The five service pups I've raised...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Fly Ball Races in Ramona

Last Sunday I joined Julia for a drive to rural Ramona.
Within an hour we were in the rolling hills of eastern San Diego county.

She was invited to watch a friend's passion: Fly Ball and I came along with Kerry and little Francie.

Franice and Kerry here. I was proud how calm pup Francie was.

Kerry however was quite excited with the races and very eager to be involved if she could.

Here are a few trial runs, with dogs racing against each other and the clock.

This handler "revs" up her dog and gets him hyped for the race.

A practice at the ball retrieval end of the course.

This dog's name was Stare. (no wonder!)

Rebound with the ball and he turns quickly, to head back.

The shots that are blurry are because the dogs ARE that FAST, as in under 4 seconds for the whole course!

A blur of fur!

...closing in on the that ball...

...and BAM! he has it....

This one was wicked fast!

...can you tell?!


The hills are still lush and green from all the rain San Diego county has had this winter.
The desert flowers will be stunning.

Here are some short videos, that capture of the full race course although these dogs were the slower ones we were told.


~Kim~ said...

I really love to watch fly-ball--But how could you not--The fun, the speed of the dogs and their energy is so contagious!!

CalBuckeye said...

Indeed Kim it is quite exciting to watch! The dogs are so keen on their sport...I suppose it's the canine DNA prey drive redirected to the course and retrieving that ball! Your fur kids are SO gorgeous by the way.
I'm back from Yosemite and need to post some great shots of Francie in the snow up there - so darling; her first time to see snow. :^)