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GMDD Lake Paran Paw Plunge September 22nd, 2013

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

GMDD Lake Paran Paw Plunge

  • September 22, 2013
  • 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Lake Paran

    North Bennington, VT

ENTRY FEE $20 PER DOG/HANDLER TEAM
NO DOG, NO PROBLEM. COME AND WATCH THE EXCITING, HIGH FLYING ACTION!
EVENT SCHEDULE

  • 8:00am Event Registration and Practice
  • 9:00am Big Air Wave #1
  • 10:30am Big Air Wave #2
  • 12:00pm Big Air Wave #3
  • 1:30pm Extreme Vertical
  • Big Air Finals to start following Extreme Vertical

30 team limit for Big Air and 20 team limit for EV

GMDD Members at Hopkinton DockDogs Event 2013

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Some great photos from Green Mountain Dock Dogs Members at the Hopkinton Dock Dogs National event in Massachusetts.

 

GMDD Practice Session August 4th 2013 from 8 to 11AM

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Attention Members: GMDD will be having our first official practice session this coming Sunday August 4th from 8:00AM to 11:00AM on Lake Paran in North Bennington. $10 fee for non-members and guests which can be applied to an annual membership in Green Mountain Dock Dogs.

Last Sunday, a great crew assembled and installed our new dock at Lake Paran in North Bennington. The new dock took a lot longer than we thought to get set up but it is now ready for practice!

Below are the directions to Lake Paran:

Lake Paran
North Bennington, VT 05257

From the North (Burlington): Take 7 South to Rt 22A in Vergennes. Go south on 22A to Rt. 22 in Granville, NY. Take Rt. 22 through to Cambridge, NY and Hoosick Falls. Look for Rt. 67 to North Bennington, VT. At the intersection-light of Rt. 67A and Rt. 67 (gas station on right), go straight onto Houghton Lane, Lake Paran is on the Right just after the Lion’s Skate Park.

From Western Vermont and Northeastern New York: US Route 7, which travels from the Canadian border to the Massachusetts border through western Vermont, meets I-89 in Burlington and US Route 4 in Rutland, Vermont. Travelers from the Lake George/Glens Falls area of New York, will want to reach US Route 22 South to Cambridge, NY. Just south of Cambridge in the town of Hoosick Falls, Route 67 will bring you into North Bennington. At the intersection-light of Rt. 67A and Rt. 67 (gas station on right),go straight onto Houghton Lane, Lake Paran is on the Right just after the Lion’s Skate Park.

From the South (Boston-Hartford) Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (West) to NY State, continue to last toll. Go through toll and take first exit, ROUTE 22 NORTH. Continue on Route 22 North approximately 40 minutes until you reach a stop sign and “T” intersection. Rt. 9. There is a Stewart’s Gas station/store on your right hand side. This will be ROUTE 7 (or may appear as ROUTE 9 on some maps). It’s also still ROUTE 22 for a short distance! TURN RIGHT going EAST. (NOTE: After a short distance, Route 22 veers off to the left, DO NOT GO THAT WAY!), Stay straight on Rt. 7. Continue on Route 7 through Hoosick Falls, New York (Antique places on both sides of road). After a bit,you will see a brand-new highway appear right in front of you, This is ROUTE 279. Go onto this highway (Rt. 7 veers off to the right). This new Gateway to VT is kinda pretty, notice the cool rock patterns on the cliffs where they blasted on the right hand side. Take the first exit which is the North Bennington exit. TURN LEFT off exit onto ROUTE 67A. You will pass a Home Depot on right. Continue straight approximately two miles into the town of North Bennington. In the center of North Bennington, you will see, on your right, a store named Power’s Market. You can’t miss it; it is white brick with large white and green round columns. Pass Power’s Market, take the 2nd Right onto Houghton St. Just after the Lions Skate Park, Turn Right onto Lake Paran Dr.

From the East: Eastern Vermont and Northern New England (ME, NH) VT Route 9, the major East/West route of Bennington, intersects I-91 in Brattleboro, VT Exit 2. Route 9 climbs and travels through the lower portion of the Green Mountains right into Bennington. At the “4 Corners in Bennington, intersection of Rt. 9 & 7, go right on to Rt. 7 North to intersection of Rt. 7 and Rt. 67A. (Staples store is on your right). At this major intersection go left onto Rt. 7A/67A. Go thru several lights, pass Walmart to the intersection of Rt. 67A & 7A. Go straight onto Rt. 67A. Take this pass Home Depot, Bennington College and right into North Bennington. Pass Power’s Market, take the 2nd Right onto Houghton St. Just after the Lions Skate Park, Turn Right onto Lake Paran Dr.

From the West: Remainder of the United States Bennington is approximately 50 minutes east of Albany, New York (the intersection of I-87 and I-90). From I-87 North (New York State Thruway – from NYC), take the exit for I-787 north and exit I-787 at Route 7 (Troy/Bennington). From I-90 East (New York State Thruway – from Buffalo), take exit for I-87 north and exit I-87 at Route 7 east. From I-87 South (The “Northway” from Saratoga, Glens Falls, Lake Placid, Plattsburg) – take exit for I-87 north and exit I-87 at Route 7 east. Route 7 East becomes VT Route 9 at the New York/Vermont (Bennington) border. Continue on Route 9 through Hoosick Falls, New York (Antique places on both sides of road). After a bit, you will see a brand-new highway appear right in front of you, This is ROUTE 279. Go onto this highway (Rt. 9 veers off to the right). This new Gateway to VT is kinda pretty, notice the cool rock patterns on the cliffs where they blasted on the right hand side. Take the first exit which is the North Bennington exit. TURN LEFT off exit onto ROUTE 67A. You will pass a Home Depot on right. Continue straight approximately two miles into the town of North Bennington. In the center of North Bennington, you will see, on your right, a store named Power’s Market. You can’t miss it; it is white brick with large white and green round columns. Pass Power’s Market, take the 2nd Right onto Houghton St. Just after the Lions Skate Park, Turn Right onto Lake Paran Dr.

GMDD Member Meeting and Dock Installation July 28th, 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

We have a new home for our club!!!

On Sunday, July 28th, Green Mountain Dock Dogs members will gather and install our new permanent home on Lake Paran in North Bennington, VT.  After installation and practice, we will then have our summer members meeting starting at 11AM.

Click here to see the Event details for this meeting, directions to Lake Paran, and other information.

We look forward to seeing our members and installing our new dock.  Go Dock Dogs!!

Member Meeting October 21st at The Lake House

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

BARK your calenders! A member meeting of the Green Mountain Dockdog Club will be held at the Lakehouse on Lake Bomoseen on October 21 at 10-1.

Thank you!

Shelburne Museum Goes to the Dogs! Sunday Sept 16th

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Green Mountain Dock Dogs and Dock Dogs Inc are proud to be participating in the annual  Shelburne Museum Goes to the Dogs celebration on Sunday September 16th, 2012!

This is a fully sanctioned and organized regional competition from Dock Dogs featuring all three signature events:  Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve.

Come one, come all!  There will also be fun jumps for folks that have never tried jumping their dog before.  Just bring a favorite toy and your dog must be at least 6 months old!

For more details, visit the museum website at http://shelburnemuseum.org/visit/planning-your-visit/event-calendar/event/family-day-shelburne-museum-goes-to-the-dogs/?date=2012-09-16

And here is a great news story on WCAX with the Green Mountain Dock Dogs president, Cindy Chaffee:  http://www.wcax.com/story/19500315/everything-animals?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7706480#.UE3zszkr6xU.facebook

 

NO DOCKDOGS PRACTICE THIS SATURDAY

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Hello all Dock Divers!! We had originally scheduled a practice jump for this Saturday but due to some organizational issues and a tragedy for the owner of the Lake House, we are cancelling the practice jump. We will keep everyone posted as the new leadership team is installed and we get something back on the schedule!

Fun Jump Sunday May 20th, 2012 at Lake Bomoseen

Monday, May 14th, 2012

The “Fastest Growing Sport on Four Legs” Comes to Vermont

Lake Bomoseen, Vermont – Green Mountain DockDogs, the newly-formed Vermont chapter of DockDogs®, will hold its first “Fun Jump” on Sunday, May 20th, at the Lakehouse Pub & Grille on Lake Bomoseen.  Registration starts at 11:00AM.  The Fun Jump runs from 12:00PM to 4:00PM.

DockDogs runs competitions all over the country to see how far, how high, and how fast dogs can jump off a dock to retrieve a rubber throw toy. Although it’s exciting to watch the big dogs make leaps of nearly 30 feet, DockDogs also has divisions for smaller and older dogs who make shorter jumps.

Official DockDogs competitions include three “disciplines” (Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve) but the only discipline included in the Fun Jump will be Big Air, which is a “long jump for dogs” with a safe landing in the water.

This isn’t the first time DockDogs has come to Vermont – the national championship was held in Killington last year – but the Fun Jump is meant to be a lower-key event to introduce dogs (and their people!) to the sport.

Event organizers Suzanne Ellis and Jeff Leonard of Rutland plan to take part with their dogs Wilder and Chester. Although her dogs are veteran national competitors, Ellis says she is looking forward to welcoming beginners at the Fun Jump. “The Fun Jump is a great way for dogs and their handlers to learn more about DockDogs and to practice jumping from a DockDogs ‘regulation’ dock. It’s going to be a relaxed fun day for everyone.”

Andrew Allen of Burlington, who plans to participate in the Fun Jump with Lily, a rescued Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix, is also anticipating an enjoyable day. “My wife and I went last summer to check out the national championships and we were thinking that it was going to be some pretentious ‘Best in Show’ kind of thing. But we were pleasantly surprised. It was competitive, but that was definitely secondary to making sure the dogs were happy and having a good time.”

Another first-time participant will be AJ, a gentle, squarely-built black lab, who serves as a guide dog for his human partner, Dustin Atkins. Dustin is excited to let AJ “let off some steam” at the Fun Jump. “AJ has a really stressful job, and this is a way for him to just be a normal dog for a while. He is crazy about the water and I think he’s going to love jumping.” Dustin plans to participate, too, as AJ’s handler. “I’ll have a sighted person guide me out to the dock and tell me which direction to throw the toy in, but I’ll do the rest myself!”

CONTACT:

Suzanne Ellis, suzellis@gmail.com, 802 774-9398

Web: http://www.GreenMountainDockDogs.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreenMountainDockDogs

Welcome To Our New Website!

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Welcome to the new online home of Green Mountain DockDogs. This site launched on Monday, May 14 and we are still busy adding content. Please check back soon for updates.