Yearly Archives: 2013

2013 Disc Dog Summary

I got this post in a few hours before we begin 2014! 2013 was the absolute best year of disc doggin’ I have ever had. There were many new things that happened for us in 2013, the most important being the beginning of something very special with the newest addition to Team Furrari, Muse. The general theme of 2013 was the year of Muse, but early in the year she wasn’t even competing and the other dogs all had great successes.

Tooney: She had a perfect round for the first time in her career at the age of 10!!! She also qualified for the UFO finals and performed her last round of freestyle there at the age of 11.

Enzo: Enzo proved he is still at his peak. He was invited to the Purina IDC in Las Vegas (thanks Todd, Tracy, Benny and any other Purina people that have supported us over the years!), which was a blast. He also finished strong in several competitions and finished 11th for the year in the UFO.

Slayte: LG started the year struggling. He was stressed out, his teeth were bothering him (his canines were replaced with titanium) and I wasn’t working with him in a way that would allow him to enjoy himself. I changed what I was doing, we fixed his teeth and he had a great time and finished 21st in the UFO final rankings.

Muse: When she started competing, I felt she would be very good at toss and fetch, possibly one of the top dogs in the country. Early on she was exceptional at tracking and her catching skills were almost as good. She had good speed and a small jump. I wasn’t expecting that in her first year she’d not only be doing freestyle, but actually mastered everything I was able to throw at her (remember, she’s a puppy, so I had to keep her freestyle routine safe). To my surprise, and delight, she is BETTER at freestyle than toss and fetch. When she started doing freestyle, she got faster, started jumping and decided she will go out and catch virtually every disc I throw. I love every aspect of disc dogging, but freestyle is where my heart is. She won numerous competitions including the California State Championships/Best in the West. She finished 5th in the UFO World Cup standings.

Here are my top 10 moments from 2013. The word that will show up most here is “Muse” and I can’t help it, she is an amazing canine athlete and was my best dog of the year:

10. Enzo finishes 2nd at our UFO Major
9. Muse wins our regional Skyhoundz D/A competition
8. Tooney perfect round of freestyle to start the year
7. Enzo invited to the Purina IDC for the second year in a row
6. Muse wins the Pacific Coast Canine Disc Championship
5. Slayte is “cured” and is now having a blast competing in disc
4. Muse records two perfect rounds (out of three) at the UFO Finals
3. Muse finishes 5th in the UFO World Cup Standings
2. Tooney final freestyle round of her career
1. Muse wins the Crusty Classic (California State Championships/Best in the West)

I will review my goals for 2013 and post my goals for 2014 in my next post. I can’t wait for 2014! Enzo is running strong, Tooney is still doing toss/fetch, Slayte is going to have a lot of fun and there is one word that will describe Muse in 2014… Dominant. Muse is 17 months old now and is learning the more advanced portions of freestyle with vaults and flips. Her new routine is pretty awesome, it won’t disappoint!

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Agility stuff!

Yes I still do agility…a lot. Just don’t write about it anymore. In summary, both boys are qualified for AKC Nationals next year, Enzo got his MACH3, Slayte has 7 double Q’s total and probably close to enough points for his first MACH, Muse has started agility class. She’s been homeschooled and joined a class with novice dogs that are doing sequences. I break things down for her a lot. She does everything that I ask her too but she doesn’t really understand why yet. Hopefully that will come. I’m still working on her weaves too.

Since USDAA Nationals is in Nothern CA next year, I want to get both boys qualified for that as well as the 2015 AKC Nationals. It will be a bit of a balancing act.

We did both days of an USDAA trial this past weekend. I wish USDAA would lower the aframe for the Championship division. I run Slayte in Performance 22″ because of the higher aframe in Championship. People keep asking me how tall he measures. He’s only 19.5″ but I don’t want to train the higher Aframe. It would take too many reps to get their running aframes to work on the higher aframe. Enzo might be able to remeasure into the new 18″ division but I’m no going to bother because of the aframe. I know quite a few people that just don’t want to do USDAA anymore because of the aframe. I’ll just sandbag in Performance. 🙂 Only because nationals is close. Otherwise I would just stick with AKC. Anyways that is my USDAA rant.

Other than getting worn out mentally and physically by the conflicts and back to back to back runs, I had fun. Slayte picked up a P1 standard Q and a P1 gamblers Q. Both Enzo and Slayte Q’d in Performance Speed Jumping (the second q for both of them) and got to run in Round 2. Enzo had a fast Round 2 but missed the aframe contact and ran past the last jump and backjumped it. Here is his run.

Slayte was clean and won P22 and got a check for $19. His time was actually a hair faster than the dog that won Championship 22″.

Neither dog Qd in PGP but they were so close! Ergh. Masters Challenge Standard didn’t go very well with either dog. Master Challenge Jumpers looked horrible on paper but ran nicely. Enzo got through the hard parts then missed the weave entry. He also backjumped at the end. In hindsight I should have turned him the other way instead of asking for a lead change. I had g on the brain. Slayte is a bendy gumby dog and Enzo is not. I was happy with how he did. Backsides and running past things are not his strengths. Slayte has been trained to do that kind of stuff but Enzo really hasn’t.

Slayte rocked the course. I went a little too deep on the tunnel and panicked a little but still made it in time to get the front cross to go between the two jumps. It felt really good to get through that course. Also feels good to know that I can do a course like that without blind crosses and all the fancy turns. I spent a lot of time to train myself to keep my eyes on my dogs and always felt like we did the best when I do that. I’m still “old school”. Who knows, I might go there eventually.

Amazingly there were no Championship 22″ qualifiers on this course!

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2013 UFO World Cup Finals

We went to the 2013 UFO World Cup Finals and all 4 dogs were qualified in the open division. It was exciting to be able to play with 4 dogs in the finals. It was difficult, physically, as I had over 20 rounds!!! Can you believe it?!?! 3 Days of disc doggin’ at its extreme! Muse, of course, was my top performing dog.

Tooney had her retirement freestyle at this event at 11 years old. I did not throw very well for her, but she made up for it with a nice round:

Enzo and Slayte both had some nice rounds. Enzo finished 11th in the World Cup and Slayte 21st. Here are two of their rounds.

Enzo:

Slayte:

Muse was amazing at the finals and finished 5th in the World Cup. She was only 14 months old at the finals! Going into the finals, I told Jenn I really wanted to try to have a perfect round with her because I felt she had it in her. I would have probably had a couple of perfect rounds during the year, but in two of those routines, she missed a specific throw in both of those routines (the flamingo throw). I decided to modify the throw so I could throw it more consistently and the results were as good as I could have hoped. TWO perfect rounds at the finals! Having a perfect round is exceptional, but doing it 2 out of 3 rounds at the finals is truly remarkable. I feel like I’m the luckiest person in disc doggin’ to have what is probably the most consistent disc dog on the planet! The fact that catching a disc is by far her most favorite thing in the world to do and her super sweet personality, what a perfect disc dog she is!

Muse perfect rounds:

The long distance D-Tour Championships also took place at the UFO Finals. Muse qualified with Ellie in the Women’s division and with me in the Men’s division. Ellie won the Championship with her dog, Preston, and managed to get 2nd place with Muse! Ellie is going to be awesome in 2014! For me, I had 2 of my longest throws EVER in a competition. Unfortunately, Muse tipped both of them. She would have ended up very likely with at least a 2nd place finish if she caught either of them. Despite that, she still caught a pretty long throw which probably put us in 4th place, just outside of the placements. The official results are not posted yet, but it was very likely near the top.

Here are my favorite moments of the finals:

1. Tooney final freestyle round of her career!
2. Muse 2 perfect rounds!
3. Muse 5th place overall UFO World Cup!
4. Slayte having some great rounds at the Finals!
5. Enzo finishing 11th in the UFO World Cup! (Ellie and Muse 2nd in D-Tour almost made the list…)

The 2013 disc dog season is over and my 4 awesome dogs finished it off with some of their best performances of the year. I plan more blog updates to sum up some things from the season and other various disc doggin’ thoughts. Who knows, maybe Jenn will eventually post a blog update on agility. She still does it… I think….

Muse is the 2013 California State Champion and Best in the West!

The Crusty Classic is a 2-day event that culminates in the California and Best in the West champions.  Saturday was a very windy UFO local.  Despite the wind, Muse had the second highest freestyle score and the highest toss/fetch score (19!) and won the competition!  Enzo had the highest freestyle round and brutal wind for his toss/fetch round and only missed 1!  He finished 3rd and was on the top of his game!  Tooney entered the intermediate division and won!

Sunday was the Crusty Classic format that included freestyle and the circle toss which is similar to Skyhoundz bullseye.  Muse and Slayte both had near perfect freestyle rounds and Enzo’s round was good.  Bullseye is Muse’s game.  She scored a 22.5, which is a massive score and with her great freestyle round, she won Sunday’s competition.  Enzo finished 3rd and Slayte finished 5th.

Muse won the combined weekend competition and became the youngest dog to win the California and Best in the West championships.  This is one competition that I have wanted to win year after year and have always come up short.  This time Muse won the event for Team Furrari and I’m proud to say she is the Champion!  Enzo finished 3rd overall, which I am also happy about.

We are now getting geared up for the UFO World Cup Finals. It is in Colorado at the end of October and I can’t wait! All 4 dogs are qualified and Tooney will perform her final freestyle round since she’s 11 years old now and she doesn’t have the stamina to finish a 2 minute round of freestyle while still running at top speed. I am most excited to play with Tooney for the last time in freestyle. Yes, Muse and Enzo are both ranked high in the UFO World Cup, but I will remember the time with Tooney on the field the most.

Here’s Enzo, Muse and Slayte freestyle rounds from the Crusty Classic.  Enzo and I went out as skeletons per our usual October attire.

Enzo:

Muse:

Slayte near-perfect round:

Enzo sick, Slayte’s toe …then… Skyhoundz World Championships 2013

Enzo got sick, which is unusual for him. He never had acted sick in his entire life. He was puking, had no energy, wouldn’t eat and acted like his insides were hurting. We took him to the vet and after a few days of being hospitalized, he recovered from pancreatitis, which can be fatal. The cause was unknown, but we switched him to a less fat rich diet as a precaution. At the same time, Slayte somehow tore his toenail out (that was damaged when he was a puppy) while doing agility in the back yard. He was out several weeks after he had minor surgery on it. A month later, it seems like his toenail won’t grow back.

After Enzo got sick, I felt I should take him to every Frisbee event I could this year. I decided late in the game to attend the Skyhoundz World Championships and try to get him qualified and of course, Muse was already qualified in freestyle and distance/accuracy. Enzo did really well, but didn’t get a qualifier spot. Muse also had some awesome rounds and finished 15th in freestyle and 11th in D/A while making the finals. Here’s her second freestyle round with only 1 drop! She had one of the highest scores in the final round.

I am so happy with how Muse performed at her first World Championships. What a good time!

Colorado Canine Challenge 2013

We went to the CCC again this year. This is one of the biggest and most difficult competitions around. I went for the UFO primarily and wanted to try to get more UFO points for Enzo and Muse since they are in the top 5 overall standings right now.

On Saturday (UFO major), Muse and Enzo both had strong freestyle rounds. Poor Slayte was having a great round before he bit his tongue and had to stop 😦 Slayte has been doing great at competitions and I’m glad we’re past his performance anxiety issues he was having! Enzo was the top freestyle team not to make the cut to the top 10. Muse had a good round of freestyle and made the cut to the top 10. She added to that a 17.5 point round in toss/fetch and finished 4th overall! One of the premier events and this little puppy that JUST turned a year old last weekend finished 4th overall, ahead of multiple former champions and even Enzo, who finished 2nd overall at this event last year. Muse moved up a bit in the UFO standings and is now in 4th place, just 0.5 points ahead of Enzo in 5th. Slayte is tied for 9th.

Muse freestyle:

Sunday was the Quadruped long distance event. I enjoy throwing long distance but my disc dog life revolves around freestyle. I managed a 69.8 yard catch with Enzo in the Men’s division, but even that wasn’t enough in this kind of event! We had 4 total catches, all of which were over 60 yards. We finished as the top team not to make the finals at 5th place. Jenn played with Slayte and was the top team not to make the finals for the Women’s division with a catch at 42.5 yards. Our friend Ellie played with Muse in the Women’s division and got 2nd place along with a 58.5 yard throw, getting the longest throw of the division award!

Enzo Quad:

Ellie and Muse Quad:

Slayte Quad:

Not only is Muse showing that she’s becoming a top notch disc dog, for those that haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her in person, she is an absolute sweetheart. She loves people, she loves other dogs, she loves to play and especially chase a disc. She just loves life. If you watch me walk onto the field with her you will see her casually come out, looking around and wandering almost aimlessly like she has no clue what is going on. She acts like she’s not even interested in playing! I give her the command to start our routine and it’s like a switch is turned on and for the next 2 minutes, she is a crazed Frisbee dog. As soon as our freestyle round is over. “Click” she’s off and accepts that we’re done. She doesn’t question how we do things, she doesn’t challenge the rules I have set and she doesn’t try to make up her own game. We affectionately call her “Mubot” which is short for Muse-Robot for this reason. She is completely, 100% reliable and predictable when she performs and pretty much never makes a mistake.

Muse 2013 D2iSC Quad Pawed Champion!!!

D2iSC put on a fun event that consisted of four games. Obstacle course, circle toss, toss / fetch and speed disc. It is similar to a Skyhoundz discdogathon. These events are fun because I don’t need to prepare myself for any freestyle, just go out and do what is natural – throw the disc to the dog.

Jenn did agility with Slayte nearby and came to play some disc with him later in the day. Enzo was solid on 3 of 4 events. Tooney did well but stepped on something that bothered her foot and wasn’t able to do the circle toss (her best event), or I’m pretty certain she would have won the event. She still managed to get 2nd place in speed disc, which is not her strong event!

This is becoming a bit like a broken record, but Muse won the overall combined championship on the strength of the best circle toss and solid results in all the other events. She is 11 months old now and she has won or at least placed top three in the past 4-5 competitions. It’s pretty exciting!!!

I decided to go to the Colorado Canine Challenge to try and get Muse and Enzo more UFO points in preparation for the finals there in October. Last year Enzo finished 2nd overall and I hope for a similar result this year. If Muse can make the cut into the top 10, she has a chance to gain more UFO points. Enzo needs to make top 3 to move up. Muse and Enzo right now are 4th and 5th in the overall UFO standings.