OUR RACING DOGS
Photograph by Ray Lundrigan
LOLA - FM 9/29/2019
Lola was an accidental breeding when two pets were unintentionally let out together during some home construction. The dogs were then spooked and ran away. The beautiful male Aussie unfortunately was struck and killed on a road quite a ways from home. More than a day later the young, small female Aussie was found hiding under a spa at a nearby house. Her human mom loved her dogs so much, she kept one and personally selected homes for the other 5 pups. We had lost our beloved Aussie the year before and jumped at the chance for another like him. We did NOT get another like him. Lola was the smallest of the litter but when she came into our home at 8 weeks (March of 2016) she immediately tried to become alpha over a 13-year old border collie mix and a 1-year old cattle dog/border collie mix. She's small, but mighty.
At about 9 weeks old I recognized that she was pushing tennis balls back to me. I'd roll it to her
and she'd nudge it back over and over. They were too big for her to put in her mouth at that time. I always wanted a dog to play fetch with, but now I don't wish the curse on anyone.
She is at 100 all the time and always the center of attention becoming the "bratty little sister" if she doesn't get her way. Lola become LOLA as she's always always trying to dominate the situation and ALWAYS wanting to fetch!
TAZER - FMX 11/10/2019
Tazer is a Mini American Shepherd who began his flyball career at age three and has earned his FM title. Adopted by Jett in 2013, he is an athletic and personable dipstick who is enthusiastic about everything. He has a natural box turn, and has been convinced that bringing the ball back to Jett is necessary. His favorite teammate was his cousin Bella, who he loved running with. Outside of flyball, he is learning agility and competes in Nose Work, and has demonstrated his herding ability by rounding up Jett's 2 dwarf goats on occasion.
Photograph by Paul Linnerud
Photograph by Paul Linnerud
MIGHTY MILO - FMX 1/26/2020
Milo was adopted by Megan and Jeff Yarroll from the Oregon Human Society. His birthday is March 12, 2013. He is believed to be a Chihuahua mix with a Yorkie personality and Papillon-insired ears. Milo has earned his Canine Good Citizenship award, and is training to become a therapy dog. Milo is also becoming an accomplished trick dog, with several titles in that sport. He thought about dock-diving, but then had second thoughts. He loves running, snuggling, rolling over and chewing on his sister. Milo has great enthusiasm for flyball, and we hope to see him out there in the lanes in 2021.
INKY - FDCh-Silver 2/20/2022
Inkabod "Inky" Crane was part of an unwanted litter born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and later shipped up to Oregon Humane Society where she was adopted by Susan. Having trained her older dog for nearly four years with Portland Tail Blazers, the team indoctrinated Inky almost immediately. Her favorite activites include running, jumping, and spinning, so flyball is a perfect match, almost including all three. She debuted at 15 months, getting 15 points to match her age and hopes to keep racing for many years to come.
SAGEBRUSH SMILEY - FDCh-Silver 2/19/2022
Sage was found wandering astray in Oklahoma City OK, and picked up by animal control. He had the great fortune to be rescued by Miller's Cause and transferred to one of the foster homes in Amarillo TX where he was caught up on his vet care. He was adopted by a couple in Guerneville CA who surrendered him after a week due to "too much energy." Rather than transport him back to OK or TX, a foster home was found in southern OR with Aussies Furever Rescue. They thought he was a mini-Aussie, so he was advertised as such. After adoption by Nancy and Pixel, DNA results showed he was Mini-Pin, Chihuahua, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, Pomeranian, Mini-Poodle, and Pekinese. Since he was 25 % inbred, likely he was manufactured in a puppy mill.
Artie - FDX 1/30/2022
Artie is an Australian Shepherd mixed with Border Collie and a few other breeds, like Bulldog. He is a sensitive boy with a desire to please and always tries his best when he is playing flyball. Artie started learning flyball with his owner, Sarah, when he was eight months old in the PTB class. Though born in different states, they are both from small, country towns, and now living in the big city, which makes their bond even stronger. When not racing, Artie participates in Rally, Toss & Fetch, Nosework, and Tricks, but most of the time he prefers sleeping and eating!
Photograph by Crystal Beck
Brooke - FDX 1/29/2022
Brooke is an Australian shepherd and was born on a farm in Yamhill county, Oregon in March 2017. The runt of her all-female litter, her sweet, comic, and intelligent nature was immediately apparent. She came to live with Veronica in May 2017. In an attempt to channel her overflowing reserves of energy and undying love of balls, she joined Portland Tailblazers flyball classes in 2019. After a break due to the pandemic, she joined the team in 2021 and earned her FD and FDX titles on January 29, 2022. When not playing flyball, Brooke likes to play frisbee, fetch, get dirty, and go for walks. She also enjoys down time on the couch while watching tv and chewing on antlers.
Frizzle - FDCh-Silver 2/19/2022
Frizzle (Salmon Creeks Waves of Gold), May 8, 2018
FB English Cocker Spaniel
AKA...Frazzled Frizzle or Miss Wiggle Butt
To us, Frizzle is so much more than an athlete or a family pet. She was our saving grace who brought JOY to our lives during a very difficult time. With that, the birth of five healthy puppies was the best thing that happened. Frizzle was the only red in the litter and she was our keeper. Her mother is our Keira. Oh, what joy five puppies can bring!!
In early Jun 2018 another tragedy struck. Frizzle nearly lost her life. While playing with her siblings, there was a freak accident and Frizzle almost drowned. When she was discovered, she was limp and lifeless, and not breathing. We worked frantically giving chest compressions and mouth to mouth (yes it was difficult and traumatic doing this to a 3.5 week old puppy). A miracle happened, she took her first breath on the way to the emergency vet. Afterward, the hard part would be waiting to see if the lungs would clear and that infection did not set in. There were many prayers, and Frizzle got a clean bill of health ten days later. That first year was a difficult one, as Frizzle also underwent surgery for a swallowed rock.
Currently, she is a very happy, healthy 3 year old. She is very eager to please and will almost always give more than 110%. She loves many sports including Dock Diving, Frisbee Toss & Fetch, Agility, FCAT, Barn Hunt, and Flyball. Her accomplishments include: 2020 & 2021 Dock Diving Regionals (3rd place Lap Elite Division 202), 2020 Dock Diving National Championship Invite, titles include Air Retrieve Senior, Dock Master Advanced and Dock Elite with a PB of 22'2". In Frisbee Toss & Fetch she participated in the (Regional) World Wide Championship earning 1st Place in the Master Division (with Shana) and 1st Place in the Handler Division (with Kelly), she is currently working on her foundation skills for agility and is looking forward to competing in the Fall of 2022. Frizzle also made her debut in Flyball at the January 2022 Tournament hosted by Animal House, where she achieved her FDCh and PB of 4.881 seconds.
Most of all, Frizzle loves hanging out with her friends and giving loves whenever she can!
If you see a dog who has a smile on her face and a wagging tail that never stops...that's Frizzle!