Lager in The Virginian Pilot

Dogs fly through the air at Dockdogs competitions in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH

Whether detecting explosives in Iraq for the military or jumping into a pool to fetch a toy, Lager takes his job seriously.

The German Shorthaired Pointer, who lives in New Jersey with his owners, came to Virginia Beach on Friday to show off his skills in the annual DockDogs competition, part of the Pet Lovers’ Extravaganza outside the Care-A-Lot headquarters near Shore Drive.

Outfitted in a patriotic swimsuit, of course, Lager jumped twice in the qualifying round and will compete in the Big Air competition today and the Extreme Vertical competition today and Sunday with a few hundred other dogs from around the country.

Jenny Beadling, Lager’s owner, said they often bring him to events in Virginia. He practices his dock dives at home off the family’s 40-foot pier and also does agility drills, running exercises and strength training.

“I think that he takes everything like it’s his job,” Beadling said.

Lager was retired from the military because he would get distracted by water, so when he came back to the states, the contractor who worked with him wanted him to be in that kind of environment.

He earned an invitation to the DockDogs world championships last November in Iowa and placed fifth in the senior division. His leaps average about 19 feet, 9 inches, Beadling said.

The Beadlings call their dogs “The Liver Killers” because of their names: Lager, Limoncello, Hooch and their newest one, Margarita.

Another competitor Friday was Leia, who lives in Virginia Beach. She competed in the Iron Dog Warrior Competition in Iowa, another DockDogs contest, last November, coming in second in the world.

Her owner, Karen Cummings, named her dogs after “Star Wars” characters – Leia, Chewey and Vader. Leia, a Lab, was in the qualifying round for Big Air on Friday.

Cummings said Leia also competes in the speed retrieve and extreme vertical events. She trains locally by doing a lot of jumping, muscle training and agility competitions.

Along with the competitions, the event includes dozens of pet-supply vendors, and Care-A-Lot is having its biggest sale of the year.

The speed, height and distance events continue throughout the weekend. Other contests, for less athletically inclined canines, include best kisser, best dressed and best at, well, eating treats.

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Lager’s Invitation to the DockDogs World Championship!

Three months after returning from Iraq, two months after joining our family, and after competing in only 2 National events, Lager earned his invitation to the DockDogs World Championship for Senior Division Big Air!  Words cannot express how proud we are of this boy!

Lager Big Air Senior

Delmarva DockDogs Lets the Dogs Out: Elkton, MD

With the hopes of getting Lager an invitation to the 2015 DockDogs World Championship held in November, we took a short day trip to Elkton, Maryland with Lager only, since Limoncello and Hooch had already earned invitations for multiple disciplines.

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Big Air (Jenny as the Handler):

18’6″     18’7″     2nd Place Senior

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Extreme Vertical (Brian as the Handler):

6’0″      5th Place Top Gun

Quest for the Belt, Hosted by Three Rivers DockDogs: Cabela’s, Triadelphia, WV

Lager’s first official dock diving competition!

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In less than 2 weeks after Lager joined our pack, we were entering him in his very first official DockDogs competition! Three Rivers DockDogs hosted an event at Cabela’s in Triadelphia, West Virginia.

LIMONCELLO:

Big Air:

21’5″        21’2″

21’3″        22’2″

20’4″       20’7″

19’10”      20’9″

Extreme Vertical:

5’0″

Speed Retrieve:

8.489                          Second Place Express

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HOOCH:

Hooch was up on the dock when a gust of wind blew a banner off of the side of the pool, freaking him out completely .  It was a tough weekend, as Hooch had a difficult time gaining enough confidence on the dock to run and jump at his full speed.

Big Air:

22’7″     15’9″

21’2″     22’11”

13’0″     14’11”

23’0″     22’3″              Third Place Elite

22’5″     23’6″              First Place Elite

Extreme Vertical:

5’10’                              Second Place Cadet

LAGER:

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Big Air:

13′ 4″ and 13′ 11″       First Place Junior (with Brian)

15’7″ and 16’2″          (with Jenny)

16’9″ and 18’2″          Second Place Senior (with Jenny)

17’0″ and 17’5″          (with Jenny)

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Extreme Vertical:

This was Lager’s first attempt at EV.  Lager missed both times, but was very determined – we had no doubt that he will excel at this in the future!

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None of the pups made the finals at this event – first time all season!!  There were some HUGE jumping dogs here!  We had a great weekend camping with friends, and enjoyed watching Lager have a blast on the dock at his first official event!