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June 27 – 28, 2015          Lynden, Washington

 

Yay… A UFli tournament again at last.   A very different Hurricanines team travelled across the border to Lynden, WA for a fun weekend of racing.  Due to injury and family emergencies, the original team was decimated until only Seeker, Ruffy and Stormy were left.  Not to be stimied, we invited Max (Samantha), Robbie and Nutmeg (Carol) to join us. Handlers were kept busy juggling which dog they were running;  Ruff enjoyed working with Laura and even Samantha for one race, as well as Marg as usual.  Rob got to play a bit on Sunday running Max, when he came to join us.

On the Saturday, valiant little Seeker raced all day – Stormy again decided not to play by the rules.  Henry, of Cascade Comets, kept sneaking across the line just ahead of Seeker; but despite this, we pulled off a second place finish.  Sunday’s racing saw Stormy remembering that jumps were part of the game, so was able to relieve Seeker as height dog.   Her faster speed made us break out twice and we beat Henry!   I’m sure judges are not used to teams who are happy about break outs.   Another second place finish was the result at the end of the day.

A lovely venue, good people and good racing – couldn’t ask for anything more.

Our backdrop scenery was a gorgeous Mt. Baker

Our backdrop scenery was a gorgeous Mt. Baker

The camp area was lovely

The camp area was lovely

No Frills Summer Fun

June 6 – 7,  Cloverdale

 

On a very hot June weekend, the Barn Stormers visited Cloverdale once again, joining the fun at a tournament hosted by the Dogwood Pacesetters. Every effort was made to stay cool but by the end of the weekend, even the humans wanted in the dog pools. Mainly clean runs earned Ruff, Dancer, Jonas, Seeker and Max a lot of dog points, running close to our seed time in most races. “Princess” Stormy decided that she was special and ran to her own set of rules. Jumps were not necessary in her world.  😉  Stubborn Aussie!

 

A big thanks to Anne for stepping up and running Jonas. And thank you to the Gialets for the loan of Max. A sixth dog was much needed in that weather.

CJ kept Dancer company when he wasn't racing

CJ kept Dancer company when he wasn’t racing

Laura was kept busy, running not only Seeker, but Puck.

Laura was kept busy, running not only Seeker, but Puck     

Kings Spring Fling

Cloverdale, BC        April 11 & 12,  2015

 

The first tournament of 2015 for the Hurrycanines!  Friday night’s storm made everyone huddle inside to keep warm and dry – dogs were encouraged to “Hurry up” on their walks, but Saturday and Sunday were much drier.

Our team of Buffy, Jonas, Seeker, and Ruffy were joined by two of our newbies – Lexi and Stormy – in their tournament debut.  As so often happens, the first race was somewhat “confused” as we sorted out passes and start lights but we survived.   With our tournament nerves settled, Stormy and Lexi made their way into the ring.  For both of them, there were varying degrees of success, but by the end of the day, they had each achieved their first two titles – Flyball Dog and Flyball Dog Excellent – well done, little girls!

In order for Stormy to run at the same time as Ruffy when needed throughout the weekend, Laura bravely stepped in and ran him – no problem!  She even said it was fun!!  Ally and Buffy got some great starts while Jonas and Seeker were our reliable members both days.   Not to be forgotten, box loader Tony and ball shagger Anne did their jobs without a hitch… thank you both.

And then there was Captain Graham.   He did an excellent job of planning strategy, mixing and matching dogs and keeping us all on task – but it’s for what he did in one heat that he’ll go down in history!   He forgot that Laura and Ruffy were behind him, got in Laura’s way, and managed to trip her as she came forward.   Liz and Ally, watching from behind, said that her imitation of a dead beetle – all feet and hands in the air as she did a tuck, roll and recovery was priceless.   They didn’t worry about her but who was going to catch Ruffy as he roared toward them.    True Flyballers!!!

Even though we didn’t place highly in the points, we all considered this a very successful tournament – new dogs started and  seasoned dogs happy to be playing.  What more could we want.

One of the lineups

One of the lineups

Valient Seeker jumping well

Valient Seeker jumping well

Lexi and Stormy ready on the line

Lexi and Stormy ready on the line

When Captains go bad, they need a time out

When Captains go bad, they need a time out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hurrycanines of April 12, ball shagger Anne taking the photo

The Hurrycanines of April 12, ball shagger Anne taking the photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Party 2014

Barn Stormers got together once again for social time without their dogs…hard to imagine, but they did!   Graham and Anne, and Marg and Tony did some decorating at the Gallery room at the fairgrounds …. new career coming up for Graham.   Quite a creative mind!  We had a great turn out but  we were very sorry that Kathi and Lorraine were unable to come.  We’ve had the fun of having non club dogs run with us part of the time so having their handlers join us was good. We were all happy to see many former members able to come too.  As well, our favourite judge, Randy, came from the mainland for the occasion.

The tables were filled with the various appies and desserts….it was hard to make room on your plate to sample them all. Not only are Barn Stormers good dog handlers, they’re great cooks too.

Eventually, everyone was ready for the serious stuff…awards and Secret Santa.    Some special items started off the process –  NAFA certificates for Hudson and Sage, Dancer’s 30,000 plaque and pin, a number 1 Sheltie in Region 7 ribbon for Seeker,  a bumper sticker for our #2 Box Loader, Ryan, and acknowledgement for Buffy’s FMX and Ruffy’s 40,000 point milestone.

Although Kathi was not there to actually receive her Laughing Dog award, Laura told the story of the “old people sunscreen” to fill in those who weren’t there during the incident.  Hudson was the recipient of the Most Improved Dog..his people report that he starts yelling long before he reaches the barn.   it was one of those years that a single Team Spirit award just wouldn’t do, so both Liz P and Graham received it.   Above and beyond the usual from both of them…thank you.  Graham made a presentation to Kathi and to Marg and Tony as well.

With the big group attending, Secret Santa ran for a long time.  As always, gifts kept getting stolen and re stole….people do get attached to certain wrapping or bags!

It’s been another good year for Barn Stormers …..  this little club just keeps on going.   To all of you, club members, former members, associates and friends – have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.    See you in 2015.

…the dog tree….

…the dog tree….

The secret Santa pile

The secret Santa pile

…. and some of the party peoples!

…. and some of the party peoples!

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Dogwood Pacesetters Christmas Classic

Cloverdale       November 22-23, 2014

 

The Hurricanines travelled to the mainland again for the last tournament of 2014.   The team makeup was a little different than usual, as we were missing Dancer (Kathi), and were joined by Max (with borrowed handler, Gord).    As well, Ben (Linda) ran with us in their retirement from flyball tournament.   Seeker, Buffy, Jonas and Ruffy made up the rest of the team as usual.

Our seeding time was perfect but our starts and passes weren’t !   Both Saturday and Sunday started off with crazy runs as handlers and dogs got used to being a team, but by the end of each day, we had it figured out and managed to claim first place both days.   We also celebrated two new titles:   Buffy – 10,000 points for her Flyball Master Excellent,   and Ruffy – the big 40,000.   Well done both of you.

Stormy got a chance to try out a real ring on Saturday after racing finished and prizes were awarded, when “green dogs” got some time.  She was a little confused to begin with, but once she knew what she was expected to do, she behaved like a real flyball dog!   Height dog in the making !!  Thank you, team, for being there to help and guide her.

A fun weekend as always and a great ending to racing in 2014.

Max was never happy about being in his crate

Max was never happy about being in his crate

One of the combinations of dogs for our team

One of the combinations of dogs for our team

Jello shooters appeared on Saturday to help get us through the day

Jello shooters appeared on Saturday to help get us through the day

Graham pretended to be Santa

Graham pretended to be Santa

 

Stormy was not totally impresses with being held by this Santa either

Stormy was not totally impresses with being held by this Santa either                   

In the other barn at Cloverdale, this was going on.    Culture shock for those of them that wandered over to see what was happening in our barn!

In the other barn at Cloverdale, this was going on. Culture shock for those of them that wandered over to see what was happening in our barn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stumptown Flying into Fall

September 27-28       Ridgefield WA

Ruffy made a trip across the line once again, representing Barn Stormers on an open team, running with Dogwood Pacesetters with Lucy, Teren, Snap, Shayu and Ollie.   For not ever having all run together before, the dogs made a respectable showing in Division 1 of Open.   Unfortunately for Ruffy, he tore a nail on Sunday and had to miss some of the races, but recovered enough to finish off the day.

Resting between races

Resting between races

 

Two men on the team… what a change!

Two men on the team… what a change!

2014 BBQ

Brentwood Bay    August 23

Not a big turnout for the summer BBQ, but those that were able to make it enjoyed the evening.   It was good to see a couple of members whom we’ve not seen for awhile… Stacey and Liz B were both able to come.  Many thanks to Graham who manned the bbq to cook the burgers.    Laura made her beer milkshakes which were well received by everyone who tried them.    Seemed like an odd combination but they were good !   Thanks to Stacey for catching this picture of a lovely sunset to end the evening.

Sunset on Brentwood Bay

Sunset on Brentwood Bay

Island Flyball Classic

August 16 – 17, 2014        Saanich Fairgrounds

 

The Barn Stormers co-hosted a tournament with Total Anarchy on the weekend of Aug 16th and 17th. It was a great opportunity for some local fun.

Several of our newest club dogs and their handlers got some time in the lanes for their first time. Achieving their first two titles, Flyball Dog and Flyball Dog Excellent, were Hudson and Jessie running with Hurricanines team and Sage and Sofi the Sopwith Mutts. Lacey found the intensity of the ring just a little too much for her terrier temperament – don’t worry, Roseanne, some more practice time and Lacey will be dazzling us all. Roadie proved that he has been listening to us telling him to “easy” on his way to the box. There is hope for our kamikaze yet! Congratulations to all for braving the controlled craziness that is a flyball ring.   Special mention needs to be made of our  box loader # 2, Ryan, who got his baptism under fire, loading for the Hurrycanines.  Well done, Ryan.

Congratulations to Linda Larsson and Sophie for reaching the 40,000 point milestone, allowing Sophie to retire for good after recovering from a torn ACL. They joined a specially arranged nostalgic Hurricanines team, with Ruff, Dancer and Cindy, replicating the team that ran together for many years in their early racing careers. The foursome was joined by Hudson, Griz and Holly to round out the roster.

The Sopwith Mutts team ran well all weekend, with veteran racers Seeker, Jonas, Jessie and Buffy anchoring the rookie dogs. Congratulations to all the dogs and handlers for running clean the majority of the time, and especially to Captain Graham, who juggled the lineups like a champ.

Saturday night saw all the clubs present at a wonderful potluck, arranged by Erika and Jessie. It’s been a while since there was a potluck this large – the circle of chairs kept being enlarged. Great food, great drinks, great times, great fun! I heard something about beer milkshakes the next day… not sure I want to know more about that.

A huge thank you to the entire club for all their hard work, both before, during and after the tournament.

Sage ready to go

Sage ready to go

Jessie was pretty proud of Hudson

Jessie was pretty proud of Hudson

Jonas had a new position… start dog!

Jonas had a new position… start dog!

The Sopwith Mutts on the line

The Sopwith Mutts on the line

 

 

The raffle table looked great

The raffle table looked great

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The potluck had loads of food… and lots of people.

The potluck had loads of food… and lots of people.

 

Saturday's potluck dinner… complete with corn!

Saturday’s potluck dinner… complete with corn!

 

The Hurrycanines reunion team

The Hurrycanines reunion team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiercely Flying at the Fair

Maple Ridge    –   July 26 & 27, 2014

Another hot weekend didn’t stop the Hurricanines team from heading across the water once again, although this time not as far.  Finding their way to the fairgrounds on Friday was an adventure for those who hadn’t been there before…..sometimes those GPS’s just don’t help.
Late starts to racing, to give time to get the field dry of dew, gave our gang the unheard of luxury of not having to gulp breakfast and hustle into the ring.   A spread of 5.7 seconds in the seeding in our division let us know we would be running for dog points and that any wins would be the result of our competitors’ flags – which was the case – a fourth on Saturday and a third on Sunday.
Some of Saturday’s racing was a demonstration of what not to do – you don’t go running back down the lane to get another ball (Ruffy), you don’t stop before you get to the box to check the ground for treats (Seeker), you don’t leave your lane to try out the other one (Jessie), and you don’t forget to have a poop stop before the race (Buffy).  Dancer must have been shaking his head at the rest of them !!
After a delicious potluck dinner, the midway of the fair beckoned.   Laura and Ally got their dinners well settled on the Zero Gravity machine while the rest of us watched in awe.  Kathi’s cotton candy must have affected her hearing – Laura’s pot of sunscreen ‘big enough for a “whole” person’  became ‘sunscreen for an “old” person’… So she didn’t think she should use it!
To Jessie’s delight, Ruffy came up lame and had to pull out of the last two races on Sunday ..glad you were there, Jessie, to allow us to finish.   Racing was over by 3:00, so the convoy headed for the ferry, all arriving quite close together to wait for the 6:00 as the 5:00 was full.  Most of us ended the weekend relaxing in the buffet – no dogs, no sun – a welcoming change.  We must be having fun because we keep doing this crazy sport.

Leaf blowers drying the dew off the field

Leaf blowers drying the dew off the field

And towels to help soak it up.

And towels to help soak it up.

Hurricanines in action on the line

Hurricanines in action on the line

Almost need engineer's papers to set up Seeker's kennel.

Almost need engineer’s papers to set up Seeker’s kennel.

Ruthie, the bison, we decided wouldn't be able to play… can you imagine boxloading for her?

Ruthie, the bison, we decided wouldn’t be able to play… can you imagine boxloading for her?

The "old" people's sunscreen.

The “old” people’s sunscreen.

A perfect pass for Jessie and Seeker

A perfect pass for Jessie and Seeker

The boys were hustling!

The boys were hustling!

Stormy and CJ didn't get to run in the ring, but sure had fun when turned loose to play.

Stormy and CJ didn’t get to run in the ring, but sure had fun when turned loose to play.

 

One of the other combinations… picture courtesy of Cathy K

One of the other combinations… picture courtesy of Cathy K

Sunday morning relaxing before we started.

Sunday morning relaxing before we started.

Muddy Paws – A – Flyin’

Salem, OR       July 12 – 13, 2014

 

A courageous crew trekked down to Salem, OR for the Muddy Paws A’ Flyin’ tournament at the Marion County Fair, braving hot temperatures and crazy traffic. Some arrived early enough to watch the Friday night racing and visit the classic car show that was part of the Fair. Some didn’t arrive until much later.
Saturday dawned hot and clear and the team managed to race throughout the day to a tie for first place in their division. The tie breaker ended with our team placing second. Good clean racing all day, with just a couple of hiccoughs along the way.
Saturday night saw some extra shenanigans. After a delicious dinner and some drinks, the dogs were left snoozing in the motorhomes while the humans wandered over to see what the Fair had to offer. Adventurous Laura and her cohort Linda decided to enjoy the rides. They yelled and giggled their way through The Zipper, a ferris wheel style ride that went at quite a fast speed, and then … The Kamikaze! Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds – they got swung upside down, forwards, backwards, ’round and ’round, whoo-hooing and giggling the whole time. Crazy ladies! Marg and Ally joined them later for a round of Bumper Cars (lot of stress relief from that ride) and then Ally joined Laura and Linda in a ride that spun them around horizontally and vertically, accompanied by a lot of screams and giggles. The ride operator even asked if this ride was on their Bucket List, since they had so much fun. Sometimes there are extra fun bonuses to a flyball tournament. 😉
Sunday dawned hot and cloudy with scattered thunderstorms throughout the day. Poor Buffy and Dancer didn’t like that! Dancer had to withdraw after the first heat, pulling a groin muscle. Lucky for Max, which meant he was asked to race every heat for the rest of the day. The team raced to a tie (yes, another one!) for third place, resulting in a fourth place finish.
The trek homeward was done leisurely, with everyone packing up and then driving north for a couple of hours to meet at a Wal-Mart in Chehalis, WA. An enjoyable dinner and drinks and chatting before bedtime. What a wonderful end to a flyball weekend.

The Kamikazie…brave women!

The Kamikazie…brave women!

Barn Stormers on the line

Barn Stormers on the line

 

 

Bumper cars

Bumper cars

 

 

 

Max was so happy to get to run

Max was so happy to get to run

 

 

 

 

A time to put the feet up

A time to put the feet up