2006 SKYHOUNDZ MICRODOG WORLD
Tony Hoard &
Wigglebutt Seven of Nine
Thank you, Tony!!!!
photos by Mark Gose
We are back from Skyhounds
Worlds in Georgia, and man are we whipped. It was so fun to see Kat & Sarah
and the gang there - they did great!
We met up with Tony Hoard and
Seven as much as we could over the past 6 weeks to practice - very fun and
we are learning so much from watching them. Sunday was the microdog finals,
and everyone was worried about getting rained out. We thought we were going
first, but they changed the order - darn, gotta wait. One dog before Seven
finally went in, and it started to POUR! Yickes! We waited in
anticipation, and finally the rain stopped and they started up the event
Tony and Seven were "jamming"
out there, while Bill & I watched anxiously hiding behind the crates -
trying not to cheer and distract her with our voices. It's always really
exciting to watch them, but the hype of it being worlds was almost too much
to handle. The results from round one came in, and they were in 3rd place,
just 1 point out of first. There were 14 microdogs entered (the 2 or 3 best
from each region/country were at the finals.) Dogs need to be either under
16" or under 25 pounds to be in microdog. Seven is 23 pounds.
Next was the Distance & Accuracy
portion. Tony was hoping to score in the double digits to pull into the
lead. Seven missed the first toss, Tony threw the 2nd out of bounds - panic
started to set in - phew - she caught one, time was running out and the
count down started FIVE-FOUR-THREE-TWO (Seven rushes back and spits out the
frisbee at Tony) ONE (Tony basically dives on the grass and chucks the
frisbee super fast and low from his knees) TIME (Seven turns on the TURBO
POWER and MAKES THE CATCH). The crowd is roaring. They score the highest
score in Distance & Accuracy and move into fist place.
Round 3 - last round
- freestyle. They need to do well to keep the lead, they didn't get the
kind of lead hoped for in Distance and Accuracy - only 2 1/2 points up.
Tony is cool as cucumber - Bill & Angie on the verge of cardiac arrest and
hyperventilation - Seven just wants to play. The start is a bit rough -
Seven misses a few overs, and a butterfly. Sarah and Kat remind me to
breath - I'm wondering if I have a heart condition and whether I'm going to
keel over dead. Bill's a wreck too. Whamoo - Tony throws the
longest/fastest air bounce I've ever seen! Seven is running FAST and BOING
there goes Seven about 5 feet air to make the big catch. WOO-HOO! The
crowd goes wild.
They ended up with 8 misses - a
lot for Seven. We aren't sure where she will place. The weather was
starting to roll in again, and they finished up the other events as soon as
possible. Out come the award platforms and the huge trophies. They
announce 3rd place - not Seven, 2nd place - not Seven. Oh no! Did she go
from 1st to 4th? Nope...
2006 SKYHOUNDZ MICRODOG WORLD
CHAMPION - Tony Hoard & Wigglebutt Seven of Nine
Bill & I are crying, Tony is
smiling, and Seven's like, "don't we get to play some more?" On the podium,
Tony was asked who gets the trophy. He replied, "They get the trophy, I
get the dog." <Grin> Well, that's not going to happen - I think we'll keep
the best little disc dog in the world right here.
The rain started downpoaring,
and we were not only happy as a clam but wet as a clam too. What a
Sire: CH Bluegrass Solo
Dam: Eaglecreek's Texas Bluebonnet
Blue merle female with copper and white trim, one marbled eye/one brown eye.
16" tall, 23 pounds. DOB 3/23/03. CERF Clear.
Full sibling of...
Wigglebutt James Bond (2005 MASCA Nationals Best of