Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Flyball Failure by Dexter

Given that momma is too lazy to drive me all the way to agilities school, I have had to make due recently with a funballs class where we do rally, tricks, agility, dancing, and other action packed stuff.

I was juiced when training lady said we were going to learn flyball. Hey! Running, jumping, tennis balls, that sure sounds like my kind of sport.

But it was not meant to be. I, Dexter, am a flyball drop out, a failure, a loser, a wanna be. Sob.

Due to the DOH being totally consumed by trying to keep up with me during school, there are no photos of my fateful journey into the sport of flyball, but I have created some very realistic reenactment pictures.

First thing we had to learn was to stomp our feet on the flyball box. This was a piece of cake for a clever dude like me who has done plenty of shaping exercises. I got it spit spot.

But then, trouble! Trainer lady stuck an ACTUAL TENNIS BALL into the flyball contraption and hit the top and the tennis ball, I kid you not, FLEW OUT into the air! Oh boy! I want some of that.

Next she sat down behind the box and had secretly removed the tennis ball from the launcher. Her idea was that she would toss the ball when I once again put my feet on the box. Are you kidding me? After just one demo, I KNEW that tennis balls lived in that hole in the box and subsequently dove my snooter into the hole every time I got close. I mean, I saw a tennis ball come out of there, so there should be more, right?

The fact that not only were there no more tennis balls, combined with not getting any cookies and being told to "try again" drove me into a labrafrenzy.

Next time up at bat, I just bypassed the whole launch box and went right for trainer lady's tennis ball. Like to knock her down I did. Foolish woman. Trying to trick me.

So perhaps flyball is not my sport after all, but I might try again next week if the opportunity presents itself.

In the meantime, I am in total envy of my buddy, Dennis, who has his very own flyball team and is super good at competition. Look at him!

He even hosted a flyball match during Mango Minster 2010 and if you missed it you can read about it here.

If you want to see how flyball is supposed to work, check out this movie. WARNING! It is LOUD!

Dexter done!


Unknown said...

Oh man... you hit the coocoo switch dex! Sometimes fatal attractions get in the way of funballs.

Anonymous said...

cracker for tennis balls... yup. dude, um sometimes too much of a good thing is just too much. right? oh wait, i forget who i'm talkin' to...

Niamh said...

Don't worry Dexter. You will find your calling. Barbara doesn't like flyball because of all the barking and crazy arousal so we don't do it.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Noah the Airedale said...

It looks easy enough. Lucy wants to try it out. You've seen her in action mate, do you think she could do it?

Noah x

Martha said...

Well Dexter, it seems to us basset that you were thinking things true and that makes you very smart!
You assessed the situation very quickly and once you knew where the balls came from, really what was the point!
Now we repeat that makes you very smart.
Still if you want to play flyball - and frankly we never can understand such dogs - then have a chat with Dennis.
He is sure to have lots of helpful tips.
Martha and Bailey xxx
ps we did get a video of Bailey chasing a stick at the beach - not sure if that makes her a 'real' dog!

SeaThreePeeO said...

Dexter I concur. why on earth would you step on the box when you could just have the tennis ball the training lady was holding.

Sometimes humans can be so dumb

Shen the Labradude x

Those Elgin Pugs said...

hee hees...

'dat video made Mommy laugh.. den she said 'dat dats why our faces are smashed... 'cuz we's ran into walls...
and she tinks hers funny...

Josie likes yous still shots too wits 'da tennis ball and ink blob man...snorts

Oh brother... Anakin said 'dat him and yous brother can do a cool stunt scene together...

Okays.. Josie needs more beauTee sleeps..


jen said...

At least you gave it your best shot Dexter!
I bet the trainer lady thought you were pretty smart to try and get her ball instead of the one in the box:)
I love flyball!

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

I'm with the group on this one, Dexter. It seems to me you were just acting logically and intelligently. You saw a tennis ball. You could see that the box spit up tennis balls. You took it from there. Makes pawfect sense to me. Why were they trying to mess with your pawfectly good labra-head?

lotsa licks, Lola

Unknown said...

Oh Dexter, don't you know that the flyballs is SUPPOSED to bring the crazies out in dogs??? And, you're SUPPOSED to want the ball BAD?? That's half the battle!! On my flyball team, you'd be welcome!! I still think you'd rock at it!!

Jen and the black dog crew

Gus said...

Dexter Dude:

you are clearly too smart for that flyball box. We think you should be promoted immediately.


Unknown said...

I don't know much bout da Flyball Game, butt you certainly have an 'unusual' looking instructor fur this class!


Unknown said...

Mango, you're too smart for this flyball game and I think you should teach your instructor what a true flyball game is. Then the outdated rules would then be changed into Mango Flyball Game Rules! I'm sure all doggies will enjoy this game more under your instructions!!!

Heather and Pumpkin said...

Oh Mango, you are a saint for putting up with this labradorkiness! Running after tennis balls, my goodness!


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Soooooo typical. WE Dawgs get it RIGHT and the Peeps are WAAAAY WRONG. You Rock buddy.

Laura and The Corgi, Toller, & Duck said...

I'm sure Dexter will get it next time! I know Vito would love it, but I prefer to be a bit more involved in his sports.

And actually some flyball people have said that the ball obsessed dogs usually aren't as good as just the ball liking dogs. The obsessed one have all the reward there is as soon as they get that box so they don't return as fast as those who have the main reward back at the start line.

Corbin said...

That video is AWESOME! I wonder if there's a team around here I could try out! I think I'd be awesome at that... running, jumping, tennis balls!?!?! Oh yea...

Mack said...

That flyball looks way too complicated. I think you should try RLB hunting. It totally rocks.

Raymond and Busby said...

What a rip off! Did the flyball lady think you were stupid? You should have knocked her over Dexter!

The Oceanside Animals said...

hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow it never okkerrd to me that the flyball boks mite reely be ful of tennis balz inside!!! i wil hav to try shredding it and find owt!!! thanks for the tip!!! ok bye

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Stick with it, Dexter - you can do it!!!! Maybe Dennis can send you some good tips.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We came back after watching the video - we would have the speed to beat any team, too bad we just won't bring back a ball.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Anonymous said...

Not bad for a first try, Dexter my pal. Can't expect to be aces on the first day.

We love, love, love flyball around here. It's the perfect sport for Shiva's energy and my lack of handling skills. Unlike agility, flyball is just all fun, all the time. After six classes, though, we still have yet to nail the actual retrieve. Run, yes. Jump, yes. Catch, yes. Bring the ball back, no. Dexter, you could teach her a thing or two about that, I believe.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh Dexter its all mommas fault. We won't tell she is to lazy to drive you.
Benny & Lily

rottrover said...

Keep trying, Dexter!

Maxmom said...

Phew Dex'...that sounds like an awesome sport though...I've not seen it in my wee life yet!
There is one thing I can identify with though...it's the 'labrafrenzy' bit...it SOOO describes you black dudes!
My buddy ASTA goes into a "labrafrenzy" every time she sees me...Does that mean I am a tennis ball?
I'm really worried now.

TwoSpecialWires said...

Dexter. It's clear you are a true academic. We like that in a dog.

Ya know? We went and watched some flyball entry level training ... but we never saw it in full fledged competition. Those dogs are DRIVEN!

Resting now
Jake and Fergi

brooke said...

Its not your fault the lady tricked you buy shooting a ball the first time then holding it. Duh. hehehe

Kelly said...

Oh Dex, you poor dear! She was a tricky lady, I tell you! You outsmarted her!!!!!

Piappies World said...

It's alright Dex! You got lots of potential and we will always cheer for you.

Go Dexter go!

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai & Wai-Max

The Boston Lady said...

I believe I need to check one of these contraptions out for my own tennis ball addict, Panda. She would have that thing dismantled in no time to get to the ball, not to mention that poor lady would be missing several fingers while up to her tricks!! Good work, Dexter! Ann TBL

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Maybe woo should stikhk to peashooters...


Lois Lane/Laney said...

You are too cute in that costume on your banner above! Love it!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! it's alright Dex ... I've been there. It did not work fro me either ... actually it was really FUNNY when I tried to the ball from the ball handler ... just like you. You made us laugh at this. Golden Thanks. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Kapitein Haakje said...

oh peewee ^^

its alright, we always cheer you you!!

El'bow & Hauwii

Marjie said...

Boy, that Dennis is fast. Maybe next time Momma will do better with the whole camera thing. She must have been distracted.


the booker man said...

i smell tricksies here. any half brained hooman knows we labradoggies are wired for tennis ball retrievals. miss trainer lady should have left the tennis ball in the box where it belonged, but noooo, she had to get all tricky and try to hide the ball on you. you didn't fail flyball...miss trainer lady cheated! don't give up!

the booker man

Sue said...

Our Mom wishes she was there to see you assaulting the tennis ball lady. It would make a great video.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Molly the Airedale said...

Keep practicing, Dexter! You're a smart boy! You'll have flyball nailed in no time at all!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh we could never do that.. We love our balls and we will not let anyone take them away from us.. We loved the video though...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Kari in Alaska said...

We want to get Mesa to try flyball. I think she would be great


Maggie Mae and Max said...

No worries Dexter, I still luvs ya!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Dex, you may just be too smart for flyball. You obviously have a logical, scientific approach to problem solving. Problem: get the ball. Solution: go directly to the location of the ball [duh!] Maybe you could try some of that labra-diving sport, where they throw a lure into the pool and you see how far you can jump to retrieve it. Much more straight-forward and you always know where the ball is.

Jed & Abby

houndstooth said...

They should be begging you to be on their team! You figured out that contraption on the first try and then when the trainer lady played that trick on you, you decided to solve the problem in a reasonable and efficient fashion! I say give it another shot!


Amber and Nala said...

Hehe...Dexter, that was the best re-enactment I've seen in a while. ;) Hey, I can't blame ya...you are just too smart for flyball. :)


Lorenza said...

I guess your technique is much better thant the one established by someone who wants you to go crazy!
Kisses and hugs

tula monstah said...

that's a labradork fur ya. but woo should try it again..i mean it was the first time and all. geesh.

tell bubba i send monstah vibes driving past the estate each morning. except uhhhh.. no one is in sight!