Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Coolest Flyball Box in town

Kimi the JRT’s owner, Mr Chan, was busy a couple weeks ago working on a new toy/gadget for dogs and he revealed it at the recent Dogathon event - a spanking brand new flyball box, fully sourced and made locally. Had many humans fooled into thinking it was the latest home theatre speakers from Bose … honestly, it looked that good!

Varnished wood panels, steel contact face with a delightful curve and carpeted as well, this baby is designed to attract all manner of mutts to the fast and furious world of flyball sport. Kimi and I had a go at it and I’m impressed! Tremendous grip, neat ball popping action with looks to match. Perhaps now, with the curved contact plate, the ‘swimmers turn’ maybe a reality for some of us.
Other team members didn’t have enough time to practice on the new box, so we stuck to the old dame for the flyball demo at Dogathon. This 3 year old homemade flyball box was the 1st in the country (courtesy of Jojo and Russell’s owners) and is still working fine, despite looking a little worn at the edges.

If we can get another 4-dog relay team together, then with 2 boxes and 2 racing lanes side by side, the next flyball race should be a real treat.

Good news, Junior the AST has worked out how to step and release the ball from the box at our last session. Now, he just has to fine tune his return over hurdles with ball in mouth. The regular tennis ball seems oversized for his tiny jaws … perhaps a squash ball would be a better fit.


Blogger Amber-Mae said...

Wow, neat looking flyball box there dude! Really looks alike a big speaker! I didn't notice it on Dogathon Day. Was too busy I guess...

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

2:21 PM  
Blogger Shadie the Aussie said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun, wow. My ma has horses, but I have not met them yet! You look pawfully brave to be by those big guys!

Tail Wags,

3:53 AM  

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