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Flyball by the Bay

Mill Bay      July 29/30, 2017

 

An island tournament again – Barn Stormers made an appearance finally.    We didn’t cover ourselves in glory, but we had some fun.   Max ran for Nikki and Samantha, and even Rob for one race – he was his steady dependable self – what a good boy.   Pixie came with Ally and Buffy on the Saturday but unfortunately she found the excitement level just too high and was unable to play by the rules.  Buffy, however, was her reliable self – her own style but consistent.   The rest of our team was made up of three Jack Russells – Rizzo and Roo with Tara (Flying Underdogs) and Pterra with Crystal (Apupalyptic) all from Oregon.    Miss Stormy ran with Portland Tailblazers to make room for the rest of the club dogs – she achieved a personal best time of 5.6 sec on Saturday!  Yay, Stormy.

Sunday’s line up had Dixie and Honey joining Max and the Jacks.  Dixie also found the excitement too much – little does she know how hard she’s going to be working at practices from now on!   Valiant little Honey decided she’d had enough and retired herself – still lots of get up and go, but not over jumps or hitting a box, she says!!

As always, good to see and visit with flyball friends and enjoy quiet time with our club after racing.

Photos are courtesy of Nikki and David E from Portland.

Part of Saturday’s lineup

And a bit of Sunday’s

Janet with Roo

Christmas Party, 2016

Well, it was kinda early, Nov. 5 to be exact, but a few of us managed to get together at Laura’s house for a bit of socializing and laughs.  Thanks again to Laura for allowing us to use her house..it makes such a great party place.   The food was awesome as always, and the company great.      When we felt we’d done justice to the table, we settled into a comfortable spot for a few presentations.    While we didn’t make it to a lot of tournaments this year, when we did, there were two events that had to be acknowledged …  both Nikki and Lasha achieved perfect starts – well done, gals.     It wasn’t a hard decision for the Team Spirit Award this year… Janet and Sid…. they’ve made a wonderful addition to the club.    Earlier this year saw our second wedding in the club… Ally and Bruce,,,, and before the year would be out, our first baby… congratulations to Erika – welcome to Remy.

Secret Santa finished off the evening… quite low key… hardly any contact or stealing!   Oh, well…

As 2016 winds to a close, my wish is for you all to have a wonderful holiday season, and here’s to a great New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flyball at the Fairground

Saanichton        August 13-14, 2016

 

Again – our very own local tournament, cohosted by Barn Stormers and Total Anarchy.  With some creative planning, we were able to put together two teams to enter in the Open Division;   the Tailstormers, consisting of Max, Griz, Buffy, Pixie, Honey and Pixel who placed 4th on Saturday, and 1st on Sunday, and the Barn Blazers –  Robbie, Navi, Bella, Dixie, Stormy and Ruff who placed 3rd on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday.  Well done all of you!   It would be remiss to not especially acknowledge our faithful box loader, Tony – two teams, dogs he didn’t know and special balls – he did it all.   Our sincere thanks to Nancy, who came from Portland to run with us and to Julia, who loaned us Griz.  You can be Barn Stormers any time you want!  Two new titles were achieved on Saturday – Navi and Stormy both reached FDCh-G (3000 points)

On Saturday, Barn Stormers were responsible for running the tournament;  a special big thank you has to go to Sid and Karen D who kept that table running smoothly.  Our prizes of dog toys and tugs seemed to go over well – thank you, Janet, for all your work on those.  Barn Stormers also organized and hosted the potluck Saturday night – corn on the cob and lots of everything else.

Sunday we were responsible for the raffle table – Lynn and Liz did a terrific job there.    Erika and Samantha managed to have the right food for the judge, table workers and our team.  Good job, ladies.   Sid and Laura also were kept very busy on Sunday, helping TA with their running of the scoring table.

A lot of work from everyone made our share of the tournament successful…. thank you all!

The famous dog bones and firehose tugs

The famous dog bones and firehose tugs

Our excellent raffle table … over 40 items

Our excellent raffle table … over 40 items

Samantha perfumed the air with the delicious smell of baking cinnamon buns

Samantha perfumed the air with the delicious smell of baking cinnamon buns

Great lunch designed by Erika, with Rob on the bbq for the burgers

Great lunch designed by Erika, with Rob on the bbq for the burgers

Stuffing Party !

Samantha and Nikki hosted a stuffing party to stuff toys for the tournament.    Laura, Ally, Lynn, Janet, the girls, and Marg stuffed and sewed away til there were 150 dog bone toys stuffed and squeakered!     Since it was a party, there had to be food of course… mmmm good.   Sid manned the bbq and deep fryer for us when he and Tony weren’t watching the football game on the big screen tv.    Fun for all.   To add to the mix, 5 dogs checking out what we were doing… everytime someone tested a squeaker, they really had to investigate.

stuffing

Run Free March Madness

Cloverdale, BC       March 12 – 13, 2016

 

What a weekend!   Barn Stormers travelled to the mainland, dealing with ferry waits, rain and wind.  Buffy, Navi, Stormy and Ruff met up with Jonas (our satellite member) to run in the largest tournament Region 7 has seen in a long time – 30 teams and it would have been 33 but for a suspected kennel cough outbreak which caused one club to withdraw.

First race jitters on Saturday made for some crazy moments but as we settled down, we held our own, finally finishing the day with a second place.  Jonas earned his new title early in the day – FMX – good boy.   Our valiant little height dog, Stormy, ran true until the second to last race of the day when she showed us she was tired.  Not to be stimied, we upped the jump heights to 14 inches to the amazement of many, anchored the team with Ruffy, and ran well, taking all four heats.   Such good dogs !!

On Sunday, our Captain Graham, strategized and had us jumping 14 inches for the first race to again take all 4 heats.  The rest of the day went well too, until Stormy decided that the little border collie, Bailey, in the other lane was more attractive than the ball in our box.   Ruffy was delighted to have her pulled because he got to run again.   A major highlight of this day was when Navi and Lasha pulled off a perfect start… not easy to do!   Well done.   Despite our good beginning, our “oops” made us finish in second place again.

Our final race was over by 2:30 so it was a dash to the ferry to try to beat the storm that was threatening – rain and strong winds.  Everyone made it for the 4:00 ferry but it was held in port for 30 minutes while they decided if it would go or not.  Finally they boarded us, but as the ferry backed out, the wind blew us into the pilings – made the local news and scared a lot of people as we crashed and tipped.   Crossing the strait was a roller coaster ride – not fun at all.  The annoucements kept coming… telling everyone to remain seated which some of us were more than happy to do.  Reaching Actyive Pass and calmer waters was a welcome relief.

Despite all this, it was a great weekend.  Fun times with good teammates and friends on other teams.  Happy dogs and people – yay, flyball !  Thanks for the pictures, Ally and Cathy K.

On the line

On the line

Ready, ready, ready….

Ready, ready, ready….

Focus on the ball

Focus on the ball

In dock, before the crunch

In dock, before the crunch

Dogwood Christmas Classic

Cloverdale             November 21 – 22, 2015

Something the mainland hasn’t seen for awhile – two Barn Stormer teams!   A regular division, the Hurrycanines, was made up of Dancer, Jonas, Max, Navi, and Stormy and the other was an open division, the Spitfurs, with Ruffy, Buffy, Max, Ruben (from Oregon), Seeker, and on Sunday, Savannah (from Washington) to assist Seeker.   CJ joined the Spits for warmup when we had time.
Some of us who were camped at the fairgrounds were treated to an unusual serenade on Friday night – coyotes!   Apparently a group of them are hanging around the area;  those with little dogs kept a close eye on them outside throughout the weekend.
Once the normal first race jitters and confusion got out of the way, the teams settled down to serious racing.   The Hurrys saw some impressive times both days even managing to break out once to our delight.  The Spitfurs ran a bit slower but for the most part ran cleanly.
It was good fun to run with our Oregon member, Chris and her collie, Ruben.   She enjoyed herself and said she’d be happy to run with us anytime.  We also borrowed Len and Savannah to help out on Sunday;  both Seeker and Ruff were feeling their age (and Ruff his arthritis) and they needed a break.
A very welcome sight was Graham who was able to join us for awhile both days and ran Jonas for some of the races.    Not sure who was happier to see him – Jonas or us.
Our faithful regular box loader, Tony, was sidelined;   he spent most of his time “resting” his new knee by sitting in as box judge for us and many other teams.   Thank you Tony.   Laura, Kathi and Nikki took turns doing the box loading,  managing to get those red, squishy, small or regular balls in the right holes with hardly a miss.  Thank you ladies.
There was always a ball shagger ready to go – seemed like everyone took a turn at that if Lorraine or Chris weren’t already there.   You never know just what you’re going to wind up doing.   Marg was peaceably minding her own business in “camp” when she was recruited to run a start dog for a team who was suddenly missing a handler.
The new team colour for our shirts was a hit – we had lots of compliments on them.  Barn Stormers were easy to spot out on the line;  we made a good colour choice gang.
A 7:30 start to the racing on Sunday meant that even with us staying to help Dogwood break down and clean up, we were all able to easily catch the 5:00 ferry home.   Some of us rewarded ourselves with the buffet and spent the trip sharing good laughs.
It was a fun weekend spent with good friends and happy dogs.   It’s why we keep playing.

So happy to see Graham

So happy to see Graham 

One of Hurrycanine combinations

One of the Hurrycanine combinations

Laura in one of her box loading stints

Laura in one of her box loading stints

Our Oregon member… Ruben

Our Oregon member… Ruben

Len and Savannah on Sunday

Len and Savannah on Sunday

Flying thru the air with the greatest of ease

Flying thru the air with the greatest of ease

Christmas Party – 2015

Barn Stormers got together for what was probably the earliest Christmas party of the season… November 14th!   No one seemed to mind though because as someone said, “It’s a party!”   Have to give great big thanks to Laura for allowing us to have the party in her home… so much nicer than an impersonal hall!   The call is out for who would like to host next year!    Most everyone was able to make it, but we missed the ones who weren’t.    It was nice to see some part time members who’ve run with us as well, and can’t forget “Judge” Randy from the mainland.

The appys and desserts loaded the table as usual …. it’s a wonder we are able to move afterwards.   Nobody to blame but yourself if you come away hungry.   There’d been a request for the infamous “Rum Chowdahs” … they did seem to go pretty fast.

Ally and Samantha got everyone into the living room and seated so we were able to do the little bit of formalities… some NAFA certificates to hand out, and Most Improved Dog for Navi and then on to Secret Santa…. once again a lot of laughter and fun, although not enough stealing for Samantha!     The highlight of the gift exchange  had to be Laura reading out the directions for the doggy fortune cookies…. imaginations working overtime aided by Linda’s comments.

Our little club keeps surviving due to the great group we have.   Each and every one of you is appreciated.

All the best to everyone and see you in 2016.

Just some of the group

Just some of the group

Chianna got a bit of loving

Chianna got a bit of loving

The dog tree… not really ornaments.. they work better hanging on a flat surface

The dog tree… not really ornaments.. they work better hanging on a flat surface

 

Flying Into Fall

Sept 26 – 27, 2015            Ridgefield, WA

 

Two of the Barn Stormers were able to travel again for a terrific tournament south of the border.   Ruffy and Stormy were invited to run with Dogwood Pacesetters as part of an open team… the Dogstormers.   Cathy with Snap, Dee with Lucy, Taylor with Gooey and Zing,  and Sam made up the Dogwood part of the team.   Our faithful boxloader, Tony, coped with a very sensitive box and an assortment of different balls… squishy, little, chuckit and regular… he’s good!!  Stormy, the princess, cooperated part of the time, but also had her diva moments which meant in the last race of Saturday, she was pulled so that the team could break the tie we were in and pull to a first place finish.

The first heat of the first race on Sunday allowed Stormy to get the 2 points she needed from Saturday to give her next title… FDCh-S… 1000 points!  Good little girl.  Despite some difficulties, the team managed to achieve third place by the end of the day.

Stumptown puts on a really great tournament… colour coordinated prizes even!   Visiting with friends and meeting new people is, as always, a good part of the fun.    Here’s hoping that next year, Barn Stormers will be able to put their own team together for a great weekend.

Ya gotta rest if you're running flyball

Ya gotta rest if you’re running flyball

Souvenir T shirts we bought… even had Barn Stormers on the back

Souvenir T shirts we bought… even had Barn Stormers on the back

A two ring tournament so were kept hopping from one side to the next

A two ring tournament so we were kept hopping from one side to the next

Stormy's button.   A special touch done by the hosts for the dogs achieving new titles

Stormy’s button. A special touch done by the hosts for the dogs achieving new titles

 

Island Flyball Classic 2015

It was another beautiful weekend for racing. Together with Total Anarchy, Barn Stormers co-hosted our yearly tournament on the Island. It was lovely to see our entire club be able to come out and have fun. There were some of the usual bloopers (missed jumps, early passes) and there was a “flaming hot mess” heat (no ball, two dogs in lane at same time), but kudoes to everyone for laughing our way through it all. What a great bunch of people.

Congratulations to both Pixie-Dust and Navi on successful first tournaments. Welcome and thank you to Honey for her first tournament as a Barn Stormer.
Several new titles were earned over the course of the weekend.
Pixie-Dust = Flyball Dog
Navi = Flyball Dog, Flyball Dog Excellent
Hudson = Flyball Dog Champion
Stormy = Flyball Dog Champion

There were many memorable moments throughout the weekend. Highlights included the potluck Saturday night. Or maybe it should be called the “Deep-fry”luck. If it could be dipped in batter, the deep-fry cooks were willing to try it. The turkey was exquisite, the cookies were divine, and the pineapple was lovely. Thankfully calmer minds vetoed the watermelon… that might have been an explosive mess. Next year, what can we come up with to fry? Should be interesting!

Saturday also saw the Central Saanich Police come out and use their radar gun to clock the run speed of the dogs. Sid, Jessie and Lasha donated to Cops for Cancer for their chance to find out their dogs’ run speed. The impressive results:
Dixie  = 41 km/h
Navi   = 41 km/h
Hudson = 44 km/h

Some of the funniest “motivational statements” posted onto Graham’s whiteboards included a quote from our judge for the weekend, Anna Sheppard, “If it ain’t deepfried, it ain’t Island flyball”, and then there was  “Do not dwell on the mistakes from yesterday!! (Fried food included)”, and also a favourite… “Flyball = a drinking club with a dog problem.” Very funny, creative people on our club.

Looking forward to the craziness once again next year! Go Barn Stormers!

Thanks to the various photographers for the pictures.  Some are captured from video, so a bit grainy.

Navi handled her first tournament with ease

Navi handled her first tournament with ease

Honey was eager to play… a year without flyball is too long!

Honey was eager to play… a year without flyball is too long!

It's been a long time coming, but Pixie got to play.

It’s been a long time coming, but Pixie got to play.

Ruffy tried to give Laura a bad time

Ruffy tried to give Laura a bad time

Our raffle table was awesome!

Our raffle table was awesome!

Another case of captains gone bad or was she trying to hide?

Another case of captains gone bad or was she trying to hide?

Part of the potluck crowd

Part of the potluck crowd

Deep fried turkey was only the start of the madness

Deep fried turkey was only the start of the madness

Boys will be boys !

Boys will be boys !

Some people really got into the deep frying

Some people really got into the deep frying

Baskets & BBQ

The inclement weather didn’t stop Barn Stormers from gathering to make baskets this past Saturday  for the raffle table at our tournament.      The variety of things that were donated or bought was awesome.   Concensus was that our table will be even bigger than last year’s… and we thought that one  was good!     Most of the club were able to be there to wrap, and tie, and label or whatever.   Rob and the girls (our “associate members”) were able to come as well, and pitched right in;    because Rob said he had decent printing, he got to make the labels.

Once the baskets were finished, admired, and moved to safety, we were able to get outside because the drizzle had stopped.  The binoculars and telescope came into play… seals and boats to watch.    I’m sure the RCMP boat going by thought there were a bunch of crazy people on this deck – Ryan recognized a friend in it and called and waved but it took them a long time before they responded, finally waving.   Rob and Tony manned the bbq for the burgers, while salads and desserts were put on the table inside.    Even some Rumchata Pudding Shots made an appearance, with a request for more for the tournament!

Once again, Barn Stormers came through in a big way.   We’ll have a great raffle table and had a great party.

some of the items

some of the items

Janet was an expert!

Janet was an expert!

 

Teresa hard at work

Teresa hard at work

Safely put away til the tournament

Safely put away til the tournament