• Jun 5-5 Cancellation of 2020 U-FLI Championship
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St. Jude's Showcase of Dogs '07

Fetchin’ Frenzi brings U-FLI to the “St. Jude Showcase of Dogs” in Memphis for the first time and raised over $6000 for the St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital founded by the legendary Mr. Danny Thomas. Participants traveled from near and far to help raise money and make flyball a key contributor this year. Friday’s tournament offered singles and regular racing with 12 teams and some 20 singles getting things started on the first day. Saturday and Sunday offered regular racing with 37 teams competing in a prelude to the November Championship. The racing was tight between the divisions. The host club “Fetchin’ Frenzi” set a new personal best time breaking into the 16 second club with a 16.84. and The Gamblers from Alabama looking to break into the 15’s posted a heart wrenching 16.01. The crowds watching the racing were oblivious to the competitiveness of the teams but were in total awe of the enthusiasm the dogs displayed while racing. Children and adults alike were cheering for their favorite dogs which added to the excitement in the racing ring.

Each team was asked to bring an item for the raffle table and in the true spirit of giving the teams did not let St. Jude’s children down. The raffle was huge and helped raise over $1000. As in past charity events money was also raised from the “ Frenzi Memory Flags” the “Flags for Kids” and the U-FLI donation which helped Fetchin’ Frenzi make a record flyball contribution at this incredible event.

The competitors enjoyed a host of different flyball judges who graciously donated their time and waived their usual fee. Steve McAvoy and Tim Mulrooney headed up the judging team and were relieved by Annette Tindall, Paul Ferlitto and Elizabeth Hudson. All the teams provided box and line judges during breaks from their own racing. Various people helped at the score table and with the U-FLI pin scoring and pin distribution.

Not only was there excitement in the flyball ring, but plenty of shopping available. There were lots of vendors selling everything from dog food to jewelry. I saw many flyballers with arms loaded down with crate pads, tug toys and dog food. There were even T-shirts with the U-FLI logo on the back as a major sponsor of the event. And, if flyball wasn’t enough for a dog and handler to do, there was agility, obedience, lure coursing and many other dog related activities. There was no lack of food vendors either, everything from corn dogs, funnel cakes to sandwiches, ice cream and smoothies.

Overall, this is definitely a tournament to mark on your calendar for next year. Thank you to Fetchin’ Frenzi and all the teams who participated this year. Your hearts are as a big as the smiles upon your faces when Tim Mulrooney announced the amount raised this year by “YOU” the flyball community.

Last Updated Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 02:04 PM.
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