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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Latest News

New Practice Space

We are in the process of settling in to our new practice space at 12 Kane Industrial Drive in Hudson, MA. Practices are from 8am to 10am on Sundays; see the Lessons and Schedules page for more information.

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.

CanAm Classic, October 17-19 2014

How to explain the spectacle that is CanAm in just a few paragraphs? You can look at the pictures or you can watch the video, but those will only convey part of what CanAm is all about. 291 races in 4 rings on Friday; 470 races in 7 rings on Saturday, 440 races plus the CanAm and Classic championship rounds on Sunday - the sheer scale of the event is hard to imagine unless you've been there. CanAm is a time to connect with old friends, make some new ones, and watch and participate in some of the best Flyball racing in the world.

This year Weston Whirlwinds send a total of eight dogs (Mattingly, Torre, Addie, Remi, Henna, Eika, Gunnar, and Zak), one puppy (Gehrig), four adults (Cindy, Liz, Stacey, and Dave), and one Junior Handler (Kylie) to Indianapolis to run one team on Friday and two teams on Saturday and Sunday. For the second year in a row Cindy was a head judge (in the pink ring this time around). So with only three other experienced handlers we were very short handed - but not to worry, our Region 13 friends came to the rescue and gave us lots of help.

Friday was a warm-up day, with Gunnar, Remi, Addie, Henna, Torre, and Zak in a 6-dog rotation running together on one open team. The team was seeded last in their division (with a breakout time of 17.8) so there wasn't really any hope of outrunning the competition; instead, they concentrated on running clean, tuning up, and preparing for the real racing the next day.

Saturday was just non-stop excitement. The plan was to just run clean and not try to break any speed records, but as usual the dogs had other ideas: Lightning (Mattingly, Eika, Henna, and Zak, running in Regular 17) started the day by breaking out with a blistering 18.48 (breakout was 18.5), essentially dashing any plans of getting a favorable seeding for Sunday. The Hurricanes (Gunnar, Remi, Addie, and Torre, running in Multi 6) ran steadily all day and ended up with a seed time of 20.8.

When the Sunday seeding list and schedule came out, Lightning as expected was seeded last in their division. But the Hurricanes actually had a glimmer of hope; they were seeded second in their bracket of Multi three - behind our friends Buffalo Winds BBQ, who we would be racing in our first race. A quick roster shuffle swapping Torre onto Lightning and Zak onto the Hurricanes and we were all set to go. The complication was that we were only going to have three experienced handlers and no boxloader of our own for this team because Cindy could only be available for Torre's team due to her judging duties. We scurried to find boxloaders and handlers for our races and by the time of our first race we had everything lined up.

We figured we didn't have a huge chance but we were going to give it our all. The first race went to 5 heats but we managed to beat Buffalo Wings, and we began to think we had a legitimate shot at the Multi 3 finals. The second race also went to 5 heats and we beat DogGoneFast. The third race didn't go quite as well and we fell to Alaska Dogs Gone Wild 3 heats to 1. We won our last race in 3 straight heats to end up with a total of 11 race points, but Buffalo Wings managed to pull out a win in their last race, ended up with 12 race points, and went on to the Multi 3 finals which they won to become the CanAm Classic 2014 Multi 3 champions (we like to think that they won it for us because under the more-usual 1-point-per-race scoring the Hurricanes would have ended up going to the finals).

With only three full-time handlers and one half-time handler we really needed help running our teams, and we have lots of people to thank for pitching in. Our Junior Handler Kylie did such an awesome job running Zak (and even took a stab at running Eika during warmups), it's hard to believe she hasn't been doing this for years. And to all of our friends from Region 13 who boxloaded for us, ran dogs, called passes, shagged balls, and in general just added support: we couldn't have done it without you.

Particular standouts include

Finally, congratulations to Zak for earning his FMCh at CanAm; this is Zak's second CanAm-earned title.

Barktoberfest 2014

Hot stuff! Weston Whirlwinds Thunder placed 1st in Regular 3, while the Hurricanes (in Multi 1) and Lightning (in Regular 2) both placed second at a steaming Barktoberfest tournament, September 27-28 at the Habitat for Soccer and Sports in Uxbridge, MA. Mother Nature threw us all a curve, bringing back Summer temperatures for the last tournament of the 2014 season, but the Weston Whirlwinds teams rose to the occassion, performing admirably despite the heat.

Thunder, consisting of Wish, Max, Stella, and Finn with relief appearances by Bella, demolished the competition, winning all 9 of their races in convincing fashion.

Lightning, consisting of Mattingly, Eika, Torre, Henna, and Sophie, also performed extremely well. Highlights of the team's performance included both Henna (FDCh-G) and Sophie (FDCh) earning titles, plus Henna running in the pack for the first time.

The Hurricanes, consisting of Gunnar, Remi, Addie, Zak, and Sophie, with warmup runs by Patches, also performed well and moved up ahead of their 3rd-place seeding to end in 2nd place. Highlights included Sophie running in the right lane for the first time and Patches doing warmup runs in a tournament for the first time.

We owe a big vote of thanks to Kerry of Canine Mutiny for running Mattingly and to our Junior Handlers Keely, Peyton, Ciara, Sebastian, Linnea, Sam, and Maggie.

Many thanks also to Susan for supplying the smoothies on Sunday - they were very cool and refreshing!

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

A video of the tournament can be seen here.

I Love NY Flyball 2014

There was Dirt Track racing, R/C car racing, tropical downpours, a rainbow, and lots and lots of Flyball at Buffalo Wings' I Love NY Flyball tournament, September 20-21 at the Genessee County Fairgrounds in Batavia, NY. Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 5th in Multi 1 in a tournament that served many clubs as a warmup for CanAm 2014. With a large turnout that attracted teams from Regions 1, 2, 13, 15 and 20, racing lasted until 8pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday, but with only one team entered the Hurricanes had plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the action.

Highlights of the tournament included Mattingly getting his FGDCH-50K (congratulations Mattingly and Cindy!), Henna running anchor and doing some real passes, and Remi running for a handler other than his owners (thank you Alyssa!).

Many thanks to Kevin, Piper, and Alyssa from Buffalo Wings for running Mattingly, Torre, and Remi, and thanks also to Mark from Buffalo Wings and Stephanie from Blue Ridge Blast for boxloading.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

A video of the tournament can be seen here.

Survivor Seekonk 2014

Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 3rd in Multi 1 at the Survivor Seekonk 2014 tournament, August 30-31 at Sherwood Ultra Sports in Seekonk, MA. The team of Henna, Remi, Stella, Finn, Mattingly, and Sophie gave it their all against some tough competition and were able to come away feeling very good about themselves. The team ran almost flawlessly on Saturday, and on Sunday even though everyone was hot and tired they managed to take three out of four heats in the last race against the first-place-winning Ruff Enuff team. Well done team!

After some last-minute shuffling when Cindy had to miss the tournament because of illness, Finn was double-named to the Baystate Bandits' Open 2 team in support of teammates Addie and Torre. Finn wasn't needed so much on Saturday - and in fact was ably supported by Sophie on the Hurricanes - but on Sunday he ran almost full time on both teams. Handled very well by Junior Handler Sebastian on both teams, Finn hardly seemed to miss a beat and was key to the success of both teams. Way to go, Finn and Sebastian!

Congratulations to Sophie for earning her FDX and for running her first full races flawlessly. Congratulations also to Junior Handler Peyton for handling Sophie so well. We're looking forward to lots more from our feisty little black dog!

In all of the excitement and confusion, we missed that Finn earned his FMX title. Way to go Finn!

As is often the case we were short handed at this tournament, so we owe a huge thanks to everyone who helped us, in particular our Junior Handlers Sebastian, Peyton, and Keely. We couldn't have done as well as we did without you! We wish you could come to all of our tournaments.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

Beach Party 2014

Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes took third place at 2 Fast Fur U's Beach Party tournament, July 19-20 2014 at Boomtowne Canine Campus in Farmington NY. It was a small tournament so there were not a lot of races but there was a lot of racing, and it was a lot of fun for all of us. It was nice to be done by 3 on both days, and really nice to be home by 10:30pm on Sunday. The weather was very cooperative (the last time we were in Farmington there was 5 inches of snow), the raffle was great (and we actually one some stuff), and the company as always at Region 13 tournaments was friendly and helpful.

It was good also to see teams from out of region that we don't usually see. Always nice to see new faces.

We really like this venue, and hope that the new owners see how great it is to host Flyball tournaments at their facility, and what a great bunch of people Flyball people are.

Thanks to our judges Toby, Cindy, and Chris - great job all three of you and you kept things moving at just the right pace for this tournament.

Our team competed in the Multi division, which is always a tough thing to do in NAFA these days, and we are very pleased with the way our dogs ran. Our little feisty height dog Sophie earned her FD, and Henna the Toller got her FDCh-S running in start.

Special thanks to our friends from NASDOG who let Remi run with them on open; it was a lot of fun and there were a lot of good races (especially against our hosts - had some really tight ones there). We look forward to being able to doing it again some time. Congrats to Nike on his ONYX; it's really nice to have been part of that.

Special thanks also to our friends from Buffalo Wings for helping with ball shagging and holding and running dogs, and for letting us share lunch.

Congratulations to Junior Handler Peyton for doing such a good job running Torre.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

A video of the tournament can be seen here.

Flyball at the Fair 2014

Weston Whirwinds made a sweep of second place at the 2014 Flyball at the Fair tournament, May 10-11 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, MA, with Lightning, Hurricanes, and Thunder placing 2nd in Regular 1, Multi 1, and Open 2. In a tournament that promised to be much more chaotic than it turned out to be, the dogs and people all rolled with the punches to end up meeting or beating their seeding in two out of the three divisions they raced in.

We co-hosted this tournament with Ruff Enuff, and we can't express enough how impressed we were with the way they kept things moving throughout. We can't remember the last time setting up or tearing down a tournament has been so easy, and the placement prizes they provided were wonderful.

Even the weather (mostly) cooperated. After a foggy and drizzly start on Friday evening and Saturday morning, the skies cleared and the thunderstorms missed us, leading to a Saturday evening that was a delight to everyone camping at the fairgrounds, and to an absolutely gorgeous day on Sunday. It was nice to experience some warm weather racing for a change - it's been a long time coming.

We owe huge thanks to everyone who helped keep the tournament running as smoothly as it did - all the Ruff Enuff crew, of course, but also to Lorraine who was able to come to the tournament and split the judging duties with Cindy. We also owe thanks to everyone who helped with box judging and line judging, especially when the two hosting teams were running against each other. Kudos and thanks especially to Jess from Ruff Enuff for spending so much time manning the scorer's table when the rest of us were busy running dogs.

Special thanks to Kristen, who came on Saturday to give her dog Patches a taste of what a tournament is all about and ended up boxloading for us for a few races. We really appreciate your help, and we hope we didn't scare you away!

Also thanks to Dave from Canine Mutiny for running Bella.

Remi - FGDCh-30k
Henna - FDCh, and she ran 8 races in start

Special Note: Jeter's Retirement
This was Jeter's final tournament. After more than 10 years in the lanes, Jeter has made it clear over the past few months that it's time for him to stop racing. And so we wish a fond farewell to "Iron Dog" Jeter - you have been a calm presence on this team for so long; you have been so patient and so forgiving of the stumblings and transgressions of countless green dogs and junior handlers. It will be strange not to have you running with us.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

A video of some of Jeter's last runs can be seen here.

Spring Wing Ding 2014

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 5th in Regular 2 at the Buffalo Wings annual Spring Wing Ding tournament, May 3-4 at the Kenan Center in Lockport, NY. The team of Mattingly, Addie, Remi, and Torre ran well but were totally outclassed by the competition.

The Kenan Center is a great venue, with plenty of room to spread out both inside and out. Having the lunch vendor on site again this year was a special treat, and the pre-orders were a great idea. We hope this tradition can continue! It would have been nice if the weather were a little warmer, but it was warm enough to crate outdoors so the dogs were able to rest between races. At least it didn't snow!

Our team owes special thanks to the crew from Howl, who let Henna run with them on their open team. We really appreciate it (and as always it's fun to watch Gail bowl her dogs down the lane).

Special thanks also to Kevin and Piper from Buffalo Wings for running Mattingly and Torre, and to Chris from Howl for boxloading for us. We came to the tournament with only three people so we couldn't have done it without you.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

Spring Fling 2014

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning took 3rd in Regular 1 while the Hurricanes (Multi 2) and Thunder (Regular 3) both took 1st place in their divisions at the 13th annual Spring Fling tournament, April 12-13 at the Dover Ice Arena in Dover, NH.

There were plenty of high notes from this tournament, the most notable being our own Cindy "Iron Judge" Henderson who took over sole Head Judge responsibilities when Lorraine had a family emergency and couldn't attend. Cindy, we work with you every week, and we know you had it in you but we still don't know how you do it.

With Cindy judging full time, things got a little interesting in the dogs department. Torre, being the momma's girl she is, wouldn't run properly even though Angelica and Hunter did their best to get her going - she managed a few runs but not anything consistent. Of course we can't blame her - most of our dogs don't run very well if at all for other handlers, and when momma is standing right there and won't even say hello it can be very upsetting. But the team as always was flexible, with Zak pulling almost double duty (way to go Zak! you really saved the day) and Sophie also got in on the act for enough runs to get into the record books. Truly a great team accomplishment.

The weather for the weekend was a mixed bag - gloriously warm and sunny on Saturday, cold and wet on Sunday - but that's to be expected at this time of year. In any case it didn't snow, and it was nice to sit outside in the sunshine during lunch on Saturday.

The team owes huge vote of thanks to Dave Dubois from Canine Mutiny for running Mattingly and to Hunter from Ruff Enuff for running Torre. Also we'd like to thank Jeannie and Rachel from NASDOG for helping us with Henna during warmups. We couldn't have done it without you guys!

We also had several Junior Handlers helping us out - Peyton ran Sophie, and Keely and Maggie helped with ball shagging, with Keely being very good about bringing the balls down to the box after the races. We really appreciate your help!

Sophie: First Points
Henna: FD, FDX
Gunnar: ONYX
Eika: FGDCh-30k

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

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