Meet The Speed


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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By Ashley

Chloe came for a breeder in Hemet, Calif. Chloe was eight weeks old when I got her. She is an Australian Sheppard who loves to play fetch. Chloe gets really excited when she knows it is flyball time. She is very athletic and a very devoted dog. She was very shy when meeting new dogs, but since she started flyball she gets excited when she sees other dogs. Chloe loves being with the other dogs now. When she runs she has a giddy up in her run. She is a very happy dog who gives it her best when it comes to flyball.

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by Kelly

Dennis was an abandoned and neglected vizsla, who was nursed back to health by Kelly, and her husband Jim, a little over two years ago. The vet ballparked his age as between one and two years old at the time.

Flyball has helped Dennis continue his healing journey. He has gained a confidence that he did not have before. Initially he was super afraid of the flyball box, and approached it like he was being asked to remove a ticking grenade from it. He would “suck” the ball out of the hole, ever so careful not to touch the box, lest he touch and trigger the box. Eventually he learned that he could earn treats by touching the box, and it was at this point that he decided the box was not his enemy, but  a slot machine that would dispense yummy chicken treats if he could just find the right place to touch. He would stand with his front feet on top of the box, touching it with his nose, tapping it with his foot, even checking behind it for a secret button, much like an addicted canine gambler at a slot machine!

Nowadays, Dennis has no trouble at all getting on that box and whizzing back with the ball. He has even earned himself a few flyball titles!
Nov. 15, 2009

Bailey was adopted from the shelter in Phoenix, AZ, by her dad Christian. At
the time he was a single parent and it got rough for awhile when Bailey came
down with parvo. She pulled through and has been a fighter ever since.
However, Bailey did lack, shall we say, manners. She was somewhat sheltered,
kept indoors and not socialized as a puppy. Bailey spent all her time with her
dad so when Christian decided to move to San Diego California and get married
to Tiffany, she was not thrilled.

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San Diego was great, great weather and a new step-brother, Maddox the pug,
and they have DOG PARKS!!! But still Bailey had a hard time adjusting, she
ate a few couches, a couple of doors, several pairs of shoes and an un-named
number of remotes! One thing bailey always loved is playing ball…she loves
the ball, a little obsessed. In 2008, her dad was called to active duty to
go overseas for a year. Bailey and her step-mom, tiffany had to find a bond.
Tiffany found Ballistic Racers on-line and took bailey to an evaluation. She
was barking and growling, scared of the box and the box loader. However,
brian and Joanne saw potential and Tiffany was dedicated.

Today, bailey is an amazing dog. She LOVES flyball and she is good at it.
She loves having a job to do. At home, she is calmer and no longer has to be
crated to protect the couch. She has good manners and loves her step-mom!
She never misses a jump! Her dad has returned to the United States and hopes
maybe she will run for him too!

The true hound on the flyball team. Indie, the beagle-daschund mix has the biggest bark on a team and is often named by the team captains “the cheerleader.” Indie finds flyball irresistible. Why not if he gets everything: exercise, attention, praise, treats, chat with his doggie friends, and fresh air. Indie and his mom Linda have been on the flyball team for a year now. When not “ballistic,” Indie is a keen eater, kisser, and a shy admirer of the after tournament massages. Life couldn’t be better!

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Vegas or Vegie is a rescue split faced border collie who is a flyball fanatic. She and her mom Joanne, have been racing in flyball for seven years and hold numerous titles. Vegie loves flyball more that anything else in the world. She usually is in the start dog position and smiling as she clears the jumps. She enjoys walks, playing frisbee and likes to ride in the car. She recently took up swimming which she enjoys immensely. Vegie has great flyball skills and is the border collie on our team logo.

Vegas at home Aug 09

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