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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Leaving Gemini Dogs

Our last practice at Gemini Dogs will be Sept. 14, 2014. After that we will be moving to a new location (although we don't as yet know where). If anyone knows of any good practice locations in eastern Massachusetts please let us know!

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.

Milestones:
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!

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

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

Thawin' Paws 2014

Weston Whirwinds Lightning placed 4th in Regular 1 and the Hurricanes placed 4th in Multi 1 at the 2014 Thawin' Paws tournament, March 29-30 at Boom Towne Canine Campus in Farmington, NY.

The paws may have been thawin' but the weather was not as the teams dealt with rain, sleet, and 5 inches of snow to compete in the first Region 13 Flyball tournament of the 2014 calendar year. It's been a long winter and it was nice to get out in the lanes and stretch a little.

We really like this venue, and the on-site food vendor was an extra special touch - nothing like a bowl of hot soup on a snowy day, especially when you don't have to go out in the snow to get it!

As is often the case we needed lots of help. We owe huge thanks to Kevin from Buffalo Wings for running Mattingly and to Joel, also from Buffalo Wings, for stepping in and box loading for one race when we mixed up our assignments. Also many thanks to everyone who helped us with pass calling and ball shagging - we really appreciate it!

Congratulations to Junior Handlers Sebastian (running Finn), Kylie (running Zak), and Piper from Buffalo Wings (running Torre). We saw some awfully good passes in there - keep up the good work!

And finally, a big congratulations to Bella who earned her Onyx this weekend, and to Henna who made her debut in the lanes (although for warmups, only). Henna also did Single Dog Racing on Friday night and ran a 4.9. We look forward to (more) big things from both of you in the future.

Pictures of the event can be seen here.

A video of the event can be seen here.

Santa Paws 2013

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 1st in Regular 2 and the Hurricanes placed 3rd in Multi 1 at the 2013 Santa Paws Tournament, December 7-8 at Boom Towne Canine Campus in Farmington, NY. The Hurricanes (Eika, Addie, Torre, and Remi) ran an almost flawless tournament, scoring 25 points in all but one of their heats. The Hurricanes (Gunnar, Mattingly, Bella, and Zak) started out the tournament in fairly ragged fashion by losing their first race, but then pulled it together to take the rest of their races in commanding fashion.

Congratulations to Remi for earning his MBMX (Multibreed Master Excellent) title, and for running 4.9 seconds in Single Dog Racing on Friday evening.

As usual we owe many thanks to people from other teams, including Chris and Alyssa from Buffalo Wings who ran Mattingly and Zak, Joel from Buffalo Wings who boxloaded for the Hurricanes, and Piper, junior handler extraordinaire from Buffalo Wings, who ran Torre on Sunday. Thanks also to Keri from Buffalo Wings and Dave Walt from Rocket Relay for calling passes, and to Celeste (a.k.a Stacey's mom) for ball shagging. We couldn't have done it without you!

Pictures from the tournament can be seen here.

A video can be seen here.

2013 Flyball MAINEia

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 3rd in Regular 1 at the 2013 Flyball MAINEia tournament, November 2-3 at the Boothbay YMCA in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Even though the club was only running one team, things were "not boring at all" for the small contingent of Whirlwinds as team members were kept busy helping other clubs who were in turn helping us - mostly Canine Mutiny but also Ruff Enuff and we even got some help from our friends on Prepare for Takeoff (Eika had a total of 4 different handlers for the weekend, which may be some sort of club record). Many thanks to all of you for your help!

On the touristy side, some of the team stayed at a new (to us) hotel, the Tugboat Inn, which they highly recommend both for the rooms and for the spectacular views of the harbor.

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