K9 Fun Zone Wild Card Double Header: Caledonia, Ontario, Canada

We enjoyed our trips to Canada so much in the past, that we decided to go to a different part of Ontario to compete at a venue we had never been to in the past…Caledonia! We had heard great things about this event and were very excited to compete at K9 Fun Zone!

Our camping spot on-site at K-9 Fun Zone…so close to the pool!

 

Limoncello:  Team Coach

Limoncello enjoyed a massage from our fiend, Marti, at Pawz Therapy!

Limoncello was also chosen to be the retrieval dog for the charity ball-drop!  This was a special treat for Limoncello – as she has been retired from competing in dock diving due to a heart issue.  To make it even more memorable, Limoncello wore the collar of the owners dog at K-9 Fun Zone, who had recently passed away from cancer.

Hooch

Hooch did not do his best in Big Air at this event, but he made up for that in the Extreme Vertical competition later in the weekend!

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Semi-Pro Finals:  19’0″   5th Place

Extreme Vertical (All in One Finals format)

Hooch tied his personal best of 6’6″ which earned him 2nd Place overall in the Top Gun Division, and a DockDogs World Championship invitation for Extreme Vertical!

Lager

Lager had a GREAT competition and earned a World Championship invitation in every discipline in which he competed!

Big Air

18’3   2nd Place Senior Division

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19’3″  2nd Place Senior Division

18’7″  1st Place Senior Division

Extreme Vertical – All in One Final Format

6ft   4th Place Top Gun Division

Speed Retrieve

2884.82  2nd Place Turbo Division – which earned Lager a World Championship Speed Retrieve invitation!

Iron Dog – All in One Final Format

2884.82 points 1st Place Overall Titan Division – this earned him a Titan Iron Dog World Championship invitation!

Dueling Dogs

7.184 seconds  2nd Place in Class 2 Finals – which earned him an invitation to the Dueling Dogs World Championship (Separate from the Dock Dogs World Championship)

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita also enjoyed a massage from our fiend, Marti, at Pawz Therapy! Margarita has gotten a massage each of the three times we have been to Canada so far!

Whiskey (Still Wish, our foster pup)

Whiskey (who was still our foster pup at the time) had a great trip – it was her first time in Canada!  We decided to celebrate by getting her a massage as well! Whiskey liked holding a toy and watching the competition during her massage!

We had been to Canada a couple of times, but have never tried poutine (a dish originating from the Canadian province of Quebec, consisting of French fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy) – we finally had some! It was quite different and we liked it!

This venue gave our the most amazing prize bags!

We were quite happy we decided to try out this competition – we’ll be back next year for sure!

The Liver Killers: Dock Diving 2015 Season in Review

THE LIVER KILLERS 2015 DOCK DIVING SEASON IN REVIEW!

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The dock diving season technically ends in mid-October, with the World Championships being held in November.  We have officially completed our season, and what a season we had!

  • Cello had and absolutely incredible season, earning an invite to the World Championships in every discipline possible!
  • We thought Hooch would never jump – not only did he jump – he entertained everyone with the “Hoochie Hop” – -but only for a short time as he soared to over 24 feet in just 6 months of diving at a mere 1 year old! Hooch also ranked #1 German Shorthaired Pointer for Big Air in the United States, and 2nd GSP in the WORLD – by less than an inch!
  • Lager came in to our lives unexpectedly, and without any training, and jumped like a boss, earning an invitation to the World Championships after participating in just 2 national events!
  • Limoncello was offered a sponsorship from TurboPUP.
  • Cello and Hooch made the front page of the top local newspapers
  • News teams came to our house to do features on Cello, Hooch, and Lager  – and they all made the top TV news channels with their stories.
  • Cello and Hooch had a story published in a world-wide published magazine.
  • Lager had a story published in a local magazine.

TOMMY D’s LIMONCELLO

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Brian’s main goal this season was to earn an invitation to the World Championship with Cello in Warrior Division Iron Dog (a combined averaged score of Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve).  Not only did Brian and Cello achieve this goal, they did so very early in the season at the Wild Card event at Cabela’s in West Virginia during the month of May!

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Little did we know that was just the beginning of Cello’s road to Worlds!  Brian and Cello went on to earn an invite in Speed Retrieve (also earned at the Wild Card event at Cabela’s in West Virginia)

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But that’s not where Cello’s invites ended!  She earned an invite for Dueling Dogs, after participating in that discipline for the first time ever at the Mid Atlantic Regionals, held at Shipps Corner Pet Spa in Virginia Beach.

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At the end of the season, we found out her rankings from sanctioned facility events also earned her an invite in Extreme Vertical, as well as Big Air!

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OVERALL WORLD RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 5th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Master Titled
    • 23′ 3″ average
  • SPEED RETRIEVE:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Express Titled
    • 7.964 average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5′ 2″ average
  • IRON DOG:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Warrior Titled
    • 2754.67 average

UNITED STATES OVERALL RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Master Titled
    • 22’3″ average
  • SPEED RETRIEVE:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Express Titled
    • 7.964 average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5’2″ average
  • IRON DOG:
    • #1 ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Warrior Titled
    • 2754.67 average

Cello ended the season with an injury.  While competing at the indoor event at the  Pittsburgh Pet Expo in Pittsburgh, PA, Cello slipped on the wet floor, and strained muscles in her neck and front leg.  Unfortunately this meant pain meds and lots of rest during the 2 weeks leading up to Worlds.  We are hopeful that she will be be back to 100% for the World Championship competition.

Windy Spot’s Homemade Hooch

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As a puppy, Hooch wanted NOTHING to do with water of any sort.  He slowly began to realize water wasn’t so bad, and cautiously went into our lake and into a baby pool.  The weather quickly became what was to be the coldest, snowiest winter we’ve ever had, and access to water became difficult.  We took Hooch to some indoor pools, were he felt comfortable jumping in at the water’s edge.  However, when he found himself up on a regulation dock, which sits 2 feet above the water, Hooch gave dock diving a second thought.  Hooch kicked off his dock diving career in January being very hesitant on the dock.  He would run down the dock, get to the edge and “teeter” for a long while – sometimes not jumping and timing-out, and other times projecting himself off the edge of the dock as if he had springs in his back legs, only landing a few feet into the water!  He quickly became a crowd favorite with his “Hoochie Hop,” as the crowd waited in anticipation to see if he would POP off the dock…or not!  By about April, he was “hopping” out to about 7-8 feet, still hesitating, and still choosing not to jump at times.  By May we discovered that with Jenny running down the dock with him, Hooch would hesitate less.  This technique got Hooch leaping up to 17 – 18 feet by the beginning of June. By mid June we had switched to the “Place and Send” method, bringing Hooch to the very back of the dock (Thank you Frank Moraff for forcing me to do this!!) With that change came great results.  Hooch jumped 21 feet in mid-June, and by the end of June soared 23’8″ and earned his invitation to Worlds at 13 months old ! By July, Hooch jumped his current personal best, 24’2″, and also earned a second invitation to the World Championship for Cadet Division Extreme Vertical.  In September, Hooch was nominated for “Most Improved” for the Golden Paw Awards, held at the Gala during The World Championship celebration, and was voted to be one of the finalists for the award.

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Here is my absolute favorite video from this season:  It captures Hooch’s progression from being fearful of water, to his 23+ ft jump that earned him his Big Air Invite to the World Championship!

OVERALL WORLD RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Elite Titled
    • 23′ 7.4 ” average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5′ 10.7″ average

UNITED STATES OVERALL RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • #1 ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Elite Titled
    • 23′ 7.4 ” average
  • EXTREME VERTICAL:
    • 4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • 5’2″ average

Brogan’s American Lager

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Lager came home with us on August 23, apparently born to be a dock diver, not an Explosives Detection Canine!  When the training company who had Lager (known then as Nayt) saw how much he loved the water, they contacted DockDogs in hopes to find a family who were familiar with the breed, had access to water for him to swim, and would promise to get him dock diving.  Read the full story on how Lager became a part of our pack by clicking HERE! The first day Lager came home, he was exposed to water, and had no fear  of the lake, or jumping off the dock.  He had a perfect sit-stay, and seemed like he came to us with the Big Air discipline of dock diving mastered!  In less than a week’s time, Lager also picked up on Extreme Vertical, easily grabbing the bumper on our home rig.  Lager competed in just 2 national level events, and earned himself an invitation to the World Championships in Big Air!

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OVERALL WORLD RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 9th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Senior Titled
    • 19′ 10.4″ average

UNITED STATES OVERALL RANKINGS:

  • BIG AIR:
    • 7th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Senior Titled
    • 19′ 10.4″ average

GIVING BACK:

The Liver Killers are also happy to report that through their 2015 winnings, an abundance of food, toys, and supplies were donated to the Animal Orphanage of Voorhees, NJ, and over $1,100 was donated to the GSP Rescue of NJ!

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS SEASON:

  • TV News:
    • Channel 6 ABC: 
      • Full story and news clip video:  http://6abc.com/pets/2-south-jersey-dogs-are-national-dock-diving-champs/965961/
    • Fox 29: 
      • Full story and news clip video:  http://www.fox29.com/news/29140110-story

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WORLDS BLING:

In preparation for The Liver Killers World Championship competition in Dubuque, Iowa in November, we ordered some cool team gear:

Team Shirts and and Hoodies from CustomInk

When Custom Ink found out that The Liver Killers donate all their cash prizes to the GSP Rescue of NJ , they made a donation to the rescue in honor of Cello’s Corner and The Liver Killers! How cool is that?!

Window decals for our vehicles from Vistaprint

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Car magnets from Vistaprint

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Team banner from Half Price Banners

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And of course, “pawtograph” cards – made by our friend, Mandy!

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After the season our team has had, it won’t matter to us what happens at Worlds – we are beyond proud of all three of our pups- and overjoyed that we have the opportunity to share this experience as a family!

As we begin to pack for our big adventure, we continue to reflect back on the amazing season these pups had.  We will cherish every memory – the highs and lows – the laughter and the tears – the (very) early mornings – the late nights watching EV under the lights – and the comradery shared with friends at events.  We are truly blessed to be part of such a great community (humans and animals alike).  Never have we met such a large group of the nicest people who not only strive to improve within their own team, but will at the same time stop and help other fellow competitors to enhance their game, and applaud fellow opponents just as enthusiastically as they cheer on their own dog.   The patience, advice, support, and guidance we have received from friends, family, fellow competitors, and social media followers is overwhelming, and greatly appreciated.  Thank you all for being part of this thrilling escapade with us.  We look forward to writing the next chapter of this adventure together!

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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!!)

Codorus Blast, Hosted by Keystone DockDogs, Hanover, PA


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

This dock was set up right in the Lake Marburg!  

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This was an especially exciting event for us!  Cello set a new personal best – not once, but THREE times this weekend as she soared 23′ 1″ then 23′ 6″ then 23′ 7″ !!  How awesome is that?! These were all Elite jumps (one division higher than her current Master division title). Elite jumpers jump between 23′ and 24’11”.   She even qualified for the Elite Division Finals, and finished 4th against some HUGE jumping dogs!  We are so proud of her!  Brian and I were recapping our weekend,  and we were just amazed at Cello’s improvement since her first-ever dock diving event just  9 months ago.

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

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

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Cello in Slo-Mo!

Cello’s results from Codorus Blast:

Friday:

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

 

Saturday:

21′ 3″         23′ 1″            First Place Division Elite Medal 

23′ 6”         22’11”           First Place Division Elite Medal 

23′ 0           23′ 7″           First Place Division Elite Medal         **New personal best!!

 

Sunday:

22′ 8″         22′ 9″            Third Place Masters Division Medal

22′ 0″         22′ 0″             First Place Masters Division Medal

 

Finals: Cello was in her first Elite Division Finals!!

22′ 8″        22′ 3″              Fourth Place Elite Division Ribbon

 

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Cello and her Codorus Blast Bling:

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Although we missed them dearly at this event, our friends Lisa, Ryan, Millie, and Addison had an amazing weekend as well!  They attended an event in Maine, were Millie (Marvelous Millie, as I like to call her!) not only won 1st place in the Elite Division finals with a HUGE jump of 24’7 – but Millie and Ryan also got an invitation for the World Championship in Iowa in November! We are SO happy for them, and so very proud of them both!!

 

What a fun and exciting weekend!!

 

Cello Earned Her Masters!

As you know from previous posts, Cello is very involved in dock diving. She competes in the Dock Dogs Big Air competitions, which is like the doggie version of a long jump.  The handler and dog have 60 seconds to complete the jump.  Each team has two jumps per “wave,” with the greater of the jumps being used for the official score for that wave. The dog’s distance is measured from the base of the dog’s tail (the point at which the base of the dog’s tail hits the water).

On March 19, we received Cellos’ Big Air Club Title Master certificate from Dock Dogs!  

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Cello is a member of Delmarva Dock Dogs club, an affiliate club of the National/Worldwide DockDog Organization.  To earn a club title, Cello had to reach 5 consecutive jumps in the same division.  The divisions are as follows:

Novice 0 – 9’11″​

Junior  10′ – 14’11”

Senior  15′ – 19’11”

Master  20′ – 22’11”

Elite      23′ – 24’11”

Super Elite   25′ +

Cello has earned her Masters title, which means she has jumped 5 consecutive times in the 20′ to 22’11” range.

2014 has already been an exciting season for us, as Cello and Brian competed in their first indoor dock diving competition, where Cello also earned her new personal best distance of 22’9″ !!

We have Cello registered for quite a few events this year, and are very excited for the next event on May 3rd and 4th in Dover, DE… Dover Days Dip, hosted by Delmarva Dock Dogs. Join us by registering your dog in the event, or come out to cheer Cello on, and see just how much fun dock diving is!!

In the words of the Delmarva Dock Dogs motto…

“Run Fast, Jump Big, Have Fun!!!”

 

2013 Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Festival, Tuckerton, NJ, Hosted by Delmarva Dock Dogs

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Well, we’re hooked!  Contest #2 was hosted by Delmarva Dock Dogs at the Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Festival in Tuckerton, NJ.  We camped for the weekend at Atlantic City North Family Campground, just down the road… what a fun weekend we all had! Cello’s “boyfriend,” Nemo, a Boykin Spaniel, also competed in this event, and even camped overnight one night with us.

Brian and I recently signed up to volunteer for the GSP rescue of NJ.  The organization had a booth set up at this event, so we were able to have Cello “work the crowd” in between dives, working as a donation dog. We were able to raise some money for the GSP Rescue of NJ… we were very happy!

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Dock Dogs had their long dock set up for this event (40 ft in length). Dock Dogs Divisions are s follows:

  • Novice 0 – 9’11″​
  • Junior  10′ – 14’11”
  • Senior  15′ – 19’11”
  • Master  20′ – 22’11”
  • Elite      23′ – 24’11”
  • Super Elite   25′ +

Dock Dogs awards a ribbon or medal for each “wave” of jumps (A wave consists of 2 jumps, and the best of the 2 jumps is compared to the other dogs’ best jumps).  Cello won (2) Masters 3rd Place medals, (1) 2nd Place medal! Then she qualified for the finals,  and placed 2nd in the Masters Division Finals, winning a big ribbon, gift basket, and $50!

Cello jumped in 4 waves… here are her results:

  • 18’2″
  • 18’2″
  • 18’11
  • 20’8″
  • 3rd Place Masters Division Medal
  • 21’4″
  • 20’7″
  • 3rd Place Masters Division Medal
  • 18’3″
  • 21’8″
  • 2nd Place Masters Division Medal

FINALS RESULTS:

  • 22’7″
  • 22’2″
  • 2nd Place Masters Division Ribbon, gift basket, and $50

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Brian was VERY proud of his little girl!

Boyfriend Nemo competed in this event also, and did great!

Cello’s “Grandmom” Pat, “Grandmom” Jan, “Aunt” Dana, and “Cousin” Norm all came to cheer her on! Thanks so much for cheering Cello on!