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OUR RACING DOGS

SADIE - FG40K 11/5/17  &  IRON DOG 11/4/17

By our collective recall, current and past team trainers, Sadie started flyball training and moved on to racing full time in a ridiculously short time – under two months! At her first tournament in 2008, she earned FD, FDX and FDCh titles, and came within 24 points of FDCH – Silver by the end of that Sunday!  She’s had a great flyball career, performing height dog duties for whatever team is lucky to race with her, including Portland Tail Blazers and Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun. In keeping with the theme of overachievement, she earned the Irondog title and FG40K at the same tournament in 2017!

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! 

LOLA - FM  9/29/2019

Photograph by Heather Butcher
Photograph by Ray Lundrigan
PIXEL THE BARBARIAN - ONYX  8/12/2018

What is good in life? To crush your enemies, hear them falling behind you, and hear their lamentations in their crates!  Abandoned in rural Idaho, Pixel was approximately 7 months old when adopted by Carol Helfer. Pixel had little self-control and the attention span of a gnat, hence "the Barbarian." She earned her FD in 2013, and her flyball training was continued after Carol's tragic death. Pixel is now a reliable, competitive athlete, who races in memory of her first mom. DNA testing shows she is half mini-Aussie and a quarter Border Collie. The prevailing theory is that the other quarter is chupacabra. That girl can TRASH TALK! She has made a new home with Nancy Westrell and her flyball mentor, Clarabelle Tailfeathers. Pixel earned her Nose Work 3 title in 2018, and has enjoyed agility classes and Barn Hunt in the past.

Photograph by Crystal Beck
Photograph by Paul Linnerud
BLUE CEDAR'S QUASAR - ONYX  11/9/19

Bred specifically for sports like agility, freestyle disc and fly ball, Blue Cedar's Quasar is 50% border collie, 30% border terrier, 12% jack russell terrier, 8% staffordshire bull terrier, and 100% enthusiasm.  Quasar's boundless enthusiasm, especially for the fuzzy green orbs of canine happiness, made his training an arduous journey of several years, but Quasar is rapidly turning into a reliable height dog. When not playing flyball, Quasar likes to play with tugs, flirt poles, discs, and balls. If none of those are available as distractions, then the neighborhood squirrels are well advised to stay high in their trees, lest they become snacks.

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 is his cousin Bella, who he loves 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 - FM 2/17/18

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 2016.

SABIA - FM -  10/12/2018

Pharaoh Hound

Photograph by Paul Linnerud
DARBY - FM  7/14/2019

Border Collie

PI - FDCH-Gold   7/13/2019

Border Collie/Papillon

Photograph by Paul Linnerud
SULLY - FDCH-Gold   9/15/2019

Australian Cattle Dog/German Shepherd

LEVI - FDCH-Gold   11/9/2019

Miniature Australian Shepherd

Photograph by David Eastman

IMAGINE  - FM 11/9/2019

Imagine is a smooth coated border collie that loves to go fast! Her current personal best is 3.873.  She was named after the John Lennon song "Imagine" but generally answers to Gin!    She is my first flyball dog, but I have trained her in Agility where she also competes.  

GRYFFIN  - FDCH-Silver 2/18/2018

Australian Shepherd

ROSEMARY  - FDCH - Silver 11/11/2018

Border Collie

Photograph by Paul Linnerud

STORM - FDCH-Gold 7-15-2018

Miniature Australian Shepherd

LADY - FDCH 9/15/2019

MIX

HALO - FDX  7/13/2019

Australian Shepherd

HULU - FM  9/13/2014

MIX

STELLA - FDCH-Silver  1/27/2019

Border Collie/Papillon

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