Flyball in South Africa

The not so serious side of Flyball

The place for fun photos, interesting prizes awarded, etc

On 27 June 2009 Sudden Impact launched their new team, S.I. cROCKS!
Spokesperson for the team, Astrid Buhmann still needs to confirm it, but it
would seem that for now, S.I. cROCKS is South Africa's first official
Veteran team as per the new Flyball rules.  The team is made up of:

* Noelene and Ross - 11 years, 9 months (Far right in pic)
* Steve and Cleo - 9 years, 0 months (Left in pic with shepherd)
* Astrid and Bracken - 10 years, 5 months (Third from left)
* Yvonne and Bogus - 12 years, 9 months (although not an official Sudden
Impact team member, Bogus is more than happy to run as a cROCKS "guest dog"
on special occasions). (Second from left)

Between the 4 dogs they have an amazing cumulative age of 44 years! And just
as soon as they iron out the minor technical glitches, we have no doubt that
they will be earning 26 points along with the rest of the "still wet behind
the ears" flyball dogs out there!

The four handlers/dogs in this pic run for different flyball teams, but we all have a dog from the same litter.

We got “The Brothers” together for the first time at the Doberman Show in March and just ran just for the fun of it. 

We managed to clock a time of 19.16….. which obviously shows family is everything!! (Photo and info courtesy of Lynda Redman)


Left to right

Dean and Denver

Noelene and Breeze

Lynda R and Dash

Lynda C and Keagan

Team FBI's Flying Pebble!


Mirror Image!

This is a race (below) between Mach4 and Hambe Kakulu on the weekend (21/22 February).  In the foreground is Lynda Redman (HK) and background Julie Yates (M4), the dog is Blitz.  Competition is getting fierce in Gauteng!
(Thanks for Lynda Redman for sending the photograph)




A new trophy was launched at the recent Boland SAFDA Regional Trials in Malmesbury.  This trophy is for the dog with the most "balls" - awarded to a small dog who not only is brave enough to run against big dogs in his own team, but against the big dogs in all the other teams as well.  The first recipient of this award was Wizki from the Southern Cape





 What Is A Title Really?

It is not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher Title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores.
A Title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honour the dog, an ultimate memorial.
It will remain in the record and in the memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain.
Few humans will do as well or better in that regard. And though the dog himself doesn't know or care that his achievements have been noted, a Title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.

A Title says your dog was intelligent, and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.
And a Title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend time with him because he was a good dog, and that you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed, and that in the end your faith was justified.

A Title proves that your dog inspired you to have the special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a Title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.
And when that dear short life is over, the Title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials before or after the name.
A Title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently.

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Team FBI - LOVE IT!!

I love what Team FBI have done with their team name and so I decided to give them their own section so that I could put what all their team members are called.  Perhaps this is something which the other teams could also do as it is really fun (and I can see how some of the dogs in our teams could fall into these categories!)

fltr: Juanita Kotze (box loader and handler of reserve dog); reserve dog Luqa; Regan Bosch & Chewbacca; Liesl Twyman & Kenu; Margie Liebenberg & Kay-Lee; Sigrid Thomas & Sheltie and Stephanie Thomas and reserve dog Pebble.


From Leisl - Team Member :

Each of us has a name with "FBI" in as well:

Juanita FBI - FlyBall Indicator (shows them the ball)
Luqa FBI - FlyBall Idiot (doesn't know too much except to run flyball)
Regan FBI - FlyBall Improviser (new handler - had to adapt by improvising)
Chewbacca FBI - FlyBall Intimidator (he used to intimidate the other dogs!)
Liesl FBI - FlyBall Instructor (Coach!)
Kenu FBI - FlyBall Instigator (Gets everyone going by barking!)
Margie FBI - FlyBall Investigator (Knows everything of everyone)
Kay-Lee FBI - FlyBall Insane (Totally mad when it comes to flyball)
Sigrid FBI - FlyBall Idealist (Want to be the best!)
Sheltie FBI - FlyBall Intellectual (thinks carefully about the race)
Stephanie FBI - FlyBall Infant (Our youngest FB handler - 11 years old)
Pebble FBI - FlyBall Impy (Little dog, big heart!)


What is Flyball :

I get asked this question on a daily basis, so here is a video!