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by Brian and Joanne Matsumoto

Ballistic Racers Flyball Team had a banner weekend at Irvine this year. January 15th and 16th were much warmer than usual and turned out to be a stellar weekend for our team. We took a first place in our division with our team “Bullet Dogs” on Sunday. It was so exciting to take home first place knowing that all our hard work has been paying off. Our dogs Zippy, Molly, Blast, Cody, Meika, and Herbie had some of the best turns that our team has ever displayed. Zippy and Robin both had their best times ever at this tournament! Zippy broke into the 3’s with a 3.9 second run and Robin had a 4.7 second run on Saturday for his best time ever. Congratulations to Bullet Dogs on their First Place Win!

Even though first place is great, the most exciting racing of the day was with our team “Cyclones”. It was Domino and Slash’s first time racing. Domino’s best time of the day was a 5.3 second run and Slash also had an excellent time with a 5.6 second run. The highlight of the weekend racing was Cyclone’s win by 5 hundredths of a second. Amber and Geneva figured out that if they switched spots we could shorten the passes and win more races. Their hunch paid off  superbly, and  we tied for third place. In the tiebreaker we lost, but we know we did extremely well for having two new dogs on the team. Congratulations to Dennis, Pooky, Kirin, Slash, Indie, and Domino on their great performance.

Ever since the Winter Games we have been reminiscing about our racing that weekend. We also made a great discovery at the tournament and found a “light tree” for sale. We recently purchased a set and now have our own start lights to use at practice. As usual we had great food, great fun with our dogs, and got really tired! Now we are rested up and ready for another round of racing at Ramona in March, so we can…

GO BALLISTIC!


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by Brian and Joanne Matsumoto

Thanks to a lot of hard work, preparation, and Miyabi Japanese Steak House, the Ballistic Racers Christmas Party was once again a big success. Over thirty people attended and a Grand prize of a two night stay in Catalina was given away.

The chefs put on a great show while everyone dined on succulent steak, chicken, or seafood. We celebrated five birthdays of Alice, Phyllis, Shay, Su, and Karen. The evening slipped away as we all traded gifts, received gifts, and was topped off with a spectacular slide show from Kelly.

As we enjoyed the birthday cake we congratulated the grand prize winners, Shay and Kevin, who won the two night stay in Avalon. Since they are moving across country, have a new baby, and have not ever been to Catalina, this was the perfect gift.

It’s great to reminisce about how our team started just three years ago with five people and how it now numbers over twenty. We did not imagine that in three years we would have such a large team, so many dogs, and such a huge Christmas Dinner. Flyball is a big part of our lives, and we intend to make it as enjoyable as possible. All of our team members live for our dogs, enjoy the comradary, and try to do our best as we have fun in Flyball Racing.

Have a Merry Christmas, and a
Happy New Year,

Brian, Joanne, Minnie, Vegas, and Zippy

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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!

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Groovy Event Benefits Canine Companions for Independence

Join the Ballistic Racers Flyball Team when Canine Companions for Independence hosts the sixth annual WOOFSTOCK: A Festival for Dogs & People on Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 10:00AM until 3:00PM. The event will be held at the corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way in San Diego’s Balboa Park. All proceeds from WOOFSTOCK will benefit Canine Companions, which is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities completely free of charge. This ‘60’s themed festival is open to the public and well-behaved, leashed dogs. There is plenty of free parking. Admission is only $5 and discount coupons are being distributed to local businesses. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available.
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The day will begin with the Peace, Love & Walk ‘N Roll fun dog walk at 9:00AM. Walk registration fee (($35 adult, $15 child, $60 family) includes the official WOOFSTOCK tie dye t-shirt, free Festival admission and a sWAG bag filled with great surprises! The walk is approximately 1.3 miles through beautiful Balboa Park and online registration is available at http://www.cci.org/woofstock. Walkers have the opportunity to raise funds for Canine Companions and exciting prizes will be rewarded based on the donations collected. The Top Dog Fundraiser will win a custom painting of their pooch by artist Deirdre O’Byrne!

The WOOFSTOCK Festival begins at 10:00AM. There are plenty of fun activities for the family and Fido! Enjoy demonstrations by amazing canines including assistance dogs, Disc Dogs, search and rescue dogs and our own Ballistic Racers Flyball Team. Compete in contests for Grooviest Costume, Best Trick, Longest Tail, and Biggest and Smallest Paws. Check out the games and activities at the Children’s Fun Zone. Bring your dog to the K9 Playground. Shop at the dozens of vendor booths, bid on unique items in a silent auction and enjoy delicious refreshments.

WOOFSTOCK is the premiere dog festival in San Diego County! Last year, approximately 2,000 people attended.

About WOOFSTOCK:
For more information, visit http://www.cci.org/woofstock or call (760) 901-4300. For sponsorship and vendor inquiries, contact Annie Scott at (760) 901-4306.

About Canine Companions for Independence:
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly-trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has five regional training centers across the country, including a local facility in Oceanside. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, training and ongoing follow-up services. For more information, visit http://www.cci.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.

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