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Santa Paws 2016

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning took 3rd place in Regular 3 at the 2016 version of 2 Fast Fur U's Santa Paws Comes to Town tournament, December 10-11 at the Finger Lakes Pet Resort in Farmington, NY. The team of Gehrig, Henna, Remi, and Torre, with cameo appearances by Mattingly and Addie, performed very well throughout the weekend. No records were set and no new titles were earned, but everyone had a good time.

Many thanks to our partners in crime on Ruff Enuff - Joe for boxloading, Shannon for running Gehrig and Mattingly, and Mel and Sue for calling passes and ball shagging.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

Flyball MAINEia 2016

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning took 4th place in Regular 2 while the Northern Lights took 1st place in the Veterans division at the 10th annual (but actually the 11th) Flyball MAINEia tournament, November 5-6 at the Boothbay YMCA in Boothbay Harbor, ME. In addition, Ruff Enuff Just Enuff, which included 2 dogs from the Weston Whirlwinds, placed 2nd in Open 1.

The Lightning (Gehrig, Zak, Henna, and Dillon with backup by Mattingly) performed very well the entire tournament and posted the fastest time in their division (18.994 seconds).

The Northern Lights, (Kick, Jesse, Remi, and Addie with cameos by Onyx) ran fairly well on Saturday but then on Sunday had trouble keeping it together - we're not sure if it was old age kicking in or just that the dogs had other ideas, but it certainly made things interesting. In any case the team held it together enough to take first place, and everyone had fun which after all is the point of the Veterans division.

Many thanks to Kathy and Kick and to Lorraine and Onyx for running with us on the Northern Lights, and to Joe and Sue and Mel from Ruff Enuff for letting Gunnar and Torre run with you on Just Enuff. Gunnar really loved that long-tailed box, we think.

Congratulations to our junior handler Kylie for doing a great job running Zak this weekend, and also for running Mattingly a couple of times. It was Kylie's first time running a big dog and she did a great job.

Congratulations to Addie for earning her Iron Dog title. It's hard to believe that this is her 10th year of Flyball; it seems like only yesterday she was a little puppy chewing holes in everything.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here and a video can be seen here

CanAm 2016

For the second year in a row, our very own Cindy Henderson was the Championship Judge at the NAFA® CanAm Classic, October 7-8-9 in Indianapolis, IN. Cindy and Mattingly were interviewed by the local TV station on Friday (Cindy's interview is the third one on the page).

Organized Chaos 2016

Weston Whirlwinds Thunder placed 1st in Open 3, while the Northern Lights placed 1st in Vets and the Hurricanes placed 3rd in Multi 1 at the 2016 Organized Chaos tournament, September 17-18 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, MA.

In what could have been a difficult tournament after three dogs had to be scratched from the lineups due to kennel cough, all three teams performed very well in spite of having "mix and match" lineups.

The Hurricanes consisted of Gehrig, Gunnar, Zak, Stella, and Finn, while Thunder consisted of Gehrig, Gunnar, Max, Mattingly, Sophie, and Dillon. Sophie and Dillon shared height dog duties on Thunder, while Gehrig and Gunnar traded places between the Hurricanes and Thunder as circumstances dictated.

Northern Lights consisted of Shilo (from Flyball Maineiacs), Jessie, Wish, and Torre.

Emergency backups were Max (for the Hurricanes) and Bero of Fast Attack (for the Northern Lights).

We owe a huge thanks to Rebeccah for lending us Shilo and to Nathalie from FAME for running him all weekend.

This tournament marked the return of Wish to the Flyball lanes after he spent a year with his family in France. He did an amazing job, stepping right back into the sport flawlessly. Good work, Wish and Susan!

Congratulations to Mattingly for earning his Flyball Grand Champion 60K title. Well done!

Congratulations also to Gehrig for posting a new personal best time of 3.811.

Carleton County Pawtatoes 2016

Weston Whirlwinds sent a small contingent to compete in the 2016 Carleton County Pawtatoes 2016 tournament, August 27-28 at the Northern Carleton Civic Center in Florenceville-Bristol, NB. A beautiful facility that serves as the local hockey rink for most of the year, the Civic Center is in the midst of a very picturesque and friendly town in the St. John River valley, about 30 miles from the US/Canada border crossing on I95. The town features what is billed as the longest covered bridge in the world, which spans the St. John River.

The tournament drew spectators from around the region, and local townsfolk volunteered as line and box judges while the local 4H club supplied ball shaggers for all of the teams. The tournament included two excellent raffles and, after racing on Saturday, a corn boil supplied with local corn and hosted by the Carelton County club.

Remi and Henna ran full time with the Flyball Maineiacs Open 1 team, Shut The Front Door, settling down and running very well after a few hiccups in the first race as they got used to a new box. The team ran in some very tight races with a tie in the fourth heat of the first race (22.166 seconds), and placed 2nd in their division on Saturday.

Addie ran part time with the Prepare For Takeoff Open 1 team, Red Eye. Addie also needed a couple of heats to settle in, but then ran very steadily for the rest of the tournament. The team placed 3rd on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday.

We'd like to congratulate Carleton County on a very successful and well-run tournament, their first ever, and hope they continue the tradition.

Many thanks to the Maineiacs and to PFT for letting us run with you. It was fun, and we hope we can do it again in the future.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here. A video of the tournament can be seen here

Beach Party 2016

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning set the club record for the most points in a two day tournament, placing 1st in Regular 3 at the 2016 Beach Party tournament, July 16 - 17 at the Finger Lakes Pet Resort in Farminton, NY. The team of Gunnar, Remi, Henna, and Torre, with help from Zak and Mattingly, ran clean and under 24 seconds in 38 out of 40 heats, and posted points in 39 heats, for a grand total of 951 points. Nice work, team!

Weston Whirlwinds Thunder, running in Open 2, didn't fare quite as well, placing 5th in their division in what turned out to be a difficult schedule, with 6 races on Saturday and only 3 races on Sunday. The team of Gehrig, Zak, Sting, Mattingly, and Zoey (with backup by Torre) never seemed to find their rhythm, although they did show moments of brilliance.

The weather was very cooperative this year, with temperatures in the upper 70s on Saturday and in the mid 80s on Sunday, and an absolutely gorgeous sunset on Friday. The tournament included a Hot Dog Social/Potluck Saturday evening and a visit by the Finger Lakes Food Cart on Sunday (their pulled pork sandwich is delicious!).

Many thanks to Gail for lending us Sting and to Kyra for running him (it was fun watching Sting and Screech run against each other), to Heather and Zoey for running with us on Sunday, and to Kris for boxloading for the Lightning. We couldn't have done it without you!

Congratulations to Gunnar on earning his FGDCh-30K!

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

BARKaritaville 2016


Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 2nd in Multi 1 and the Northern Lights placed 2nd in Vets at BARKaritaville 2016, June 11-12 at the Wide World of Indoor Sports in North Smithfield, RI.

It was heartening to see the younger dogs continue to improve as the older dogs gradually ease out of the picture. Gehrig (spelled by Torre) ran well in start for the Hurricanes, running consistently under 4 seconds and even pulling out a couple of 3.8's. Finn (handled extremely ably by Sebastian) was solid as the height dog. Sophie continues to improve, and we look forward to her being a full time height dog in the not too distant future. Stella as usual was very solid - what more can we say? Henna, after having given us a scare at Greenfield, ran solidly in the lower 5 second range almost the entire tournament, only slowing up a little for the last couple of races. This was especially gratifying given that the schedule had the team running 6 races on Saturday. Good job all!

The vets team continues to have fun. This time around it was Mattingly, Addie, and Remi from Weston Whirlwinds, ably aided and abetted by Lorraine's Onyx and by Macy from Infurno. We look forward to racing with them again in the future.

Congratulations and good job to our Junior Handlers Sebastian (Finn) and Peyton (Sophie), and thank you to Keely and Ciara for ball shagging and to Ciara for the cartwheels.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

Chris Livinston's photos from the tournament can be seen here.

Greenfield Derby 2016

In what turned out to be a much more interesting tournament than we had planned, Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 5th in Multi 1 while the Northern Lights placed 2nd in the Vets division at the 2016 running of the Greenfield Derby, April 30 - May 1 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, MA.

Many thanks to Jeannie and Scandal and to Bonnie and Juice for running with us in Vets. We had a great time with you!

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

Spring Fling 2016

Weston Whirlwinds Northern Lights placed 1st in the Veterans division, while the Hurricanes placed 2nd in Multi 1 and Thunder placed 3rd in Open 2 at the 15th annual Spring Fling tournament, April 9-10 at the Dover Ice Arena in Dover, NH.

The Northern Lights, being the veterans that they are, had no problems putting away the competition, easily winning almost all of their heats even against Open 3 opponents. The team of Eika, Max, Remi, Addie, and Onyx performed solidly throughout the tournament, and helped Max earn his FMX. In true Weston Whirlwinds tradition it took us until the end of the tournament to get him there, but we did it! Congratulations to the team and especially to Max.

The Hurricanes (Gehrig, Zak, Stella, Henna, Mattingly, and Torre) put in a solid performance, managing to pull out a 2nd place finish (they were seeded 3rd) even though an injury to Mattingly knocked him out near the end of the first day. It was an impressive result from what could have been a very difficult tournament. Good work team!

Thunder, consisting of Gunnar, Mattingly, Kick, Sophie, Torre, and Gehrig, also suffered when Mattingly was injured but pulled through in the end to finish well. The loss of Mattingly was especially difficult for this team because it meant shuffling the racing order so Gehrig could run in his preferred starting position. Gunnar ended up running second, which he almost never does - but you wouldn't know it from how well he ran. Sophie also stepped up big time, running without any problems in both the right and the left lanes. It's quite possible that this was a breakthrough tournament for our feisty little height dog, and we look forward to seeing how she does at our next tournament.

Congratulations to Cindy and Gehrig for a perfect start (their second!) in the last heat of Thunder's last race. Way to go!

Congratulations to our Junior Handlers Peyton and Kylie for running Sophie and Zak, and many thanks to Keely for ball shagging the entire tournament - broken wrist and all.

Many thanks to Lorraine and Onyx for running with us on Vets and to Kathy and Kick for running with us on Open 2. We had a lot of fun running with you and we hope we can do it again in the future.

Pictures of the tournament can be see here.

March Madness 2016

Weston Whirlwinds sent two teams to the first ever Flyball tournament in Syracuse, NY on March 5 and 6. Held at the Syracuse Obedience Training Club, the two-ring tournament was actually two one-day events, a rarity for Region 13, and so there were two sets of results for the weekend.

Running in Regular 2, Weston Whirlwinds Lightning (Gunnar, Torre, Mattingly, and Henna with backup by Addie and Zak) took a little while to shake off the winter cobwebs, placing 4th on day one and 1st on day two.

Running in Multi 1, Weston Whirlwings Hurricanes (Gehrig, Remi, Eika, and Zak with backup by Torre and Addie) also struggled on day one and placed 4th, but settled down and placed a solid 3rd on day two with a best time of 18.616.

We enjoyed just about everything about the tournament - the venue, the food (the stuffed French toast was to die for), the weather, the location (1 hour closer for us!), the early finish on both days. We really enjoyed interacting with the folks from Syracuse Flyball, and we hope to see them in the lanes in the not too distant future. We know how hard it is to man the tables and the judges' chairs and we really appreciate all the hard work you put in. Sure there were a few hiccups but pulling it off as well as you did was a tremendous accomplishment.

Special thanks to Denise for running Zak and to Darla for boxloading, and to everyone else on Buffalo Wings for helping us.

Congratulations to Henna for earning her FMX.

A video of the tournament can be seen here and pictures can be seen here.

Santa Paws Returns

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 4th in Regular 2 while Thunder placed 4th in Open 2 at the fifth incarnation of the Santa Paws tournament, December 5-6 2015 at the Finger Lakes Pet Resort (formerly Boomtowne Canine Campus) in Farmington, NY.

Both teams ran well but were outclassed by the other teams in their divisions - but not for lack of trying. Many of Thunder's races went to 5 heats, which just goes to show what consistency can do.

Many thanks to everyone who helped us, especially Steve from Buffalo Wings and Jeff from NASDOG who boxloaded for Thunder (and to Stephanie from Ruff Enuff who tried).

Notable accomplishments included:


Pictures of the tournament can be see here and a video can be seen here.

Flyball MAINEia 2015

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed first in Regular 2 at the 2015 edition of Flyball MAINEia. This year there was a fairly small turnout, so there was plenty of crating space and a very relaxed feeling. The weather this year was gorgeous - one of those bright, crisp fall weekends that we learn to cherish (especially after last year's snow storm).

The team of Gunnar, Remi, Zak, and Henna performed well in the first race on Saturday, but then a set of unforced errors (both human and canine) left the team in a virtual tie with three other teams by the end of the day. But Sunday everybody settled down and pretty much demolished the competition, flirting with breaking out in the first race and ending up just one heat shy of a perfect performance for the day.

Addie contributed to the victory with a cameo appearance in the last race on Saturday, substituting for Remi.

A big congratulations to Junior Handler Kylie for helping Zak win his Onyx title. Well done!

Congratulations to Tom Lamont on his first apprentice judge assignment. Nice job.

Many thanks to Seth from White Mountain Mayhem/NASDOG for being our boxloader. We really appreciate you being there and being so steady. Thanks also to Jeannie from NASDOG for calling passes and to Celeste (a.k.a Stacey's mom) for ball shagging.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here

CanAm 2015 Championship Judge

We are very proud that our own Cindy Henderson was the CanAm 2015 Championship Judge. In her own words:

" ... Thank you to Buffalo Wings and 2 Fast Fur U for running together on an open team, I had a ton of fun and we even took home first place on Sunday! Thank you to Kevin for running Mattingly for me on Saturday and Sunday. Thank you to my friends on Ruff Enuff for helping take care of my dogs when I was judging and for helping me pack my car on Sunday night. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked to get the event set up, work the line and box judge chairs for the weekend. Thank you to Sheri for your hard work, support and laughs working the head table in the blue ring with me all weekend. Thank you to all the NAFA judges for your support, laughs and assistance in the ring over the weekend so I could race my dogs and enjoy a few breaks, I am honored to work with such a professional and supportive group of individuals. Thank you to the NAFA Board of Directors for your tireless efforts in making CanAm the premier flyball event in the world. Thank you to Lee, Leerie and Dave for all you words of encouragement and support during the event. Thank you to all the competitors that raced in my ring that made me smile with your sportsmanship, love of your dogs, and kind words of support. Thank you to so many friends from all over that provided words of encouragement and laughs throughout the weekend ... "

Mattingly earned his Iron Dog during the tournament. Congratulations, Mattingly! Hard to believe it's been 10 years.

Organized Chaos 2015

Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 3rd in Multi 1, while the Northern Lights took 1st in Vets 1 and the All Junior Handlers team, the Tiny Typhoons, took 4th place in Open 2 at the 2015 Organized Chaos tournament, September 19-20 at the Franklin County Fairground in Greenfield, MA.

What a wonderful weekend it was! After the fog burned off on Saturday morning the weather was almost perfect - a beautifully sunny early autumn weekend - and everone enjoyed hanging out under the EZ-up while waiting for racing.

In the lanes, everything was all business. The Junior Handlers impressed everyone with their excellent starts (Kylie running Zak), tight passes (Seb running Finn and Alex, Linnea, and Finley running Diesel), and savvy handling (Peyton running Sophie and Remi). The boxloader was Keely, who performed as if she had been doing it for years, having to deal with 4 different kinds of balls and several changes in the lineup and handling it like a pro. Ball shagging was handled ably as always by Ciara. The team even helped the newest member of the Weston Whirlwinds family, Gehrig, earn his first points. Well done team!

The vets team, Mattingly, Eika, Max, and Addie, performed steadily throughout the tournament. For Mattingly, Max, and Addie, this was their first tournament running in the veterans class, and they took to it quite nicely.

The Hurricanes, consisting of Gunnar, Remi, Stella, Torre, and Henna, also performed very steadily. They were totally outclassed in speed by their opponents but managed to give both of the other multi teams a scare with their consistency, ultimately dropping to a third place finish on a tiebreaker. Nicely done!

There were several milestones at this tournament. To our knowledge, no other club has fielded an all junior handlers team before, so that was quite an achievement in and of itself. In addition, both Remi and Torre earned their FGDCh-40 titles - how often does it happen that two dogs on the same club reach 40,000 points in the same tournament? And lastly but not leastly Stella earned her FMCh. Excellent work all!

Many thanks to Lauren from Mass Chaos for lending us Diesel for the Tiny Typhoons, and to Mass Chaos for lending us Finley to run Diesel for one race. Many thanks also to all of you who cheered on the Junior Handlers team.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

A short video of the Tiny Typhoons can be seen here.

BARKing Mayhem 2015

Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 5th in Multi 1 at the 2015 BARKing Mayhem tournament, August 29-30 at the Wide World of Indoor Sports in North Smithfield, RI.

In what was to some extent a training exercise, the team of Mattingly, Stella, Henna, and Sophie (with a relief appearance from Addie) was extremely ragged on Saturday. This was Henna's first full tournament after recovering from her Addisonian crisis, and she had a little trouble adjusting to not running anchor on the team. Sophie, our fiesty little height dog, was also having trouble adjusting to running full time (in the absence of Torre, who was recovering from a bout of kennel cough). The other dogs also seemed to sense that something was not quite right, and so the day as a whole felt somewhat frustrating.

But everyone stuck with it, and by the end of the day Sunday the team was running much more smoothly and managed to get in a couple of fairly clean races. Particularly gratifying was that Henna was able to run consistently for the entire tournament, and even clocked a 5.0 in one race; she hadn't run this fast for almost a year.

The tournament overall was a very fun one. The N. Smithfield venue is very nice (even though parking was a bit tight, partly because we shared the facility with an AKC agility trial). We really appreciated the air conditioning, especially on Sunday when it got fairly warm outside. The raffle was really nice - and we won several items from it - and the pizza place across the parking lot drew rave reviews. We hope that we can have more tournaments there in the future.

As usual we owe a lot to people from other teams for helping us out. In particular, thanks to Tom from ARFF and Joe from Ruff Enuff for boxloading for us a couple of times so we could run Addie, and to everyone from FAME, Mass Chaos, and Ruff Enuff who helped with Gehrig in his warmup runs.

Remi also sends his thanks to Wicked Fly for letting him run on their Open team; he had a blast.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

Foto Finish 2015

Weston Whirlwinds Thunder placed 2nd in Open 1 at Fetch 'n Fly's Foto Finish tournament, August 22-23 at Boom Towne Canine Campus in Farmington, NY. The team, consisting of Win and Fury from Ruff Enuff and our own Remi, Henna, and Addie, performed very consistently for the entire tournament. This tournament marked Henna's return to the lanes after her diagnosis with Addison's Disease, and although she had to sit out the second day we were very pleased with her performance.

This was a very small tournament with lots of sharing between teams, and it was gratifying to see how everyone pitched in to help each other. We especially appreciate the help Sue and Jo-Anne from Ruff Enuff gave us, particulary so since the Ruff Enuff team was in the same division. Thank you, Sue and Jo-Anne! Thank you also to Jen from Ruffin' It for boxloading for us the entire tournament, and to Kathy from 2 Fast Fur U for running Fury when we were running against Ruff Enuff (glad to see you still have all of your fingers, Kathy!), and to Lisa from 2 Fast Fur U for ball shagging. We couldn't have done it without you!

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.

Beach Party 2015

Boom Towne lived up to its name as the 2015 edition of 2 Fast Fur U's Beach Party started with the BOOM of a thunderstorm at 5 am on Saturday morning, but luckily the storm departed and the clouds cleared out by the time racing started. The newly air conditioned Boom Towne Canine Campus made for a lovely venue for some mid Summer racing, as the Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 3rd in Multi-1 during the hot and sticky weekend of July 18-19.

The tournament featured one dog (Fire from Obsessed K-9's) earning her Hobbes award; it's the first time any of us have seen such an event and we were honored to be even a small part of it.

It was an eclectic group of teams at a small tournament, and since so many teams came short handed it was nice to see everyone helping each other. Speaking of which - once again we owe big thanks to our friends from Buffalo Wings, especially to Julie who ran Mattingly and to Cindy who boxloaded for us. Also thanks to Joe from Ruff Enuff/OK9 for boxloading and to everyone else who helped us.

Congratulations to our Junior Handler Peyton who ran two (!) dogs, Sophie and Torre, and did a great job.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.
A time lapse video of the tournament can be seen here.
A video of the tournament can be seen here.

BARKaritavillE 2015

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 3rd in Regular 2 while Thunder took 2nd in Open 2 at BARKaritavillE 2015, May 30-31 at Habitat for Soccer and Sports in Uxbridge, MA. The calendar said Spring but the weather felt more like Summer at a small tournament that offered plenty of time outside on Saturday and inside on Sunday for relaxing and visiting with teammates.

The Lightning (Mattingly, Finn, Remi, and Stella) ran very consistently the entire tournament, earning 776 points with an impressive 78% clean-heat percentage. Well done team!

Thunder (Wish, Addie, Torre, Sophie, and Patches with a cameo by Remi) also did well, even though the team lineup was continually changing. Sophie ran almost the entire tournament and ran in both lanes, while Patches ran the entire day on Sunday. Wish ran start in his first tournament since last November and did an extremely good job. Remi replaced Torre for one race on Saturday when Cindy had to judge the race.

This was Wish's last tournament before heading off with his family for a year in France, so it was really nice to see him in the lanes again after a winter off from racing. Bonne Chance and Bon Voyage to Wish and Susan on their big adventure.

Congratulations and many thanks to our junior handlers Sebastian, Keely, Peyton, Ciara, Alex, and Linnea for the great job you did.

Pictures can be seen here

A video can be seen here

A time lapse video can be seen here

Greenfield Derby 2015

Weston Whirlwinds Lightning took 1st in Regular 3 while the Hurricanes took 4th in Multi 1 at the 2015 Greenfield Derby, May 2-3 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, MA. The weather was well-nigh perfect, and the Lighning (Mattingly, Stella, Zak, Finn, and Patches) pretty much dominated the competition, even flirting with breaking out while posting a best time of 20.313. The Hurricanes had a harder time of it, but managed to pull things together enough to win some points and some cheers from the onlookers as they closed out the tournament with the last race.

Congratulations to Sophie for earning her FDCh-S.

Many thanks to Junior Handlers Kylie (running Zak), Sebastian (running Finn), and Keely (ball shagging). Great job!

Pictures can be seen here and a time lapse video can be seen here

Spring Fling 2015

In the first Region 13 tournament since last September that didn't feature snowflakes falling from the sky, the Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 1st in Regular 2 while Thunder placed 2nd in Open 2 and the Hurricanes placed 3rd in Multi 1 at the Maine Coast Runners 14th annual Spring Fling tournament, April 11-12 at the Dover Ice Arena in Dover, NH.

Lightning, consisting of Mattingly, Eika, Max, and Finn (ably handled by Junior Handler Sebastian), with cameo appearances by Patches (making her Flyball debut in great fashion), ran very consistently throughout the tournament and pretty much dominated their competition, posting a best time of 18.991.

Thunder (Zak, Kick, Remi, Addie, and Sophie) had some rough moments but did a great job. It was especially nice to see Sophie beginning to settle into her role - she ran very well the entire tournament. We look forward to seeing her expand her repertoire to include both lanes in the not too distant future.

The Hurricanes (Gunnar, Stella, Torre, and Henna) performed admirably in their division (Multi 1 is always tough), posting a best time of 21.157 and managing to beat their seeding by one place. Addie pulled double duty by acting as cheerleader and one-time standin for Henna.

Congratulations to our Junior Handlers Kylie (running Zak), Sebastian (running Finn), and Peyton (running Sophie). You guys did a great job!

Many thanks to Kathy and Kick from Buffalo Wings for running with us on Thunder.

Milestones: congratulations to Addie for earning her FGDCh-40 and to Patches for earning her FD and FDX.

Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.
Video can be seen here.

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.
Videos can be seen here and 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.

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.

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.

2013 CanAm Classic

What a weekend! The Weston Whirlwinds traveled to the 2013 CanAm Classic tournament, October 18-20 at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, IN. This year the club had three teams running, the most ever for us, and it was great to have a big group there - some of us for the first time - to enjoy the festivities.

First some THANKS: