Merry Meadows Recreation Farm, Freeland, MD

While Cello and Hooch were competing in their dock diving event at Codours State Park, we camped at Merry Meadows Recreation Farm.

Our campsite (site A1) was very private and wooded.

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Here are some pictures from around the campground:

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This campground was very unique.  The list of amenities goes on forever!

  • Pool
  • Driving Range
  • Remote Control Car Track
  • Miniature Golf
  • 3 Horseshoe Pits
  • Volleyball Court
  • Basketball Court
  • Softball Field
  • Playground
  • Jump Pad
  • Mining
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Fun Center
  • Pet Park
  • Wi Fi (free)
  • Dump Station
  • Entertainment Center
  • Pavilion
  • Two Laundry Rooms
  • Tourist information
  • Nature Trails

 

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!

Woodlands Camping Resort, Elkton, MD

For Cello and Hooch’s Family Fun Day dock diving event, we camped at Woodlands Camping Resort in Elkton, MD.
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Woodlands Camping Resort is a semi-private camping resort with mostly seasonal sites.  They have 5 sites available for transient campers, like us, and also have two cabins available for renting.  
Woodlands is totally surrounded by Elk Neck State Forest, and is is only a short drive away from many other Chesapeake Bay area attractions.
We stayed on site 120:
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Our site was right at the Veterans Memorial, which they were working on the weekend we stayed at the campground.
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Around the campground…
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2018 Update
We stayed at this campground again Рbut this time with our Class A camper Рand this time on site 47.  Site 47 is my new favorite campsite!
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Site 47 was so spacious, and perfect for walking the dogs!
What a large living space for a campsite!
Brian and Whiskey taking a walk through the campground.

Easter 2015 – Frontier Town Campground: Berlin, MD

This Easter we camped with friends at one of our favorite campgrounds – Frontier Town Campground, in Berlin, MD.

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We first discovered Frontier Town Campground when we attended a dock diving competition held right in the campground!  We camped here for the dock diving competition as well.

Here is the view from our site:

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This was Hooch’s first-ever Easter! ¬†It was exciting to make his basket for the first time!

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Cello’s Easter basket:

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Easter morning – the Easter Bunny has arrived to the 5th Wheel with toys and treats!

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Cello and Hooch had a great time opening their Easter baskets with the help of their Pop!

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Hooch enjoyed all his Easter treats and toys – and, of course, stole Cello’s bunny toy!

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Overall, we had a great trip, and Hooch enjoyed his first-ever Easter!

Sisters, Berlin, MD

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During our Thanksgiving camping stay at Island Resort Campground, we visited the town of Berlin, MD. ¬†While leaving The Maryland Wine Bar,¬†and heading back to our car,¬†we stumbled across Sisters. ¬†We did not find Sisters listed on DogFriendly.com or BringFido.com (two of our biggest resources for dog friendly places), but we decided it couldn’t hurt to ask. ¬†Brian went inside while I held Cello and Hooch outside. ¬†He came out giving me the “thumbs-up,” so in we went!

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This was THE coolest place!  It was a gift shop, and a wine bar all in one!  They had comfy couches where we enjoyed a glass of wine.

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We very much enjoyed our time at Sisters!

The Maryland Wine Bar, Berlin, MD

While visiting the town of Berlin during our Thanksgiving camping stay at Island Resort Campground, we visited The Maryland Wine Bar in Berlin, MD.

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This cozy place allows dogs to come inside!

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The wine was tasty, staff was so friendly, and the atmosphere so festive and cozy – – we could have spend the whole day here!

America’s Coolest Small Town: Berlin, MD

Named America’s Coolest Small Town in 2014, the town of Berlin, MD surely lived up to it’s name.

This town has many, many cool features, one being that the movie Runaway Bride was filmed here!

Berlin is also home to the historic 1895 Atlantic Hotel:

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This town has unique shops, antique stores, wonderful architectural, and some great eateries and wine bars.

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Cello and Hooch enjoyed walking among the shoppers her in town. ¬†Be sure to visit Berlin, America’s Coolest Small Town!

Burley Oak Brewery, Berlin, MD

During our Thanksgiving Day camping stay at Island Resort Campground, we visited Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, MD.

Dogs are allowed inside this brewery!

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This was Hooch’s first visit to a Brewery, and he was very well behaved!

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We very much enjoyed our beer and the atmosphere here!  Brian tried the Rude Boy, and I tried the Sorry Chicky!

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The staff was friendly, and the beer was good…and best of all, the brewery is dog friendly! ¬†A must-visit if you are ever in this area!

Island Resort Campground, Newark, MD

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This Thanksgiving, we camped at Island Resort Campground in Newark, Maryland.

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We didn’t deep fry a turkey like we did last year, but we had just as good of a time, if not better!

Our campsite #82

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View from our campsite:

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view the campground map HERE

Cello and Hooch were VERY interested in all the ducks and geese on the lake!

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We had an awesome sunset each night as well!

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This campground was super-clean, and the campground staff couldn’t have been nicer!

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St. Michael’s Crab and Steak House, St. Michaels, MD

Cello has been St. Michael’s Crab and Steak House a couple of other times prior to this visit (October 2012, and November 2103)!! ¬†However, this was Hooch’s first time there.

This bar is SUPER dog friendly, the bartenders are awesome, and they make THE best Bloody Mary!

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Cello at the bar in October 2012 for the first time, hanging out with the guys (Brian and Uncle Johnny):

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Cello at the bar in 2013:

 

Cello got her very own “drink” at the bar … the bartender brought her a celebratory water after she won first place in the Masters Division Dock Dogs competition at the Easton Waterfowl Festival in 2013!

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   LOVE this bartender!

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Hooch’s first visit to St. Michaels Crab House, November 2014:

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And Cello bellying-up to the bar like a regular:

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Flying Fred’s Gifts For Pets, St. Michaels, MD

While visiting the town of St. Michaels for Cello’s Easton Waterfowl Dock Diving event, we visited Flying Fred’s!

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Flying Fred’s is named after the owner’s Jack Russel Terrier, Fred, who began to accompany them to work at Five Gables Inn and Spa. The owners decided to open Flying Fred’s to display their love of animals through this pet boutique so that other animal lovers like themselves could enjoy the unique gifts and accessories.

The boutique is named after their Jack Russel Terrier, Fred, and his amazing jumping ability!

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This was Hooch’s first shopping experience:

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Cello and Hooch were both very excited about the toys and treats being purchased!
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Cello was making sure the toys were handed over to HER:

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We were very excited about the GSP ornament we found here!

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In addition to a variety of pet treats, toys, accessories, gifts, and supplies, Flying Fred’s¬†also hosts various events such as “Yappy Hour” on the 1st Friday of each month, the Jack Russell races, pooch porch parties, and more. Dogs are allowed inside, but must be under their owner’s control, leashed, and cleaned up after all times.

If you are every visiting St. Michaels with your pooch, a stop at Flying Fred’s is a must!

Right outside the store, in the sidewalk cement, we saw this (our initials!):

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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!

Nourse Farm, Easton, Maryland

Cello participated in Easton’s Waterfowl Festival Dock Diving contest, and we usually camp for this event. ¬†However, ¬†fellow members of the Chesapeake DockDogs club had invited us to stay with them in a home they rented at Nourse Farm.

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We accepted, and are SO glad we did!  This place was amazing, and getting to spend time with dock diving friends before and after the event was priceless!

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The home:

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 This home, set on 70 acres, has one half-mile of waterfront property, gorgeous kitchen, 7 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, 5 living rooms, a fireplace, and 2 dining rooms!!

Kitchen:

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One of the 5 living rooms:

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One of the 7 bedrooms:

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AND…this house had a heated, indoor pool!! ¬†The dogs had a BLAST!

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Hooch and Cello had the time of their lives!

Here is Hooch jumping in for the first time (and then swimming VERY awkwardly!!) Cello is the one with the bright green collar.

Once Hooch got in, he did NOT want to get out!

All the dogs had a great time!

Hooch was pooped each night, and snored like an old man!

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The home also had a 120 foot dock and a gorgeous water view:

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There was a fisherman’s cabin too!

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This is the view of the home from the water-side:

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Hooch was fearful of the staircases, so we had to carry him up and down!

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Staying in this awesome home with good friends made this trip complete.  We had SUCH a great time!

Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater, MD

While visiting Annapolis, we took at ride to Historic London Town and Gardens.

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This¬†23-acre museum and park boasts incredible¬†archaeology, and horticulture of the “lost town” of London. You can walk¬†the Historic Area, which includes the William Brown House (circa 1760). ¬†This house is a National Historic Landmark!

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There are also several reconstructed colonial buildings.

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We chose not to wander¬†the eight-acre Woodland Garden, and the seasonal Ornamental Gardens that overlook the South River. ¬†However, there are many different plants and flowers throughout the entire year. ¬†Click HERE¬†to see what’s in bloom year-round.

Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis, MD

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While visiting the town of Annapolis, we decided to follow a friend’s recommendation and stopped at the Rams Head Tavern for a bite to eat and some cocktails. ¬†Rams Head has a pretty extensive history dating back to 1703.

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This tavern is very dog friendly, and even has a doggie menu!

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Macky’s Bar and Grill, Ocean City, MD

While out sight-seeing after Cello’s dock diving event at Pooch Palooza, we stopped at Macky’s Bar and Grill for some lunch and drinks.

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This was one cool place!!  Not only are they SUPER dog friendly, there is an outdoor beach and the view is gorgeous!

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Although it appears in the photos that Hooch is well behaved…Do NOT be fooled! ¬†Hooch knocked over the doggie water bucket (several times) onto our feet, dug huge holes in the sand, and jumped up and slapped his sandy paw right onto my delicious clams casino! ¬†Despite his devilish acts, the owner and staff loved Hooch! ¬†They were so friendly, and spent some time petting and kissing¬†Cello and Hooch. ¬†Cello was disgusted with her baby brother’s behavior… we will be sure to work on this so that Hooch has manners at his next bar hopping adventure!

Assateague National Seashore, Berlin, MD

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After Cello’s first day of Dock Diving at Pooch Palooza¬†, we drove to Assateague National Seashore.¬†¬†It was so cool to see the horses roaming free!

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While we were driving, the horses were walking right down the street toward our car Рthere were several times we had to just stop until the horse decided to move.  I took this picture in the passenger seat with my phone inside of our car:

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There were horses EVERYwhere…and I can see now why the park has signs such as this posted:

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At first, I was thinking, WHY would they even have to post those signs? ¬†Isn’t that common sense? ¬†…Apparently NOT! …

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We then drove to the beach:

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…and Hooch stepped foot on a beach for the first time ever!

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I think he liked it!

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…until that “weird sounding water” crept up on everybody!!

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Aside from the “moving water,” Hooch had a blast during his first trip to the beach, we enjoyed the beautiful views, and Cello made it her “job” to tell off every horse we saw from the¬†back seat of our car ūüėČ

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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From Camping to GLAMping…Holiday Park Campground, Greensboro, MD

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Our first trip with our new travel trailer was to Holiday Park Campground. ¬†Aunt Joyce and Uncle Johnny bought a travel trailer as well, and they came with us on this trip. ¬†The campground was nice, and we took a day trip to St. Michaels. This campground was not full hookup, so it was also our first experience with a dump station… (Gross!…Definitely Brian’s job!)

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2013 Easton Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD, Hosted by Delmarva Dock Dogs

November 8-10, 2013

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VERY exciting news…Cello won her first First Place Ribbon ever! She won a total of 1 Senior Division medal, and 2 in the Masters Division! She qualified for finals and won FIRST PLACE in the Masters Division Finals!!!!!! We were FLOORED! ¬†She won a big First Place ribbon, and gift basket, $50, and a $25 gift certificate to Cabela’s! WOOO HOOOOOOO!

We were very excited for this event! ¬†We were told at the last event (Decoy Show) that this is event has a big turn-out. ¬†We camped at Holiday Park Campground in Greensboro, MD. What a fun weekend we had! ¬†Although we did not get to see the “heart” of the Waterfowl festival, we got to visit St. Michael’s… and stopped at St. Michael’s Crab House for a celebratory beverage. ¬†Cello bellied-up to the bar and earned a free “drink” (water) from the bartender after giving lots of kisses! We also discovered a wonderful dog-friendly place called ¬†Ava’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar (also in St. Michael’s)… where they had a special menu just for dogs! (Hammy’s Dog Menu!) ¬†We were able to sit outside in the heated patio area with Cello, where we enjoyed a fresh Pizza, and Cello delighted in her Beef Stew.

We learned several lessons at the last 2 events: These events are long – bring a chair! …and Cello has such a thin coat, that she was cold in between jumps. ¬†We met another GSP dock diving contestant at the Decoy show (Bailey)…and Bailey’s “mom,” Annie, introduced me to an awesome dog coat that Bailey wears. ¬†(By the way – Annie’s blog (the little GSP) also inspired me to start this blog for Cell0… thanks, Annie!!) We bought a whole “set-up” to camp out at by the dive pool, and purchased Cello a coat like Bailey’s from Trover Coats overseas! ¬†We were prepared for this event!

Brian is happy with our new set-up for dock diving events…and Cello is nice and toasty in her new “Bone Dry” coat made by Trover Coats! ¬†…much better than standing around all day!

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This event had the long dock set up, and Cello jumped in 4 waves. ¬†Here are Cello’s results:

  • 20’6″
  • 18’7″
  • Third Place Masters Division Medal
  • 19’10’
  • 19’4″
  • First Place Senior Division Medal
  • 20’6″
  • 21’3″
  • First Place Masters Division Medal
  • 22’3″
  • 22’6″
  • First Place Masters Division Medal

FINALS RESULTS:

  • 22’4″
  • 20’1″
  • First Place Masters Division Finals! ribbon, gift basket, $50, and $25 Cabela’s gift certificate!

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Photo courtesy of Brandi

Cello’s Grandparents, Jan and Jim, and Friends, Brandi, Stan, and Payton all were there to cheer Cello to victory…thanks, guys!