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!

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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Hopkinton State Fair, Contoocook, NH

This was our first time at the Hopinton State Fair in Contoocook, NH.  What a beautiful area, filled with great vendors, and friendly people!Processed with Snapseed.

LIMONCELLO

Big Air:

20′          1st Place Master

19’10”

20’11”    1st Place Master

Extreme Vertical: 5’0″   4th Place Cadet Division

Speed Retrieve: 8.370 seconds

Big Air Finals: 22’1″   1st Place Semi-Pro Division

HOOCH

Big Air:

21’11”

22’1″

22’2″

21′

21’5″

Extreme Vertical: 5’8″   

Big Air Finals: 22’3″   1st Place Pro Division

LAGER

Big Air: 

18’7″      4th Place Senior

19’1″       1st Place Senior

18’3″      1st Place Senior

19’2″      2nd Place Senior

MARGARITA

Margarita worked her magic and wooed the crowd all weekend long.  People of all ages came by our canopy to say hello to her and give her some pets!

Liver Killer Bling:

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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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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!

Celebrate Fairfax Festival, Fairfax, VA

When we could only make the last day (Saturday) of the Pets in the Park event in Delaware, we decided at the event to make a spontaneous trip to Fairfax, VA, where we could catch the last day of the event (Sunday Spoilers – haha!) …And Sunday Spoilers we were … Cello, Hooch, and Lager ALL made finals!  It was a fun  last-minute thing to do, and Margarita got to stay in a hotel (Comfort Inn, University Center) for the very first time, and did wonderfully!

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Limoncello:

Big Air:

21’9″      1st Place Masters Division

Speed Retrieve:      7.771 seconds

Big Air Semi-Pro Division Finals:  21’11”     1st Place

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Photo credit: KJ Photography

Hooch:

Big Air:

21’7″

22’8″

Big Air Pro Division Finals:     22’4″     4th Place

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Photo credit: KJ Photography

Lager:

Big Air:

17’7″

17’5″     3rd Place Senior Division

Big Air Contender Division Finals:     17’4″     3rd Place

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Photo credit: KJ Photography

 

Margarita:

Rita stayed cool with her new crate fan:

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Margarita met a long-haired version of herself! Check out these two pretty ladies!

Pets in the Park at Glasgow Park, Glasgow, DE

This event was full of great vendors, and held in beautiful Glasgow Park.

This event was a Friday/Saturday event, so we only were able to compete on Saturday.

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Limoncello:

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Speed Retrieve:     7.371 seconds

Hooch:

Big Air:

22’10”

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Big Air Pro Division Finals:      22’0″     2nd Place

 

Lager:

Big Air:

16’1″

15’9″

Big Air Contender Division Finals:     16’7″     4th Place

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Margarita:

Margarita’s English Pointer boyfriend, Mr. Spock came to visit and spend the day with her!  Rita was super excited – she loves Spock!

Rita also helped collect (TONS) of donations for the Voorhees Animal Orphanage and the United States War Dogs Association.

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