Sun City woman teaches dogs to soar in flyball - Your West Valley News: Suncity

Sun City woman teaches dogs to soar in flyball

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 3:45 pm

Some dogs living in Sun City have learned to fly thanks to Deb Blum.

Blum drives to Goodyear every morning to work at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center, sometimes not coming home from her job as medical staff coordinator until after 11 p.m.

But even following a long day, at least 30 minutes a night are spent training her dogs to soar through the air with speed and agility.

Blum and her dogs are competitors in the North American Flyball Association, a sport that judges speed and perfection on a 51-foot-long course where dog relay teams jump over hurdles, make turns and catch tennis balls.

“In 2007, I saw flyball at Cynosports, and I was mesmerized by these dogs that would compete in a relay and come back to their owners without leashes,” Blum said. “You could tell they were racing to win, and I said ‘I have to do this!’”

A year later, Blum received a call from the Arizona team Heat Wave offering a spot to her Cairn terrier Samee.

“From the start, I thought Samee would be great at flyball because he’s smart and obedient, but at his first practice I realized, he couldn’t do this,” Blum said.

Samee was a barker and easily distracted, so Blum spent the next 2½ years training Samee to fly as well as his teammates.

“I’m very competitive, and when I say I’m going to give 100 percent, I do,” she said. “I wasn’t going to give up until we won.”

Every evening and Sunday morning was devoted to working with Samee, and in April 2011 their years of effort were rewarded when Samee earned his first title.

“Over a two-day tournament, Samee finally won a flyball title and was listed as number 45 in the nation on the NAFA website,” Blum said. “It was exhilarating!”

Since Samee’s victory, Blum has adopted two puppies in hopes of future flyball wins.

“It’s not easy, and you have to be dedicated for both you and your dogs.”

  • Discuss

Tell Us What You Think!

Loading…

Kerry’s Blunt Words for Israel Denounced by Lawmakers in Both Parties

A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers, upset with President Obama’s decision last week to allow the passage of a United Nations resolution condemni…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:14 am @ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/28/us/politics/john…

Obama preparing to penalize Russia for hacking

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to penalize Russia over the hacking of Democratic officials during this year's presidential…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:16 am @ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/1…

Gov. Brown Appoints New Public Utility Commissioners to Replace Florio and Sandoval

Martha Guzman Aceves and Clifford Rechtschaffen both come from the governor’s office with strong environmental protection backgrounds. Martha …

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:14 am @ https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/gov.-…

Presidential vote in congressional districts points to Democratic risks in 2018

Democrats started the 2016 election cycle with pessimism about their chances of taking back the House of Representatives. For a few moments th…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:13 am @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/…

Mail truck tips on Mesa street

MESA, Ariz. - A mail truck ended up on its side in a crash Wednesday. Mesa police say a single-vehicle collision left the United States Postal…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:12 am @ http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/mail-truck…

Reports of mall disturbances light up social media

A flurry of reports of mall melees and disturbances rippled across social media Monday on a day Americans swarmed shopping hubs for post-holid…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 9:51 am @ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/12/…

Graham, McCain want Russia sanctions after election hacking

Top Republican senators said Wednesday that the incoming Congress and President-elect Donald Trump should impose new and tougher sanctions on …

Published: December 31, 2016 - 9:13 am @ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/28/graham-…

Star New Brunswick cyclist Ellen Watters dies from crash injuries

Ellen Watters, a Canadian competitive cyclist critically injured in a collision with a car while on a training ride in Sussex, N.B., Dec. 23, …

Published: December 31, 2016 - 9:14 am @ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/ellen-…

Immigration Is the Only Hope for States That Helped Trump

The decline of manufacturing does not explain the decline of Wisconsin. Photographer: Daniel Acker/BloombergFacebook Twitter Email Print Share…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 7:17 am @ https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-12-28…

Creator of the Red Solo Cup dies at 84

FOX 32 NEWS - The creator of the Red Solo Cup died on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the age of 84. Robert Leo Hulseman lived in Northfield, …

Published: December 31, 2016 - 7:07 am @ http://www.fox4news.com/trending/225996868-story

Facebook

YourWestValley.com on Facebook

Twitter

YourWestValley.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to YourWestValley.com via RSS

RSS Feeds