2019 DockDogs World Championship: Dubuque, Iowa

Our 5th year attending the DockDogs World Championship was fun and exciting! We want to congratulate all competitors for the accomplishment of making it to Worlds, and for the amazing performances of all your dogs! It was quite amazing to see world records being broken in person! We also would like to applaud all those who made finals! It was an honor to share the dock with you all!

First and foremost, we are beyond grateful that our pack had no health issues or injuries throughout the competition. We had an absolute blast playing with our pups and spending time with friends – both old and new. Four straight 8-hour long competition days was a lot to ask of our pups, and we are extremely proud of both their endurance and performance. Above all, our hearts are filled with joy to have seen our pups have fun all week long doing what they love best.

Limoncello

We could not have been more excited to see this little Dock Diving Diva back up on the dock! After a forced medical retirement, Limoncello kicked heart-disease-butt and was cleared to compete again. She did an amazing job during her competitions!

Hooch

Brian and I could not be more proud…Hooch is the 2019 #1 ranked German Shorthaired Pointer!

We did not make it to the Gala since were were worried about leaving Porter at night. I regret not being able to be there in person to accept Hooch‚Äôs award, but after the year our pack had, just being at the World Championship was a blessing. Hooch‚Äôs achievement of the #1 ranking is an awesome bonus! Hooch, you are an amazing little dude…it has been my honor to be on the dock with you. I love you, buddy!

For those of you who don‚Äôt know Hooch very well, he started out as a pup scared of the water, then branded his signature ‚ÄúHoochie Hop‚ÄĚ ….and then quickly evolved into a pretty impressive jumper, earning DockDogs Most Improved Dog his first year if competition, as well as the #1 GSP 3 times now. Below is the link to the video of his progression from not jumping at all to soaring over 24 feet at 1 year old!

(Sound on)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ozKP80iglCU

Lager

Lager had an impressive showing, and was very close to making finals this year!

Margarita

We very much appreciate all those who took the time to stop and say hello to Margarita while she was out-and-about since she was under the impression that it was her job to greet EVERYone in the competition arena!

Whiskey

Whiskey may not have gotten wet at the World Championship, but she sure won over the crowd with her shenanigans on the dock!

Porter

A HUGE heartfelt thank you to all those who stopped to say hello to Porter, asking how he was doing, and to those who kept an extra eye on him in Dog Town while we were on the competition floor. 

Hog Dog Daze 2019

With Cello cleared for coming out of retirement, we decided we should celebrate by finding the nearest dock diving competition and letting Cello have some fun with what she loves best. So many of our friends came out to the event in Cello’s honor…it was such an amazing weekend!

Ultimate Air Dogs runs their events a bit differently than DockDogs, and also has some different games for the dogs to play.

Limoncello

Cello came out of retirement in full force! She jumped over 20 feet to earn herself a spot in finals!

Splashes:

  • 19’6″
  • 19’8″
  • 19’6″
  • 21’1″

Chase It:

  • 8.45 seconds

Finals:

  • 22’0″ 3rd Place

Hooch

Splashes:

  • 23’2″
  • 21’9″
  • 22’4″

Finals:

  • 23’11” 2nd Place

Lager

Splashes:

  • 19’9″
  • 20’1″
  • 18’1″20’2″

Chase It:

  • 7.12 seconds

Margarita

Margarita enjoyed napping in the shade, and playing with her stuffed toys on the camper. 

Whiskey

Whiskey earned her self a personal best of 8‚Äô7‚ÄĚ , made Finals, and actually jumped off the dock (instead of timing-out) for the first time in Finals!

Splashes:

  • 7’0″
  • 6’8″
  • 7’9″
  • 8’7″ ***New Personal Best!

Finals:

  • 6’7″ 3rd Place

Porter

Porter enjoyed walking the perimeter of the facility and meeting a bunch of new people. 

2018 DockDogs World Championship; Knoxville, TN

I am disappointed in myself for falling behind on this blog, but writing about Margarita’s Lymphoma journey each week has prompted me to remember the whole reason I began this journal of posts in the first place:¬† to share all the memories that have been gifted to me by my fur-kids.¬† It’s important to me to be able to look back on just how blessed we are to be spending a part of our lives with each and every special 4-legged angel included in this blog.

My first “catch-up” post is the 2018 DockDogs World Championship!

This was our 4th consecutive year that we have been fortunate enough to have all competing dogs qualify for the World Championship.¬† Even though two out of our five do not compete, we have a “no dog left behind” policy, so we travel in our camper as a family to this exciting event!

Of course we updated all of our team “bling!”

2019 Trading Cards

Team Banner:

Team Shirts:

Special Shirt Made for Whiskey’s First Year:

RV Window Decals:

This is the 2nd year the World Championship was held in Knoxville, TN.

Getting ready to leave, and tracking our miles along our road trip:

My mom was waiting outside of her house to wish us luck!

We were worried about how Whiskey would handle such a long trip…but she didn’t seem to mind one bit!

 

 

Every year one of the DockDogs clubs puts out a Road Trip Bingo game for all team handlers to play along the way!

We did get Bingo, but did not win first place!

Some road trippin’ fun along the way:

We are HERE!!!!!!!!!!!

Check-in:

The moment we’ve all been waiting for!!!!!!

Dog Town:

The amazing lady in this next photo is one of the people who helped Whiskey (then known as “Wish”) on her freedom ride from the kill-shelter to our house in NJ. Not only did she do several legs of the transport in TN, she sent Whiskey with special treats to wish her well in her new life.¬† When she heard that Whiskey had made the World Championship, she booked a hotel and came out to meet us, visit with Whiskey, and watch her up on the competition dock! As you can see, the blur-that-is-Whiskey was just a “little” excited!

 

As we arrived and set up our spot in “Dog Town,” a friend of ours presented me with one of the most amazing surprises ever!

He was going to paint Whiskey in between competitions!

 

“Paint me like one of your French girls.”

This was one of THE most thoughtful and loving gifts we had ever received!

Limoncello:  Team Coach

Cello is now retired due to heart disease.  She very much enjoyed hanging out at the team canopy and getting lots of attention from her DockDogs family!

Hooch

Hooch was fired up, but his normal 23+ foot jumps were just not there.

Round 1:

  • Big Air:
    • 21′ 7″
    • 21′ 5″

Round 2:

  • Big Air:
    • 21′ 0″
    • 21′ 8″

 

Lager

Round 1:

  • Big Air:
    • 17’8″
    • 18’3″
  • Extreme Vertical:
    • 5’8″
  • Speed Retrieve:
    • 9.873 seconds
  • Iron Dog Score:
    • 2579.84 points (ranked 21 overall for Round 1)

Round 2:

  • Big Air:
    • 17’3″
    • 18’11”
  • Extreme Vertical:
    • Double-missed (no score – which unfortunately also disqualified him from getting a qualifying Iron Dog score)
  • Speed Retrieve:
    • 7.582 seconds

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Rita¬† enjoyed¬† “helping”¬† during¬† setup! ¬†

She also enjoyed hanging out with her main-man, Mr. Spock the English Pointer!

Whiskey

This was Whiskey’s first trip to the World Championship, but not her first time in TN… Whiskey was born in TN and dumped in a kill shelter before we took her in as a foster pup with Pointer Rescue, Organization¬†in May 2018.

Round 1:

  • Big Air:
    • Timed-out (refused to jump)

Round 2:

  • Big Air:
    • Timed-out (refused to jump)

Although Whiskey refused to jump, she sure put on a show for the crowd!

Although none of our competing dogs performed as well as we had hoped, we are thrilled we had another opportunity to be a part of such an exciting event, and honored to have competed against the best dogs in the World!¬† People asked us if we were disappointed in our dog’s performance – NEVER!¬† Would we have liked to have made finals?¬† SURE! But, what’s most important is that our dogs had a blast, we had fun competing our dogs,¬† and we learned from the experience.

Brian and Lager

Jenny and Hooch

Jenny/Rita and Brian/Cello

Jenny and Whiskey

We are very much looking forward to the 2019 Dock Diving Season!

Jumping into Jersey at the Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show: Tuckerton, NJ

This annual competition will always hold a special place in our hearts. Back in 2013, this was Limoncello’s very first DockDogs event!

I packed some fun gear to wear while jumping Whiskey and Hooch!

Limoncello:  Team Captain

Every captain deserves their own chair, right?! Limoncello kept the crew in-line back at our Team Canopy.

Hooch

Big Air:

  • 22′ 5″
  • 22′ 2″
  • 22′ 6″
  • 22′ 9″
  • Big Air Finals:¬† 22′ 0″¬† 1st Place Elite Division Finals

Extreme Vertical (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 6′ 2″

 

Lager

Big Air:

  • 19′ 9″¬† 1st Place Senior Division
  • 19′ 0″¬† First Place Senior Division
  • 18′ 7″¬†¬†First Place Senior Division
  • 18′ 7″¬†¬†2nd Place Senior Division
  • Big Air Finals: 18′ 8″¬† 2nd Place Senior Division

Extreme Vertical (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 5’10” 1st Place Cadet Division¬†

Speed Retrieve (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 7.310 seconds 3rd Place Turbo Division

Iron Dog (All-in-One Finals Format):

  • 2867.36 points 3rd Place Titan Division Iron Dog

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita cheered her siblings on, but in-between competition waves, she posed for pictures around the Tuckerton Seaport!

Whiskey

Whiskey decided yet again, just like at the Hebron Harvest Fair, she was done with jumping! She was still a crowd favorite with her antics up on the dock!

 

We had a wonderful time, as usual, at this event!

 

Liver Killer Bling

Hebron Harvest Fair; Hebron, CT

Hebron Harvest Fair is another event that we hope to get to every year.  The venue is great, and the crowds are amazing!

Our team canopy – I miss our American Flag canopy and will be on a mission to find another for the 2019 Season!

Limoncello:  Team Coach

Limoncello enjoyed naps in the camper in between competition days!

The job of a coach is never done!

Hooch

Big Air

  • 21′ 3″
  • 22′ 3″
  • 21′ 10″
  • Pro Finals:¬† 21′ 7″¬† First Place PRO Division

Extreme Vertical:  All-in-One Finals Format

  • 6’2″

Lager

 

Big Air

  • 19′ 4″
  • 19′ 8″
  • 19′ 8″

Extreme Vertical:  All-in-One Finals Format

  • 6ft

Speed Retrieve:  All-in-One Finals Format 

  • 7.230 seconds Third Place Turbo Division

Iron Dog:  All-in-One Finals Format

  • 2883.05 points¬† 2nd Place Titan Division¬†

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita walked around the fair and gave out her love to all the spectators.

Rita also enjoyed napping in the camper in between the competition days!

Whiskey

Whiskey decided she was done with jumping!

I could not get her off the dock the entire competition, so she had no scores for this event!

Despite the fact that our team didn’t do as well as we would have liked, our dogs – most importantly – had a blast doing what they love!

Hopkinton State Fair: Contoocook, NH

We were thrilled that we were able to make it to one of our favorite annual events again this year – The Hopkinton State Fair !

The only bummer was that this year they had a target shooting show close to the competition pool, which freaked-out a lot of the dogs (one even broke out of his kennel Рthank goodness he was safely caught).  Our dogs were NOT fans of this noise, and we had to scratch them from several of the competition jumps.

Limoncello:  Team Coach

Our team coach gave the competitors some good “Pointers” during our trip up to New Hampshire.

 

Hooch

Big Air

20’7″

22’0″

23’7″¬†¬†2nd Place Elite Division

22’5″

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Finals Format

6’0″

Lager

 

Big Air

19’8″

18’9″

19’9″

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Finals Format

5’10”

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita’s main-man, Mr. Spock the English Pointer, brought her roses!

Whiskey

Big Air

3’5″¬† 1st Place Novice Division (Whiskey’s first 1st Place medal!)

4’6″¬† 2nd Place Novice Division

This may be my most favorite video ever…even though I am the one being made out to be a fool! Haha!¬† Whiskey was a crowd favorite as she ran through my legs (in the opposite direction of the pool!) I chased her on the dock and the crowd was going wild!

So proud of this little girl!

A family we met two years ago at this event made a special trip back just to see us, and give us a special gift in celebration of our new family member…some Tennessee Whiskey to celebrate OUR Tennessee Whiskey!

We had a great time seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and hanging out with our pups…AND we accomplished what we came here for:¬† Whiskey had to jump at least once at another National level event in order to be able to accept the DockDogs World Championship invite she earned in Canada – mission accomplished…Whiskey’s going to Worlds!

K9 Central Wild Card Double Header: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

This venue by far is our favorite!  The event at K9 Central has camping on site, awesome pool set-up, and some of THE nicest people you will ever meet!

Not only is the venue our favorite, the easy drive, and the beautiful scenery add to the enjoyment of our road trip.

One of the most exciting parts of this journey is the Thousand Islands Bridge.

I am not a fan of bridges – especially narrow ones (yikes!).

However, I do my best to put my fear aside so that I don’t miss out on the beautiful scenery of the Thousand Islands area on either side of the bridge.¬† The view is gorgeous, and you get to see many of the privately owned islands while crossing the bridge.

 

The past few years we had taken a few extra days off for this trip, so we are usually the first ones there!  We love how close our camper is to the pool!

This was also the first trip in our new camper!

We upgraded to a bigger camper with double slides so we could have more room !


Limoncello:  Team Coach

Limoncello enjoyed lounging in the camper with Margarita.¬† ¬†Coaching Hooch and Lager is a “ruff” job – so Cello relieved some stress by getting a massage from our friend, Marti, at¬†Pawz Therapy.

Hooch

Big Air

  • 22’6″
  • 23’3″¬† 1st Place Elite Division
  • 22’9″
  • 24’1″¬† 1st Place Elite Division
  • 23’3″¬†¬†1st Place Elite Division
  • 22’9″
  • Big Air Pro Division Finals:¬† 22’6

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Final Format

This probably was the most exciting Extreme Vertical for Hooch and Jenny as a team!¬† Hooch matched his personal best, grabbed the bumper at 6’6″¬† and in the end earned 3rd Place Top Gun Division¬† – but not before¬†Hooch had to go into a “jump-off” with 2 other dogs who were in a 3-way tie with him!

Lager

Big Air 

  • 17’7″
  • 19’1″
  • 20’9″¬†¬†2nd Place Master Division
  • 18’6″¬†¬†2nd Place Senior Division
  • 19’2″¬† 1st Place Senior Division
  • 19’8″¬†1st Place Senior Division

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Final Format

  • 6’2″

Speed Retrieve All-in-One Final Format

  • 7.037seconds¬†¬†1st Place Turbo Division

Iron Dog All-in-One Final Format

  • 2920.34¬†¬†3rd Place Gladiator Division

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita made sure to get her beauty rest in the camper with Limoncello in between cheering-on her siblings during the competition.  She also enjoyed a massage with Marti!

Whiskey (Wish): First Ever DockDogs Competition AND Adoption Day!

Whiskey was still our foster dog, Wish at the time of this trip.  However, she had begun jumping into the lake at home, so I figured, why not try her up on the dock?!?!

We had been calling her “Wish the Fish,” so I bought Whiskey¬†very own “fish wubba” for the dock.

I registered her under the name “WISHkey,” as a guest Liver Killer team member, and hoped for the best! Whiskey not only jumped into the pool, but earned herself a DockDogs World Championship invitation!

Big Air

5’10”

4’3″

7’0″¬† Second Place Novice Division

6’3″¬†¬†Second Place Novice Division

We had fallen in love with Whiskey long before this trip, but had been fighting the urge to adopt her.  We decided while on this trip we would no longer fight that fight, and called Pointer Rescue, Organization to let them know we would like to adopt her.  Welcome home, Tennessee Whiskey!

Liver Killer Bling

We had been known for our American Flag team canopy for quite some time now.  Unfortunately, at this event, a huge wind gust came along and mangled it! We have been searching for another one ever since.

This was also not a very good “maiden voyage” in our new camper.¬† ¬†It had rained very hard the last day of this competition, and the ground became extremely muddy. We sank – A LOT – and had to get towed out.

 

Luckily there was no damage done to the camper and we made it safely home!

We can’t wait to come back to Canada next year!

 

 

Klem’s DockDog Days; Spencer, MA

This was our first time competing at this event held at Klem’s .¬† We had heard how nice it was – and we sure were not disappointed!¬† The venue was easy to get in and out of, and the spectators and competitors were very friendly!

Limoncello: Team Coach

In between yelling at the boys, Limoncello enjoyed napping in the shade at our team canopy.

Hooch

Big Air 

23’9″¬† 1st Place Elite Division

23’9″¬† 3rd Place¬†Elite Division

23’3″ 2nd Place¬†Elite Division

Big Air Finals:¬† 23’10”¬† 2nd Place

Extreme Vertical All-in-One-Final Format:¬† 6’2″

Lager

Big Air

18’3″

20’0″

20’1″

20’11”

Extreme Vertical All-in-One Final Format:¬†¬†5’10”

Speed Retrieve

7.136 seconds   3rd Place Turbo Division

Iron Dog

2892.45 points  First Place Titan Division

Margarita

Margarita enjoyed walking the grounds, snacking on yummy treats, and napping along with Cello under our team canopy.

Whiskey

Whiskey was still our foster puppy, “Wish,” at the time.¬† She enjoyed the attention from all the spectators, and concentrated on doing her best with chewing her special Wish-bone.

 

Overall, this event was a success for our team, and most of all РFUN for all!  We hope to be able to attend this competition next year!

 

Liver Killer Bling:

 

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 Рas 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!

Big Air

21’6″

20’4″

21’6″

21’5″

21’1″

21′

21’6″

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

17’1″

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 Рwhich 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 Рwhich 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 Рit 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!

PV Pet Pet Palooza: PV Pets, Pennsville, NJ

This was our second year back at this event.  Click HERE to see us at this event last year.

We like this event since it is very close to home!

Limoncello:  Team Coach

Limoncello enjoyed taking a dip in the competition pool in between the scheduled jumps.

Hooch

Big Air

22’9″

Big Air Finals:¬† 22’9″ 2nd Place Pro Division

Lager

Big Air

17’9″

18’5″¬† 3rd Place Senior Division

 

Speed Retrieve

7.605 seconds

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Rita was not impressed at this event, and enjoyed taking naps throughout the day.

Whiskey

Whiskey, still our foster pup, Wish, at the time, enjoyed getting all kinds of attention!

Hog Dog Air Dogs Club Event: Millersville, MD

Last year we decided to try another diving organization:  Ultimate Air Dogs.  We had a blast at the event they held at Hog Dog Productions last year, so we decided to give it another try РРand we were not disappointed!

It was a bonus to be able to camp on-site at Hog Dog Productions!

Limoncello

Limoncello had fun keeping a watch on all the activities from the camper!

Hooch

Splashes:

21’9″¬† ¬†3rd Place Master Division

21’2″¬† ¬†2nd Place Master Division

Master Finals

21’5″ 1st Place

Lager

Splashes:

19’8″¬† (with Brian)

18’7″¬† (with Brian)

19’6″ 2nd Place Senior Elite (with Brian)

Senior Elite Finals

20’1″ 2nd Place

Chase-It

7.53 seconds (with Jenny)

 

Fetch-It (with Brian)

16 ft

Margarita

Sweet Reet took a swim (not by her choice! lol) to cool off in the hot temps.

Whiskey

Whiskey (still our foster dog, Wish, at this point) enjoyed watching all the dogs jump from the comfort of her shaded crate under the team canopy.

Pets in the Park: Newark, DE

Back in June 2018, we attended Pets in the Park at Glasgow Park in Newark, DE.

Team Coach: Limoncello

Limoncello did some strategic planning before the event on the camper…

…and also took a nice swim to cool off at the event:

 

Hooch

Big Air:

23’6″¬† First Place Elite Division

22’1″

22’0″

Big Air Pro Finals: 22’2″

Lager

Big Air (With Brian)

19’2″

19’9″¬† 1st Place Senior Division

18’11”¬† 2nd Place Senior Division

17’2″

 

Extreme Vertical (With Jenny)

5’6″ 3rd Place Cadet Division

Speed Retrieve (With Brian)

7.251 seconds First Place Turbo Division

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita enjoyed visiting with spectators – – and even took a little dip (thanks to Dad!) to cool off!

 

Whiskey (aka Wish)

Whiskey was still our foster dog, “Wish,” at the time of this event.¬† She took her first dip in a DockDogs pool with Dad’s help too!

 

Liver Killer Bling!

Keystone DockDogs at SteelStacks; Bethlehem, PA

We were not scheduled to go to this event because the weather was forecasted to be awful.  However, when we saw the weather took a turn for the better, we quickly packed everyone up in the camper and headed out to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania!

This was our first dock diving event of 2018 – and Whiskey’s first camping trip as well as her first dock diving event.

(Whiskey was still “Wish” our foster dog!)

SteelStacks has been one of our favorite venues! We have also attended this competition in 2016 and 2017 .

Although we arrived too late to compete on the first day, we were able to secure some jumps on Sunday.

 

 

                                                                                            Our team canopy

Limoncello

This was our first competition since Limoncello’s retirement.¬† Although it was very emotional for us, Cello was quite content with her new “Team Coach” role.¬† She is allowed to jump into the water leisurely, so at each event in between competitions, we will allow her to take a quick swim.

 

Hooch

Big Air

22’0″

23’5″¬† 1st Place Elite Division

Finals:¬† 22’11”¬† First Place Elite Division

Lager

Big Air

17’0″

17’6″

Speed Retrieve  7.573 seconds

 

Margarita:  Team Cheerleader

Margarita enjoyed people watching and receiving tons of attention from all of her DockDogs family.

Whiskey (then “Wish” our foster dog)

Whiskey, who we took in as a foster in May 2018, was still with us because she had been put on “medical hold” due to several health issues.¬† Not only did she ride in the camper nicely, she was very well-behaved, even with the abundance people and dogs at the event.

Overall, we had a wonderful time kicking off the start of our 2018 Dock Diving Season!

If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello: Cello’s Early Retirement

If life gives you lemons, make Limoncello!

As the start of our 2018 Dock Diving season quickly approaches, we wanted to share the following with our family, friends and followers:

After some recent testing, Limoncello was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (a heart disease that causes dilation and poor contractility of the heart muscle). It was also discovered that Cello also has two leaky heart valves. After a long and difficult discussion with our veterinarian, it was determined that the best choice for Cello at this time is to retire her from dock diving.

Although we are disappointed that Cello‚Äôs dock diving career has come to an end, we are focusing our energy on celebrating her dock diving journey and how it has positively impacted our lives: her many notable accomplishments, the abundance of joy it has brought us, the amazing people we have met, the incredible dogs we have seen, the spectacular places we have visited, and the unforgettable memories we will continue to cherish. …We have SO MUCH to be grateful for because of Cello!

Without Cello on the dock this year, it will be an emotional dock diving season for sure. However, we are so thankful that because of the knowledge, expertise, and advice of Cello’s veterinarian and cardiologist, we were made aware of her condition before the season began. We are also looking at this unfortunate news as a positive opportunity to explore less intense bonding activities with Cello such as Barn Hunt, Nose Work, and Rally. We fondly anticipate learning new things, setting new goals, overcoming new challenges, traveling to new places, meeting more wonderful people, and building additional priceless memories. But above of all Рwe look forward to the many years of love and companionship we will treasure with Cello.

Even if we don‚Äôt understand why at this point, we are firm believers in ‚Äúchange is good‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúall things happen for a reason.‚ÄĚ We are hopeful and eager to discover what new adventures will be had as Cello once again broadens our path. However, if Cello decides that in her early retirement she‚Äôd rather just relax, we welcome that change-of-pace as well.

Hooch and Lager will still be on the dock this year. We look forward to seeing our dock diving family this season.

 

The Dock Diving Diva’s Personal Bests:

‚ÄĘBig Air (on camera): 25‚Äô0‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘExtreme Vertical: 5‚Äô6‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘSpeed Retrieve: 7.371 seconds
‚ÄĘIron Dog: 2869.62 points
     *2016 DockDogs #1 Warrior Iron Dog in the World

Photo credit: Precise Video Productions

 

 

2017 Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show: Tuckerton, NJ

This venue is always one of our favorites, as this event in 2013¬†was Limoncello’s first ever DockDogs competition!

Limoncello

Big Air:

21’0″

21’6″

19’6″

19’9″

18’4″

Extreme Vertical: 5’6 ”¬† Third Place Cadet Division

Speed Retrieve: 8.035 seconds

Iron Dog: 2808.24 points

Hooch

Big Air:

22’1′”

Finals:¬† 21’9″¬†1st Place Elite

Extreme Vertical: 6’6″¬† 1st Place Top Gun Division

Lager

Big Air:

18’6″

17’2″

18’10”

17’7″

Extreme Vertical:¬†6’4″¬† Second Place¬†Top Gun Division

Margarita

Margarita had a fun time keeping cool in the shade and greeting spectators who walked by our team canopy.

 

Liver Killer Bling and Goody Bags:

 

 

Four Paws, One Cause: Elkton, MD

The Fairhill International Fairgrounds hosted Four Paws, One Cause Рan event where where multiple dog rescues came together and brought their adoptable dogs in order to find them loving FURever families.  The purpose of this event was to bring together all kinds of different people with one similar passion: a love for dogs!

This event not only hosted the DockDogs competition, it also featured the world champion frisbee dogs featured on America’s Got Talent as well. There was live music, face painting, bounce houses, over one hundred vendors, great food, craft beer tastings, and wine tastings throughout each day!

 

Limoncello

Big Air:

19′ 9″

19’5″

Extreme Vertical:¬† 5’0″

Speed Retrieve:  9.583 seconds

Iron Dog Score:  2563.55     2nd Place Warrior Division

 

Hooch

Big Air:

23’11”

Big Air Pro Division Finals:¬† 24′ 0″¬† ¬† ¬†¬†1st Place Pro Division

 

Lager

Big Air with Brian:

18′ 2″

19’2″¬† ¬† ¬†2nd Place Senior Division

20’5″¬† ¬† ¬†3rd Place Master Division

 

Extreme Vertical with Jenny:

5’10”¬† ¬† 1st Place Cadet Division

Margarita

Our Team Cheerleader enjoyed snoozing under the canopy in the rain, and snacking on goodies throughout the day!

 

Liver Killer Bling:

Best of all, through our winnings, we were able to raise $100 for the GSP Rescue of NJ!

Hog Dog Daze: Ultimate Air Dogs at Hog Dog Productions: Millersville, MD

We decided to try dock diving through a different organization.¬† On August 11, 2017 we headed down to Maryland to Hog Dog Productions¬†to try out an Ultimate Air Dogs competition.¬† We hadn’t been to a UAD event since Limoncello’s very first event back in 2013!

We were able to camp right on site!

Ultimate Air Dogs is a bit different from Dock Dogs¬†¬†and offers¬†some different kinds of “games” for the dogs to compete in, such as Fetch-It, Catch-It, and Chase-It.

 

Limoncello

The Splashes:

20’9″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†2nd Place Masters Division

Finals: 

21’2″¬† 2nd Place Masters Division

 

Chase-It:

8.21 seconds     8th Place 

 

Fetch-It:

16ft     4th Place

 

 

Hooch

The Splashes:

23’1″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†1st Place Master Elite Division

24’8″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†1st Place Ultimate Division

22’8″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†1st Place Master Elite Division

Finals:

24’8″¬† ¬† ¬†1st Place Ultimate Division

 

Lager

The Splashes:

19’9″¬† ¬† ¬† 4th Place Senior Elite Division

19’11”¬† ¬† ¬†5th Place Senior Elite Division

21’4″¬† ¬† ¬†2nd Place Master Division

20’4″¬† ¬† ¬†6th Place Master Division

Finals:

20’3″¬† ¬† ¬†3rd Place Master Division

 

Chase-It:

6.147 seconds     2nd Place

Margarita 

Margarita spent her weekend getting petted by everyone, and enjoying her pink Wubba and  Ko Ko CHEWnel toy!

 

Liver Killer Bling

2018 Bark in the Park: Cape Charles, VA

This had been one our favorite dock diving events in the past.  We loved attending this event in both 2015 and 2016 .  We camped at Sunset Beach Resort (another favorite!)

Although were extremely excited to be back a third year in a row in July 2017, the weather¬† this year was just unbearably hot.¬† We tried jumping the dogs, but by the time Limoncello’s came up, the temperatures were a real-feel of over 103 degrees… too hot and dangerous to compete in our opinion.¬†

Hooch

Big Air:

22’8″¬† ¬† 23’5″¬† ¬† ¬†2nd Place Elite Division

Lager

Big Air:

16’2″¬† ¬† ¬†17’3″

 

Even though the one jump that Lager and Hooch executed put them into the Finals, we scratched our jumps for the rest of the weekend, and forfeited our spot in the Finals.  We chose to make the best of  the remainder of the weekend, and enjoy the campground with the dogs.

Back to the campground to enjoy some Chesapeake Bay fun!

It sure wasn’t the weekend we thought it would be, and people thought we were crazy to give our spot in Finals…but our dogs’ safety and health come first.¬† We made the best of the hot temps, and enjoyed cooling everyone off in the Chesapeake Bay.¬† A bad storm eventually rolled in, but the outcome was a beautiful double rainbow, and a gorgeous sunset!

K-9 Central Wild Card Double Header: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

In July, we were back in Canada for the second year in a row! We attended this event last year¬†where all three of our competitors earned their invites to the 2016 DockDogs World Championship. This trip proved to be just as rewarding, as again, all 3 GSP’s won, and earned their invitations to the 2017 World Championship!

All buckled in and on our way from New Jersey to Ontario, Canada!

Thousand Islands Bridge:

Just some of the privately owned islands among the more than 1,8000 islands in Thousand Islands!

 

Waiting in line at Customs:

Look out, Ontario – the Liver Killers are in town!

We arrived at K-9 Central  Рlook how close our camper is to the competition pool!  It was so nice to crate the dogs from right under our camper canopy and to be able to watch the competition from our camper spot!

 

Limoncello

Big Air

21’2″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Masters Division

21’5″

Extreme Vertical:  

4’10”

Speed Retrieve 

9.768 seconds

Iron Dog

2631.56 points

Hooch

Big Air

23’6″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Elite Division

25’0″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Super Elite Division

24’7″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Elite Division

25’3″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1st Place Super Elite Division

 

Lager

Big Air

19’10”¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 2nd Place Senior Division

Extreme Vertical 

6’0″¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†3rd Place Top Gun Division

Margarita

At last year’s event, Tremblay Equine Massage Therapy was there, so we had signed Rita up for a massage.¬† I had taken a picture and shared it with them. The company used Margarita as their “Poster Child!”¬† Tremblay was there again, and Rita got another massage!

A storm rolled in, but it created a beautiful rainbow over the competition pool!

What an exciting event! 2017 World Championship, here we come!

Pets in the Park: Newark, DE

Pets in the Park was held on June 10th and 11th, 2017 in Newark, Delaware.

Limoncello

If you remember from our Steel Stacks event, Limoncello had been a bit “off.”¬† Her performance was still not her usual, so we scratched her from the rest of the event in case she wasn’t feeling well.

Big Air:

14’8″¬† ¬† ¬† 19’3″

16’4″¬† ¬† ¬† 16’2″

 

Hooch

Big Air:

21’3″¬† ¬† ¬†23’2″

Big Air Finals:¬† ¬† ¬†21’11”¬† ¬† ¬†21’3″¬† ¬† ¬†2nd Place Elite Division

 

Lager 

Big Air (with Brian):

19’4″¬† ¬† ¬†19’1″¬† ¬† ¬†2nd Place Senior Division

19’7″¬† ¬† ¬†18’3″¬† ¬† ¬†1st Place Senior Division¬†

 

Margarita

Margarita stayed cool in her crate behind the fan and cheered her teammates on from the shade!

Liver Killer Bling:

Purnia Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Qualifier:

Those of you who have been following our website know that Hooch was invited to compete in a Purnia Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Qualifier at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.  Well, as an added bonus, we were able to get Limoncello qualified to compete in this qualifier as well! We knew Limoncello would jump no matter what, but we were very unsure about Hooch, as for the first time, we were on a dock with no railings (scary!).

It turned out that Limoncello jumped very well, and Hooch – well – was “HOOOOOOOOCH!”

Limoncello rockin’ the dock:

Hooch giving the crowd some entertainment… (wait for the very end!)

We¬†also enjoyed walking around at the Kennel CLub of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show!

Neither dog qualified to move on to the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge, but we sure had a great time, and enjoyed every moment of this new experience!

2016 DockDogs World Championship

Last year we attended the DockDogs World Championship with all three of our diving¬†dogs qualifying to compete. ¬†This year, we were lucky enough for all three competing dogs to qualify once again for the DockDogs World Championship in all the disciplines in which they participate! Check out our 2016 Season in Review and see some of our team’s Worlds Bling by clicking HERE!

We drove our motor home out to Iowa this year! We had custom window decals made and updated the “Miles to Dubuque, Iowa” with every stop-over!

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Our Route:

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Dubuque, Iowa РDog Town:

Our Schedule:

LIMONCELLO:

Limoncello competed as an Iron Dog.

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Big Air:

22’0″

22’4″

Speed Retrieve: 8.531 secnds

Extreme Vertical: 5’4″

Total: Iron Dog Points: 2754.14 points

At the big Golden Paw Awards Gala, Limoncello was named DockDogs #1 Ranked Warrior Iron Dog in the World!

HOOCH:

Hooch competed in Elite Division Big Air, and Top Gun Division Extreme Vertical.

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Big Air:¬†23’3″

Extreme Vertical: 5’10”

At the big Golden Paw Awards Gala, Hooch was named DockDogs #1 Ranked German Shorthaired Pointer in the World!

LAGER:

Lager competed in Senior Division Big Air (with Jenny) and Top Gun Division Extreme Vertical (with Brian).

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Big Air:¬†19’3″

Extreme Vertical:¬†5’10”

MARGARITA:

Although Margarita doesn’t compete, she was sure ready to cheer her siblings on with her Super Fly suit and painted pink piggies!

Our fellow GSP Rescue of NJ friends, Jen and Grace, drove all the way from New Jersey to Iowa to be with us and our team. Jen and Grace took Margarita every day during the competition to run at the dog park! Margarita even took a trip with Jen and Grace to see the Mississippi River. ¬†Much to Margarita’s delight, her Aunt Jen and Grace also took her to get¬†a McDonald’s chicken sandwich for lunch one day, and to Starbucks to enjoy a puppuccino! ¬†I think Margarita had THE time of her¬†life!

We are so proud to have been able to compete against the best dock diving dogs in the world, and are so very pleased with the performance of our pups!

2nd Annual Bark in the Park at Bay Creek, Cape Charles, VA

This is our 2nd year attending this event, (Click HERE to see last year’s event!) and we plan to be back again next year.

What an awesome event in a beautiful setting!

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LIMONCELLO

BIG AIR:    

21’3″¬†¬†¬†¬† 2nd Place Master Division

21’6″¬†¬†¬†¬† 1st Place Master Division

Big AIR SEMI PRO FINALS:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 20’10”¬†¬†¬†¬† 2nd Place Semi Pro Division

EXTREME VERTICAL:¬†¬†¬†¬† 5’6″¬†¬†¬†¬† 2nd Place Cadet Division

SPEED RETRIEVE:     8.903 seconds

IRON DOG:     2727.38 points     1st Place Warrior Division

HOOCH

BIG AIR:

22’9″

23’0″¬†¬†¬†¬† 1st Place Elite Division

21’4″

BIG AIR PRO DIVISION FINALS:¬†¬†¬†¬† 23’7″¬†¬†¬†¬† 2nd Place Pro Division

EXTREME VERTICAL:¬†¬†¬†¬† 6’0″

LAGER

After competing for the weekend, Lager took his first walk on the beach,  and swam in salt water for the first time in the Chesapeake Bay!

BIG AIR:

18’0″

18’11”¬†¬†¬†¬† 3rd Place Senior Division

17’11”¬†¬†¬†¬† 3rd Place Senior Division

16’9″¬†¬†¬†¬† 2nd Place Senior Division

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EXTREME VERTICAL:¬†¬†¬†¬† 6’0″

MARGARITA

In between cheering for her brothers and sister, Rita enjoyed her first walk on the beach, and her first swim in salt water (The Chesapeake Bay).  She also enjoyed a doggie ice cream treat to help beat the extreme heat!

 Liver Killer Bling from Bay Creek:

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