Limoncello and Hooch in “The Bark” Magazine!

Cello and Hooch’s feature in The Bark Magazine!

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About The Bark:

“The Bark is the magazine of modern dog culture—it speaks to the serious dog enthusiast. The Bark is the indispensable guide to life with dogs, showing readers how to live smartly and rewardingly with their canine companions. Founded in 1997, as a newsletter to advocate for off-leash dog parks in Berkeley, California, the magazine quickly grew into a glossy, award-winning publication acclaimed for its timely commentary and rich literary offerings. Today, The Bark has a nationwide readership of over 250,000. It is published four times a year, available by subscription and sold at Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods and PetsMart stores.

Claudia Kawczynska and Cameron Woo founded The Bark in their garage, shortly after adopting their first dog, Nellie, and discovering it was illegal to allow their dog to romp untethered at their local park. The couple tapped into Kawczynska’s experience in public policy and Woo’s skills as a graphic designer to craft a publication that addressed the burgeoning issues faced by a new generation of dog owners.

Taking the magazine’s slogan to heart—Dog Is My Co-Pilot—The Bark became the first magazine to tap into the exploding phenomena of dog culture and lifestyle, focusing on the growing bond between individuals and their pet companions. Over the past twenty years, The Bark has chronicled the America’s love affair with dogs, the evolving status of canine pets and their role in society, as well as the incredible rise in services and products. The Bark has become the recognized expert on the social/cultural world of dogs in America, and what they mean to us.

The Bark’s impeccable pedigree includes publishing many of today’s most acclaimed authors including Ann Patchett, Augusten Burroughs, Rick Bass, Amy Hempel, and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver. The magazine features the writing of noted experts in science, animal behavior and health—Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Donald McCaig, Mark Derr, and includes animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell and nutritionist Marion Nestle as regular columnists.

The Bark has been twice honored with an Alternative Press Award for Best Magazine (lifestyle category) recognized for outstanding achievement in independent publishing. The Bark has also been honored with an Award of Merit from The Society of Publication Designers and a Folio Silver Award for Best Enthusiast Magazine. In September, 2003, Crown (Random House) published Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship, an anthology from the editors of The Bark. The Bark’s second collection, entitled Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit was published in October 2007. DogJoy, a photo book featuring the magazine’s popular “Smiling Dogs” submissions was published in November 2009 by Rodale.”

~from The Bark’s Website

Hooch’s Second Invitation to the DockDogs World Championships!

It’s official!  Hooch’s Extreme Vertical Invitation came via email today!

He earned this by coming in first place in the Cadet Division Extreme Vertical discipline at the Bark in the Park Wild Card event!

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Hooch Ranked #1 GSP in the United States!

As of now, Hooch is ranked THE #1 German Shorthaired Pointer in the United States with a DockDogs Big Air average of 23′ 7.4″unnamed (1)

His current average also ranks him the #2 German Shorthaired Pointer in the World!!

Words cannot describe how proud I am of this boy!

Bay Creek Loves Hooch!

When we were in Cape Charles Virginia for the Wild Card Event, Hooch was a big hit in Bay Creek!

Hooch made the Bay Creek Golf Newsletter:

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View the whole newsletter HERE.

Hooch also made the Bay Creek Real Estate Newsletter!

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So proud of this little pup!

Bark in the Park at Bay Creek, Cape Charles, VA

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Cello and Hooch competed in a Wild Card event, called “Bark in the Park,” held at Bay Creek, in Cape Charles, VA.  What a gorgeous and dog friendly community!!

We bought a new canopy – LOVE it!

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CELLO:

Cello had an awesome weekend.  What started out as an event to continue practicing, ended up with Cello taking first place in the Semi-Pro finals, and also setting a new Personal Best in Speed Retrieve!

BIG AIR:

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17′ 11″     21′ 00″

20′ 08″     20′ 03″

21′ 06″     21″ 06″

21′ 05″     22′ 05″      FIRST PLACE SEMI-PRO FINALS!

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SPEED RETRIEVE:  

8.325     7.650     NEW PERSONAL BEST!

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We entered Hooch in this competition specifically to see if we could get him an additional invitation to the World Championships in Extreme Vertical.  Not only did he win First Place in Cadet EV and achieve an added invitation in Extreme Vertical, he jumped a new Personal Best (and on camera!!) of 24′ 2″  and made the PRO Finals (first time ever!)!!

BIG AIR:

24′ 2″     22′ 5″

23′ 3″     23′ 4″

23′ 0″     22′ 11″

22′ 10″     22’2″

23′ 6″     23′ 9″     Fourth Place in Pro Finals – not bad considering it’s his first time!

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EXTREME VERTICAL:

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Starting Height:  5′ 4″

Ending Height:  5′ 10″     First Place Cadet (and an invitation to compete in the World Championships in Extreme Vertical!)

Hooch’s First Invitation to Compete in the DockDogs World Championships!

At the DockDogs Mid Atlantic Regional event held at Shipps Corner, in Virginia Beach, Hooch won first place in his division finals to earn an invitation to compete at the World Championships this November! Read the details about this event HERE!
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Mid-Atlantic Regionals at Shipps Corner, Virginia Beach, VA

This event was more of a practice for Cello since she had already earned her invitation to the DockDogs World Championships.  Cello did get to try a new DockDogs event, called Dueling Dogs – it was lots of fun!

For Hooch, this was a chance to shine, and earn an invitation.  Hooch not only earned himself an invite, he scored several new personal bests, and jumped right out of his division with one of the longest jumps of the weekend!

We camped at Holiday Trav-L-Park during this event.

CELLO:

BIG AIR:

19’5″     18’7″

20’6″     19’10”

SPEED RETRIEVE:

8.822 seconds         8.701 seconds

DUELING DOGS:

HOOCH:

BIG AIR:

22’0″     23’2″     NEW PERSONAL BESTS (and on camera!!)

23’8″     20’3″      NEW PERSONAL BESTS (and on camera!!)

22’6″     23’2″       FIRST PLACE SENIOR FINALS, AND AN INVITATION TO THE DOCKDOGS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS !!!!!!!!!!

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Codorus Blast, Codorus State Park, Hanover, PA

This venue was new for Hooch, but this was our second year competing in Codorus Blast with Cello.  For this event, we camped at Merry Meadows Recreation Farm.

In this event, the dogs jump in to a lake instead of a pool.

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Brian did some announcing this weekend:

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CELLO:

Brian felt as though Cello was getting a bit burned out, so he decided to rest her this weekend, with the exception of Speed Retrieve.

SPEED RETRIEVE:

8.344 seconds

HOOCH:

Hooch earned new personal bests again this weekend!  He also earned himself a spot in the Masters Finals for the very first time!

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BIG AIR:

17’1″     15’8″

17’0″     18’6″

20’1″     19’9″       NEW PERSONAL BEST

21’0″     19’10”     NEW PERSONAL BEST

16’9″     16’6″       6th Place Masters Finals (First time in Masters Finals!!)

Hooch also got his very first Super Fly Suit!

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EXTREME VERTICAL:

It was pouring rain during Extreme Vertical…but Hooch managed to grab the bumper at 6’0″ , earning himself a new personal best!

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Starting height:  5’4″

End Height:  6’0″        NEW PERSONAL BEST!

Even though there were storms off-and-on throughout the weekend, it was great fun!  We look forward to attending this venue next year!

Dog Fest of Zoar, Zoar, OH

Cello and Hooch added a new state to their States Visited Maps, and competed in the Dog Fest of Zoar dock diving competition in the Historic Zoar Village, in Ohio.  We camped at the Canton/East Sparta KOA for this event.

CELLO:

BIG AIR:

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21’10”     21’0″

17’1″       19’2″     4th Place Elite Finals

HOOCH:

We specifically came to this event so that Hooch could get another wave of EV toward his title.  However, when we let him jump in Big Air, he earned a new Personal Best of 19’11” – which also earned him a spot in the Senior Finals!  This would be Hooch’s first Senior Finals!

Big Air:

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19’11”     14’2″     (New Personal Best!!)

19’3″       19’11”   First Place Senior Finals!

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EXTREME VERTICAL:

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Start Height:  5’2″

End Height:  5’10”  New Personal Best, and 2nd Place Cadet Finals!

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Overall, this was a fun event in a really neat historic town.  We hope to visit Zoar again some day!

Celebrate Fairfax, Fairfax, VA

Limoncello and Hooch participated in the Celebrate Fairfax dock diving competition during the first weekend in June.  We camped nearby at Lake Fairfax Park.

CELLO:

During this competition, Cello was just participating as continued practice for her World Championship competition in Dubuque, Iowa this November.  Here are her results:

BIG AIR:

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20’8″     19’9″

21’8    22’2″

19’3″     20’10”

EV:

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SPEED RETRIEVE:

8.206     8.728

HOOCH:

Hooch was participating in hopes to increase his national Big Air average, and to try out Extreme Vertical for the very first time.  Hooch surprised us all, and came in FIRST PLACE in Extreme Vertical in the Cadet Division!!!

BIG AIR:

13’6       13’3″

15’6″     17’10”

15’7       18’3″         * NEW PERSONAL BEST!

16’10”   18’11”        *NEW PERSONAL BEST!

EXTREME VERTICAL:

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5’8″                            * FIRST PLACE CADET DIVISION!

SPEED RETRIEVE

60 seconds     9.814 seconds     *NEW PERSONAL BEST!

We had a great weekend with friends, and are SO very proud of our little Hooch-man!

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Cabela’s Presents DockDogs Wildcard Event, Triadelphia, WV

On the weekend of Hooch’s first birthday, The Liver Killers competed in a dock diving competition in Triadelphia, WV.  This competition was held at Cabela’s.  This was a very special event that we will never forget, because Limoncello won First Place in Warrior Iron Dog, and earned her invitation to the DockDogs World Championship!

We camped out in Cabela’s parking lot for this event, which was very convenient for our times in between jumps.

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Limoncello competed as an Iron Dog.  Here are her results:

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21’3″     22’3″

22’3″     21’10’

21’10”     21’3″

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EXTREME VERTICAL

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SPEED RETRIEVE

8.206       8.728

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Total Points:  2739.11

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Hooch did very well this weekend, but wound up with a limp after his last jump.  We noticed this as we were lining up for Speed Retrieve.  Thank goodness Dr. Yurko of K.E.Y. Animal Hospital was there to evaluate Hooch.

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 It seemed Hooch had a strained muscle, so we scratched him from the rest of the competition.  Here are his results from his Big Air waves:

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BIG AIR

14’7″     15’9″

15’0     13’0

9’6″     15’9″

14’6″     15’3″

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Overall, this was a SUPER fun (and apparently an exhausting) event!

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Cello Earned Her Invitation to the DockDog World Championships!

While competing at the Cabela’s Presents Wildcard event in Triadelphia, WV, Limoncello won first place in Warrior Iron Dog, and earned her invitation to the DockDogs World Championships!  The World Championship event will be held in November, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Our good friends surprised us with the wonderful news!

We were SO excited!

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Cello and Brian’s invitation:WORLDS INVITE

Congratulations, Team Cello !

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Back to the Splash Spring Fling at Shipps Corner, Virginia Beach, VA

Now THIS was a fun event! Cello and Hooch participated in Shipps Corner’s Back to the Splash Spring Fling.

This National event was an 80’s theme, and everyone was encouraged to dress and decorate in the 80’s fashion.

Hooch immediately flaunted his swag:

Our team canopy was decorated with 80’s bling:

Hooch had himself an 80’s boom box:

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There was an 80’s playlist jamming all weekend long, and the dock was also decorated 80’s style:

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They used 80’s style bracelets in place of the regular Handlers’ bracelets:

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Besides this event being an absolute blast, Limoncello and Hooch each ROCKED the dock!  Check out the results below!

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Extreme Vertical:

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Big Air :

21’0″     21’0″      Second Place Master Division

21’1″     20’1″     First Place Master Division

21’2″     20’3″     Third Place Master Division

21’5″     21’5″     First Place Master Division

BIG AIR SEMI-PRO FINALS:

21’3″     19’11”   First Place Semi Pro Division

Speed Retrieve:

8.378     8.052     First Place Express Division

Iron Dog:

2789.90     First Place Warrior

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Big Air:

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10’4″     14’5″     First Place Junior Division

9’5″       10’6″

10’5″     16’1”     NEW PERSONAL BEST!

10’0″     14’7″     First Place Junior Division

8’7″        12’5″

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Speed Retrieve (first time EVER!!!)

Brian held Hooch so that he could see the other dogs performing Speed Retrieve:

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Although he hesitated at the end of the dock, which made his score very low, he  did jump off and retrieve the bumper at the end of the pool – so we are extremely proud of Hooch for catching on to this “new game” so quickly!

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We all had a great 80’s weekend!

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Cello and Brian – Filmed By Drone!

At our last dock diving event, Family Fun Day, this past weekend in Elkton, MD, there was a drone flying around filming the weekend happenings.

Cello and Brian were filmed during one of their jumps – how cool is THAT?!?!

We were very excited with this first-time ever view of Cello in action!

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Cello and Hooch’s first outdoor dock diving event of 2015 was held in Elkton, MD, at an event called Family Fun Day.

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Our spot in “Dog Town:”

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Cello:

Cello did not jump her best this weekend, but still put on a good show for the crowd!

Despite the fact that she was leaving early from the dock, which really affected her scores, Cello still won several medals this weekend!!

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Big Air:

19′ 11″

18′ 11″

18′ 2″

18′ 2″

19′ 4″

18′ 11″

18′ 11″

19′ 6″

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Extreme Vertical:

 5′ 0″        Second Place (Cadet Division)

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Speed Retrieve:

7.523 seconds – (a new Personal Best!!!!)           4th Place (Turbo Division)

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Iron Dog:

2691.44 points           First Place Iron Dog (Warrior Division)

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Hooch:

Hooch had been holding a sit/stay, and jumping in our lake at home with no hesitation for about the past month.  However, this did not transfer to the DockDogs dock and pool!  Hooch still will not sit/stay for me up on the dock, and still hesitated at the edge of the dock, ending with a “pop” when we least expected it.  He was quite the crowd-pleaser with his “Hoochie Hop!”

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Big Air:

8′ 2″           First Place (Novice Division)

7′ 6″

8′ 3″

9′ 0″          First Place (Novice Division)

9′ 2″          Second Place (Novice Division)

8′ 0″

8’10”          Second Place (Novice Division)

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Overall, we had a great weekend with many good friends and lots of cool pups!

Winter Meltdown, hosted by Keystone DockDogs in Harrisburg, PA

Cello and Hooch’s third dock diving event of the 2015 season was hosted by Keystone DockDogs.

This event, “Winter Meltdown,” was held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

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Cello had been going through a little bit of a slump, but during this event, she really seemed to be starting to get back on track! We were very proud of her!

Big Air Results:

22’6″     22′

22’3″     21’10”

23’3″     21’9″     2nd Place Elite Division

21’3″     21’5″

Extreme Vertical Results:

5’2″  3rd Place Cadet Divsion

Speed Retrieve Results:

17.128     10.968

Big Air Finals:

22’2″     17’5″     3rd Place Elite Division

Iron Dog Points: 2511.83     3rd Place Warrior Division

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Hooch

Hooch is still a bit nervous to run and jump off the dock, but he loves to get the crowd going with his “Hoochie Hop” off the end of the dock!

Big Air Results:

8’7″     8’1″     3rd Place Novice Division

7’9″     8’6″     2nd Place Novice Division

7’10”     7’3″  2nd Place Novice Division

8’1″     8’2″

7’8″     7’4″     3rd Place Novice Division

Big Air FInals:

8’4″     8’1″     3rd Place Novice Division

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Hooch had a BLAST!

Easton Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD

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For the second year in a row, Cello competed in the Easton Waterfowl Festival Dock Diving Contest, hosted by Delmarva Dock Dogs.

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Unfortunately, I cannot access the event results due to construction on the DockDogs website.  However, I can report, for the second year in a row, Cello won first place in the finals at this event!  THIS time, she won first place in the Elite Division, which is one whole division higher than the first place Masters Division spot she earned last year!

Cello in action:

Cello in Slo-Mo:

Cello also competed in the Extreme Vertical competition at this event, earning 3rd place in the Cadet Division!

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Cello in action doing Extreme Vertical:

One of Cello and Hooch’s pals, Sky, was celebrating her 3rd birthday at this event, and had provided party hats and birthday cake for the pups!

Here are PAWty animals, Cello and Hooch sporting their party hats!

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Birthday Girl, Sky:

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Birthday cake for all!

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It was a chilly weekend, but we had a ton of fun, and were very proud of Cello’s performance!

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This was Cello’s last dock diving event of 2014.

This year Cello earned both a Club and National Masters Title in Big Air, as well as a Club Elite title in Big Air.  She also earned a new personal best jump in Big Air of 23′ 7″  (her first dock diving jump ever in September 2013 was 12’8″)!!  Cello tried Extreme Vertical for the first time, and placed 2nd and 3rd in finals for the Cadet division.  Her personal best EV jump right now is 5’6″.

We are very proud of all her accomplishments this year, and very much look forward to the 2015 Season!

Delmarva DockDogs Jumping Into Jersey at the 2014 Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Festival, Tuckerton, NJ

This is Cello’s second year in a row competing in Delmarva DockDogs “Jumping Into Jersey” event at the Ocean County Gunning and Decoy Festival, held annually at Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton, NJ.

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Unfortunately the DockDogs website is under construction, so I cannot post her exact results, but Cello did win several Big Air medals during this event, and even made the Big Air Finals, finishing third in the Elite (23′ to 24′ 1″ rage) Finals Division, earning a cash prize, bit ribbon, and a gift bag!

Big Air Divisions:

Novice:  0’1″ – 9’11”

Junior:  10’0″ – 14’11”

Senior:  15’0″ – 19’11”

Master:  20’0″ – 22’11”

Elite:  23’0″ – 24’11”

Super Elite:  25′ and above

Brian giving Cello a pep talk…looks like she is giving him back some sass!

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Hooch and Cello hanging out under the Team Cello canopy between jumps…

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Cello also tried Extreme Vertical (high jump) for the first time!  is a high jump contest. Dogs are released by their handlers,  and launch upward to knock down a bumper, which is suspended over the water eight feet out from the end of the dock. The current world record is 8′ 11″ .  Cello did really well for her first time, and placed 5th in the Cadet Division Finals, earning a big pretty ribbon!

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Extreme Vertical Divisions:

Cadet: Up to 5’11”
Top Gun: 6’0″ to 6’11”
High Flyer: 7’0″ and above

Here is Cello in action during one of her Big Air waves:

Cello in Slo-Mo:

As always, the weekend was filled with great people, lots of fun, and many super-cool pups!

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We were very proud of our little Dock Diving Diva!

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15 Weeks

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Today Hooch turns 15 weeks old!  This has been a VERY exciting week for us because Hooch decided that he FINALLY likes the lake – and dove in all by himself!  It started with Hooch jumping in to follow Cello.  Then Brian started throwing a ball – and Hooch dove in off the steps to retrieve it!  We are VERY excited! This week we continue to work on name recognition, “come,” “down” with duration,  and will be adding “leave-it” to our practice schedule.  

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Here is Hooch diving in after his ball!  The ball is still a bit big for him – so it took some effort to grab it!

We call Cello our little Dock Diving Diva… will Hooch be our little Dock Diving Dude?!   We are anxious to see if in the following weeks Hooch will attempt to dive off the dock!

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We are so proud of this little nugget!

Keystone DockDogs Cabela’s End of Summer Splash, Hamburg, Pennsylvania

Cello participated in Keystone DockDogs End of Summer Splash dock diving event held at Cabela’s in Hamburg, Pa.

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Cabela’s is an amazing store on its own – but add dock diving, and it’s THE coolest!

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We even got to camp right at Cabela’s with some of our other fellow Keystone members.

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Best of all, Cello earned her Elite title at the “club” level, AND won first place overall in the Masters Division finals!!

Here are the weekend’s results:

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21′ 11″     22’4″  First Place Medal

21′ 8″       22′ 2″  Second Place Medal

20′ 1        21′ 0″   did not place

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Sunday:

18′ 11″     21′ 00″    did not place

22′ 10      21′ 11″   First Place Medal

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Finals:

22′ 8″      23′ 4″      First Place Masters Division

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Brian volunteered to do some announcing at this event!

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During this event,  Keystone DockDogs was challenged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!  Check out the video below! (Brian is in the yellow shirt all the way to the right):

What a great weekend!

Practice Makes Perfect!

On Sunday, Cello attended Chesapeake DockDog’s practice at Detour Winery in Keymar, MD in preparation for her Regional Competition coming up in August!

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Hooch came along to cheer Cello on, and to (hopefully!!) watch how dock diving is done!

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Cello practiced her Big Air distance and did really well!

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Brian decided to try Cello at Extreme Vertical … and she did awesome for her first time!  She grabbed the bumper at 5’4″ !

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Here is a video of Cello doing Extreme Vertical for the first time!

 

Cello will be competing August 1 – 3 in the North Eastern Regionals in Somerville, MA, in hopes to earn an invitation to the DockDogs Worlds Championships in November!  GO CELLO!

 

Cello now has a profile on Chesapeake DockDogs website!  Check it out HERE!

 

Overall, it was a gorgeous day spent with lots of great people and pups!

Codorus Blast, Hosted by Keystone DockDogs, Hanover, PA


This weekend Cello participated in Codorus Blast dock diving event, in Hanover, Pennsylvania, hosted by Keystone DockDogs.  This event was held in Codorus State Park.

This dock was set up right in the Lake Marburg!  

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This was an especially exciting event for us!  Cello set a new personal best – not once, but THREE times this weekend as she soared 23′ 1″ then 23′ 6″ then 23′ 7″ !!  How awesome is that?! These were all Elite jumps (one division higher than her current Master division title). Elite jumpers jump between 23′ and 24’11”.   She even qualified for the Elite Division Finals, and finished 4th against some HUGE jumping dogs!  We are so proud of her!  Brian and I were recapping our weekend,  and we were just amazed at Cello’s improvement since her first-ever dock diving event just  9 months ago.

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We had a great weekend hanging out in our little “tent city” with great people we have met through dock diving! Lots of members of Chesapeake DockDogs and Keystone Dockdogs were in attendance.

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Uncle Johnny and Aunt Joyce even came to cheer on Cello!

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Cello in Slo-Mo!

Cello’s results from Codorus Blast:

Friday:

20′ 4″          23′ 6″            First Place Division Elite Medal       **Her FIRST Elite Division Medal and new personal best!!! 

 

Saturday:

21′ 3″         23′ 1″            First Place Division Elite Medal 

23′ 6”         22’11”           First Place Division Elite Medal 

23′ 0           23′ 7″           First Place Division Elite Medal         **New personal best!!

 

Sunday:

22′ 8″         22′ 9″            Third Place Masters Division Medal

22′ 0″         22′ 0″             First Place Masters Division Medal

 

Finals: Cello was in her first Elite Division Finals!!

22′ 8″        22′ 3″              Fourth Place Elite Division Ribbon

 

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Cello and her Codorus Blast Bling:

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Although we missed them dearly at this event, our friends Lisa, Ryan, Millie, and Addison had an amazing weekend as well!  They attended an event in Maine, were Millie (Marvelous Millie, as I like to call her!) not only won 1st place in the Elite Division finals with a HUGE jump of 24’7 – but Millie and Ryan also got an invitation for the World Championship in Iowa in November! We are SO happy for them, and so very proud of them both!!

 

What a fun and exciting weekend!!

 

Celebrate Fairfax Festival, Hosted by DockDogs WorldWide Fairfax, VA

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Cello’s first National dock diving event was held this past weekend at the Celebrate Fairfax Festival in Fairfax, VA.  Celebrate Fairfax is Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration.  The festival  was held at the 25 acre Fairfax County Government Center.

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It was a great event!  Lots of people we have met over the past year were also in attendance, and we had a blast hanging out together! Also, Cello jumped a NEW Personal Best of 23′ 2″ (YAY!!!) This jump placed her in the Pro Division Finals, jumping against some of the longest jumping dogs in DockDogs!!

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Our Dock Diving Diva in action!

Here are Cello’s results from this event:

Saturday:

21′ 7″         21’7″         First Place Masters Division medal

23′ 2″         21′            Third Place Elite Division medal (***Cello’s new personal best and first Elite Division jump and medal!)

19′ 8″         20′ 10”      Second Place Masters Division medal 

 

Cello with her first ever Elite Division Medal for her 23′ 2″ jump:

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Sunday:

16′ 7″         21′ 11        First Place Masters Division medal

21′ 1”         20′ 9″         First Place Masters Division medal

 

PRO Division Finals:

22′ 6″         22′ 3″        Sixth Place Pro Division Medal

Cello with all her “bling:”

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We are so proud of Cello!

 

Friends Jaycee  and Duke, members of Chesapeake DockDogs, hung out with us throughout the weekend.

 

Cello gives “kisses” her new boyfriend, Phantom, a Dutch Shepherd:

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 Both Jaycee and Duke jumped Phantom this weekend.

Jaycee and Phantom:

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Duke and Phantom:

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We also got to hang out all weekend with Keystone DockDogs friends, Ryan and Lisa, and their dogs (Cello’s girlfriends), Millie and Addison. Addison may just be Cello’s new BFF! 😉

Addison and Cello’s shenanigans in between jumps:

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Girlfriend Millie FLEW off the dock this weekend, and impressed us all:

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Millie earned herself a new Personal Best this weekend of 24′ 8″ (WOW!!!).  She placed 3rd in the Pro finals also!  GO MILLIE!

We also had the pleasure of seeing fellow Delmarva DockDog members Joan and Dee this weekend! Here they are in action:

Joan and Georgi Girl:

Dee and LuLu:

We saw so many other DockDogs members that we got to know at the last event, and other past events – and even met more people at this event.  We have met so many nice people since we have been involved with this sport!  We are really excited to see everyone at future events!

PuppyPalooza, Detour Winery, Granite Hill Campground, and The Mason Dixon Line!

Cello participated in the PuppyPalooza Dock Diving Contest Hosted by Chesapeake Dock Dogs at Detour Winery in Keymar, MD.

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For this event, we stayed at Granite Hill Campground in Gettysburg, PA, as this was the closest full-hookup campground to the winery.

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Granite Hill is located on a 150 acre Civil War Era farm.

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The campground had a cute “Red Shed Cafe” that offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Cello crossed over the Mason Dixon Line to get to and from the PuppyPalooza dock diving event!

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Detour Winery is located in Keymar, Md.  We drove on some really beautiful country roads to get there. The winery provided free tastings of their wines for the dock dogs participants, and offered wine by the bottle or glass for sale.  They were also selling a really cool wine “sippy cup” that I just HAD to have…!

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This was the first contest that we have attended where the dock was set up into a pond instead of a pool.

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Although it started out as NOT Cello’s weekend, she wrapped it up nicely with a spot in the finals, and earned Second Place in the Masters Division Finals with a jump of 22’8″, just one inch shy of her personal best.

 

Cello’s results from PuppyPalooza were as follows:

Day 1, Saturday, May 31

19′ 11″    18′ 8″      Cello did not place in this wave.

17′ 7″      19′ 6″       Cello did not place in this wave.

18′ 9″      20′ 8″      2nd place Masters Division ribbon

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Day 2, Sunday, June 1

21′          19′ 11″     4th place Masters Division (no ribbon)

21′ 6″      21′ 4″       3rd place Masters Division ribbon

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Masters Division Finals

22′          22′ 8″      2nd place Masters Division Finalist (ribbon, prize bucket, $50 cash prize)

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Cello and her proud PaPa accepting their awards:

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The Masters Finalists 6th place to first place, Left to right:

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Congratulations, Cello and Brian!

2nd Place Masters Division Finalist, 21′ 8″

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Dover Days Dip, Dover, Delaware

On May 3rd and 4th, Cello participated in her first outdoor dock diving event of the 2014 season at the Delmarva Dock Dogs Dover Days Dip, held at the Dover Days Festival in Dover, Delaware.  Cello was the only German Shorthaired Pointer competing in this event!

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This is the first year that Delmarva Dock Dogs set up a dock at this event.  The weather was great, and the event had a nice turn-out.  We saw many familiar faces, and even met some new ones.  These events are so much fun…and truly filled with good-hearted, down-to-earth people. We have really enjoyed meeting so many great people and their pups!

 

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We ordered team shirts for this year’s diving season!

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Cello Jumped twice on Saturday, winning one first place medal.

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Check out Cello in Slo-Mo:

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One of Cello’s Instagram buddies, Dixie the GSP, saw a post that we were at this event, and sent us a message that they lived close by.  Dixie and her family came to meet us, and to cheer Cello on!  We were both honored, and excited!!

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On Sunday, another two jumps earned her a second place medal, as well as another first place medal.

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Cello’s longest jump of the 4 waves she competed in was 22’8″, placing her in the Masters Division Finals.  During the finals, she was in first place with a jump of 22’9″ until another dog in her division leaped an amazing 23’3″ !!  Cello earned a second place ribbon, money prize, and a bag of goodies! We were very proud of her!

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RESULTS:

Saturday:

On the first wave, Cello did not win any medals.  Her two jumps were:

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19’8″

 

On the second wave, Cello earned a first place medal.  Her two jumps were:

22’8″

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Sunday:

On the first wave, Cello earned a second place medal.  Her jumps were:

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On the second wave, Cello earned a first place medal.  Her jumps were:

21’6″

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Cello’s jump of 22’9″ earned a spot in the Masters Division Finals, where she wound up earning 2nd Place with a jump of 22’9′, tying her personal best.  She was in First place until a lab leaped an amazing 23’3″!!!  Her jumps during the finals were:

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