Friday, July 20, 2018

Flyball at the Fair

This past weekend, we had our local flyball tournament take place in Salem, OR at the Marion County Fair. This is always one of my favorite tournaments each year, both because it is close (yay!) and because it is always a fantastic tournament, well run, and tons of fun.

Our team ran fantastic all weekend, with tons of clean runs, and lots of title points.

The fantastic Rio ran with us on Saturday, because one of our regular dog handlers had to work. Having Rio run with us was great, her and her handler fit in with the team great, and Rio is an awesome flyball dog, stepping in when needed to run in the pack and run in start.

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We also had our team boxer, Asti, running in the first heat of each race on Saturday to gain some experience without too much pressure. She did great, especially in the cooler first part of the day, and earned her second flyball title by the end of the day. Especially for a dog who is so heat sensitive, she did amazing, and we were totally thrilled with her.

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The rest of the team is the always-awesome Ptera, of course.

Photo by an awesome photographer, and friend of mine, from a couple tournaments ago

And the large black duo, Riley and Angus, who ran pretty much full time both days, and totally rocked it.

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The photos of Asti, Angus, and Riley are all from the fun match we went to last month, where it was also stupidly hot, and where the dogs also did awesome.

Stella stepped in for Rio on Sunday, when her handler was able to come join us, and did her normal awesomeness (but which I have no recent pictures of, as she ran with Ptera at the fun match).

We were also joined on Sunday by the super awesome Lava, owned by pretty much the awesomest NAFA judge ever, Lea. Lava just wanted to get out and play, and I think they had fun, and I know we had fun having them join us for the day.

Basically, it was flyball as it should be, with plenty of chatting with teammates, running of dogs, and socializing. With a side helping of fair food and a strange lunch time entertainment of llama classes at the fair.

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Rio looking adorable for cookies

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