2000: Five ladies who had never met before and their ball
crazy dogs sat in the sun listening to a flyball seminar.
That was how it all started, just over a year ago and....LOOK
AT US NOW! Silver Streaks was formed in October of 2000 because
five ladies wanted to have fun with their dogs. (And the dogs
just wanted to play ball!) Along the way we have met other
people and their dogs with the same idea...to meet others
with a "ball addiction" and to have fun.
We now have enough dogs for six teams: Tailings, Prospectors,
Loose Nuggets, MotherLode, T-n-T and Liquid Silver but our
primary goal has not changed...to give our dogs and outlet
for their ball addictions and to have fun as a team. Little
dogs and big dogs run with us; rescues and purebred dogs run
with us...we want all dogs to have a chance to experience
Team unity is key in this sport...no one dog or handler wins
or loses a race. There are four dogs and four handlers on
that grass running as a team. Teamwork is critical - - we
have traveled 12 hours in a van together for tournaments and
we STILL talk to each other! Our goal is just to have fun.
Although we do enjoy our victories, it is never at the expense
of the dog's fun. Each dog is given equal opportunity to run
with a team and build points toward their titles.
With every tournament we come home with new ideas and a renewed
sense of team spirit. With every Sunday practice we work out
the kinks and turn weaknesses into strengths. Or dogs look
forward to each practice and come bounding out of the cars
howling and smiling...happy to see their friends. Aggression
is not allowed and it is stopped before it can ever become
a problem, with treats and praise...or a squirt gun. We have
proven, positive training methods and every dog on the team
who has completed a race has points. We do dream...of breaking
into the next division or having flawless passes and perfect
swimmers turns. But our dreams are focused with the team and
the dogs' best interests in mind at all times. If you would
like to be a part of this fabulous team sport, contact us
either by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or drop by a practice some time and see what we're all about.