HIGH-FLY­ING FURRY FRIENDS

Disc Dog Day had ca­nines and their own­ers jump­ing for joy

The Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - SEAN CHASE SChase@post­media.com

“Lana” goes air­borne af­ter her owner, Heather Gal­lagher, from the Sun­shine Disc Dog Club, throws a fris­bee dur­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion show. TailWag­gers hosted the sec­ond an­nual Disc Dog Day in the Val­ley last Saturday at the Petawawa Civic Cen­tre.

PETAWAWA – Man’s best friend and their own­ers had a chance to show­case their tal­ents this past week­end dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual Disc Dog Day in the Val­ley at the Petawawa Civic Cen­tre.

On Saturday, dogs of all sizes raced down King’s Sports Field to in­ter­cept air­borne fris­bees and disks hurled into the sky by their own­ers. The

event was hosted by TailWag­gers, in con­junc­tion with the Sun­shine Disc Dog Club and Scen­tral Bark Park Com­mit­tee, to im­prove the in­ter­ac­tion and life styles of both dogs and hu­mans, by open­ing the doors to the world of dog sports, train­ing and knowl­edge.

“We’re try­ing to en­cour­age peo­ple to come out and learn how they can have more fun with their dog,” said Sharon Need­ham, owner of TailWag­gers. “It doesn’t have to be costly or re­quire huge amounts of train­ing. It is a rel­a­tively eas­ily and cheap sport to have a go at and this is some­thing the whole fam­ily can do.”

Disc dog com­pe­ti­tions are be­com­ing a pop­u­lar sport. For novice dogs, they can in­clude classes such toss and fetch, mini-dis­tance, throw and catch, and dis­tance/ ac­cu­racy. The con­cept is gen­er­ally the same. Con­tes­tants have 60 sec­onds to make as many throws as pos­si­ble on a field marked with in­creas­ingly longer dis­tances. The dis­tances gen­er­ally don’t ex­ceed 50 me­ters for the long­est catches. Dogs are awarded points for catches based on the dis­tance of the throw, with mid-air catches rat­ing ex­tra points.

“This is world­wide,” added Need­ham. “There is a com­mu­nity

and peo­ple get to know each other and it be­comes a lit­tle fam­ily.”

The morn­ing in­cluded two work­shops on fris­bee re­trieval and freestyle which teaches dogs how to dance. There were three fun matches in the af­ter­noon. The Top Dog prize went to Team Shilo with han­dler Me­lanie Wil­son. Other prizes went to Team Hoyt with han­dler Todd Spurrel, who took first place in Toss ‘n’ Fetch, Team Gemma with han­dler Linda Ritchie, who came in first in Bulls­eye, and Team Magic with han­dler Shirley Lachance, who grabbed first place in Frizgility.

Need­ham said this event wouldn’t be the suc­cess it is with­out the sup­port­ing ven­dors and spon­sors like The Alexan­der Bros Hand­crafted Wood­work and Carl Zieroth with Re/Max Pem­broke Realty Lim­ited. Lo­cated in Lau­ren­tian Val­ley, TailWag­gers works to host events through­out the year in the Pem­broke/Petawawa area where dogs can learn new skills. They may in­clude in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced obe­di­ence classes, agility, scent train­ing, track­ing, search and res­cue, fly­ball and puppy kinder­gar­den. For more in­for­ma­tion, check out the TailWag­gers page on Face­book at Tail W ag ge rs. K 9 Sport or call 613401-5707.

SEAN CHASE/DAILY OB­SERVER

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Alexan­der Brothers present Team Shilo and han­dler Me­lanie Wil­son with the Top Dog prize dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual Disc Dog Day in the Val­ley last Saturday at the Petawawa Civic Cen­tre. The Alexan­der Brothers spon­sored the event and pro­vide this hand­crafted prize.

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