s with some of our other fellow Keystone members.



Best of all, Cello earned her Elite title at the “club” level, AND won first place overall in the Masters Division finals!!

Here are the weekend’s results:


21′ 11″     22’4″  First Place Medal

21′ 8″       22′ 2″  Second Place Medal

20′ 1        21′ 0″   did not place



18′ 11″     21′ 00″    did not place

22′ 10      21′ 11″   First Place Medal



22′ 8″      23′ 4″      First Place Masters Division


Brian volunteered to do some announcing at this event!


During this event,  Keystone DockDogs was challenged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!  Check out the video below! (Brian is in the yellow shirt all the way to the right):

What a great weekend!

11 Weeks

Today Hooch turns 11 weeks old!  I can’t believe how much he has changed since the day we met him!  

This week Hooch has perfected his “sit,” and has begun to understand “down.”  He has had less potty accidents in the house, and has grown SO much!! He was watching his sister, Cello, this week jumping off the dock, and decided to jump in himself!!  Of course I missed recording the jump – but I was able to catch his not-so-graceful swim back to shore on video! (video below!)

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Out on the dock at dusk…Hooch watching Cello swim:

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Hooch swimming back to land after he dove in off the dock:

Brotha from the SAME motha… Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch

See Hooch’s Canine Parents HERE!

Watch Hooch Grow HERE!


Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch


German Shorthaired Pointer

Birthday:  May 24, 2014

“Our Little Nugget”,  “Hoochie Coochie”

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When we found out that Limoncello’s mother had another litter, we could not help but go visit her, and see the puppies.

On May 24, 2014, Cello’s Mom, Shoal Branch Ladybird (“Lady”) gave birth to 10 puppies… we are now the proud parents of one of them!

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Hooch’s Dad, “FC Sky High Regardless”

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Introducing “Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch!” (Hooch for short!):

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Why “Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch?” When we bought our log home, Brian was able to search back to the original deed of the home and find the first owner of our cabin, which was built in 1927. Brian google-searched the man’s name for the heck of it, and his search brought up a link for the English Setters Club in Medford, NJ. The first owner of our home owned an award-winning GSP (which is how we ended up wanting a GSP), and Windy Spot was the name of that first dog and award winning GSP that lived in our home. We named our cabin Windy Spot, after that GSP, before we even met Cello.  Read about our story here!

Hooch climbed right into Brian’s lap…and the rest is history!

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The name “Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch” … Incorporates the name of the first dog/GSP that lived here, and also refers to Limoncello being the “Hooch” that we make here at our cabin, Windy Spot… AND connects his name to Cello’s too 🙂

Welcome home, Hooch!


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Banana Biscotti

A week or so ago, I saw this yummy recipe on Dog Treat Kitchen. Tonight I decided to bake these treats for Cello.  Cello is currently on a grain-free diet, so I knew I had to alter the ingredients a bit.  I decided I would exclude the rolled oats in the original recipe, and substitute Buckwheat flour for the whole wheat flour also listed in the original recipe.

At the same time I was preparing to bake some treats, I also decided to boil my usual batch of hard-boiled eggs for my breakfast, and for Cello’s weekly dinner additive.  Perhaps doing two things at once was not such a good idea!

…Figuring I was being super-productive getting the eggs and biscotti done simultaneously, I was too focused on rushing, and was not attentive enough to the biscotti ingredient preparations!  After I had already started boiling the eggs, I reviewed the ingredients for the biscotti.  …OOPS!  …

The recipe called for 2 eggs – and now I was all out.  I Google searched what I could substitute for eggs, and was pleasantly surprised to find that 1/4 cup of applesauce could be substituted for each egg in most backing recipes.  As luck would have it, I had some organic, unsweetened applesauce in the fridge (PHEW!!)… turns out, my mistake blossomed  into a blessing…the biscotti turned out great!!  They were nice-and-sweet with the added apple sauce!

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  • 2 medium organic bananas
  • 1/4 cup organic peanut butter (organic, so salt or sugar added)
    • Be sure that the peanut butter you use doesn’t contain xylitol)
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups organic Buckwheat flour (may need extra to add, depending on the consistency/level of stickiness you are comfortable with)



  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Place the peeled bananas and peanut butter into a large microwave safe bowl.
  3. Microwave the bananas and peanut butter for 30-60 seconds, to soften.
  4. Thoroughly mash the bananas while mixing in the peanut butter.
  5. Mix in the applesauce.
  6. Stir in the water.
  7. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the banana mixture.
  8. Using a fork, stir together the wet and dry ingredients until completely combined. If needed, use your hands to mix together the mixture.
  9. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  10. Turn out your dough ball onto the prepared baking sheet. Gently press the ball into a rectangular loaf shape about 1 inch thick. Try to make your shape as uniform as possible for even baking.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Let the banana biscotti loaf cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  13. Cut the loaf in half, lengthwise.
  14. Cut strips about 1 inch thick.
  15. Place the slices, cut side down, and bake for another 20 minutes.
  16. Turn biscotti pieces over (flip), and bake another 20 minutes.
  17. Turn the oven off, and let the treats cool completely in the oven.


Cello and Hooch approve…hope your pooch does too!  “Bone” Appetit !

Chill Out … The Dogs Days of Summer Are Here!

 The Dog Days of Summer are here… How will you cool off your pooch?

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The Dog Days of Summer are upon us!  With the onset of the heat and humidity, I’ve been asked recently by several different people where they could take their dog swimming to cool them off on hot summer days.  This question got me thinking 3 things right off the bat:

(1) I need to appreciate where we live a bit more:



Cello is very lucky to have direct access to our lake to take her daily swims:

…and to play in the water alone or with friends…

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…and to do what she loves most – dock diving!




(2) Just where in New Jersey CAN you take your dog to cool off if you do not have access to a pool, or other safe, clean body of water that is also in a dog friendly area?? Luckily, our good friend, and fellow GSP Rescue of NJ buddy, Ally, had done some of the work for me in a post she included on the GSP Rescue of NJ FaceBook page (Thanks, Ally!!)

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(3) What can you do to keep your dog cool on a daily basis during the heat of the summer?


Before I include some suggestions for some dog-friendly swimming holes in New Jersey, and how to keep your pup cool in the heat,  I wanted to share just why people say “Dog Days of Summer.”  Being a dog-lover, I began to wonder why people chose this particular phrase.   If you thought it was just a made-up saying like I did, think again!  Thanks to The Weather Channel, and a little research, I found out what this term REALLY means, and where it originated.  This term dates back to ancient times!  “diēs caniculārēs,” or “days of the dogs” / “days of the dogs,” was what ancient people referred to as the period from the first week of July, to the second week of August.

Now that explains where the phrase originated, and when it started…but one still might ask, “Why dogs?” …Ever hear of the constellation, Orion?

orionOrion is often referred to as “The Hunter,” and is a noticeable constellation observable throughout the world. Close to Orion is the constellation Canis Major, which is Latin for “greater dog.”  According to constellation fables, Canis Major is one of Orion’s hunting dogs.



Located within Canis Major is a star named Sirius, also known as the “Dog Star.” With the exception of our sun, Sirius is THE brightest star detectable from Earth. The vivid, blue-white star’s name originates from the Greek word for “searing.”


Because Sirius is so intense, it was effortless to trace,  even for primitive astronomers. During April and early May, Sirius is evident in the southwest skies only after sunset. However, by the time mid-summer arrives, Sirius rises and falls with the sun.  This would cause Sirius to “get lost” in the daytime skies. Nevertheless, the our ancestors knew that the “Dog Star” was still present in the sky, along with the sun, during the hottest time of the year. These primitive astronomers reasoned that since Sirius was so bright, and present in the sky with the sun, it must be contributing to the heat to produce the hottest time of the year.

Now what the ancient astronomers did not know, is that although Sirius is very vibrant, (according to Dr. Jon Nese, Penn State University professor, and former storm analyst for The Weather Channel, “Sirius is very luminous; if it suddenly replaced our sun, daylight on Earth would be about 25 times brighter than it is now)”… it’s energy (heat) does not affect Earth as much as the sun. Also, in spite of it’s brilliance, Sirius is also about half a million times farther away from Earth than our sun. As it turns out, our ancestors were not exact in their reasoning, but sure provided us with a cool saying for the hottest time of the year…and hey, it has to do with dogs – what’s cooler than that ?! 😉

OK, enough of the astronomy lesson, and onto WHERE you can bring your pup during the Dog Days of Summer. New Jersey is well-known for its beaches, so thanks to rescue pal, Ally, and the sweet, gorgeous Eve (a senior rescue!) here is a list of dog-friendly beaches in New Jersey in case you are vacationing at the Jersey Shore, or live close enough to drive to one of the beaches.

Eve enjoying a day at one of the dog-friendly beaches in New Jersey:

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If you are not fond of the beach, here are two dog parks that I know of that also have a creek or lake for the dogs to swim in:

Timber Creek Dog Park, located at Chews Landing Rd and Somerdale Rd in Blackwood, NJ:



and Freedom Park, located at 86 Union Street, Medford, NJ:



Can’t get to a beach or other dog-friendly swimming area?  Cello has some hot summer tips to keep cool during the Dog Days of Summer:

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  • Find innovative ways to cool your dog!
  1. Try a Cool Pet Pad (Available at The Green Pet Shop) – now being product-tested by the GSP Rescue of NJ!
  2. Try a cooling dog vest, or collar.
  3.  Let your pup have fun with a sprinkler, or mist them softly with a hose! (Dogs cool from from the bottom up, so be sure to mist Fido’s paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog.  Also, a cool, wet towel on the ground for Fido to lay on does a great job too!)

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5.  Buy a baby pool!  Cello loves hers!

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  • Exercise your dog in the early morning, or late at night.  These are the cooler parts of the day, and will make a walk or jog more comfortable for both you and your dog. If you just can’t walk your dog during the early or late hours, pick up a pair of doggie boots. Just as they prevent damage to the dog’s paws in winter, these boots also protect Fido’s paws during the summer on hot surfaces like concrete or asphalt.  Dogs absorb and release heat through their paws, so do Fido a favor and pick up some boots at your local pet supply store, or on-line.
  • Supply plenty of fresh water for your dog. Different dogs have different needs when it comes to keeping hydrated and beating the heat. Keep in mind that darker coats absorb more heat than lighter coats, and overweight dogs are at higher risk for dehydration.

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  • Provide a shady area. Dogs rely on panting and resting in a shady place to keep cool in the heat.
  • Look for signs of dehydration:  Dogs don’t “sweat” like us humans. They cool off by panting.  An overheated dog will pant excessively, have a dark pink-to-red tongue, have a dry/tacky mouth, lift feet to avoid hot surfaces, will slow down on a walk, vomit, become lethargic, and its eyes will be bloodshot.
  • Let your dog dig! (I know, I know) – this is a behavior we normally try to s avoid, and if my husband, Brian, reads this post he will be screaming inside his head, I’m sure!   Dogs dig for many reasons – a big one being frustration – but one reason is to keep cool.  IF possible, (and IF your dog is not digging to escape, or out of frustration) maybe allow Fido to have a “special digging” spot in a shady area.  Cello has been known to dig large holes in our yard and lay in the them to keep cool (sorry, Bri!) 🙂
  • NEVER, NEVER, NEVER leave a dog in a vehicle on even a warm day.The sun can heat a car to more than 110 degrees on a 75 degree day in no time…Even with the windows rolled down…so imagine the heat index inside a car on a really HOT day. The interior heat could rise over 40 degrees in an hour, and reach over 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. Dogs can sustain brain damage, or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes in that kind of heat.  Think parking in a shady spot will help keep the temperature in your car down? – think again!  Dogs can get heat stroke even when the car is parked in the shade.  Forget the AC too… leaving the air conditioner on is no guarantee- not only could the air conditioner break, but you also run the risk of noxious fumes building up inside your car. Your dog’s life is never worth leaving them in the car for even a few minutes. When in doubt, leave Fido home!

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If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, write down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. If the car is parked outside of a store, have the owner paged in the nearest buildings.  If you cannot locate the owner immediately, call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog, and don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.  If the authorities are unresponsive, or too slow, and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment, take steps to remove the suffering animal from the car, and then wait for authorities to arrive.  Each state’s animal protection laws are different – get to know your sate’s laws HERE.

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Most of all – don’t let these Dog Days of Summer get you or your pooch down…take advantage of the heat and spend some time cooling off with Fido, and doing some fun, bonding activities (like swimming) with your pup!  Have fun, and keep cool!

Know any dog-friendly swimming areas in your state – or have some tips on how to keep dogs cool during the Dog Days of Summer?  Please comment and share! 


The Rusty Nail, Cape May, NJ


The Rusty Nail (“The Nail”, as it’s known by the locals) is a well-known legendary surfer bar that dates back to the 70’s.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner at The Nail, and of course, host an incredible happy hour with live music.  Kids meals are served on a souvenir Beach Shack Frisbee, creating something for the little ones to do after they finish their meal and are waiting for the adults.  There is indoor seating, outdoor picnic table seating, a fire pit, sand pit, and shuffleboard – this place has it all! Even the four-legged kids are welcome here!…and not only are dogs welcome, they have their very own Doggie Menu!


From the Doggie Menu, Cello enjoyed a Bowser Beer for starters,  and a Nail Burger for dinner!







From the regular menu, Brian and I ordered the Baja Grilled Fish Tacos and the Jersey Style Lobster Hoagie to share.  🙂



Killens Pond State Park, Felton, Delaware

Cello was involved in a dock diving event at the Dover Days Festival in Dover Delaware this past weekend, so we hunkered down at Killens Pond State Park, about 25 minutes from the dock diving event.




We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at Killens Pond.  The campsites were arranged in small loops.  We stayed on campsite D5 (loop D, campsite 5), and had a nice sized private space with a view of the pond from our living space, and a wooded scene out our rear bay window.

View from our living space:






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The campground was clean, and have several campground hosts located throughout the campground.  We had an issue with our electric during our stay, and the campground host on our loop couldn’t have been more helpful.

The campground had a pretty hiking trail that ran along the pond and through the park.  The trail was very flat and well-maintained.  photo 3 (2)

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This campground only has full hook-ups on the campground host sites, however our site had electric and water.  There is a well-leveled and easily accessible dump station located on your way out of the campground.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Killens Pond, and very much enjoyed the “tent-camping” feel we got from the rustic, wooded setting of our site.  We would definitely return to this campground if Cello is involved in the same dock diving event in Dover, De this time next year.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware


After Cello got done both of her waves at the Dover Days Festival Dock Diving event, we decided to visit Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. What a cool place!  The atmosphere was laid-back, and the people were friendly…best of all?… they are dog-friendly!  Cello was allowed on the grounds, inside at the bar, and in the store!





Brian and I have never been to a brewery for a beer tasting – Boy were we missing out!  We also had a blast at the bar with Cello while we did our beer tasting.




Outside there were Bocce Ball courts, a bean bag toss, and an incredible metal tree house.


Cello wants IN!

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Cello loved all the attention she got at the Brewery, and even bellied-up to the bar!


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They had a sign that read “Off centered  people look up,” and the ceiling was covered with unique pictures.



Brian picked up a new hat in the store.




We would definitely like to visit here again!


It’s My Birthday, And I Can Bark If I Want To…

This Friday, March 14, Cello turned three years old!  I truly cannot believe it has already been three years that we have been lucky enough to have her in our life.

I’d say Cello had a pretty good birthday! …See if you agree!

I put together a “Basket of Birds for the Birthday Bird Dog,” which she discovered, and helped herself to her birthday goodies (after the “OK” command of course)!




Cello’s Aunt Casey stopped by and dropped off a nice birthday card, and a birthday gift!  …Thanks Aunt Casey and Cousin James!


My very cool shirt from Casey and James…perfect!


Then, Cello had a birthday treat of fresh rotisserie chicken, green beans, and carrots…


And THEN, her Daddy took her on a shopping spree to PetSmart to pick out her own birthday treats….

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I think overall, this birthday gal had a GREAT day!

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Cello…we love you!!!

Bird Dog of the Day

Cello was chosen as the featured “Bird Dog of the Day” on Instagram!

Each day, one puppy and one adult bird dog picture is featured on this very popular account…and today Cello won “adult of the day!”  Yay Cello!!

Check out Bird Dog of the Day on Instagram…and “like” Cello’s picture!

Please visit Cello’s Instagram for more great photos of Cello and her adventures!

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Sepia Saturday Blog Hop: Angel Eyes

I love this picture of Cello…those eyes get me every time!

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Cello is joining Ruckus the Eskie again for Sepia Saturday. Ruckus says:

All are welcome to join. Please share your best sepia pics of pets, families, experiences, nature, etc! sepia_saturday_blog_hop_badge_200Here are the rules:

  1. Be Sepia-Related (doesn’t just have to be photos of pets!)
  2. Have fun!
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