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!

 

North Fork Resort: Front Royal, VA

On our road trip down to Knoxville, TN for the 2017 DockDog World Championship, we did an overnight stay at North Fork Resort in Front Royal, VA.

This was a great over-night spot right on the Shenandoah River!

This campground has lots to offer!

  • All sites come with a fire pit
  • RV 30-amp & RV 50-amp sites
  • Water and Electric sites
  • Water, Electric and Sewer sites
  • 2 Dump Stations
  • River front sites

The amenities here are endless!  I wish we had more time to enjoy some of the many options!

  • Bingo
  • Fishing
  • Horseshoes
  • Playground
  • Volleyball
  • Propane Refills
  • Dog Park
  • Minigolf
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Ball field
  • Outdoor Stage
  • Game Room

 

Settling in for the night…

We were able to do a campfire before settling in!

Taking a walk around the campground before we headed back on the road to Tennessee:

Each time we stopped to spend the night on our way to Knoxville, we changed the “miles to go” sign on our camper!

Getting ready to get back on the road… but not before a selfie with HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH!

 

 

2018 Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show: Tuckerton, NJ

This venue is always one of our favorites, as this event in 2013 was Limoncello’s first ever DockDogs competition!

Limoncello

Big Air:

21’0″

21’6″

19’6″

19’9″

18’4″

Extreme Vertical: 5’6 ”  Third Place Cadet Division

Speed Retrieve: 8.035 seconds

Iron Dog: 2808.24 points

Hooch

Big Air:

22’1′”

Finals:  21’9″ 1st Place Elite

Extreme Vertical: 6’6″  1st Place Top Gun Division

Lager

Big Air:

18’6″

17’2″

18’10”

17’7″

Extreme Vertical: 6’4″  Second Place Top Gun Division

Margarita

Margarita had a fun time keeping cool in the shade and greeting spectators who walked by our team canopy.

 

Liver Killer Bling and Goody Bags:

 

 

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!