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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
1st ANNUAL FUNDRAISER EVENT
BARK AT NOAH’S ARK IS A GREAT SUCCESS!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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
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.
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.
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.
Laurie Uebelhoer, Luebelhoer@aol.com
Secretary, Carolina DockDogs
Bark At Noahs Ark Flyer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Medina Ohio: February 27, 2017, DOCKDOGS IS PLEASED T0 ANNOUNCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS 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.
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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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/
DockDogs® Worldwide is once again implementing a leading edge approach to the growth and expansion of it’s canine aquatics program across North America. The Upbeat K9™, while a fairly new name to the Professional Dog Training scene, has already shown their willingness & ability to support DockDogs® in it’s continued growth of the crazy sport of canine aquatics; with impressive results.
“Over the past 12 months, with the incredible growth and influx of new teams coming out to try DockDogs® for the first time and teams training for canine aquatics at various sanctioned DockDogs® events and functions, DockDogs® found the need to reach out to The Upbeat K9™ on many occasions to produce live event demos and implement special training seminars.” commented Grant Reeves, CEO for DockDogs® Worldwide.
“As we look back at the success and ROI of this new initiative, both at the National level, as well as the Affiliate level, it is very apparent that the growth and retention rate of new teams in the select areas that we implemented this new initiative, has yielded great results on all levels.” Reeves is also keen to explain, “We are excited to be entering into an expanded Training Partnership with The Upbeat K9™ for training initiatives and demos starting September 1st, 2016”.
As this initiative grows, you will be seeing more and more of the Upbeat K9™ Trainers, participating in various ways at DockDogs® live events. This will include National and Club caliber events, Sanctioned Training Facilities, and Special Event Demos across the US, with the intentions of rolling this program out worldwide. “With the approach and professional training methodology that we have witnessed & experienced from The Upbeat K9™ Founder and Head Trainer, Jesse Dalton along with the rest of The Upbeat K9™ Team of Trainers, we are confident that this will be a great fit and addition to our ever expanding Canine Aquatics program,” states Reeves.
“While the rumors are out there and the underlying current is somewhat true, The Upbeat K9™ has recently taken steps to expand across the US and into Canada with an anticipated steep growth curve on the horizon,” states Jesse Dalton, CEO of The Upbeat K9™ Franchise Corporation. “With the opportunity to set up our training displays, demonstrate and teach the canine aquatics sport to the masses, and to be a part of the DockDogs® Live Events and demonstrations across the country, the exposure for our Brand, Franchisees, and their Trainers will definitely put a spotlight on our full services and capabilities. In addition to the canine aquatics programs we now offer, The Upbeat K9™ is a full-service Premier Dog Training company.” Jesse also noted. “Whether your dog is a goofy puppy, has a tendency of aggression towards people or other dogs, or is fearful in uncomfortable settings, we will be able to assist you in bringing their obedience and companionship to the next level. We have programs that will fit every pet parent’s needs. We always begin with a free consultation, which gives us the opportunity to determine what you are looking for in your trainer and understand the specific goals you would like to achieve with your best friend.”
By partnering with The Upbeat K9, accordingly, DockDogs® events are sure to realize even greater successes with new teams who are coming out for their first time in addition to those experienced teams looking to hone in on bigger scores and better results. Be sure to visit www.dockdogs.com to find an upcoming event near you.
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 additional information visit www.dockdogs.com or check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/officialdockdogs.
About Upbeat K9™ Franchise Corporation
The Upbeat K9™ Franchise Corporation is a subsidiary of The Upbeat K9, LLC™. Franchise location opportunities are now available for placement throughout the United States and Canada. The Upbeat K9™ is a premier dog training company that offers professional, affordable dog training services for all levels of canine companions and their pet parent needs. For additional information visit www.theupbeatk9.com or check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/theupbeatk9.