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

 

 

Hog Dog Daze: Ultimate Air Dogs at Hog Dog Productions: Millersville, MD

We decided to try dock diving through a different organization.  On August 11, 2017 we headed down to Maryland to Hog Dog Productions to try out an Ultimate Air Dogs competition.  We hadn’t been to a UAD event since Limoncello’s very first event back in 2013!

We were able to camp right on site!

Ultimate Air Dogs is a bit different from Dock Dogs  and offers some different kinds of “games” for the dogs to compete in, such as Fetch-It, Catch-It, and Chase-It.

 

Limoncello

The Splashes:

20’9″          2nd Place Masters Division

Finals: 

21’2″  2nd Place Masters Division

 

Chase-It:

8.21 seconds     8th Place 

 

Fetch-It:

16ft     4th Place

 

 

Hooch

The Splashes:

23’1″       1st Place Master Elite Division

24’8″       1st Place Ultimate Division

22’8″       1st Place Master Elite Division

Finals:

24’8″     1st Place Ultimate Division

 

Lager

The Splashes:

19’9″      4th Place Senior Elite Division

19’11”     5th Place Senior Elite Division

21’4″     2nd Place Master Division

20’4″     6th Place Master Division

Finals:

20’3″     3rd Place Master Division

 

Chase-It:

6.147 seconds     2nd Place

Margarita 

Margarita spent her weekend getting petted by everyone, and enjoying her pink Wubba and  Ko Ko CHEWnel toy!

 

Liver Killer Bling

Boulder Woods Campground, Green Lane, PA

Boulder Woods Campground for Jenny and Brian’s 10th Anniversary!

Our camp site #17:

Around the campground…

We had a relaxing weekend of walking, hanging out at our campsite, and playing board games.

We were lucky enough to enjoy our Anniversary dinner outside:

This was one of our rare camping trips where we didn’t have a dock diving event.  It was nice to relax, and not have anywhere to go!

2018 Bark in the Park: Cape Charles, VA

This had been one our favorite dock diving events in the past.  We loved attending this event in both 2015 and 2016 .  We camped at Sunset Beach Resort (another favorite!)

Although were extremely excited to be back a third year in a row in July 2017, the weather  this year was just unbearably hot.  We tried jumping the dogs, but by the time Limoncello’s came up, the temperatures were a real-feel of over 103 degrees… too hot and dangerous to compete in our opinion. 

Hooch

Big Air:

22’8″    23’5″     2nd Place Elite Division

Lager

Big Air:

16’2″     17’3″

 

Even though the one jump that Lager and Hooch executed put them into the Finals, we scratched our jumps for the rest of the weekend, and forfeited our spot in the Finals.  We chose to make the best of  the remainder of the weekend, and enjoy the campground with the dogs.

Back to the campground to enjoy some Chesapeake Bay fun!

It sure wasn’t the weekend we thought it would be, and people thought we were crazy to give our spot in Finals…but our dogs’ safety and health come first.  We made the best of the hot temps, and enjoyed cooling everyone off in the Chesapeake Bay.  A bad storm eventually rolled in, but the outcome was a beautiful double rainbow, and a gorgeous sunset!