Limoncello and Hooch in the Central Record!

Brian and Jenny Beadling with their dogs, Limoncello, left, and Hooch.

Chicago had Air Jordan. Medford Lakes has Air Cello and Air Hooch.

Cello (short for Limoncello) and Hooch are owed by local residents Brian and Jenny Beadling. The dogs compete in dock diving competitions in which they get to show off their aerial skills. The two canines have literally jumped onto the scene and have earned invitations to the Dock Dogs World Championships. It all began shortly after the Beadlings moved to Medford Lakes in 2009. Cello was showing off his skills behind the house, and the Beadlings were already aware that dock diving competition for dogs existed. Brian soon realized Cello had plenty of elevation.

“She would be out back with us,” said Beadling. “She’d be jumping off the dock and I started to notice she goes pretty far. I knew that dock diving existed. There was a competition down in Tuckerton, New Jersey. We decided to go camp down there and enter Cello.”

Cello made the most of his opportunity. Despite facing nearly 300 other dogs, Cello came in second in the competition. That’s when the Beadlings knew they had something special with their high-flying canine.

“She’s actually a very driven dog,” Beadling said. “As soon as I grab that toy, she’s howling and screaming and whining. All she wants to do is get on that dock. She shakes the entire time. The humans enjoy the competition, but the dogs enjoy the jumping.”

While Cello is a four-year-old, Hooch has begun dock diving as a puppy. Hooch would follow his older friend around all of the time. After standing on the docks watching Cello perform, it did not take long for Hooch to follow in Cello’s paw-steps.

“We never thought he was going to jump,” said Beadling. “We didn’t want to force it on him. One day when he was about four or five months old, he just started jumping in the water. He’s been so fun to watch.”

The dogs compete in events throughout the East Coast. Last June, Cello earned his birth in the world championship competition by competing as an Iron Dog and earning first place in the Warrior Division. Cello also had the fastest Express Division Speed Retrieve score at that same event. Cello has been selected to be sponsored by TurboPUP, which offers meal bars to active dogs.

Hooch is ranked as the No. 1 German shorthaired pointer in the United States and the No. 2 German shorthair in the world. The one-year-old recorded a jump of 23- feet 8-inches to win first place in the Big Air Competition Virginia Beach last June. Hooch added a jump of 24’2” in Cape Charles, VA to set a new personal best.

In addition to the thrill of the competition, both dogs are getting the type of exercise which will help lead to a long and heathy life.

“They are well-trained athletes at this point,” Beadling said. “They’re very fit. It’s good for them. It’s also good for us. It keeps us active because we have to keep up with their training as well.”

While the Beadlings are thrilled to see the success of their dock-diving dogs, they are also happy to see them be part of an organization which helps dogs across the country.

“You see a lot of good stuff that happens,” said Beadling. “Dock Dogs is full of great people. You see a lot of adoption stuff going on. Dock Dog International actually has its own charity called the Bark Foundation, which does a lot of charitable work for dogs in need. They’ve done a lot to help as well.”

With both dogs rapidly emerging on an international level, the sky is literally the limit for Cello and Hooch.

“They can compete up until they’re seven years old,” Beadling said. “You look at the world record when they first started doing this and it was something like 18 feet. Cello and Hooch currently jump between 24 and 26 feet. The world record is 31 feet. As you get better at training and technique, it seems like the dogs just keep going. We may never beat the world record, but it’s fun to try.”

Read the story online by clicking HERE!

Fox News Features Lager !

Bill Rohrer from Fox News did a story on Lager!  It was nice to meet Bill – he was so nice, and made us feel very comfortable while filming the story at our home.  Brian and I had great fun doing this story, as Lager is a very special pup!

Click HERE for the link to the story, and the video of the news feature that was aired:

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The Liver Killers on 6 ABC News!

The Liver Killers first time on the news! 

Nora Muchanic visited us at our home to do a story on the Liver Killers!

See the full story, plus a video of the news segment – click HERE!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Most people just walk their dogs. But Jenny and Brian Beadling’s dogs go for a flying leap.

The German Short Haired Pointers (GSPs for short) are two of the top dock diving dogs in the country and also rated internationally.

Brian says, “They are fun, happy, energetic dogs who really love competing and playing. And they think of all of this as play, which is really exciting for us.”

And Jenny tells us, “They need extreme exercise and what you would think of as your exhaustion point is just their starting point.”

The dock at the Beadling’s Medford Lakes cabin has become a launching pad as these two pooches practice each day. In competition they are judged on how high, long and fast they can jump.

A room inside the Beadling’s house is filled with ribbons and medals.

Hooch is the number one ranked GSP in the country for “big air”; Cello is ranked number one for “iron dogs”, the canine equivalent of a triathlon.

Jenny says, “They can run for hours and hours and hours on end. And they will keep going, they’re working dogs. They will keep going until you shut them down.”

The newest member of the family is Lager, a former bomb sniffing dog for the U.S. government who served in Iraq.

Now Lager regular leaps into the lake with his new companions.

He is clearly adjusting to his new digs.

They are highly trained and these dogs may be world class dock divers, but if you ask me they look like they’re just having fun.

Brian explains, “The humans involved take the competition seriously. The dogs just enjoy being out with the owners, jumping in the water. To see them just have fun and love life it’s really fun for us as well.”

Jenny a special education teacher and Brian a mortgage banker, travel with the dogs to competitions several times a month. The cash prizes Hooch and Limoncello win are turned over to a GSP rescue group.

Jenny says, “The amount of work that goes into it and the enjoyment you see in the dog is the best.”

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Courier Post Newspaper Article

Limoncello and Hooch made the top story on the front page of South Jersey’s newspaper!

The Courier Post sent a reporter and photographer to our home to do a story on The Liver Killers.  We had such a great time, and the story and video came out great!

Here’s the video:

And here’s the story:

MEDFORD LAKES – Limoncello — Cello for short — greeted this reporter with a kiss and then turned her laser focus to the turf runway her owners, Brian and Jenny Beadling, built for her and her canine sibling, Hooch.

Cello had a job to do, and she was serious about it.

She had to get that ball.

And she was just waiting for Brian to toss it from the Beadlings’ dock and into Aetna Lake.

The 4-year-old German shorthaired pointer watched, waited, and then, while the bright orange ball with the blue stripe was in the air, ran and flung herself to retrieve it, landing with a splash and a big doggie smile, the ball in her mouth as she paddled ashore.

Cello and Hooch are among the top dock diving dogs not only in the nation, but in the world, as ranked by Dock Dogs, the national group overseeing the sport. The Beadlings’ dogs compete all over the East Coast, traveling year-round to competitions measuring lengths of their jumps and how high they go.

The pointers, bred to be hunting dogs, are a high-energy breed, Brian Beadling said. “They’re in the same line as vizslas and weimeraners.”

That means their owners have to be high-energy, too. “Their vet told us, ‘They have no “off” button,’ ” he said.

 “This is their playground; we just pay the bills,” Jenny Beadling said with a laugh.

Indeed, the Beadlings’ lakefront log cabin they dubbed “Windy Spot” looks as much like a retreat for the dogs as for the couple. There’s the runway which extends a few feet further into the lake, as well as a metal arm that swings out over the water for the dogs to jump and grab toys on their way down.

After buying the 1920s cabin in 2009, the couple worked to restore it and Brian Beadling, who works in the mortgage business, researched the home’s history. He found the home’s original owner had a German shorthaired pointer named Windy Spot, and that was the first the couple had heard about the breed.

Windy Spot — the dog — had won several field awards with a local dog club and so the couple, after more research, decided on the breed. They got Limoncello in 2011 from a Chatsworth farm and named her for Jenny’s grandfather’s special homemade Italian liquor.

Hooch — Beadling calls him the “goofy little brother” — is a year old and was initially reluctant to go into the water. But at 15 weeks, he decided Cello shouldn’t have all the fun and, as Jenny Beadling says, “We haven’t been able to keep him out of the water since.”

Kathy Parkin helps the dogs keep fit by working with them at Pinelands Dog Training Center in Medford. She’s been working with Cello and Hooch for about 10 months, she said.

“The dogs love it,” said Parkin, who’s been a trainer for 12 years. “We work with them to build their core and leg muscles, work on agility exercises, stretching, stability.”

The Beadlings travel two to four times each month with the dogs, loading them into their brand-new GMC Denali (which already has logged 20,000 miles since November). They choose campgrounds and dog-friendly restaurants when they travel, treating Cello and Hooch as full members of the family.

“If they can’t go, we don’t go,” Jenny Beadling said. “But they’re great dogs, very well-behaved.”

The competitions pay $100 for first-place finishes; $50 for second, but Cello is sponsored by Turbo Pup, a meal supplement for dogs.

All cash prizes, she said, go to the dogs: GSP Rescue of New Jersey, a nonprofit dedicated to the breed. Contents of their prize bags, like food, treats and toys, are all donated to the Animal Orphanage in Voorhees.

“They’re great people, too,” Parkin said of the Beadlings.

Phaedra Trethan: (856) 486-2417; ptrethan@gannettnj.com

Here’s the link to the online story and video:

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2015/08/21/south-jersey-dogs-leap-national-dock-diving-ranks/32139705/

Cabela’s Summer Splash, Hosted by Keystone DockDogs: Cabela’s, Hamburg, PA

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We love Cabela’s events where you can camp right in the parking lot, and crate the dogs right from your home on wheels!!  This event was hosted by Keystone DockDogs, and held at Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA.

We set up “camp” with other dock diving friends who also have campers – and had a BLAST! (We are the camper with the American Flag canopy).

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We also love this event since it is close enough for friends and family to venture out to watch the pups dive.  One of Brian’s coworkers, and Brian’s mom, brother, & god-daughter all came out to watch the Liver Killers get some big air!  The only pictures I took this weekend are the ones you see above (bad dog mom!).

Luckily two of our friends and fellow competitors took some pictures of Hooch, which I am sharing below (thank you, Kevin and Gary!!)

There were some computer issues at the event, so I don’t have all the recorded jump information just yet, but I will share the scores that I do have.

This was a particularly good event for Hooch!

Hooch jumped big all weekend, soaring over 23 feet in all five of his Big Air waves, acquiring (3) First Place medals, (1) Second Place medal, and (1) Third Place medal – all in the Elite Division. Hooch also took First Place in the Elite Division Big Air Finals!  His biggest jump of the weekend was 24’1″, just an inch under his personal best.

Here is Hooch in action during a Big Air jump:

Hooch secured a new Personal Best in Extreme Vertical, with a grab of 6’2″ !!  This also earned him a First Place ribbon for the Top Gun Division!

Cello jumped consistently all weekend, but score just below her current division most of the weekend.  Cello did make the Elite Big Air finals (this was the first time Cello and Hooch made the same division finals and went head-to-head!) Cello placed 5th in the Elite Division Big Air Finals with a jump of 21’6″.

Cello did Extreme Vertical as well  – however her biggest nemesis (golf cart) made an appearance while she was up on the dock, and she lost her focus, knocking her out of the competition earlier than she should have been.

Overall, we had a really fun weekend with friends and family, won some really cool ribbons, medals and Cabela’s goodies, and even got to meet some new friends who follow Cello and Hooch’s adventures on their Instagram account!

Limoncello and Hooch in “The Bark” Magazine!

Cello and Hooch’s feature in The Bark Magazine!

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About The Bark:

“The Bark is the magazine of modern dog culture—it speaks to the serious dog enthusiast. The Bark is the indispensable guide to life with dogs, showing readers how to live smartly and rewardingly with their canine companions. Founded in 1997, as a newsletter to advocate for off-leash dog parks in Berkeley, California, the magazine quickly grew into a glossy, award-winning publication acclaimed for its timely commentary and rich literary offerings. Today, The Bark has a nationwide readership of over 250,000. It is published four times a year, available by subscription and sold at Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods and PetsMart stores.

Claudia Kawczynska and Cameron Woo founded The Bark in their garage, shortly after adopting their first dog, Nellie, and discovering it was illegal to allow their dog to romp untethered at their local park. The couple tapped into Kawczynska’s experience in public policy and Woo’s skills as a graphic designer to craft a publication that addressed the burgeoning issues faced by a new generation of dog owners.

Taking the magazine’s slogan to heart—Dog Is My Co-Pilot—The Bark became the first magazine to tap into the exploding phenomena of dog culture and lifestyle, focusing on the growing bond between individuals and their pet companions. Over the past twenty years, The Bark has chronicled the America’s love affair with dogs, the evolving status of canine pets and their role in society, as well as the incredible rise in services and products. The Bark has become the recognized expert on the social/cultural world of dogs in America, and what they mean to us.

The Bark’s impeccable pedigree includes publishing many of today’s most acclaimed authors including Ann Patchett, Augusten Burroughs, Rick Bass, Amy Hempel, and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver. The magazine features the writing of noted experts in science, animal behavior and health—Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Donald McCaig, Mark Derr, and includes animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell and nutritionist Marion Nestle as regular columnists.

The Bark has been twice honored with an Alternative Press Award for Best Magazine (lifestyle category) recognized for outstanding achievement in independent publishing. The Bark has also been honored with an Award of Merit from The Society of Publication Designers and a Folio Silver Award for Best Enthusiast Magazine. In September, 2003, Crown (Random House) published Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship, an anthology from the editors of The Bark. The Bark’s second collection, entitled Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit was published in October 2007. DogJoy, a photo book featuring the magazine’s popular “Smiling Dogs” submissions was published in November 2009 by Rodale.”

~from The Bark’s Website

Hooch’s Second Invitation to the DockDogs World Championships!

It’s official!  Hooch’s Extreme Vertical Invitation came via email today!

He earned this by coming in first place in the Cadet Division Extreme Vertical discipline at the Bark in the Park Wild Card event!

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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!

Bay Creek Loves Hooch!

When we were in Cape Charles Virginia for the Wild Card Event, Hooch was a big hit in Bay Creek!

Hooch made the Bay Creek Golf Newsletter:

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View the whole newsletter HERE.

Hooch also made the Bay Creek Real Estate Newsletter!

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So proud of this little pup!

Bark in the Park at Bay Creek, Cape Charles, VA

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Cello and Hooch competed in a Wild Card event, called “Bark in the Park,” held at Bay Creek, in Cape Charles, VA.  What a gorgeous and dog friendly community!!

We bought a new canopy – LOVE it!

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CELLO:

Cello had an awesome weekend.  What started out as an event to continue practicing, ended up with Cello taking first place in the Semi-Pro finals, and also setting a new Personal Best in Speed Retrieve!

BIG AIR:

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17′ 11″     21′ 00″

20′ 08″     20′ 03″

21′ 06″     21″ 06″

21′ 05″     22′ 05″      FIRST PLACE SEMI-PRO FINALS!

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SPEED RETRIEVE:  

8.325     7.650     NEW PERSONAL BEST!

HOOCH

We entered Hooch in this competition specifically to see if we could get him an additional invitation to the World Championships in Extreme Vertical.  Not only did he win First Place in Cadet EV and achieve an added invitation in Extreme Vertical, he jumped a new Personal Best (and on camera!!) of 24′ 2″  and made the PRO Finals (first time ever!)!!

BIG AIR:

24′ 2″     22′ 5″

23′ 3″     23′ 4″

23′ 0″     22′ 11″

22′ 10″     22’2″

23′ 6″     23′ 9″     Fourth Place in Pro Finals – not bad considering it’s his first time!

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EXTREME VERTICAL:

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Starting Height:  5′ 4″

Ending Height:  5′ 10″     First Place Cadet (and an invitation to compete in the World Championships in Extreme Vertical!)

Limoncello and Hooch Featured on AKC’s WOOFipedia!

Limoncello is featured on the American Kennel Club’s online publication, WOOFipedia!

Taken from: http://www.woofipedia.com/articles/meet-the-dog-who-can-fly

MEET THE DOG WHO CAN FLY

Posted By: Liz

Jenny and Brian Beadling had no idea they were raising a prodigy.

Their German Shorthaired Pointer, Limoncello, never took to the sport her breed is known for—hunting—because she had a fear of guns. But she still had that GSP high drive, which she’d exert by jumping off the dock of the family’s lake house to retrieve toys they’d thrown in the water. “We began to notice at a very young age, she would jump off the dock just for fun—even with no toy being thrown for her,” Jenny Beadling says. So when the family saw a “dock diving” event for dogs at a local festival, they thought, “why not?”

And so, a star was born.

Limoncello (or Cello for short) came in second place in that first event and in the year and a half that followed, she’s become one of the highest-ranked dock-diving GSPs in the world.

Cello competes as an “Iron Dog,” meaning that she participates in all three dock-diving events, including Big Air (long jump), Extreme Vertical (high jump), and Speed Retrieve (timed retrieving). And this November, she’ll be one of the dogs representing the USA at the DockDogs World Championship in Dubuque, Iowa. She’s also inspired her little brother, Hooch, to try out the sport.

And like any pro athlete, Cello has earned endorsement deals. TurboPup selected Cello to be the ambassador for their human-grade meal-replacement bars for active dogs on the go. Her social media accounts have attracted tens of thousands of followers, and she’s been featured in multiple publications.

“With her vibrant personality, extreme speed, and stunning build, she is a crowd favorite,” says Beadling.

But she’s not in it for the fame and fortune. The Beadlings donate all the cash awards won by Cello and Hooch to the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of NJ, and all of their food and toy prizes go to a local animal-welfare organization.

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You can see the original story by clicking HERE !

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 – 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.

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 !!!!!!!!!!

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Codorus Blast, Codorus State Park, Hanover, PA

This venue was new for Hooch, but this was our second year competing in Codorus Blast with Cello.  For this event, we camped at Merry Meadows Recreation Farm.

In this event, the dogs jump in to a lake instead of a pool.

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Brian did some announcing this weekend:

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CELLO:

Brian felt as though Cello was getting a bit burned out, so he decided to rest her this weekend, with the exception of Speed Retrieve.

SPEED RETRIEVE:

8.344 seconds

HOOCH:

Hooch earned new personal bests again this weekend!  He also earned himself a spot in the Masters Finals for the very first time!

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BIG AIR:

17’1″     15’8″

17’0″     18’6″

20’1″     19’9″       NEW PERSONAL BEST

21’0″     19’10”     NEW PERSONAL BEST

16’9″     16’6″       6th Place Masters Finals (First time in Masters Finals!!)

Hooch also got his very first Super Fly Suit!

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EXTREME VERTICAL:

It was pouring rain during Extreme Vertical…but Hooch managed to grab the bumper at 6’0″ , earning himself a new personal best!

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Starting height:  5’4″

End Height:  6’0″        NEW PERSONAL BEST!

Even though there were storms off-and-on throughout the weekend, it was great fun!  We look forward to attending this venue next year!

Canton/East Sparta KOA, East Sparta, OH

For Cello and Hooch’s dock diving event in Zoar, OH, we camped at the Canton/East Sparta KOA in East Sparta, Ohio.

We could not have been happier with our site (Site 77)

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Our site had a level, concrete pad, and nice landscaping. The site also had a fire pit, and two wooden benches at the fire pit.

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We even had our own “nest” style chair, , patio set, and grill!

The concrete slab had imprints of different plants – pretty cool!

This campground had lots to offer:

  • 5 acre fishing lake
  • horse back riding
  • grocery store
  • paddle boat rentals
  • game room
  • hay rides
  • laundry facilities
  • 18 hole miniature golf

 

We very much enjoyed our stay here!

Celebrate Fairfax, Fairfax, VA

Limoncello and Hooch participated in the Celebrate Fairfax dock diving competition during the first weekend in June.  We camped nearby at Lake Fairfax Park.

CELLO:

During this competition, Cello was just participating as continued practice for her World Championship competition in Dubuque, Iowa this November.  Here are her results:

BIG AIR:

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20’8″     19’9″

21’8    22’2″

19’3″     20’10”

EV:

5’2″

SPEED RETRIEVE:

8.206     8.728

HOOCH:

Hooch was participating in hopes to increase his national Big Air average, and to try out Extreme Vertical for the very first time.  Hooch surprised us all, and came in FIRST PLACE in Extreme Vertical in the Cadet Division!!!

BIG AIR:

13’6       13’3″

15’6″     17’10”

15’7       18’3″         * NEW PERSONAL BEST!

16’10”   18’11”        *NEW PERSONAL BEST!

EXTREME VERTICAL:

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5’8″                            * FIRST PLACE CADET DIVISION!

SPEED RETRIEVE

60 seconds     9.814 seconds     *NEW PERSONAL BEST!

We had a great weekend with friends, and are SO very proud of our little Hooch-man!

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Cabela’s Presents DockDogs Wildcard Event, Triadelphia, WV

On the weekend of Hooch’s first birthday, The Liver Killers competed in a dock diving competition in Triadelphia, WV.  This competition was held at Cabela’s.  This was a very special event that we will never forget, because Limoncello won First Place in Warrior Iron Dog, and earned her invitation to the DockDogs World Championship!

We camped out in Cabela’s parking lot for this event, which was very convenient for our times in between jumps.

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Limoncello competed as an Iron Dog.  Here are her results:

BIG AIR

21’3″     22’3″

22’3″     21’10’

21’10”     21’3″

Mandy 3

Mandy 30

EXTREME VERTICAL

5’0

Mandy 27

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SPEED RETRIEVE

8.206       8.728

Mandy 42

Mandy 40

IRON DOG

Total Points:  2739.11

HOOCH

Hooch did very well this weekend, but wound up with a limp after his last jump.  We noticed this as we were lining up for Speed Retrieve.  Thank goodness Dr. Yurko of K.E.Y. Animal Hospital was there to evaluate Hooch.

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 It seemed Hooch had a strained muscle, so we scratched him from the rest of the competition.  Here are his results from his Big Air waves:

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BIG AIR

14’7″     15’9″

15’0     13’0

9’6″     15’9″

14’6″     15’3″

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Overall, this was a SUPER fun (and apparently an exhausting) event!

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Cello Earned Her Invitation to the DockDog World Championships!

While competing at the Cabela’s Presents Wildcard event in Triadelphia, WV, Limoncello won first place in Warrior Iron Dog, and earned her invitation to the DockDogs World Championships!  The World Championship event will be held in November, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Our good friends surprised us with the wonderful news!

We were SO excited!

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Cello and Brian’s invitation:WORLDS INVITE

Congratulations, Team Cello !

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Got Dock?

Since Cello had gotten involved in dock diving, we have been talking about putting in a “runway” that would closely resemble the length and feel of the actual DockDogs dock.

Well, the project came to life – and even prompted us to get some landscaping and other renovations done on our lakeside!

The start of the “dock” began with digging …

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…and leveling…

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Limoncello and Hooch’s dock:

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Cello trying to take the maiden jump, as Hooch is – – being HOOCH!

Hooch’s first jump off the dock (see he CAN “stay” when he wants to!)

We then purchased an Extreme Vertical rig so that Cello and Hooch can practice this discipline as well:

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Cello taking the first “grab” from her new EV rig!

I’m sure Limoncello and Hooch will enjoy their at-home dock this summer!

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!

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Cello and Hooch’s first outdoor dock diving event of 2015 was held in Elkton, MD, at an event called Family Fun Day.

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Our spot in “Dog Town:”

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Cello:

Cello did not jump her best this weekend, but still put on a good show for the crowd!

Despite the fact that she was leaving early from the dock, which really affected her scores, Cello still won several medals this weekend!!

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Big Air:

19′ 11″

18′ 11″

18′ 2″

18′ 2″

19′ 4″

18′ 11″

18′ 11″

19′ 6″

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Extreme Vertical:

 5′ 0″        Second Place (Cadet Division)

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Speed Retrieve:

7.523 seconds – (a new Personal Best!!!!)           4th Place (Turbo Division)

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Iron Dog:

2691.44 points           First Place Iron Dog (Warrior Division)

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Hooch:

Hooch had been holding a sit/stay, and jumping in our lake at home with no hesitation for about the past month.  However, this did not transfer to the DockDogs dock and pool!  Hooch still will not sit/stay for me up on the dock, and still hesitated at the edge of the dock, ending with a “pop” when we least expected it.  He was quite the crowd-pleaser with his “Hoochie Hop!”

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Big Air:

8′ 2″           First Place (Novice Division)

7′ 6″

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9′ 2″          Second Place (Novice Division)

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8’10”          Second Place (Novice Division)

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Overall, we had a great weekend with many good friends and lots of cool pups!

Finding Nemo

Cello’s best friend is Nemo, a 4 year old male Boykin Spaniel.  Cello and Nemo have been buds since the first week they both came home with their humans! “Finding Nemo” was one of the best things that happened to Cello – as Nemo is the only dog Cello truly ever fully “accepted.”  If you have ever seen these two together, you can really see just how alike they are – and just how much they truly enjoy each other.  They have played, swam, had sleep-overs, camped, and of course dock-dived together!

Cello and Nemo lounging on the couch together:

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Cello and Nemo “holding hands” while sleeping during their first sleep-over:

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Nemo, like Cello, has been dock diving for about 1.5 years. In fact, they attended their first-ever dock diving event together!

Nemo’s mom, Cindy, wrote a beautiful article on Nemo, which was published in the Boykin Spaniel Society Magazine, and included a mention of Cello.

The two pictures that were chosen for the magazine happen to be two pictures I took of Nemo and Cello at Nemo’s house.

The article is a wonderful read!

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Although Nemo lives in our town, his mom, Cindy, has recently started a job in Michigan.  Nemo and his parents travel back and forth from Michigan to NJ, and we are often away at dock diving events, so Cello and Nemo don’t get to see each other as often as they used to.

We wish we could gather more often, so we do try to get together whenever both families are home in NJ and have a free weekend!

TurboPUP Ambassadors

As some of you may have noticed, we now have a TurboPUP badge on the home page of our blog.

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Limoncello and Hooch are VERY proud to announce that they have been chosen to be ambassadors for TurboPUP (as seen on Shark Tank!!) 

Click HERE to see Shark Tank episode – start at the 21:30 mark.

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TurboPUP was founded by Kristina Guerrero (who’s nicknamed “Turbo”). In 2011, Kristina was on a back-country ski trip, and found her self without sufficient food for herself, and her rescued pup, Dunkan.  Kristina created a complete meal bar for dogs, packed with nutritious calories from 100% American sourced, grain free, all natural, human grade ingredients.  Some ingredients are organic as well! Check out TurboPUP’s products and place your order by clicking HERE  or click HERE to see a list of retailers that already carry TurboPUP!

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Not only are these meal bars packed with quality ingredients and calories for your pup, but 5% of the profits are donated to causes in support of dogs and Veterans!

Cello and Hooch are now a part of the TurboPup team, representing TurboPUP , and promoting the company’s products during all of their dock diving, camping, and hiking adventures!  They will soon be on TurboPUPs website, and will be featured periodically on TurboPUP’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Cello and Hooch were featured along with TurboPUP in the GSP Rescue of NJ’s newsletter, as well as on Barking from the Bayou’s BFTB NETWoof News!

GSP Rescue of NJ Newsletter:  

Click HERE to read the entire newsletter.

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…and click HERE to see Cello and Hooch featured in the Sports section of Barking From the Bayou’s Monday news post!

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 If you like to go on adventures with your four-legged family members like we do, TurboPUP is an easy, compact, and healthy way to fuel your on-the-go pup!

Find out more HERE!

Staybridge Suites

Cello and Hooch stayed at Staybridge Suites in Harrisburg, PA for their indoor dock diving event, Winter Meltdown.

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This hotel was very conveniently located right outside of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, where Winter Meltdown was being held.
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This hotel offers several favorable amenities, including:

  • free wireless internet
  • fitness center
  • laundry facilities
  • indoor heated pool
  • complementary breakfast buffet
  • 24-hour pantry with snacks, drinks, and other items

 

 

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The room was clean, and the people were friendly.  Our room had a king size bed, sitting area, and a full kitchen. Cello and Hooch made themselves right at home!DSC04842

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It’s hard to believe that it was last year (for this same dock diving event) that Cello stayed in a hotel for the very first time! 

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Next year we will definitely book a room in this hotel for the 2016 Winter Meltdown!

Winter Meltdown, hosted by Keystone DockDogs in Harrisburg, PA

Cello and Hooch’s third dock diving event of the 2015 season was hosted by Keystone DockDogs.

This event, “Winter Meltdown,” was held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

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Cello had been going through a little bit of a slump, but during this event, she really seemed to be starting to get back on track! We were very proud of her!

Big Air Results:

22’6″     22′

22’3″     21’10”

23’3″     21’9″     2nd Place Elite Division

21’3″     21’5″

Extreme Vertical Results:

5’2″  3rd Place Cadet Divsion

Speed Retrieve Results:

17.128     10.968

Big Air Finals:

22’2″     17’5″     3rd Place Elite Division

Iron Dog Points: 2511.83     3rd Place Warrior Division

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Hooch is still a bit nervous to run and jump off the dock, but he loves to get the crowd going with his “Hoochie Hop” off the end of the dock!

Big Air Results:

8’7″     8’1″     3rd Place Novice Division

7’9″     8’6″     2nd Place Novice Division

7’10”     7’3″  2nd Place Novice Division

8’1″     8’2″

7’8″     7’4″     3rd Place Novice Division

Big Air FInals:

8’4″     8’1″     3rd Place Novice Division

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Hooch had a BLAST!

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!

World of Pets Expo, Timonium, MD, hosted by Chesapeake DockDogs (Hooch’s Dock Diving Debut!)

World of Pets Expo,  hosted by Chesapeake DockDogswas Hooch’s dock diving debut!

As you  know from previous posts, Hooch has practiced his dock diving at both Canine Spa and Mountain Trail Training Center. However, both facilities have docks that are only a few inches off of the water.  Hooch had never jumped in from a height of an official DockDogs dock (2 feet).  To make sure he was comfortable with this, as soon as we arrived to the Maryland State Fairgrounds, we took Hooch up on  the dock for a practice run.  As soon as I unleashed Hooch, he ran down the dock stairs into the crowd, and all around the pool (TWICE!!) The third time, he ran and dove in with no problem – so I thought I had this down pat, no problem. I was highly mistaken!

Hooch’s first official recorded dive was amazing!  Although we had practiced nothing but the “chase method” (where the dog is placed in a stay or wait position at the starting point on the dock. The handler proceeds to the end of the dock, then releases the dog. The chase object is thrown at just the right moment to keep the toy in front of the dog’s nose all the way into the water. Thus, the dog is chasing the object! The advantage of this method is that the handler can control and optimize the launch angle to increase distance – it avoids the flat jump that is likely with the place and send method).  After Hooch had run off the dock during practice, I let it get the best of me, and decided to last-minute change to the “Place and Send” method (the dog walks with the handler to the end of the dock and is held back while the handler tosses the toy. The dog is then returned to the start point and released or sent to retrieve the toy. Dogs that use the place and send method are generally just not trained to wait or stay on the dock themselves).  Even with this last-minute change, Hooch jumped big!

Hooch’s first official jump was a whopping 16 feet!  I was SO excited! Luckily we had some friends at the event that took a video to capture Hooch’s Debut!

Here’s another video of the same jump, in slow motion that another friend shot for us:

For Hooch’s second jump, I also used the Place and Send method, and he jumped 13 feet, 1 inch – again – a distance I was thrilled with! Hooch wound up earning 2nd Place in the Senior Division!!

After Hooch’s first wave, he decided he was not going to run and jump – but rather run, stop at the edge of the dock, then “POP” into the water.  Although this frustrated ME, the crowd LOVED him!

Hooch (AKA “Big POP-pa”) continued to be a crowd pleaser, but jumped in the Junior and Novice Divisions.

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Overall, Team Homemade Hooch placed in every wave we were registered in, and won FOUR ribbons in their dock diving debut! WOOT WOOT!

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Getting ribbons was fun!

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Cello also did very well in her first 2015 event – she won 2nd Place Iron Dog in the Warrior Division!

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This was also Cello’s first time trying Speed Retrieve  – having never practiced this competition before this event!  Her time was 9.85 seconds…not too bad for her first time!

Here’s Cello doing Extreme Vertical:

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And here is Cello doing Big Air – although she was still a crowd favorite, she was leaving the dock SUPER early, and did not perform to her usual standards.

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Brian also volunteered to announce at this event:

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It was an awesome weekend filled with great friends, good conversation, and lots and LOTS of laughs!  We want to thank EVERYone for their advice and support during this event.  I also want to personally thank everyone who took video and photographs of both Team Cello and Team Homemade Hooch.  I was so preoccupied with being a nervous wreck, that I took not ONE picture or video with my own camera or phone!

Team Homemade Hooch also wants to thank Team Cello for celebrating Team Homemade Hooch’s dock diving debut by buying us a Chesapeake DockDogs shirt in our team color!

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Our 2015 shirts were a big hit as well!

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We had a super-fun weekend, and are very proud of our two dock divers.  We are excited to compete in part two of the World of Pets Expo in Virginia in a couple of weeks!

Keystone DockDogs Practice at Mountain Trail Training Center, Grantville, PA

Cello and Hooch attended dock diving practice at Mountain Trail Training Center in Grantville, PA.

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Hooch in action:

Hooch’s First Dock Diving Practice With Keystone DockDogs, Canine Spa, Dillsburg, PA

Yesterday we took Cello and Hooch up to Canine Spa in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania for Hooch’s first-ever dock diving practice with Keystone DockDogs members.

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We were not sure if he would jump in or not – we were pleasantly surprised!

First, we just tried the “Place and Send Method” from the edge of the dock to see if he would jump in for his toy.  Read more about the Place and Send technique HERE.

Once we knew Hooch would jump in, I tried the “Chase Method” next.  Read more about the Chase technique HERE.

We were so proud of Hooch, and Jenny was so happy she didn’t fall in !

The Green Leaf Pet Resort and Hotel, Millstone Township, NJ

In searching for an indoor swimming facility for Cello and Hooch to use during the cold months, I found The Green Leaf Pet Resort and Hotel through a Google Search.  It is about a 40 minute drive from our house.  We decided to give it a try in hopes that we can bring Cello and Hooch here throughout the winter to keep up on their swimming, and to practice for dock diving.  We are very glad we took the drive – we have never seen anything like this place…

The Green Leaf Pet Resort is AMAZING!

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The entry way was so inviting, and very festive!

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When I walked inside to the front desk, I was thinking how much it looked like an upscale hotel!

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They even have a boutique for your pooch:

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The Green Leaf does grooming, boarding, training, swim lessons, fitness training, specialized training, and day care!

Check out their boarding rooms – – can I stay here please?! Haha!

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The pool room is just awesome.  The pool area can be rented by the 1/2 hour or the hour.  It costs $35 per half-hour, and they have package rates available.  When you rent the pool area, you and your dog(s) are the only ones in the room – no others are allowed in, unless they are a part of your group.

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There is a ramp into/out of the pool so dogs can easily enter and exit without having to jump in or climb out.DSC01729

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The facility provides pool toys, towels, life vests, and water-resistant leashes for use during your dog’s swim.

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Hooch was a little hesitant at first, and just stood at the ramp, and watched Cello for a while!

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Don’t mess with THIS guard!

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Here they are in action!

The facility is spotless, the staff is friendly, and the amenities are endless here for your pup!

Cello Was Featured in The Dog Show Journal!

Cello was chosen to have her picture featured in the December issue of The Dog Show Journal! The Dog Show Journal is an online publication.

 Cello is on page 53 (right hand side) for an ad and story on the Inaugural NADD / AKC Diving Dog Championship, hosted by AKC and Eukanuba on December 13 and 14 in Orlando, FL. Unfortunately we will not be in FL for this event!

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Click HERE to view the entire December issue!

 

6 Months … and Team “Homemade Hooch” In the Making

Today Hooch turned 6-months old, which means he is officially old enough to compete in a DockDogs event!  We are hopeful that he will want to jump in the 2015 season!

Currently, Hooch continues to visit new places,  travel to new states, and camp, (he’s been spent more weekends camping or staying in a hotel room, than he has spent at his house since we brought him home at 7 weeks of age!) Hooch is enrolled in WonderDogs obedience class to learn his basic commands and manners.  He continues to be a good-hearted gentle soul, and especially loves squeaky tennis balls, and Frisbees.

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Hooch was not a big fan of the water as a young pup, but gradually has ventured into the water in his own way, and in his own time!  Here are some photos and videos of Team Homemade Hooch in the making:

As a wee little pup, Hooch thought being a DockDog meant just hanging out on our dock!

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We tried coaxing Hooch into Cello’s baby pool…but he was NOT interested.

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Then one day, his love of tennis balls tempted him enough to go in the baby pool.

Hooch watched Cello dive off of our dock into the lake every day – but he would not venture in.

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One day, he fell in to our lake by accident – and we found out Hooch was not the most graceful of swimmers.

Hooch also started to go into the baby pool on his own for some summertime fun in the water!

One day, Hooch decided it was “his time” to dive into the lake like his big sis… and in he went after his ball!

While we were at Cello’s Dock Diving event in Berlin, MD, we let Hooch check out the DockDogs dock (just at the exit ramp since he was not of age to attempt to jump off the dock), and test out the pool water.

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Hooch went in with no hesitation from the exit ramp:

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He was very proud of himself for retrieving the bumper!

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We hope Hooch will not be fearful of the dock, and love the sport as much as his Dock Diving Diva sister, Cello.

The 2015 Dock Diving season should be an interesting one!

Stay tuned to see if Hooch jumps!

Go Team Homemade Hooch!!!!

Easton Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD

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For the second year in a row, Cello competed in the Easton Waterfowl Festival Dock Diving Contest, hosted by Delmarva Dock Dogs.

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Unfortunately, I cannot access the event results due to construction on the DockDogs website.  However, I can report, for the second year in a row, Cello won first place in the finals at this event!  THIS time, she won first place in the Elite Division, which is one whole division higher than the first place Masters Division spot she earned last year!

Cello in action:

Cello in Slo-Mo:

Cello also competed in the Extreme Vertical competition at this event, earning 3rd place in the Cadet Division!

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Cello in action doing Extreme Vertical:

One of Cello and Hooch’s pals, Sky, was celebrating her 3rd birthday at this event, and had provided party hats and birthday cake for the pups!

Here are PAWty animals, Cello and Hooch sporting their party hats!

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Birthday Girl, Sky:

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Birthday cake for all!

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It was a chilly weekend, but we had a ton of fun, and were very proud of Cello’s performance!

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This was Cello’s last dock diving event of 2014.

This year Cello earned both a Club and National Masters Title in Big Air, as well as a Club Elite title in Big Air.  She also earned a new personal best jump in Big Air of 23′ 7″  (her first dock diving jump ever in September 2013 was 12’8″)!!  Cello tried Extreme Vertical for the first time, and placed 2nd and 3rd in finals for the Cadet division.  Her personal best EV jump right now is 5’6″.

We are very proud of all her accomplishments this year, and very much look forward to the 2015 Season!

Nourse Farm, Easton, Maryland

Cello participated in Easton’s Waterfowl Festival Dock Diving contest, and we usually camp for this event.  However,  fellow members of the Chesapeake DockDogs club had invited us to stay with them in a home they rented at Nourse Farm.

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We accepted, and are SO glad we did!  This place was amazing, and getting to spend time with dock diving friends before and after the event was priceless!

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The home:

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 This home, set on 70 acres, has one half-mile of waterfront property, gorgeous kitchen, 7 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, 5 living rooms, a fireplace, and 2 dining rooms!!

Kitchen:

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One of the 5 living rooms:

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One of the 7 bedrooms:

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AND…this house had a heated, indoor pool!!  The dogs had a BLAST!

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Hooch and Cello had the time of their lives!

Here is Hooch jumping in for the first time (and then swimming VERY awkwardly!!) Cello is the one with the bright green collar.

Once Hooch got in, he did NOT want to get out!

All the dogs had a great time!

Hooch was pooped each night, and snored like an old man!

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The home also had a 120 foot dock and a gorgeous water view:

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There was a fisherman’s cabin too!

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This is the view of the home from the water-side:

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Hooch was fearful of the staircases, so we had to carry him up and down!

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Staying in this awesome home with good friends made this trip complete.  We had SUCH a great time!

Shipps Corner Monster Splash, Virginia Beach, VA

Cello participated in her first Halloween-themed dock diving event, held at Shipps Corner in Virginia Beach, Va.  Shipps Corner is a DockDogs sanctioned facility, which means Cello’s performance counted toward her National ranking, rather than her club-level ranking.

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Cello in action:

Cello in Slo-Mo:

Shipps Corner had the dock decorated for Halloween!

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Hooch participated in the Halloween Costume Contest, dressed as Superman

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I was a chilly day, but Shipps Corner had a bonfire going:

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Cello stayed warm with her Trover coat and covered crate:

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Hooch stayed warm all wrapped up with his Mommy:

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Hooch also stole his daddy’s chair and curled up while waiting for Cello to jump!

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Cello did well (unfortunately the new DockDogs website is not completed, so I can’t reach the exact results – but will update them at a later time).

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Overall, we had a great time, and this event was well-run,  with a very relaxed and fun atmosphere!

Brian:

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Hooch:

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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 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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Atlantic City North Family Campground, Tuckerton, NJ

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We camped at Atlantic City North Campground for Cello’s second dock diving contest ever held at the Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Festival.  We chose to camp here again for the same event in 2014.

Our campsite (#107) in 2013:

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Same campsite (#107) in 2014:

…This time with Hooch!

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…With our 5th Wheel in 2015 (now with Lager!) and 2016 (now with Margarita!)…our last trip with our 5th Wheel before trading it in! Processed with Snapseed.

Margarita enjoyed her walks at Atlantic City North Campground:

Margarita is learning to “adapt” to the GLAMping life:

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Whiskey stayed here in 2018 for the first time!

For All of You Who Wonder Why We Do What We Do…

 

photo 1A lot of people ask me WHY we would want to spend most of our free weekends traveling many miles to take Cello to dock diving events and practices. Most don’t understand why we enjoy this so much.  Some are disappointed that we miss other events to attend dock diving competitions and practices.  Many people chuckle, and even roll their eyes, when they hear my answer to the their question of “What did you do this weekend?”  I get counter responses like, “It’s just a dog” (Ummm – really?! Click HERE to find out what “Just a dog” means to US, and why we feel sorry for those who “Just don’t understand!”) …”Your dog does WHAT?” … “So, let me get this straight… you spent your whole weekend watching your dog jumping into a pool?” …”You’re kidding, right?”  (No, …we are NOT kidding!!)

Aside from spending time with some of coolest dogs and nicest people we have ever met, there’s an even greater reason…

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I found this on Facebook, and It couldn’t explain any better just WHY we do what we do:

WHY TITLE A DOG?

Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores, a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial.  It will remain in record and in memory for as long as anything in this world can remain.  Few humans will do as well or better in that regard.

And though the dog itself doesn’t know or care that its achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.

A title says your dog was intelligent and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.

And a title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with it because it was a good dog, that you believed in it enough to give it yet another chance when it failed, and that in the end, your faith was justified.

A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.

And when that dear short live is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of pride in one small set of initials after the name.

A title earned is nothing less than love and respect, given and received, and permanently recorded.

~Sandra Mowery

15 Weeks

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Today Hooch turns 15 weeks old!  This has been a VERY exciting week for us because Hooch decided that he FINALLY likes the lake – and dove in all by himself!  It started with Hooch jumping in to follow Cello.  Then Brian started throwing a ball – and Hooch dove in off the steps to retrieve it!  We are VERY excited! This week we continue to work on name recognition, “come,” “down” with duration,  and will be adding “leave-it” to our practice schedule.  

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Here is Hooch diving in after his ball!  The ball is still a bit big for him – so it took some effort to grab it!

We call Cello our little Dock Diving Diva… will Hooch be our little Dock Diving Dude?!   We are anxious to see if in the following weeks Hooch will attempt to dive off the dock!

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We are so proud of this little nugget!

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.

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

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

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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:

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21′ 11″     22’4″  First Place Medal

21′ 8″       22′ 2″  Second Place Medal

20′ 1        21′ 0″   did not place

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Sunday:

18′ 11″     21′ 00″    did not place

22′ 10      21′ 11″   First Place Medal

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Finals:

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

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Brian volunteered to do some announcing at this event!

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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!

North Eastern Regionals, Somerville, MA

This past weekend, Cello competed in the DockDogs North Eastern Regionals, hosted by DockDogs WorldWide.  This National DockDogs event was held in Somerville, MA, at the new Assembly Row, a new waterfront shopping area.  Check it out HERE! The dock was set up with a pretty back-drop of the Mystic River.

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We entered Cello in this competition because if a dog places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their division (Cello currently holds both Club and National level titles in the Masters Division), they will earn an invitation to the DockDogs World Championships in Dubuque, Iowa in November.

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We had a great time hanging out with some great people and friends we have met throughout Cello’s dock diving adventures, and were lucky enough to get a spot to set up right next to them!  This was Hooch’s first dock diving event!

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In Slo-Mo:

Although this was an exciting event, Cello did not perform well.  She did not seem very excited to get on the dock, as she normally does, and she didn’t have her usual” lightning speed take-off” either.  She did not place in either of her two jumps, nor did she make the finals.  However, we are still very proud of her, and were excited to be a part of a National Regional event!

Cello did have a few great mid-air catches during this event:

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Here are Cello’s results from The North Eastern Regionals:

Friday:

19’4″     18’4″          Did not place

Saturday:

20’2″     20’3″          Did not place

 

Brian tried his best to adjust his throws, and get Cello to leave the dock where she was supposed to.  Even though there was improvement in her distance, it was not enough to place in the final round. 

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Please don’t be disappointed, Daddy:

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Hooch did his best “cute puppy” act while hanging out under the Team Cello tent:DSC03517 - Copy

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Dock diving friends we spent the weekend with all made it to finals – and all placed in the final round, earning their invite to the World Championship!  Great job, guys! 

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Cello is registered in 4 more events this season, and still has a chance to be invited to finals if her overall average “makes the grade” toward the end of the season… (Fingers crossed!!)

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 – 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!

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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