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’s 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 – we look forward to the many years of love and companionship we will treasure with Cello.

Even if we don’t understand why at this point, we are firm believers in “change is good” and “all things happen for a reason.” 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’d 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:

•Big Air (on camera): 25’0”
•Extreme Vertical: 5’6”
•Speed Retrieve: 7.371 seconds
•Iron Dog: 2869.62 points
     *2016 DockDogs #1 Warrior Iron Dog in the World

Photo credit: Precise Video Productions

 

 

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!

 

Four Paws, One Cause: Elkton, MD

The Fairhill International Fairgrounds hosted Four Paws, One Cause – an 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!

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  – look 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:

Keystone DockDogs at SteelStacks: Bethlehem, PA

SteelStacks is one of our favorite venues for dock diving – and Keystone DockDogs is one of the best hosts!

We were able to camp right in the parking lot at SteelStacks too!

Limoncello:

This was a very “off” event for Cello.  She was definitely not herself, and it showed through in her performance.  We wound up scratching her from some of her jumps until we could get her seen by a vet to be sure she was OK.

Picture Credit: Pics By Kim

Big Air:

20’9″

19’7″

19’1″

 

Extreme Vertical:

4’10”

Speed Retrieve:

9.208 seconds

 

Hooch:

Photo Credit: Becca Conner

Big Air:

23’3″            1st Place Elite

23’6″            1st Place Elite

23’2″            2nd Place Elite

Photo Credit: Pics By Kim

Lager:

Big Air (with Jenny)

19’2″

18’0″

Photo credit: Pics By Kim

Big Air (with Brian)

18’0″           3rd Place Senior

20’0″

Photo credit: Pics By Kim

Extreme Vertical (with Jenny)

5’8″            1st Place Cadet

Pic Credit: Becca Conner

 

Margarita:

Margarita enjoyed her time chewing on treats, playing with toys, getting attention from fellow competitors, and hanging out with an adorable Bernese Mountain Dog puppy!

Liver Killer Bling: Gift bag full of goodies, medals, and ribbons!

If you are in the area and can stop at SteelStacks, it’s worth the trip – the stacks are amazing to see in person, and they host some pretty cool events and great concerts!