Angela Bleckley with Storm
Storm is a 6 yr old black lab. She has been dock jumping for a year. She has won 1st place in two different divisions. She is obsessed with tennis balls and loves being on the dock and in the water.
Leah Riggs with Love Shack
Leah and her American Pit Bull Terrier, Love Shack, are in their first season of dock diving. Love Shack absolutely loves the water. We can't wait to get Love Shack off the dock!
Christie Meyer and Matthew Faccinto with Vader, Ziva, Balis, and Cipres
Christie and Matthew are trainers at Thunderhawk Canine LLC. They have a Dutch Shepherd crew that can compete with the best of them. They are beginners at dock diving but are getting the hang of it. We hope to show off our SMDD Dutch Crew at an event soon!
Michele Franco with Sam
Sam is a super friendly Bernese Mountain Dog Mix who loves people, water, and other dogs. She was adopted from Young Williams in 2013. She has just learned dock diving. Her first event is the Way Out West Fur Fest.
Kate Pataro with Holliday
Holliday likes long walks by the shore and enjoys chasing after his ball. His other hobbies include playing with his Pyrenees Borea and his baby sister Koda. When he is not playing with his friends he is begging his humans to throw anything to him...this can last for hours.
Rhonda Wallace with Sadie
Sadie is newbie to the dockdiving sport. We cant wait to see Sadie's abilities at practice!
Board Member Karen and Jeff Catlett with Russell and Jessie
Karen has been employed by Univ. of Tenn. College of Veterinary Medicine for 35 years.Jeff is retired from UPS.Russell (2 years old this coming May) is our 4th German Shorthaired Pointer but our first dock diver.He is absolutely obsessive about retrieving and after noticing he would jump from the bank into the water to retrieve we began to suspect he would jump off a dock as well.Like many,we had seen dock diving dogs on television and were delighted to find that there was a local dock dog club called Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs.We joined SMDD last summer and look forward to continuing to participate.We plan to enter Russell in a couple of competitions this year and are eager to see how he will fare. We are looking forward to the next SMDD practice.
Catlett (and Russell)
Kim Williams and Trouble
Trouble is our smallest member. He is a Yorkie-Poo. We first met Trouble and Kim at the Doggie Dip. He has since joined us at Wild Wings Cafe. We cant wait to see trouble compete at his first event!
Julie Poole and Chroma
Julie Poole is an awesome photgrapher and animal lover. Her Whippet Chroma is a beginner to SMDD. She has joined us at practice and also at Yappy Hour. Chroma also enjoys coursing, begging for food, and sleeping in her bed.
Monique Berry with Hiley, Scooby, Rhodes, and Sirius Black
They all love the water and they love to chase balls, but they don't always bring them back. We are big dog lovers and have lived with dogs our whole lives. They are our family! In the picture, from left to right, the dogs are Hiley, Scooby, Rhodes, and Sirius Black.
Michael Plotkin with Gracie
Michael and Gracie are newbies to dock diving! Michael is a student at University of Tennessee. Gracie loves the water and jumping. Gracie will be tearing up the docks near you soon!
Chantay Stokes with Tiny and Dejasia
Tiny, Dejasia, and I are new to SMDD. This is our first year to try out competitions. Ever since Tiny was young she has had an affinity for the water. Tiny jumps off docks, boats, and bluffs with her humans. Tiny loves the ball and will do almost anything to get it. Dejasia is a meek, sweet 'cattle pup' and she loves to swim with me. I am wanting to introduce her to the docks and see if I can encourage her to start jumping.
Leah Smith with Libby, Indy, Luke, and Zoey
Libby has her UD, RN titles in obedience and her OAJ, OAP agility. We have been training in dock diving at The Canine Ranch in Canton, GA and looking forward to doing some competitions this year. Luke - I adopted him this year; and for a golden who didn't know how swim, he has become a crazy water dog. I am looking forward to seeing his potential in dock diving Indy - My crazy Shih Tzu loves to swim, and be in water of any kind, including the bathtub, water bowl, pool and the lake. Can't wait to see what she can do. Zoey - She loves to lure course, nose work; and some swimming.
Melissa Warren and Sky
Sky will be 2 on 8/30/14 and she's loved the water and jumping off docks since she was 12wks old. She loves people and her 4 other 4-legged siblings. She's never been "trained" to jump, she just loves to do it.