Congratulations to Taffie for winning the 1999/2000 DOG OF THE YEAR award!
Hi, my name is Taffie. I'm a yellow labrador who's nearly
four years old, at least my parents were told I was a labrador when they
found me, but I think my doggie dad or grandad might have been a Golden
Retriever. I first started to play flyball towards the end of 1997 and
boy was that fun. After only a couple of weeks of running and jumping my
new playmates invited me to take a long car trip to a place called Canberra.
I was told I was to run in the open division which meant I was going to
be off my lead. I saw some owners that had to run with their dog and that
didn't look like much fun. Finally it was my turn to play. This was going
to be great and I wanted everyone to know; so I told them, lots. I ran
and ran and jumped every now and again, not as often as dad wanted me to.
I met new friends from other teams, I even swapped balls and sometimes
just took them straight out of their ball holding machine. I think dad
was getting a little frustrated with me. For some reason after that trip
dad began to run with me a lot. I think he wanted to play as well. After
what seemed like months I was invited back to play. It was during this
time that I realised that it was much more fun to beat the dog in the lane
next to me. Dad seemed to be a lot happier, too. I have now been running
with my friends in the Croydon Rockets for a few years now. We were the
1999 and 2002 National Australian Champions in Division One. I recently earned
my Flyball Master Excellent title. I hope to continue to play flyball for
many more years.
|Richard & Kirstie (Taffies Mum and Dad)|