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Faith

Titles: TFE-I, FDCh-S

Breed: Australian Cattle Dog Mix

First Flyball Title: 2015

Handler: Courtney Clark

 

Bio: 

Faith is a sweet, loving and energetic Australian Cattle Dog mix. She was born on November 16th, 2010. I rescued her from a shelter where no one wanted her. She came home with us and a couple years later was diagnosed with lupus. So I set out to find her an activity she would enjoy. That’s when I found flyball. She caught on to her box turn right away, the jumps took a little longer to learn. Now she is a very reliable dog and very versatile. We don’t know how much longer she can do flyball because of her condition, but hopefully it will be for years to come.

 

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Fluffy Jack (FJ)

Titles:  TFE, FDCh

Breed:  Miniature Australian Shepherd

First Flyball Title: 2016

Handler: Carrie Linden

 

Bio: 

Fluffy Jack, known as FJ, was a Dogs on Deployment dog I was fostering while his mom was deployed for 6 months. Upon her return, her new Navy life in San Diego was too busy. She was going out to sea a lot and thought it was not fair for Fluffy to stay home alone all the time. Without thinking twice I said I would adopt him and he’s been with me since 2015. His given name was “Fluffy” and once I adopted him, he was given the name “Jack” by my nephew, so now he’s FJ. Spring of 2016 we started with the SD Flyball team, FJ picked it up within a month and now he LOVES it! When we aren’t doing flyball we cheer on our friends in other dog sports such as dog surfing and dock jumping. We also like to go to many dog events throughout the San Diego area.

 

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Hurri

Tempest Rock You like a Hurricane aka Hurri
Titles:  TFFC, FDCh-G
Breed:  Border Collie
First Flyball Title: 2014
Birthdate: December 19, 2012
Handler: Karen Brandon

Bio: 
Hurri is a fun, energetic, and easy dog.  He came to us from the Heat Wave family of flyball parents and siblings. We swear he was preprogrammed for anything we wanted him to do.  He loves racing, but he also loves to swim, go to the beach and hike.  If you come over to our house, do not touch the toy he brings you unless you are prepared for hours of throwing.  He can be a loud mouth when he wants to play.   He is also a bit of a drama king. He hates these 3 phrases-“are you an actor?”, ”are you Mexican?” and “did you pack?”-we don’t know why!
Hurri is a great leader and helps us train new dogs in flyball and also sets an example for foster dogs, visiting dogs and puppies at home.   He loves both Beau and Karen equally and is very fair with his hugs and affection.  Tell him “Roar” and he will jump into your arms. 

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Jasper C

Breed:  Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Titles:  TFE, FDCh-S

First Flyball Title: 2016

Handler:  Debra Landes

 

Bio: 

We brought Jasper home when he was 8 weeks old. We threw a toy across the room; he ran after it, brought it back and dropped it at our feet. He has been playing fetch ever since. He is relentless about it. He goes to work with mom every day and loves to corner co-workers at the copier and insist that they play with him. We did not know what to do with such a high energy toy driven puppy. So when he was just over 1 ½ years old we introduced him to Flyball. He loves it and is so focused.  It has been a great outlet for all of his energy and he is a much better dog because of it. He is a very sweet boy, loves everybody he meets and loves to give kisses behind the ears.

 

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Katara

Titles:  TFE-I, FDCh-G

Breed:  Mini Australian/American Shepherd

First Flyball Title: 2012

Handler: Brittany & Kirby Thiessen

 

Bio: 

Our daughter Brittany researched dogs breeds on the internet for weeks to pick the just right sized dog with the just right traits that she wanted.  She finally settled on an Australian Shepherd as the breed.  We looked until we found a litter with pups that were ready to find a home.

Katara was born Nov. 26, 2011.  We picked her up from Timeless Aussies Kennels in the little town of Buelton in Santa Ynez Valley, a beautiful area of California.  Katara took to us without looking back, and was excited about her new family!  We soon found out, as someone said, a “driven” puppy, she still is now, as a dog, she is just plain excited with life, excited to do just about anything and go anywhere we go.  Wherever we go she goes there with great gusto, with energy to spare.  We knew we had to give that energy an outlet.  While looking for that outlet, we came across the sport of Flyball.  It has been a great sport for her and she loves it. 

My daughter, Brittany, her handler has this to say:

She is really silly and cute and whenever I say the word Flyball she goes crazy.  At first Flyball was hard and she goofed off a lot and ran around the jumps.  She’s super smart and always finds an easier way around things, but she soon learned she gets treats for doing things the right way, and now hardly ever messes up.  Katara’s really protective of her people; I can hardly pet another dog without her getting jealous.  That’s why she doesn’t play with other dogs much.  But she’s super sweet with people.  She is really fast in my opinion; she still needs to work on her box turns though. She always wants attention, and she is adorable.

 

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Kendyll

Breed:  Mix

Titles:  TFPX, FDCh-G

First Flyball Title: 2013

Handler: Rebecca Aiken

 

Bio: 

My name is Kendyll and I am an Australian Kelpie mix born on September 12, 2009. My mom, Rebecca, rescued me from the animal shelter on the day I turned 14 months old. I have always loved people and I get excited to meet every new person I can. I have had some issues getting along with other dogs but we found a great trainer that helped me learn how to be around other dogs and now I get along with most of them especially once I get to know and trust them.

My first canine sport was lure coursing, I just love to chase and everyone always said how fast I was! But that was a hard sport since I didn’t understand that I had to wait my turn and let the other dogs take their turns. I got so excited I couldn’t relax at all and my mom thought I would give myself a heart attack. My next sport was agility, which I caught onto really quickly and enjoyed very much. But I was so fast my mom had a hard time keeping up with me sometimes.  I learned all the obstacles very quickly and wasn’t afraid of anything.

Then my mom decided we should try Flyball and we met this great team, SD Flyball, in February of 2013. After a few short months of practice I entered my first tournament in April in Fresno, CA. It didn’t start off well as I decided to chase my competition, but as the weekend wore on, I finally got the hang of it with the help of my dog friends, and made my first clean runs. I did well enough that weekend to earn my first title, and mom was very proud. Since then, I have run in a lot of other tournaments and haven’t chased any more dogs! In September of 2013 I traveled to Las Vegas and did so well that Beau said I wasn’t a ‘green dog’ anymore.  I have run very consistently since then except for the occasional blooper (everybody has them).  My favorite teammates are the border collies, I bark at them a lot and some of them bark back!   I also love our height dogs so I can go faster over the lower jumps, my sister Kiyah is one of them and sometimes we get to race together.  Since having my toe surgery in 2015, I have run faster and faster.  I posted personal bests in 2016, my mom and Aunt Karen were so surprised when they saw my times, I was very proud of myself and I hope to continue to run like that as my foot no longer hurts.  I keep earning titles and have lots of fun at practice and at the races.  I hope I continue to run clean and I am working on my turn at the box (although it is looking much better) so I can be even faster!  I am looking forward to many more years of flyball with all of my people and dog friends…

Besides playing flyball, I am also a Nosework dog and have earned several titles and am working on becoming an Elite dog one day.  I also love Fiesta Island where I run and run and then I swim a lot to cool down! I also love to go hiking with my friends, go out on the town with my mom and Kiyah and then I rest in my mom’s bathtub during my down time because it is my favorite place in the house.

 

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Kieran

Breed:  Mix

Titles:  TFE-III, FDCh-S

First Flyball Title: 2016

Handler: Laura Narimatsu

 

Bio: 

Kieran (the Borderdactyl) can be a bit eccentric, but I could not have asked for a better dog as my first. Always ready for an adventure, he will go anywhere with me. While he may not be the fastest flyball dog, he’s definitely one of the loudest! And he can always be counted on to do his job.

 

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Kiyah

Titles:  TFP-III, FDCh-S

Breed:  Mix

First Flyball Title: 2014

Handler: Rebecca Aiken

 

Bio: 

My name is Kiyah and I am an Australian Cattle Dog/Terrier mix. My Mom, Rebecca, adopted me from a rescue group in San Diego in June of 2014.  They said I was about 1, but my vet said I was a little older, so my birthday is now January 13, 2013. I love people and almost always give everyone a big hug when I meet them if my mom lets me. I also love dogs and enjoy wrestling with a few of my favorite friends.  I didn’t have any training when I was adopted, but I have worked hard and I am very good at all the basics like sit and stay, but my favorite thing to do is fetch, I am very good at it and had no instruction at all!

I started learning flyball almost as soon as I was adopted and I turned out to be a natural.  I learned to run over the jumps and hit the box to get the ball very quickly.  I love lining up and getting to go again and again to get the ball.  I would do it all day if I could!

I entered my first tournament in September 2014 and ran singles.  I ran fast and didn’t make any errors even with a very sore toe.  In October 2014 at Dogtoberfest I ran singles, pairs and part-time on a team.  I did great and earned my first two titles thanks to my very fast teammates!  I have continued to run great on any team I am on.  I can run anywhere in a lineup and will run for anyone who handles me, because sometimes Kendyll and I run on the same team, so mom has to run her.  I run consistent times and hardly ever make a mistake (unless I feel the jumps are too high…hehe).  I even improved my singles times in May of 2016, I was so fast I even surprised my mom with my times.  I hope to continue to run clean, get faster and earn more titles just like my big sister.  I am looking forward to many years of flyball.

Besides flyball, I am now a Certified Therapy Dog and I enjoy saying hi to people and making them feel better.  I also love to Dock Dive and competed a few times, it is fun cause it involves my favorite thing…a ball.  I love Fiesta Island where I run, swim and chase any balls that I see.  I also like to hike with my family and friends.  At home I am pretty chill, I like to hang out on the couch or in a comfy bed.  I don’t mind being home as long as I have Kendyll or another dog buddy around to keep me company.

 

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Max

Titles:  TFP, FDCh-S

Breed:  Border Collie

First Flyball Title: 2016

Handler: Anna Marie Bevins

 

Bio: 

Maxwell is a 3 year old border collie who is all about his ball. He’s been working hard with us at flyball for the past two and a half years now. When he’s in the ring it’s all about business, but he’s never too tired for a nice quick game of fetch.

 

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Mazie

Titles: 

Breed:  Pug

First Flyball Title:

Handler: Mariah Sherman

 

Bio: 

Mazie is a feisty little pug who loves people. Mazie was originally “just tagging along” to a flyball practice when her mom realized that she loved the sport. She is new to the sport, but has a great time playing and showing everyone that any breed can be a flyball dog!

 

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Mika

Titles: FD, FDX

Breed:  Australian Cattle Dog

First Flyball Title: 2018

Handler: Perry Chapman

 

Bio: 

Mika is always full of adventure and waiting to dive into the next job. Almost too smart for her own good. She loves backpacking, agility, scent-work, tricks and a recent addition is flyball. She is looking forward to years of success and fun being part of the game and this wonderful team.

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Mistie

Titles:  TFP-II, FDCh-G

Breed: Yorkshire Terrier

First Flyball Title: 2010

Handler: Cheryl MacDonald

 

Bio: 

Mistie, nicknamed the “naughty dog” for misadventures in the flyball ring, started flyball at 7 months old after she was kicked out of the dog park for climbing a tree and stealing someone else’s ball out of a chuck-it.  It was suggested that we might like flyball because of her crazy ball obsession.  It’s been a long slow training road, but I never gave up on her because no matter her crazy antics (and there have been plenty) I knew that she was having fun.  After four years of training and at almost 5 years old, we now have more good tournament days then bad but it was a long process to get there.  Mistie is a great reminder for all our new team mates when they get frustrated because everyone has a story about her.  They can hear the crazy stories and then look at her and see that they can get through the frustration.  Mistie also makes me realize how fortunate I am to have found such a wonderful flyball family.  Without the support of such great team mates, I’m 100% sure that we would have never made it through.  Mistie has accomplished more than I ever thought possible in flyball in those early days and taken me to places I would have never imagined, but I still never know what she’s going to do at a tournament.  She could be perfect, or run around in circles in the middle of a race like she did on Saturday at the Otay Ranch tournament.

 

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Nike

Titles:  TFP, FDCh

Breed:  Border Collie

First Flyball Title: 2015

Handler: Susan Fischer

 

Bio: 

Nike is a 6 year old smooth hair border collie rescue. He has been playing flyball for 3 years now, gets very excited in the line up and loves his tennis ball.

 

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Oakley

Patchwork’s Sure Shot AKA “Oakley”

Titles:  TF-III, FDX

Breed:  Miniature Australian Shepherd

First Flyball Title: 2017

Handler: Tiffany Hendrickson

 

Bio: 

Oakley came into my life in September of 2014. I decided after running flyball for years I wanted a Mini Australian Shepheard, my previous coach Terri May from Leap Of Faith had a mini named Sketch, and I had fallen in love. I contacted Patchwork Mini Aussies and fell in love with photos of this Blue Merle girl that stole my heart. She was my college graduation gift to myself.

She has always been a spunky, neurotic, fluff ball who cannot resist giving kisses, once she knows you of course. She has always been on the shy side. She started flyball at 16 weeks, but was more excited about zoomies than flyball. At three years old with years of persistence, she finally has gotten the hang of things. Oakley has been there through all the difficulties by my and Roxanne’s side.  There is no other dog like her in the world, she has so much excitement and love to give. She helped me find my love of dog training and has always been a welcomed challenge

Usually skeptical of most strangers, she took right to Jacob when she met him, well after she was startled and peed on him. He was not even bothered by it, then I knew he was worth keeping, and my dogs already liked him. Together he and I have played flyball with Roxanne and Oakley for about a year. It has been a blast.

 

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Phoebe

Titles:  TFE, FDX

Breed:  Golden Retriever

First Flyball Title: 2015

Handler: Erin Yakes

 

Bio: 

Coming Soon!

 

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Ranger

Titles:  TF

Breed:  Labrador Retriever

First Flyball Title: 2016

Handler: Jeff Reissman

 

Bio: 

Ranger is a 3 year old black lab.  He loves any game that involves a ball, running at the beach and taking naps with Mom.  He loves people and is always ready to say hello.

 

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Roscoe

Titles:  TF-III, FDX

Breed:  Mix

First Flyball Title: 2016

Handler: Erin Hammond

 

Bio: 

Roscoe is a 4 yr old rescue dog. He is a Jack Russell/Beagle “Jackabe” mix.   He is a very energetic dog that loves Flyball. When he’s not doing zoomies at Flyball, he loves to go on daily walks and run around Fiesta Island Dog Park with his sister Dakota. 

 

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Roxanne

Roxanne V “Roxy”

Titles:  TFE-II, FDCh

Breed:  Labrador Retriever

First Flyball Title: 2014

Handler: Tiffany Hendrickson

 

Bio: 

Roxy started as an eight-week-old puppy training for Canine Companions for Independence by a family out in Idaho. She was with that family for 18 months before heading to Santa Rosa for final training. I had applied for a service dog through Canine Companions for Independence when I was a senior in high school. Having Cerebral Palsy my family wanted to know that I would have a helping paw around if I needed one. I received the phone call to attend team training in November of my sophomore year in college. After two weeks of musical dogs, I was placed with Roxanne. Of course, my whole family had a new song to sing.

Roxanne and I have been a team through the difficulties of life since November of 2009. Because of her, I was able to complete a college degree, and teaching credential. I even got over my fear of public speaking, and received the title of Miss Wheelchair California in March of 2014. She has gotten me through so much that I knew she needed to have fun as well.

One day while sitting at home, I looked online for activities to do with your dog in Fresno, since that is where I used to live. A local flyball team named Leap of Faith came up. After looking into flyball, and clearing it with CCI, I came out to practices with LOF and the rest is history. Roxanne picked up flyball in about 6 months, mostly because she already had the training background so I just used things she already knew and built on them. We raced with LOF from 2011-2015, when I had completed graduate school and had to move down south for a job. I will always love my Leap family.

After joining a different southern California team for a year, and meeting my Fiancée Jacob, we switched to SD Flyball. What an amazing group of people. Each team member is like Family to Jacob and I. Even though Jacob has not been around flyball as long as I have, he is the team boxloader and loves my dogs as much as I do. I adore my dog family.  Without Roxy, I would not have any of the things I do today.

 

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Roxy

Titles:  TF-III, FDX

Breed:  Mix

First Flyball Title: 2017

Handler: Jessica Jones

 

Bio: 

We adopted Roxy when she was 4 months old. She was born in the rescue and we were her second home after her first ‘forever’ family returned her because she was too much work. Their loss, our gain!

Roxy is smarter than most people I know. She picks up commands in minutes, and finds the loopholes in those commands 5 minutes later! Bringing her to Flyball was the best decision I ever made. She just loves it – she gets balls and cheese, her two favorite things. She is becoming more and more consistent with every practice and I am so proud of everything she has achieved in her first year on the team.

 

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Scarlett

Titles:  TF-III, FDX

Breed:  Golden Retriever

First Flyball Title: 2015

Handler: Bobbi Prilaman

 

Bio: 

Scarlett is the most loveable dog! If you need a hug or not Scarlett is there! It’s been a long road in flyball. She loves to play ball but, she is so sensitive that you never know if she is going to come back with the ball or take off running somewhere. She is getting more confident with each practice and tournament. Scarlett also competes in Rally and Dock Jumping. She has her AKC CGCA and her AKC Intermediate Trick Dog titles. She is also a pet therapy dog with Love On A Leash. She loves to visit with kids and the older patients at hospitals and convalescent homes. In her free time she loves to swim, hike, and go on long walks.

 

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Scout

Titles:   TF-I

Breed:  Labrador Retriever

First Flyball Title: 2018

Handler: Debbie Reissman

 

Bio: 

Scout is a 18 month old yellow lab.  He is so excited to play flyball.  The only thing he likes better than flyball is playing with the hose nozzle in the back yard and knows how to turn it on himself.  Still in puppy mode he is always excited to meet other dogs and humans.

 

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Teddy

Titles:  TF, FDX

Breed:  Mix

First Flyball Title: 2017

Handler: James Mackay

 

Bio: 

Teddy is 2 yr cocker spaniel cross rescue dog. Been training for a year and has started competing. He loves Flyball and appears to be getting very competitive, under the watchful eye of the trainers!

 

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Thule

Two of Hearts

Titles:  TFE-I, FDCh

Breed:  Australian Cattle Dog

First Flyball Title: 2014

Handler: Carey Goodwin

 

Bio: 

Thule has been playing flyball since her debut at Dogtoberfest in 2014. She’s not the fastest dog, with her signature stutter steps, but she knows her job and loves to do it! She is sweet and snarky and a reliable anchor dog for whichever team she is running on.

 

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Zak

Titles:  TFFC, FDCh-G

Breed: Border Collie

First Flyball Title: 2011

Handler: Lyn Sandkaut

 

Bio: 

I found Zak online in August 2008 where he was with a rescue group in Lake County, California.  He was just four months old and he captured my heart.  I drove from San Diego to San Francisco to pick him up, returning to San Diego the same day, and he was worth every exhausting mile!  Zak is a good-natured boy who loves to chase anything we throw for him, whether it’s tennis balls, stuffed toys, sticks or pinecones.  Not only does he bring it back so we can throw it again, but he actually tosses it to us.  He loves the beach and hiking and is always ready for fun.  Zak tends to goof off at flyball practice, but he loves running in tournaments!

 

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Zoe

Titles:  TFP, FDCh-S

Breed:  Border Collie

First Flyball Title: 2016

Handler: Lyn Sandkaut

 

Bio: 

We adopted ten-month old Zoe in March 2015 from Arizona Border Collie Rescue.  Zoe is a girl on the go and loves everyone and is curious about everything.  She is totally obsessed with the tennis ball to the point where we have to hide them – she would rather have a tennis ball than food – and food is right up there with her favorite things!  Zoe loves to be where the action is and she’s crazy about flyball and her big brother Zak. 

 

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