Dogs just luva Flyball
DOGS love jumping, catching, retrieving and they are always striving to please their owners.
Basil, El Jay, Mac, Jasper and Chicko proved that when they raced into action to show why they are one of the best line-ups in Queensland when it comes to Flyball at the Nambour Showgrounds.
The five dogs are members of the Luvadog Regardless race team and they combined to finish third overall in Division I, the top-dog group, at the Nambour Pet Expo.
Nine teams from throughout south-east Queensland contested the event.
Flyball is basically a relay race between two teams of four dogs over an 18.6 metre course.
Racing side-by-side, one dog from each team must go over four hurdles, trigger a flyball box pedal, catch (retrieve) a tennis ball and then return over all four hurdles to the start/finish gate where the next dog is waiting to be released by its handler.
The first team to have all four dogs complete the course, without error, wins the heat.
The Luvadog Regardless team, which includes dogs from Hervey Bay and Maryborough, has plenty of talent in its ranks.
Basil, a Border Terrier, and Chicko, a Border Collie, are both Australian champions, Border Collie El Jay is a Flyball Master, another Border Collie Jasper is a Flyball Dog Champion as is yet another Border Collie, Mac.
When they are on song, there is no catching them – so to speak.
The club’s fastest ever time in a heat is a red-hot 20.354 seconds recorded in the state titles earlier this year.
No new seed times (the fastest time that a team of four dogs can run) were set at Nambour, but Luvadog captain Anita Bennett said that wasn’t surprisng.
“It was a very hot day and the dogs compensated by slowing down slightly,” she said.
“Saying that, all the dogs ran like clockwork and did their owners proud.
“Finishing third was a great effort given the heat.”