Preparing for DockDogs World Championships!

After months of waiting we are now only 3 days away from the start of DockDogs World Championships! Bailey qualified for this invite-only event back in July and now we are getting ready to make the long (long, long!) drive to Dubuque, Iowa. In anticipation of Worlds, I’ve created several pieces of Bailey “swag” including trading cards, t-shirts, a decal, and a banner. I’m really happy with how everything turned out so I thought I’d do a post on all of the custom items that we’ll be bringing with us to Dubuque.Many Worlds competitors are bringing “trading cards” featuring fun facts and photos of their dog. Rumor has it there may actually be a “Paw-tograph” session where willing dogs can stamp their paw print onto their cards for adoring crowds, but it seems that the main purpose of these cards is really for competitors from around the country to exchange info about their dogs and, of course, get some bragging rights for being Worlds invitees! Here are the double-sided cards that I got printed for Bailey at

I also made “The Little GSP” shirts for Matt and myself to wear at the competition. I used a silhouette of Bailey jumping (it’s actually the same photo as the top left image on her trading card) and had these shirts printed at The shirts are super soft and my Bailey shirt is quickly becoming my favorite t-shirt of all time!

DockDogs is hosting a “window-tagging” contest (i.e. “DOCKDOGS WORLDS OR BUST” written all over the car windows) but we are skipping the window paint in favor of our Little GSP decal. I had our decal made at a few years ago. If you see a silver Subaru Forester driving down the highway with this decal (or ANY window-tagged DockDogs vehicle, for that matter!) please feel free to honk and wave!

Our last bit of “Swag” for Worlds is a banner that features all of the Delmarva DockDogs that will be competing in Dubuque. We are excited that so many of our club members will be joining us at the event and we’ll proudly display this banner with our fellow club members in the competitor area. The banner also came from

We’ll be heading out to Dubuque in our swag-laden car in about 20 hours. Wish us luck! πŸ™‚

14 thoughts on “Preparing for DockDogs World Championships!

  1. Wow, your swag all came out so well! I LOVE the trading cards! You chose such amazing images!!

    Have lots of fun, and tell Bailey to break a leg πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Chris!! Is your Carlee the beautiful black GSP that we met in Easton last weekend? If so, I’m sure that she’ll be doing her part to represent the GSPs (and PA!) next year! She looked FANTASTIC in Easton! I’m sure that the Elite/SuperElite dogs were happy that they didn’t have to jump against her in their finals. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog, Lyndsey! I just checked yours out and Hank is hilarious! Such a character. πŸ™‚ You should definitely try DockDogs with him. There are actually lots of dock-diving competitions in Michigan although not all are affiliated with the “DockDogs” organzation. I’d recommend checking out the UKC web site, Ultimate Air Dogs, and if you want to find some local-ish events. (Probably need to wait for next Spring though!)

  2. Love everything you guys have created! You impress me so much! I am so glad to see you coming out to Worlds! Now I know you are truly addicted. See you tomorrow. We leave tonight to take advantage of the kids sleeping. Safe travels!

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