2013-07-11 / Community

‘Flyball’ tournament to raise funds for Eva Burrell shelter

MANISTIQUE – Three teams from The United Flyball League International are planning a fundraiser tournament for both the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter and Delta Animal Shelter. Flyball is a fast-paced relay racing sport – a type of drag racing for dogs.

Several teams of four dogs compete side by side to race over hurdles, step on a spring-loaded box that shoots out a tennis ball, which the dogs retrieve “on the fly” and return to their handlers. When one dog crosses the starting line, the next dog goes. The first team to have all 4 dogs run without errors wins the heat.

The fastest dogs, whippet/ border collie mixes, can complete the course in slightly over three seconds each. All breeds of dogs are represented and hurdles are adjusted to accommodate the various sizes of the teams from short-legged dachshunds to longlegged shepherds.

The tournament, a two-day event scheduled for July 20 and 21, will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba in the “Miracle of Life Building”. Admission is free to the public.

The sponsoring clubs, Rude Dogs and Competitive Dog Sports from Michigan and High Velocity from Minnesota, will donate all the proceeds they collect from entry fees for the dog teams and any money raised by the shelters at a bake sale and raffle during the event.

To learn more about flyball and the United Flyball League International, visit www.u-fli.com.

For more information about the event, contact representatives from either shelter; in Manistique at (906) 341-8180 or in Escanaba at (906) 789-0230.

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