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!

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!

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 – 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!

2017 DockDogs World Championship: Knoxville, TN

We were thrilled that all three of our dogs who participate in dock diving were once again invited to compete at the DockDogs World Championship!

This was also the first year the World Championship was held in Knoxville, TN!

Once again, we traveled in our motorhome, and towed our Jeep.

We had our team decals updated:

Ready to roll!

We had fun playing the Roadtrip Bingo game created by a fellow dock diving competitor!

Arrived to Knoxville safe and sound…Cheers!

 

Excited to be in Knoxville, TN for the first time!

Waiting in line to check in at the competition:

Getting super crowded as we move in line to sign in!

 

Having some fun in line!

First glimpse of the competition floor!

Dog Town:

Our spot in Dog Town:

Getting back to the hotel room and Margarita claiming all of our Goody Bag items as HERS!

Limoncello

 

Hooch

Hooch earned #1 Ranked GSP for the 2nd year in a row ~ so proud of him!

Lager

Margarita

Margarita enjoyed the views from the hotel windows, and napping between competitions !

Liver Killer Bling:

 

We had a wonderful time, and hope we are fortunate enough to be a part of this event next year!

 

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:

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!

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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