Wednesday, July 29, 2009
What is Dog Frisbee?
Disc dog is the more generic name for what is commonly called Frisbee dog. Indisc dog competitions, dogs and their human disc throwers compete in events suchas distance catching and somewhat choreographed freestyle catching. The sportcelebrates the bond between handler and dog, by allowing them to work together.The term "disc" is preferred because "Frisbee" is a trademark (held by Wham-O)for a brand of flying disc.The sport got its start in the early 1970s, paralleling the rise in popularityof Frisbee sport. The definitive moment came on August 4, 1974 when Alex Stein,a 19-year-old college student from Ohio, and his dog, Ashley Whippet, jumped thefence at a nationally broadcast baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgersand the Cincinnati Reds. Stein had with him a couple of flying discs, whichhe threw for the dog. Ashley astonished the crowd with her disc-catching, as heran up to 35 miles per hour and leaped 9 feet in the air to snag theFrisbees. The stunt was so novel that the game was stopped and Joe Garagiolacontinued to announce the flying disc action on the field. Finally, after eightminutes, Stein was escorted off the field and arrested. The nationallytelevised exhibition of Ashley's skill did much to fuel interest in the sport.Stein worked with Irv Lander and Eldon McIntire to create the Frisbee Dog WorldChampionship for people and their dogs. Even today, Stein and McIntire continueto contribute to the sport.From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia