About Us

The Weston Whirlwinds have been participating in North American Flyball Association flyball tournaments since 2000. We currently have 17 dogs at various levels of competition and training. The mission of the Weston Whirlwinds Flyball Team is above all to have fun with our canine companions while training to be the best we can be and exhibiting good sportsmanship.

Regular Team Best Time: 17.238 seconds, October 2013 (Gunnar, Mattingly, Finn and Krave, jumping 8 inches).

Multibreed Team Best Time: 18.479 seconds, November 2012 (Mattingly, Eika, Addie, and Zak, jumping 9 inches).

About Flyball

Flyball is a relay race for teams of dogs in which each of the four dogs on a team must run down a 51 foot course, jump four hurdles, trigger a "box" which releases a tennis ball, and return back over the hurdles with the ball. Each dog must run in turn and may not cross the start line before the previous dog has returned.

Races occur between pairs of teams running on parallel courses and are electronically timed; sometimes races are decided by as little as one thousandth of a second.

A fast-paced sport open to dogs of all sizes and breeds, Flyball is unique among dog sports in that it is truly a team sport - all the dogs on the team as well as their handlers must work together in order for the team to be successful.

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Flakes a Flyin' 2015

We don't know if it was the weather or the winter cobwebs or what, but things were definitely flakely at the 2015 edition of Fetch 'n Fly's Flakes a Flyin' tournament, March 14-15 at Boom Towne Canine Campus in Farmington, NY.

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning (Mattingly, Finn, Addie, Henna, Torre, and Remi) placed 1st in Regular 2, showing once again that consistancy often beats speed. They cranked out a best time of 20.292 while dealing with the unfortunate loss of Addie for the second day of racing. Kudos to Torre and Remi for their excellent work in replacing her and helping the team to their first place finish.

Weston Whirlwinds Blizzard, running in Open 1, consisted of Fyurie and Errow from Buffalo Wings, Iago from On The Fly, and Torre (with backup by Finn) - that's right, three German Shepherd Dogs and a mini Aussie. That's something you don't see very often. The team ran a little ragged at the start of the tournament but settled down to finish nicely - most likely just shaking off the winter blahs. We'd love to be able to run this team again some time. Many thanks to Kevin, Trish, Tim, and Tracey for running with us.

A.R.F.F. Tug Thugs, with Jessie, Whit, our own Remi, and Secret, placed first in Open 3, a very competitive division with several excitingly tight races. The Thugs ended up winning all but one of their races, and even that one went to five heats. Thanks to Barb and the entire A.R.F.F. team for letting Remi run with them.

Kudos to Junior Handler Sebastian, who handled Finn all by himself for the entire tournament - not only as planned on Lightning but also on Blizzard as part of the replacement shuffle for Addie. It's not everyone who can run a dog on two different teams like that - great job! And thanks for sharing your birthday cake with us!

Pictures can be seen here.

Santa Paws 2014

Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 1st in Multi 2 and Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 2nd in Regular 3 at the Santa Paws 2014 tournament, December 6-7 at Boom Towne Canine Campus in Farmington, NY.

Kudos to Junior Handler Kylie for doing such a great job running Zak even though we kept switching the running order around on her. As we all know, it's hard to deal with that kind of thing even when you've been playing Flyball for years, and Kylie handled it like a champ.

Congratulations to Henna for earning her FM.

Many thanks to our friends from Buffalo Wings for once again helping us run our teams, in particular Kevin for running Mattingly and for stepping in and boxloading for us in our last race, and to Alyssa for coaching Kylie for a couple of races. Also many thanks to everyone who helped us calling passes and ball shagging. You guys make all the difference!

Pictures can be seen here, and a video can be seen here.

Flyball MAINEia 2014

Creepy spiders, ghosts and goblins, the Great Pumpkin, and a touch of winter as Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 2nd in Multi 1 while Lightning placed 3rd in Regular 1 at the 2014 Flyball MAINEia tournament.

Activities started on Friday night - Halloween - with single dog racing and a dog costume contest, and continued into Saturday with a crating-area decorating contest, so the mood was "festive but eerie" for the first part of the weekend. Then Mother Nature threw in a reminder that winter is coming with a strong Nor'easter that blew through the area on Sunday and dumped about 5 inches of snow in the Boothbay region.

With a total of 11 dogs running on two teams, both Lightning and the Hurricanes were able to try out a number of different configurations, and both teams ended up running very well even though the lineups kept changing. No particular milestones were reached, but both teams earned regional points with their placements.

Pictures can be seen here, and a video can be seen here.

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