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PRESIDENT – Melissa Doren with “Guinness” and “Stella”
Melissa found out about Ontario DockDogs in 2010 shortly after she got her first Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy “Guinness”. Wanting an activity to keep her new little redhead busy that didn’t require a lot of training, DockDogs seemed like a great fit – especially with a cottage to practice at! Guinness made his first official leaps at 8 months of age jumping straight into the Junior Division and now currently has his Master title and a personal best of 24 feet. Guinness also competes in Speed Retrieve, Extreme Vertical and Iron Dog. Guinness has been the top ranked Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever with DockDogs Worldwide in 2012-2015. Guinness has also attended the DockDogs World Championships in Canton, Ohio in 2011 and in Dubuque, Iowa 2012-2016 and Knoxville, Tennessee in 2017. At the end of 2013 “Stella”, a mixed breed, joined the family and took her first official leaps off the dock in 2015 earning her novice title! Her current personal best is 12’7 and we are hoping to improve upon that and earn her junior title in 2018! Away from the dock both Guinness and Stella enjoy agility and disc, hiking and conditioning work. Both dogs are also members of the Woofjocks and can be seen occasionally performing in places like Canada’s Wonderland and local fairs. Melissa was a director on the 2011 ODD board and the president for the 2012-2013. She is also a Registered Veterinary Technician.
TREASURER – Sheena Van Den Bergh with “Bosco”, “Ryker” and “Kona”
West Flamborough, ON
***Bio coming soon!!!***
SECRETARY – Carmen Heron with “Jimmy”
I had seen a couple of DockDogs events over the years and I had always thought “Wow, it would be soooo cool to have a dog that would do that!” But I loved the American Eskimo breed so it didn’t seem likely…but then Jimmy came to me … a neglected, unsocialized 1 year old foster dog in May 2012, and he quickly stole my heart. After a couple of months watching him fling himself into our backyard pool, I decided “Why not try it? Maybe he’ll jump” and signed up. He did jump, and we both had a blast! We’ve been hooked ever since! As far as I can tell, Jimmy is the only American Eskimo Dog who has ever recorded jumps with Ontario DockDogs and DockDogs Worldwide! Jimmy has 3 canine companions at home including his bff, Jett, who is his most enthusiastic cheerleader but isn’t too sure about the whole jumping thing…
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR – Nicole Brown with “Rowan” and “Keen”
Nicole and Rowan jumped into dockdogs when she had trouble keeping him in the boat during summer outings on the lake. Rowan, a 2 year old Border Collie has the speed for the dock and loves getting wet. Although they just joined ODD this season, they are enjoying learning all 3 disciplines and hope to compete as an Iron Dog before the end of the year. When not jumping off docks Rowan also competes in agility, disk and rally obedience.
DIRECTOR – Shannon Murphy with “Luna”, “Sangria” and “Chai”
Shannon caught the DockDogs fever in 2014, when she started using the pool at K9 Central for physiotherapy for her Labrador Zoe, that had suffered a CFE. The following summer Shannon started to train her young Labrador Luna on the dock and entered their first competition in October 2015, where Luna earned her first title in Novice Big Air at 2 years old. The 2016 season Luna improved her dock diving skills going from a Novice jumper to a Senior jumper and learned speed retrieve. Luna earned herself an invite to compete at the DockDogs Worlds Championships in Dubuque, Iowa where Luna placed 3rd in Junior! The Northequest Dock Crew was created in the 2017 with Luna, Sangria and Chai. Luna continued to improve, earning Junior and Senior Big Air titles and Express and Turbo Speed Retrieve titles and learned Extreme Vertical. Luna earned herself an invite to compete for her second year in a row at the DockDogs Worlds Championships in Senior Big Air and Speed Retrieve Express in Knoxville, Tennessee. Luna made finals for speed retrieve express and finished 5th overall. Luna’s personal best are 21.2″-BA, 6.692- SR, 5.8″-EV. Sangria started to train in the pool at the ODD kick off party, then entering her first competition at 6 months old and earning her first Novice Big Air title at 7 months old. Sangria improved as the season continued getting some Junior jumps and earning herself an invite to compete at the DockDogs World Championships in Knoxville for Novice Big Air. Sangria did amazing at her first Worlds, going to finals and placing 3rd in Novice at only 10 months old!!! Shannon also plays on the dock with Luna’s daddy Chai! Chai just learning the sport at 8 years old, earned invites to compete at the 2017 DockDogs World Championship in Veteran and Novice Big Air. Shannon is also the owner and operator of Duke’s Pet Foods.
DIRECTOR – Sue Schultz and “Mickey & Maddie”
Buffalo, New York
Cheryl MacIntyre & “Marlowe” , “Serendipity” and “Spinner”
Richmond Hill, ON
I first saw DockDogs on ESPN about 3 years ago. The big winner was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. It was then, I knew what kind of dog I was after and what dog sport we would do together. I found, my boy, Marlowe, a Chessie Lab cross, in April of 2010. We began our journey in dog obedience classes and then to dog sports foundation training classes. Marlowe had a love for the water a a very young age…water bowls, puddles, ponds…anything wet…he was a natural fit for dock dogs! We worked on his toy drive and in February 2011 we entered our first event jumping 9′ 11″ winning in the novice division. We travelled around Ontario and Michigan feeding our DockDogs addiction! We finished 2011 with a personal best of 19’8″ in Big Air and competing in all 3 disciplines – Big Air, Speed Retrieve and Extreme Vertical! Marlowe earned his Senior Tile in his rookie year jumping. We are excited for the 2012 DockDogs season and will be found on the docks training the newest member of the family, Marlowe’s little sister, Serendipity (Seren). So far Miss Seren is more interested in chasing her brother and his toy in the water….we will continue to work on her toy drive and jumping this year!
Bonnie Lariviere, Paul Volino and “Tiffany” (aka “Tiffybum”) & “Theodore” (aka Teddybear)
Hi, I’m Tiffany, a 7 year old Blue Merle Australian Shepherd! Me along with Mommy and Daddy (you know them as Bonnie Lariviere & Paul Volino) and my new little brother Teddy, we make up “Team TnT”. My human parents may think they taught ME how to dockdive but really it was the other way around. I was jumping off anything and everything in the High Park creek and “bog”. Gotta give them some credit tho. I was scared of the clear water in the pools, but after helping me build up my confidence I’ve been non-stop!!! 2010-2011 was my rookie year and in it I quickly got my Novice, Junior and Senior BA Regional titles with Daddy and my Senior BA and Express SR Regional titles with Mommy when I started jumping with her later in the year. I have a personal bests of 19’1″ in BA and a 9.037 in SR…and been invited to the World Championships for the past 4 consecutive years!!! I qualified for last year’s Worlds by being the TOP ranked dog in the Junior Division and am now 5th in the World in the Junior Division after last year’s Worlds! Made alot of amazing friends in the process too. Wanna thank them all for all their patience, guidance and advice. They’re a big part of where “Team Tiffybum” is today and what “Team TnT” will be!! Got bit by the DockDog bug HARD, love every minute of it. Can’t wait for the season to start because most likely we’ll be “coming soon to a pool near you” to do my most favourite thing….JUMP!!!
Kristina Bailey with “Askum, Panic” , “Shock Wave” and “Calypso”
Kris has two Border Collies and a Border mix, Askum – 13 yrs is a rescue from Border Collie Rescue of Ontario and only does kiddie pools, “If I can’t touch the bottom, I am not going in”. Then there is Panic a Blue Merle Border Collie who gives 150% to anything he attempts. Panic – 10 years young has improved in leaps and bounds, securing himself National and Regional titles in the Senior division, although Panic does not participate much anymore he still makes an appearance at club events. Then there is the new addition “Shock Wave”, this little lap dog is a natural, at just 1 1/2 years of age he got himself a Worlds invite as the Top Canadian Lap Dog Facility ranking! Well, we attended our first worlds and did very well for our first indoor event, Shock just missed making finals for Lap Dog but he sure did awesome, so proud of my little man!!
Dawn Farah with “Jynx” and “Krooz”
Years ago, when DockDogs first came to Ontario, Dawn Farah tried her speedy little flyball dog, Jynx, at the sport and became instantly hooked. Jynx, a border collie/terrier mix was one of the biggest jumpers from the beginning even competing against much larger dogs, winning Lap Dog of Year Awards in 2007 and 2010. In 2008, when Speed Retrieve started, Jynx also proved to be a natural at that. In fact, she was invited to the World Championships that year, earning second place in the finals, and will always have the distinction of being the first lap dog to compete and the first Canadian dog to place at Worlds. Dawn is certified as an advanced SportMutt trainer, specializing in helping new dogs and owners get off the dock and into the pool and she is always available to assist at our events. Jynx is now a veteran dog, at nine years of age, and doesn’t fly quite as far as she used to, but she still loves the sport as much as ever.
Deloni Leslie with “Safari Ari”
“Safari” is the Swahili word for “journey” and this shepherd/collie mix is always up for an adventure! Safari – or Ari for short – went from her first competition in August 2015 to placing second in Speed Retrieve (Nitro division) at the World Championships in November 2016. Safari-Ari’s personal bests are 22’3” in Big Air, 5’10” in Extreme Vertical, and 5.857 seconds in Speed Retrieve. She is currently the #1 ranked dog in Canada for Speed Retrieve and hopes to defend that title throughout the 2017 season. Safari-Ari and Deloni are grateful to have been welcomed into the DockDogs family and can’t wait to see you on the dock!
Mary-beth Ribble, Al Wright and the “Canadian Lab Squad”
Al, Mary-beth and the Canadian Lab Squad Max, Jersey, Jemma, Louie (all rescues) and Marleigh had another great season in 2015. Once again, the boys all earned multiple invitations to the World Championship in Iowa. When not on the dock, Jersey is Hamilton’s first certified mould detection canine and also a therapy dog. Jemma joined him in the pet therapy program and loves the attention. All of the Lab Squad pups are canine blood donors. We are very much looking forward to getting back onto the dock with our pups and having fun in the 2016 season. New for us this year, we have opened our own DockDogs’ Sanctioned Facility, K9 Fun Zone. As well as dock diving, we have many other fun things for you and your dog to do! Look us up and come out to play. Hope to see you on the dock!