On June 8th and 9th the temperatures were extremely hot in Las Vegas, and so were the Cyclones of The Ballistic Racers Flyball Team. With a First Place win on Saturday and another on Sunday, the Cyclones were floating on cloud nine at The Race n Go Flyball Tournament.  Vegas, Cody, Mochi, Indie, Molly, and Pooky had clean runs which put them in First Place. Bullet Dogs did well too, with a Second Place win on Saturday and a Third Place win on Sunday.

It was on outstanding weekend of racing for the Ballistic Racers, placing on both days with both teams in the Riviera Hotel and Casino. To make things even better, they had the best Flyball Fumble Recovery ever posted on YouTube. Be sure to watch it as Zippy makes his fantastic save by running through the spectators to retrieve his ball, and then finishes the race!

All in all, it was a great weekend of flyball racing with our teammates and “Man’s Best Friend”.

Go Ballistic!

Brian and Joanne Matsumoto

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We only raced one day at Dogtoberfest in Ramona, Saturday October 6th, but it was one of our best days ever. Our Bullet Dog Team was on fire with Zippy, Dylan, Cody, Herbie, Slash and Archer.

Zippy!

Dylan!

Cody!

Herbie!

Slash!

Archer!

We were in preparation for our farthest trip ever to Hurricane Utah. We knew that the Utah tournament was only three weeks away, so we wanted to work out all the bugs.

The bugs were gone when Bullet Dogs came in First Place and broke our record with a 19.2 second run.

Indie says, “Go Ballistic!”

Our two other teams, Cyclones and the Jets, did very well too. Both The Cyclones and The Jets came in third place but were very close to second. As Amber K. put it, “We were smokin hot!” It was an outstanding day for Ballistic Racers with great wins, good food, and a new team record.

As Captains, we are extremely proud of our team, Ballistic Racers. Flyball is a sport which requires dedication on the part of the handler as well as the dog. Coming to weekly practice, setting aside time for racing, and preparing for tournaments are chores we all have to face as members of a flyball team. Some members have even been coming to practice twice a week!

Ballistic Racers is less than two years old, and we already have two teams racing, with a third in the making. We have been competing against teams which have been established for a decade or more, and have been able to place first, second or third. Some of our dogs have only been practicing for a few months, and are already good solid dogs, receiving titles and medals. Of course some dogs take longer than others, but dedication is the name of the game. Those repetitions imprint the knowledge in the dog’s memory so they will remember for extended periods of time.

Even though we spend hours training, our team goal is to have fun. We have great times at practice, doing demos, and at tournaments. Whether we are enjoying one of our fabulous barbecues, practicing box turns, or helping new dogs learn the jumps, we want everyone to have fun. As you can see from our newsletter, website, and videos, we and our dogs have fun!

Brian and Joanne Matsumoto

Ballistic Racers Flyball Captains

Go Ballistic!!