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!
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.
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!
Cello at the bar in October 2012 for the first time, hanging out with the guys (Brian and Uncle Johnny):
The bartender took Cello with her behind the bar with her!
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!
LOVE this bartender!
Hooch’s first visit to St. Michaels Crab House, November 2014:
While visiting the town of St. Michaels for Cello’s Easton Waterfowl Dock Diving event, we visited Flying Fred’s!
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!
This was Hooch’s first shopping experience:
Cello and Hooch were both very excited about the toys and treats being purchased!
Cello was making sure the toys were handed over to HER:
We were very excited about the GSP ornament we found here!
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!):
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!
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!
Birthday Girl, Sky:
Birthday cake for all!
It was a chilly weekend, but we had a ton of fun, and were very proud of Cello’s performance!
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!
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!
There are also several reconstructed colonial buildings.
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 HEREto see what’s in bloom year-round.
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.
This tavern is very dog friendly, and even has a doggie menu!
This was one cool place!! Not only are they SUPER dog friendly, there is an outdoor beach and the view is gorgeous!
This was Hooch’s first experience at a bar/restaurant outside of his puppy carrier!
Hooch did not quite understand the “moving water!!”
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!
While we were driving, the horses were walking right down the street toward our car – there 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:
There were horses EVERYwhere…and I can see now why the park has signs such as this posted:
At first, I was thinking, WHY would they even have to post those signs? Isn’t that common sense? …Apparently NOT! …
These people look closer than 10 feet to me!
We then drove to the beach:
…and Hooch stepped foot on a beach for the first time ever!
I think he liked it!
…until that “weird sounding water” crept up on everybody!!
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 😉
For this event, we stayed at Granite Hill Campground in Gettysburg, PA, as this was the closest full-hookup campground to the winery.
Granite Hill is located on a 150 acre Civil War Era farm.
The campground had a cute “Red Shed Cafe” that offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Cello crossed over the Mason Dixon Line to get to and from the PuppyPalooza dock diving event!
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…!
This was the first contest that we have attended where the dock was set up into a pond instead of a pool.
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
Day 2, Sunday, June 1
21′ 19′ 11″ 4th place Masters Division (no ribbon)
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!)
VERYexciting 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!
This event had the long dock set up, and Cello jumped in 4 waves. Here are Cello’s results:
Third Place Masters Division Medal
First Place Senior Division Medal
First Place Masters Division Medal
First Place Masters Division Medal
First Place Masters Division Finals! ribbon, gift basket, $50, and $25 Cabela’s gift certificate!
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!