Thanks everyone for a great weekend. Flyball tournaments are always such a wonderful way to spend time with friends and the dogs we love. The weather cooperated Saturday with clear, sunny skies and manageable temperatures with low humidity. Sunday was rain, rain, rain. But the temps were cool and the dogs loved it.
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> With only three teams entered (whoever would have thought I'd be saying "only three" teams?) this tournament wasn't quite as chaotic as past ones at this venue. Both the Regular team and Open 3 teams ran well and placed.

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> Open 4 Hair Force Reserves ran well together, but just couldn't quite get it smooth enough to eck out any significant points. The majority of heats seemed to have some bobble or error or we were just over time. It just wasn't in the stars to happen. I must say that EVERYONE was a very good sport about it. There's not much you can do when these things happen, so you might as well just enjoy the moment. It was nice to have Gal back as a height dog. She ran really well without any problems after coming back from her injury 6 months ago. It's been a long dry spell for Lynn, and I know whe was glad to be back in the lanes. It was also so nice to have Sydney in the lanes with us on Saturday as well. Sydney had a great time as team cheerleader and ball shagger.

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> The Open 3 team, Full Throttle, ran super well together with our borrowed height dog, KC Comb's Izzi. Izzi is Sampsyn's sister and she ran with us like she had been doing it all her life. Other than a handful of overpasses and one bobble, this team ran without errors, managed to take 2nd place, and walked away with a good amount of points. Maddie made her debut as start dog. Stephanie stepped up to the start plate with some nervousness on Saturday morning but by Sunday she was handling the position like an old pro, turning in quite a few .0 somethings.

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> The Regular team, Wright Flyers, pulled off a third place finish in their division and also walked away with a good amount of points. The team ran well and smoothly with just a handful of errors here and there. Cam and Brie made their soft debut and Brie is looking good and coming along nicely. Brie earned her first points, although not enough for a title, and got some valuable experiece. She ran only three times but her times were in the 5.3-5.6 range. Now we just need to work on building some more focus and do more proofing with other dogs running. She's got a lot of promise. And hats off must go to Misty. In our second race on Sunday, the opposing dog crossed on her. Misty tried her best to return to Becky, but when the other dog harrassed her and pushed her into the jump, she turned to defend herself. The two dogs had to be pulled apart. Both Misty and Becky were rightfully a bit worried after the incident, with Misty looking over her shoulder several times, but she worked through it and was back to her old, confident self within the next race. It's a lesson to all that dogs should not be in the lanes until they are ready, especially those who's problems are lane crossing. And this is a lesson that our opposing team should have learned the hard way from a previous time awhile back. Sugar coating the problem does nothing but put other teams and other dogs in harms way.

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> Congratulations to our two title winners this tournament: Both Sharon and Kessie and my Annie earned their FMCH's.

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> Thank you's to our boxloaders: Rollie, Cam, and Nanci. We couldn't do this without you. Thank you Nanci for the great food this weekend and for transporting all the equipment. You do so much for us. Thanks to everyone for pitching in and helping out where needed. Points are below and I'll try to get stats out in the next day or two.

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> Remember, there is NO practice this Friday, but we will practice on Sunday, starting at 6pm. See you then and have a great week.



Stats:
Dog Height Best Time Average Time Best Start Average Start Points 
Annie 7 5.267 5.580 831
Bizzi-start 7 4.999 5.163 0.019 0.279 355
Brie 7 5.300 5.590 6
Duffie 7 5.758 6.443 816
Gal 10 5.289 5.669 207
Gus-start 10 4.638 4.970 0.035 0.223 207
Izzi 7 5.927 6.255 831
Kessie 7 4.537 4.958 1286
Maddie-start 7 5.052 5.298 0.012 0.138 476
Misty-anchor 7 4.986 5.366 355
Misty-start 7 4.723 4.921 0.020 0.088 816
Moose 7 5.548 6.203 827
Roxy 10 6.323 7.401 202
Tara 10 5.535 6.220 201