2nd Annual Bark at Noah’s Ark – Noah’s Update!

After much anticipation, the Bark at Noah’s Ark Fundraising Team (we affectionately call ourselves the Bark Brainz) is EXCITED to announce that the DockDogs Community greatly exceeded the goals for this year’s event! With combined efforts, over $12,000 were raised for Noah’s Trust fund, doubling the total previously contributed at the 2017 event! The 3rd Annual Bark at Noah’s Ark is set for May 3rd -5th, 2019. Mark your calendars now for this must attend event! For event updates, follow the Bark at Noah’s Ark Community page at https://www.facebook.com/BarkAtNoahsArk.

While the “Bark Brainz” primary focus is organizing the Bark at Noah’s Ark event, our mission is to support Noah by securing his future, and meeting his current needs. During one of his recent appointments, it was revealed that Noah’s test results range on the Autism Spectrum. Jay and Deb, Noah’s guardians, have taken this diagnosis as a source for positive change in Noah’s life. In addition to the ongoing support of The Bark at Noah’s Ark Fundraising Team, Noah will now have access to supplementary resources and programs. We are delighted to share that Noah started school on July 9, 2018!

Despite all of our success and the brightness that the future shines, a bit of light was lost in the process. It is with deep sorrow we share that Jay, Deb, and Noah lost a hero in their lives. Jay’s beloved neighbor, Mark Oldham, passed away on May 25, 2018. Mark attended both events in 2017 and in 2018, as he loved watching teams on the Noah’s Ark Dock. As property owners next to Indian Creek K9 Aquatics, Mark and his wife, Kristy, graciously allowed competitors and spectators alike to utilize their land for camping and parking during the Bark at Noah’s Ark DockDogs festivities. Mark is and will continue to be greatly missed; we cannot thank his family enough for their dedication and their ongoing support.

It is often said that one person can make a difference…We, the Bark Brainz, continue to believe that we face this world Two by Two. We never go it alone.

2nd Annual Bark at Noah’s Ark

Exactly one year ago I sat down to write a letter explaining the mission of the Bark at Noah’s Ark event and the connections that we make along the way. This is how that letter began…

“Two by Two. That is how the animals came unto the Ark.”

This is an important message, not just for Noah and his family; I believe this is the resounding theme of the DockDogs Community. Each of us has a person who reached out to us when we started in this sport. A person you will never forget. Even if it was something as simple as handing you a poop bag when you stood in line and your dog chose the wrong time to relieve him or herself, or the person who got into the pool and helped your dog jump for the first time, or maybe the person who dried your tears when your dog crossed the rainbow bridge, or the person who lit the fire of excitement about dogs jumping into the water. We cannot do this alone, this life thing.
Two by Two.

This year, we as a community, seek to affirm and clarify our mission and welcome new connections.

We believe in the collective power of our community to foster support and reassurance for a child with both immediate and long term physical and developmental needs.

Noah has grown and changed a great deal in the past year. He is walking, or should we say, running everywhere he goes. He wears orthotics, (shoes and braces) to stabilize his posture and balance. Jay says “Noah is a very determined child…if he wants something he IS going to get it”.

Mama Deb, Papa Jay and Noah have settled into somewhat of a routine, always with Noah at the center of all the activity. His most immediate goal is to overcome the feeding and speech challenges he faces as a consequence of his extreme prematurity. He is still dependent upon nightly formula feedings via a gastric tube,
or a “button” in his stomach due to short gut syndrome. To complicate matters, he never learned to suck, eat and swallow as an infant, making eating by mouth a bite-by-bite struggle. Some days, Deb says “It can take me 30-45 minutes to get him to eat just a few bites of grits”. Noah receives some type of Physical, Occupational,
Speech or Play therapy every day of the week. Each of these disciplines has the same short term goal for Noah; 100% feeding by mouth and improving his language skills.

While Noah’s feeding and language development are important for Noah’s immediate future, he also faces other hurdles in his life. Deb estimates that he is developmentally about the age of a 15 to 18 month old toddler. He babbles, enjoys watching visually active cartoons and though he puts everything in his mouth, he rarely swallows! He loves to play with soft toys and his Tupperware shape sorter, but his very favorite toy is a BALL. It really doesn’t matter to Noah what kind of ball, any type, size or color will do just fine.

The Second Annual Bark at Noah’s Ark DockDogs event will be held to support, primarily, Noah’s long-term goal of living a strong and independent life. We hope you will consider joining us by attending this Grand event and being a part of the celebration of our journey in this life together. If you cannot be in attendance, please join us from afar by viewing and participating in the Loudest Silent Auction Ever. We hope that this event will be bigger and better than last year’s, and a preview of many more to come in the future.

We cannot do this alone, this life thing.

Two by Two.

Sincerely Grateful,

Laurie Uebelhoer, Luebelhoer@aol.com

Secretary, Carolina DockDogs

2nd Annual Bark at Noahs Ark Flyer


Onsite camping is AVAILABLE for this event!

  • Full size RVs, tents
  • Fill water tank ($10 donation)
  • Shower in campground ($10 donation)
  • Bring towels and toiletries
  • 2 porta potties in camping area
  • Camp for the weekend ($25 donation)
  • *ALL donations go to the Noah Trust Fund

Please contact Jay Harris for reservations: jeh99@windstream.net






Goldston, NC – May 17, 2017: DockDogs® Worldwide and the Board of the Noah’s Ark Trust Fund are proud to announce the results of the very successful 1st annual Bark at Noah’s Ark! 

The first Annual Bark at Noah’s Ark was a successful event that drew competitors from across the country, culminating in a fierce Double Header Wildcard that had over 500 entries combined between Big Air®, Speed Retrieve®, Extreme Vertical®, and Iron Dog™, and included the new and popular Dueling Dogs™. The event also hosted the Saturday night feature with a new Guinness World Record being set in Speed Retrieve® by Crystal McClaran and Bo Nose with a laser speed time of 5.017 seconds

The event was initially announced by Grant Reeves, CEO of DockDogs® Worldwide, during the Golden Paw Awards at the World Championships in Dubuque, Iowa back in 2016. This event was set up as a fundraiser for Baby Noah, the grandson of longtime competitor and DockDogs® Hall of Famer Jay Harris and his lovely wife Deb.  Baby Noah has been battling complications after being born as a premature baby at 26 weeks.  Noah reminds us all and continues to show the DockDogs® community every day what a big heart he has and what a strong will he brings to the world.   In just 21 months, Baby Noah has gone from fighting for his life, to a little energetic bundle of joy who melts the heart of everyone he meets.

Jay and Deb and the Harris Family have taken on a tenuous task of raising Noah and with the success of the 1st event, everyone in attendance are excited to see that this will be annual fundraiser gathering.  The net proceeds from the event each year are being directed to the established trust fund, managed by 5 independent Board Members, and is set up to protect and help Noah’s future health, quality of life, and any special educational needs he may encounter.

A special event committee was formed by Laurie Uebelhoer, Timothy Lake, Jay Harris, Melanie Kernor and Sara Anderson, all members of Carolina DockDogs, to establish and extend annual fundraising efforts through an online Silent Auction, T-Shirts, A 50/50 Raffle, a Sunday Morning Social Breakfast, and Vendors on-site. Our sincere gratitude to each of you for a job well done in year 1, and to all who came out to support this fundraiser, thank you and we look forward to seeing you and many more of your family and friends next year. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR APRIL 19-22, 2018, FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL BARK AT NOAH’S ARK!!!

The Board is proud to announce that through the support of the DockDogs® Community and local area residence support, the first annual Bark At Noah’s Ark raised $5,791.00 dollars that will set the goal for even more support in the future of the Noah’s Ark Trust Fund.

We would like to thank Kristy and Mark Oldham, Chewys BBQ, Rolling Bistro, Dr. Sue Campeau from Campeau Chiropractic, and LulaRoe, for their contributions in making Bark at Noah’s Ark a very successful event.

For pictures and memories, please check out: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bx6PwcJH4oDTLWZSdWs2RFFHSXc




Silent Auction at Bark At Noah’s Ark

Two by Two.

That is how the animals came unto the Ark.

This is an important message, not just for Noah and his family, I believe this is the resounding theme of the DockDogs Community. Each of us has a person who reached out to us when we started in this sport. A person you will never forget. Even if it was something as simple as handing you a poop bag when you stood in line and your dog chose the wrong time to relieve him/herself. Or the person who got into the pool and helped your dog jump for the first time. Or maybe the person who dried your tears when your dog crossed the rainbow bridge. Or the person who lit the fire of excitement about dogs jumping into the water.

Two by Two.

We cannot do this alone, this life thing.

On August 19, 2015, a baby boy named Noah came into the world too early. 26 weeks of gestation. All the odds were against him. He weighed a mere 30 ounces. 30 ounces. Too small to breathe on his own and too small to digest food. He relied on breathing machines and IV feedings to keep him alive.

He endured multiple surgeries. Heart surgery. Many stomach and intestine surgeries…so many in fact that he developed Short Gut Syndrome, meaning, his digestive system was too short to process food. Surgeries for long term IV access. A gastric tube to give medications that could only be absorbed by his very small stomach and eventually, to nourish him. His premature heart took months to grow large enough to support his tiny body.

But this was only the beginning. I have been a medical practitioner for over 30 years and I know from firsthand experience that our fancy, modern, and digital equipment can only do so much to keep an infant “alive”. The most important factors in becoming a human are the connections we begin very early in life and set the stage for our ability to bond, to love, and to thrive.

Two by Two.

Noah 2x2

Enter Jay and Deb Harris. Jay is the founder of Carolina DockDogs and the club affectionately refers to Deb as the “First Lady of Carolina DockDogs”. Jay and Sir Harley, his beloved yellow lab, were inducted into the DockDogs Hall of Fame in 2012. Jay was “that person” for me. I wasn’t even jumping a dog at the time. He was just so dang excited about the dogs jumping into the water! I caught the bug and I have stopped trying to cure it.

Noah is the grandson of Jay and Deb Harris…. and he needed them. He needed a stable home and a family to love him and support him. Noah was not able to come home from the hospital for many months. His care, even at that point, was very complex. Medications. Feedings. Physical Therapy. Speech Therapy. Jay and Deb took the time to learn everything about Noah’s care. They adapted their home. Then, at the dawn of their Golden Years, they brought home a 7-month-old baby on March 28, 2016 Not just any baby. Noah.

Noah and family

Things are going well for the Harris Family. Noah is thriving. He is happy. He is loved. He has become a part of a Community, an extended family of Mothers, Fathers, Uncles, Aunts, Grandparents, Sisters, Brothers, In-laws and Out-laws, Neighbors, oh and Dogs.

Two by Two

Jay and Deb built an Ark. No really, an Ark.

A trust fund for Noah has been established by Grant Reeves, CEO of DockDogs, and the Harris’ to protect his future health and educational needs. A Board of five members will administer the funds for Noah’s care and needs. “The Harris’ are no Spring Chickens!” The Carolina DockDogs Club will be hosting a Silent Auction to raise money for this Trust Fund. We need your help.

Two by Two.

We are asking the Dockdogs Club Affiliates, Sanctioned Facilities, Teams, and individuals to donate gifts to be auctioned at the First Official event to be held at The Ark. If you attended the B.A.A.R.K. auction at World Championships 2015, this will be a similar event. However, we will be doing an Auction App to allow those not in attendance to bid on items, it will all be live bidding on the App! (More details to follow about joining in) Because this event will be held “virtually”, items for auction can be electronic as well, for example, a gift card to Amazon…PETCO or PetSmart…or DockDogs credits! Or Club Credits! Or a Club Membership! Or a DockDogs Worldwide Membership! Or use your imagination and GET EXCITED PEOPLE!!!! WE AREN’T IN CHURCH!!!! WE AREN’T AT A GOLF MATCH!!!! Pardon my digression.

Just wait until you meet this little guy. He will melt your heart and your purse strings.


I hope that you and your club or facility will consider a donation to this live auction. It would mean the world to Noah and his family.

Sincerely Grateful,

Laurie Uebelhoer, Luebelhoer@aol.com

Secretary, Carolina DockDogs

Bark At Noahs Ark Flyer


New Pilot Program for the Exclusive Sanctioned Facility House League Series for 2017 Spring and Summer Season



Grant Reeves, CEO of DockDogs® Worldwide is excited to announce the newest Road To Worlds opportunity, the “Exclusive Sanctioned Facility DogHouse League”.  The ever-growing Sanctioned Facility program will be hosting these League events from May 15th thru July 15th which will provide two (2) divisional invites through the DogHouse League Rankings to the 2017 DockDogs® World Championships. For Qualify criteria visit www.dockdogs.com

“The DogHouse League will be very appealing to new as well as seasoned competitors for many reasons.”, commented Mr. Reeves. “They will bring an avenue for the Road To Worlds that will be convenient to those Clubs that support the Facility program while allowing new local competitors to experience a lower intensity competition. It also offers a chance for them to earn Titles, win awards and prizes, as well as enjoying the camaraderie and social aspects of belonging to a League.”

The DogHouse League, with its name derived from the infamous term “DogTown” where all the teams usually gather during regular competitions, will run four (4) league nights during an eight (8) week period and is scored as a Wildcard event where the top team within each division of each discipline (Big Air; Speed Retrieve; Extreme Vertical & Iron Dog), based on rankings, are eligible for a 2017 DockDogs® World Championship invite, the remaining top teams in each division/discipline will be placed into a lottery with one additional randomly selected invite being awarded the second invite from those teams. Weeks will alternate with a minimum of one (1) Big Air and either Extreme Vertical or Speed Retrieve wave being included.  Competitors/Teams must attend three (3) of the four (4) to be eligible for a 2017 DockDogs® World Championship invite.

For DogHouse League Rules and Polices or Pre- Registration and information visit  www.dockdogs.com


DockDogs® is the independent governing and sanctioning body for regional/club, national and international canine aquatic sports. DockDogs® establishes the rules and standards of the sport, tracks results and records, supports and promotes the growth of its athletes, events, spectators, and sponsors.

For more information, contact: dd_admin@dockdogs.com

DockDogs Announces 1st Annual Bark at Noah’s Ark

DockDogs® Announces 1st Annual Bark at Noah’s Ark

Official Guinness Book of World Records Attempt In Speed Retrieve to take place at Noah’s Ark During Inaugural Double Header Event

DockDogs is pleased to announce that the 1st official event to take place at Indian Creek K9 Aquatics will take place April 21 – 23, 2017. Indian Creek K9 Aquatics is part of the DockDogs Sanctioned Facility Program and is located in Goldston, North Carolina and is owned by Jay & Deb Harris, long standing DockDogs competitors and supporters.

In addition to being part of the DockDogs ne Double Header Wild Card World Championship Qualifier Series, this event will also feature a special Speed Retrieve Guinness Book World Record Feature Attempt taking place on Saturday evening. The top 10 ranked Speed Retrieve teams (comprised of the top 5 teams from the 2016 DockDogs Rankings and the top 5 from the 2017 Year to Date Rankings (as of March 30, 2017) will be invited to participate in this special feature in an attempt to set a new official Guinness World Record.

Jay Harris & NoahThe 1st Annual Bark at Noah’s Ark event proceeds will go into the trust fund to benefit Baby Noah. The trust fund was announced by Grant Reeves, CEO of DockDogs at the 2016 DockDogs World Championships in Dubuque, IA. The trust is specifically for caring for baby Noah and to provide for his care.

Jay & Deb Harris have secured dry camping and space for campers/RV’s onsite at the Indian Creek K9 Aquatics Facility for those that would like to take part. For additional information regarding the facility and this event you can email ick9aquatics@gmail.com or visit their Facebook.

About DockDogs® Worldwide

DockDogs® is the independent governing and sanctioning body for regional, national and international canine aquatic performance sports. DockDogs® establishes the rules and standards of the sport, tracks results and records and supports and promotes the growth of its athletes, events, spectators, and sponsors. For more information visit www.dockdogs.com or check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/officialdockdogs and https://www.facebook.com/pg/IndianCreekK9Aquatics/