By Amber

Molly is my little Parson Russell Terrier who just loves to run in her flyball races! We adopted Molly when she was 10 weeks old & when she weighed only 4 lbs.. She was the sweetest of her litter and even though she was the runt and had some issues, it was love at first sight. Being a Terrier who is ball obsessed, flyball is the perfect outlet for her and I think doing it together has strengthened our human-dog bond. After almost a year and a half of Flyball training with Brian & Joanne, Molly is now an advanced Flyball dog who is an example for new participants, and (not bragging or anything) has the best swimmer’s turn on the team! Molly has a new little brother who is in puppy training. He is a Border Collie named Slash who so far has been easy to train. We love Flyball! Amber Kolpin, Molly & Slash

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by Brian and Joanne Matsumoto

Zippy, Zip, or Riptide Zip, is a purebred Blue Merle Border Collie from Contact Point Border Collies in Fillmore California. He is four years old, and obsessed with Flyball. He holds many Flyball Titles including Top Flight I, II, and III in U-FLI and FD, FDX, FDCH, and FDCH –Silver in NAFA. Zippy has been doing flyball for three years and enjoys every minute of action since he has so much energy and drive. He has been in the newspaper and on the News twice for Woofstock.

Zippy is a friendly dog who not only loves flyball, but loves to do agility and go swimming as well. He goes to agility and frequents the Dog Spa in Oceanside each weekend. He really enjoys swimming and chasing after those toys, pushing off the wall, and making a quick turn to do another round of chase. When not doing his activities, Zippy enjoys flying over to Catalina, where he goes on long walks and really great golf cart rides around Avalon.

Due to his quick speed, and love for flyball racing, Zippy holds up to his name.

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Ballistic Racers recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the Union Tribune.  A big hank you to the Union Tribune for taking the time to learn more about us, and the fantastic sport of flyball!

Read Union Tribune Article

Ballistic Racers team members sure know how to put on a great lunch barbecue!  This recipe shared by Amber, was a hit at our tournament barbecue, with lots of people going back for seconds.  Very fresh and light, the perfect thing for a hot day!  Thanks Amber, for sharing.

Orzo Salad
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentis (some modifications by Amber)

4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups orzo
1 (15-oz) can garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup red & yellow teardrop or grape tomatoes, halved. You can use more if you like.
3/4 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
2/3 cup Red Wine Vinaigrette, recipe follows
salt & freshly ground black pepper

Pour the broth into a heavy saucepan. Cover the pan and bring to boil over high heat. Stir in the orzo. Cover partially and cook until the orzo is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring frequently, about 7 mins. Drain the orzo through a strainer. Transfer the orzo to a large wide bowl and toss until the orzo cools slightly. Set aside to cool completely.

Toss the orzo with the beans, tomatoes, onion, basil, mint, and enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad to taste with salt & pepper and serve at room temp.

Vinaigrette (note: this recipe makes EXTRA vinaigrette, so only use it to taste on the orzo.)

1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
1  teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, & pepper in a blender. With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette to taste with more salt & pepper if desired.  Yield 1 3/4 cups.

Enjoy!

By Kelly V.

Tuck, our 11 1/2 year old, 40 pound vizsla, is no longer able to keep up with the rest of the pack on walks, due to some health issues.  Not wanting to leave him at home, we searched for a dog stroller aka “the sag wagon” that he could ride in when he ran out of steam.  After much research, we decided on the Pet Gear Expedition Stroller.  First of all, although there’s plenty of strollers to choose from for lap size dogs, it’s much more difficult to find a stroller for a larger size breed.  This stroller is plenty big enough for Tuck, as well as being able to carry some additional supplies.

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by Brian and Joanne Matsumoto

The annual “Fun Day” for the Boston Terrier meetup was quite a success. It was held April 24th at the Hidden Valley Obedience Club in Escondido. A full field of mainly black and white Bostons dominated the grounds. There were a few red and brown terriers mixed in, along with other breeds from the flyball team.

Ballistic Racers Flyball Team demonstrated the sport of flyball with large, medium and small dogs. The demos were held between the festivities which included raffles, costume competitions, and games. One of the Boston owners was the D.J. and did a great job at announcing the events, winners, raffle prizes and flyball demonstrations. Boston Terriers make very good flyball dogs with their speed, size, and athletic ability. Some of the Bostons gave flyball a try, and were very successful.

It was a day of enjoyment with food, friends, and man’s best friend. Everyone ate hotdogs, enjoyed the Boston Terrier Festivities, and participated in the activities. With one of the warmest days of spring, it was a fun day for all!

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by Brian and Joanne Matsumoto

On Saturday April 10th 2010, a crowd of more than three thousand people and hundreds of dogs converged on San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park. They were all there for the annual Woofstock Celebration. Woofstock is an event put on by Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), to benefit people in need of service dogs. It was a day of celebration for you and your dog, with things to buy, things to do, and things to watch.
A five mile dog walk started the event off in scenic Balboa Park. Ballistic Racers Flyball Team put on several demonstrations of Flyball and also let the public try their dogs on the course. It was a great day for all since there were over thirty vendors of dog items, people food, contests, and of course the demonstrations of Flyball, Disc Dogs, and Agility at the K-9 playground. Woofstock has become a huge dog event, and everybody looks forward to it each year. Be sure to watch for the 2011 edition of Woofstock next April!
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Fox 5 San Diego News, Woofstock interview with Canine Companions for Independence and Ballistic Racers .

Watch the News Clip

Ballistic Racers has another record setting dog! This time it’s “Dennis the Vizsla”, who went Ballistic and is now recognized as the “Breed Ambassador”. For 2009 Dennis had a U-fli record setting run time of 5.446 seconds. Owner Kelly Viscosi received his Breed Ambassador Certificate in the mail today, April 9th 2010, the day of the Woofstock Celebration. This means that Dennis the Vizsla was the fastest Vizsla in U-fli for 2009. What a way to end a day of Woofstock, a festival for dogs and people!
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Our other record setting dog was Meika, our team’s little Yorkshire Terrier owned by Jennifer Styers. Meika broke the U-fli Yorkshire Terrier record her first time out! She was racing singles at Ramona in November.
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Congratulations to Jen and Meika and Kelly and Dennis!
Team Captains,
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Come to Woofstock for a day of fun and excitement for you and your dog. Woofstock as an annual event held in Balboa Park to benefit Canine Campanions for Independence. This event features Flyball Racing, Disc Dogs, a Fun Dog Walk, Dog Contests, and a multitude of Dog Activities. Here is the best opportunity for you to shop for dog related supplies with over thirty vendors which can supply you with the latest and greatest dog toys and items. Of course, there is human food as well as dog treats and some great performances by talented dogs and handlers. If you have a dog, you don’t want to miss this Saturday’s event at beautiful Balboa Park from 10 to 3 on April 10th. It’s fun, an outing for you and your dog, and goes to benefit a great cause, CCI (Canine Companions for Independence.
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