Many people have expressed mild curiosity about my weekend activities with our dog Kess. We compete in a dog sport called flyball. It's very fun for both the dogs and humans, but also very noisy ( picture 200 really excited dogs in what are often concrete and metal buildings). Kess has already earned 2 titles and if you've spent any time around her you know that she has an aptitude for fetching things. This is one activity where her incessant fixation on tennis balls has really paid off.
The dogs run down a 50ft straight away and jump over four hurtles, they then trigger a box to release the ball and return with it. Each team has 4 dogs and the team with all 4 dogs completing the task properly in the fastest amount of time wins. It's all very organised with starting lights and optical sensors. At any rate we have lots of fun and it gets me out for some free time with other dog crazy people.