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 – Dog Town:

Our Schedule:

LIMONCELLO:

Limoncello competed as an Iron Dog.

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Big Air:

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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!

South Bend / Elkhart North Koa: Granger, IN

Our second stop-over on the way to the 2016 DockDogs World Championship was at South Bend / Elkhart North Koa in Granger, IN.

Our Campsite:

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Morning walks and some relaxing time before we hit the road on our last leg of our road trip to Dubuque, Iowa:

Updating our “Miles-To-Iowa” sign!

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Shawnee State Park: Schellsburg, PA

On our long trip out to Iowa for the 2016 DockDogs World Championship, our first stop-over was at Shawnee State Park in Schellsburg, PA. Shawnee State Park is a 3,983-acre Pennsylvania state park in Juniata and Napier Townships, Bedford County, Pennsylvania ans is absolutely gorgeous!

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Our site (#69):

View from our site:

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Morning walks before continuing on our way to Iowa:

At each stop, we changed our “Miles-To-Iowa” sign!

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Although we were only here for a short one-night stop-over, what we saw of the park was absolutely gorgeous! I hope we get to come back to this state park for a weekend camping trip sometime soon!

The Liver Killers: Dock Diving 2016 Season in Review

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Photo Credit: Becca Connor

The 2016 DockDogs Season ended in October, with the World Championship being held in November.  The Liver Killers had an amazing season last year.  This year was just as exciting!

Limoncello the “Dock Diving Diva”

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Photo Credit: Ken Tidy Photography

Limoncello had an incredible season, earning new Personal Bests in Big Air (25 ft), Speed Retrieve (7.33 seconds), AND Iron Dog (2,883 points)! She earned an invitation to the DockDog World Championship in all disciplines for the second year in a row, although Brian decided only to accept the Big Air and Iron Dog invitations.  Cello is the # 2  German Shorthaired Pointer in the World for Big Air, and also earned the #1 spot for overall Warrior Division Iron Dog in the World!

Overall World Rankings

  • Big Air:
    • 2nd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Master Titled
    • Average: 23’0″
  • Speed Retrieve:
    • 3rd ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Turbo Titled
    • Average: 7.512 seconds
  • Extreme Vertical:
    • 5th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Cadet Titled
    • Average:  5’5″
  • Iron Dog:
    • 1# Warrior Division Iron Dog overall!
    • #3 ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Average: 2,797.40 points

Hooch the “Dock Diving Dude”

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Photo Credit: Ken Tidy Photography

Hooch had a big year also!  After his “scare” on the dock last November at the World Championship when they shut the lights down and had spotlights on the dock, Hooch carried that fear until almost May of this season.  He finally gained his confidence back, and began to jump HUGE!  He earned a new Personal Best in Big Air (25’4″!!!!), and also is the #1 German Shorthaired Pointer in the World! Hooch earned himself an invitation to the DockDog World Championship for both disciplines in which he competes (Big Air and Extreme Vertical).  Hooch was also recently invited to participate in a qualifier for the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge!  That qualifier will be in November as well.

Overall World Rankings

  • Big Air:
    • #1 ranked German Shorthaired Pointer!
    • Elite Titled
    • 23’10” (Elite Average)
  • Extreme Vertical:
    • #4th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Top Gun Titled
    • Average:  6’0″

Lager the “Deployed Dock Diving Dawg”

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Photo Credit: Ken Tidy Photography

Lager continued to excel in his first full year of competition.  Lager secured an invitation to the DockDog World Championship for the 2 disciplines in which he competes (Big Air and Extreme Vertical).

Overall World Rankings

  • Big Air:
    • 9th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Senior Titled
    • 19’10” (Senior Average)
  • Extreme Vertical:
    • 5th ranked German Shorthaired Pointer
    • Top Gun Titled
    • Average:  5’11”

Margarita the “Team Cheerleader”

Margarita joined our pack right before the start of the dock diving season, and has been a wonderful team cheerleader! Margarita is still learning toy-drive as she gets used to the water and learns how to swim.  She has come a long way, and we are very, VERY proud of her!

 

 

Sponsorships

We are super proud to be a part of some very unique and prestigious sponsorships this year!

  • Ken Tidy Photography:  
    • Ken Tidy has long been known as one of the most talented photographers in our area, capturing stunning action-packed images that truly express each dog’s individual personality. His images have been shared across the DockDogs world, and we are truly honored that Ken has chosen our fur-kids to represent his amazing work. We super excited about this sponsorship! Be sure to check out some of Ken’s amazing photography, and schedule a session with him to capture YOUR pup!
      Website: www.kentidy.com
      FB: @kentidyphotography
      Twitter: @kptidy
      Instagram: @kentidyphoto
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Photo Credit: Ken Tidy Photography

  • Undone Watches
    • Undone Watches is a unique company who’s motto is “Individuality Matters.” They make unique watches designed by you to reflect your own individuality. Every watch is a unique message!
  • TurboPUP
    • TurboPUP makes all natural complete K9 meal bars for on-the-go dogs! 

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Publications:

Limoncello, Hooch, Lager, and Margarita were featured in several publications this season!

  • Feature Story on the American Kennel Club’s FB Page

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Giving Back:

The Liver Killers are happy to report that along with the help of some friends and fellow competitors, an abundance of food, toys, and supplies were donated to a few really great organizations…and a grand total of $3,868 was raised!

  • GSP Rescue of NJ
    • 100 % of our DockDogs winnings from Finals placements were donated to the rescue
    • Sport Dog Food donation in the name of The Liver Killers
    • Cabela’s Delaware :  food servers collected money for our rescue instead of accepting tips at a Delmarva DockDogs event
    • Liver Killers T-Shirt Fundraiser through Booster
  • United States War Dogs Association
    • We matched Lager’s DockDogs winnings that were donated to the GSP Rescue of NJ and contributed that amount
    • Cash donations from family
    • Items donated from friends
    • Patriotic bandannas hand made by GSP Rescue friends were sold at events – 100% of the sales were donated
    • Sport Dog Food donation in the name of Lager
    • Fellow dock diving competitors brought items to events and sent supplies to us
    • Bay Creek Community donation in the name of Lager at a Tidewater DockDogs event
  • Animal Orphanage of Voorhees, NJ
    • All prize bag contents including toys and food won by The Liver Killers were donated
    • Fellow competitors brought items to events

 

Worlds Bling:

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  • PAWtograph cards designed by our friend, Mandy Eiche, and ordered from printfirm.com

As we begin to prepare for our second long trip out to Iowa for the DockDogs World Championship, we continue to reflect upon the amazing season we had, all the exciting adventures we encountered, and the many incredible people and dogs we met because of our pups and this wonderful sport.  We cherish every moment, and embrace it ALL: the highs and lows, the laughter and the tears, the (VERY) early mornings,  the late nights, our every-growing camping group, and the comradery shared with friends at the events. We are truly blessed to be a part of such an awesome community.  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, co-workers, bosses, fellow competitors, and social media followers is beyond overwhelming, and greatly appreciated.  Thank you ALL for being a part of this thrilling ride with us.  We look forward to writing the next chapter of this adventure together!

We are both honored and excited to have the privilege of competing against the top dogs in the world.  No matter where our dogs rank at the World Championship this year, we are beyond proud of all of our pups, and thrilled that we have the opportunity to share this grand experience.   We cannot wait to spend the week at the World Championship with our DockDogs family!

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Canadian Regional Championship, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

These pups took us on yet another grand adventure! Brian, Jenny, Limoncello, Hooch, and Rita have never been outside of the United States, so we were super excited! Canada is the 5th country Lager has been to!!

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This event was a competition for a chance to earn an invitation to the 2016 DockDogs World Championship this November in Dubuque, Iowa! This was SUCH a fun event at a great location! The Liver Killers did amazing! Cello, Hooch, and Lager ALL earned not one, but TWO invites to the DockDogs World Championship… that’s an invite for every discipline we competed in!! So proud of these pups!

The road trip to our destination in Bowmanville, Ontario was very exciting!

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One of the best things about this venue was that we could camp right there!

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Invitations to the DockDogs World Championship:

LIMONCELLO AND BRIAN:
-1st Place Warrior Division Iron Dog 
-1st Place Master Division Big Air 

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Photo credit: Precise Video Productions

HOOCH AND JENNY:
-1st Place Cadet Division Extreme Vertical
-2nd Place Elite Division Big Air 

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Photo Credit: Precise Video Productions

LAGER AND BRIAN:
-2nd Place Top Gun Division Extreme Vertical

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Photo Credit: Mandy Eiche

LAGER AND JENNY:
-3rd Place Senior Division Big Air 

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Photo Credit: Mandy Eiche

MARGARITA:

Rita enjoyed her first trip out of the country!  She really came out of her shell and started to show a super-funny personality.  She chased a drone, and jumped on our camper table to get a better view out the window! Thanks to a few of her “DockDogs Aunts,” she learned how to swim in the DockDogs pool, and found out that toys were super fun.  She even got a massage by a certified equine/canine masseuse!

BRIAN:

There was even a Human Iron Dog event (all entry fees went to charity!!) … and Brian earned 3rd Place!

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On the way home, there was a bit more of a line at Customs to wait to cross back over into the United States.

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This trip was VERY exciting, and such an adventure.  We are so proud of all of our fur-kids!

Liver Killers Bling:

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See you in November, World Championships! WOOOOOO!

Road Trip! 2015 DockDogs World Championship

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Words cannot express how exciting this week was for our pack!  All three of our pups qualified for the World Championship, we drove further West than we’ve ever been before, we got to see some pretty cool sights along the way, all three Liver Killers finished within the top 10 in the world in their own divisions, and best of all, we had a safe trip out and back, with no injuries or illnesses.   Here is a recap of the Liver Killer’s preparation for our road trip, and some of our adventures on the drive!

Everyone was asking for us to bring Tommy D’s famous Limoncello, so Brian made a few batches to bring with us:

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We ordered lots of bling the month before our trip! We designed and ordered team gear from CustomInk.com – – and when the company saw we donate to the GSP Rescue of NJ, they made their own donation in  the Liver Killers name to the GSP Rescue of NJ – how nice was THAT?!

 

 Our trip wouldn’t be complete without truck bling!

Our talented friend, Mandy made our trading cards:

And, of course, we did lots of shopping:

Jenny has a very difficult time packing lightly, so the packing started (and never seemed to stop!)… and Brian decided it was a good idea to rent a little trailer just in case 🙂

 DockDogs had a window decorating contest for everyone making the road trip out to Iowa… so of course we dressed up the truck windows!

 

And we’re off!

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As we crossed state borders along our ride, we saw some pretty neat sights:

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Along our stops, we came across the coolest place right off of I-70 in Indiana!  Not only is it the World’s largest “candle,” it was a candle company and gift store that had a cute little restaurant, THE coolest bathrooms ever, huge and safe areas to walk the dogs – and best part of all ???… they welcome dogs INside!

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We are huge American Pickers fans, so we couldn’t help but stop to see their Antique Archaeology shop!

 

Crossing the Mighty Mississippi!

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We went a bit out of our way for this one, but we couldn’t miss the opportunity to stop at the movie set from Field of Dreams!

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Once we checked into the hotel, and got the pups settled, we celebrated our adventurous road trip, and our safe arrival at our destination in Iowa!

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What an exciting week of competition we have ahead!