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06/07/10

new teammates

Announcing our newest supersonic teammates, and founding members of the “be careful what you name your pup because you just might get what you wish for” club!   Boomer, owned and loved by Susan and Tod Black is already growing into quite the handful!  And Tantrum! owned and loved by Steve and Loren Shepard must still be too tiny to cause any trouble, right?

Boomer at 10 weeksBoomerTantrum


06/06/10

more titles were earned in chula vista!

Skye and Trevor are solidifying themselves as our new generation of veterans and both earned their Flyball Master titles while holding two teams together for the newbies!  Speaking of newbies, it all came together for Penny who sailed past her Flyball Dog Excellent title to become a Flyball Champion in the same weekend!  And Fuse not only earned his FDX, but did it while getting to know his new baby brother!  All in all, it was quite an exciting weekend for the supersonics!!

Skye

Penny


04/24/10

new dogs achieve titles in santa clarita!

Fling, Penny, and Fuse all achieved Flyball Dog titles this last weekend! And Zoey achhieved Flyball Master Champion FMCh (15,000 pts.)!!


08/30/09

Born To Run Summer Classic video!

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07/27/09

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!! santa barbara supersonic makes headline news!

Low and behold, we are on the front page of the Santa Barbara News-Press this morning (Monday, July 27, 2009) as the paper's headline story:

Santa Barbara News-Press

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06/14/09

fuse's training progressing nicely

Fuse is on schedule to compete in our Born To Run Summer Classic flyball tournament in August. We are currently working on his turn and racing with other dogs. Take a look at how his turn is shaping up! back to top

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06/05/09

introducing kellie jean!

Susan and Tod Black would like to introduce Kellie Jean. A 4 year old Golden Retriever rescue "puppy" with rough house manners who needs some obedience BUT has managed to tire Skye out in the short time she's been here!. back to top

kellie jean  kellie jean in pool


05/09/09

first in our division both days at dog e-races!

Saturday we ran away with first place and on Sunday, despite being in a more competitive division, we still managed another first place finish! All in all it was a fun weekend and as usual, Pawdemonium held a well run tournament! The video below is our first race on Sunday and despite the initial false start we went on to win the race. back to top


05/09/09

In the fire zone, 'everybody's affected now'

More than 30,500 were placed under evacuation orders. Some are staying with friends while others sleep on cots at the UC campus.

Reporting from Santa Barbara -- Denise Cutbirth and her three teen daughters, two Australian shepherds and a chinchilla named Chinny were on their third day in a two-bedroom suite at Motel 6, which they have taken to calling Noah's Ark.

David Caffo and his partner, Thom Zimerle, opted for the luxury of the Biltmore Hotel, which knocked its rate down to $250 a night for fire refugees, more than half off the usual cost. More>
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04/01/09

fuse makes his music video debut!

May we present to you...

Fuse! In his screen debut in an Erika Jayne music video. Don't blink, as he has to make the most of about .87 seconds. Watch for him about 57 seconds into the video!

Marty Thomas and Fuse

 The director, Marty Thomas

 

Erika Jayne and Fuse

The star, Erika Jayne


03/15/09

welcome new members david caffo and thom zimerle!

We want to welcome our two newest members: David Caffo and Thom Zimerle! Although new to the club, certainly not new to most of the supersonics; it is good to have David and Thom racing with us once again. Their dogs Buddy, Molly, and JD are all rescues. Thom devotes a lot of his time to K9 PALS and David is a NAFA flyball judge (besides their day jobs).


buddy and molly

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01/18/09

winter games tourney

We started the season as usual with the Winter Games in Orange County. Fortunately is was much warmer in the mornings than in years past. We had a great time, but it went by fast with us fielding both Open and Regular division teams.  

Fuse

open team

Our Open Team on Saturday (semisonic) placed second after a bit of a rough start getting unfamiliar dogs dialed in. Disa Prince and Benton from Santa Barbara Flyers along with Kathy Haney and Torry from Surf City Flyball joined us on Saturday. On Sunday (Open Bar) Disa, Kathy and Dave Roswell and Cash from Surf City joined in the fun. Our own Denise and Trevor, and Elizabeth and Tiller anchored the teams both days.

OC 2009 Open Team

awards and new titles

Pepper and Skye achieved their FDX titles while Tiller achieved his FDCH-G and Trevor achieved his FDCH! Buddy (aka Little Buddy) received his FG60K award; Buddy (aka Big Buddy) and Molly received their Onyx awards.

Awards OC 2009

All in all... a great time! back to top


09/20/08

announcing our newest dogs... fling and koa!

We would like to introduce the newest team members... Denise Roteman's Golden, Scurry, recently gave birth to a litter of pups and low and behold... Denise kept one of them. Fling!. Marty Fast recently adopted a young vizsla she has dubbed Koa.back to top

Fuse Koa


09/20/08

announcing our newest supersonic... fuse!

Steve and Loren Shepard would like to introduce the newest team member... an adorable little guy we like to call Fuse. He is fitting into the pack quite nicely and will be flying over jumps before you know it! back to top

fuse Fuse


Jane Giles

08/28/08

jane becomes an american citizen!

Jane, along with about 6000 of her closest friends and fellow new citizens, was sworn in in a ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 28.

Congratulations and don't forget to vote, Jane! back to top


07/27/08

titles won at dog days of summer!

OK, this is a little late getting posted, but at the the Santa Barbara Flyers tournament several dogs gained titles! It was a bit of a crazy weekend with Kashi and Zoey holding us together as Buddy headed into retirement and we were left short of handlers... thank you Jane for coming out to run Pismo! And Thanks to Rock 'n Rovers for help loading on Sunday!

skye and pepper achieve flyball dog

On Saturday Pepper achieved Flyball Dog and on Sunday Skye achieved Flyball Dog in their first tournament of racing!

congratulations big buddy and molly!

buddy and molly
Photo by Chris Monahan

Congrats to David Caffo and Thom Zimerle, and (Big) Buddy and Molly! On Sunday both Molly and Buddy achieved their Onyx titles in the very same heat!!!! Quite an accomplishment! back to top


04/30/08

buddy and zoey reach titles in santa clarita!

Lift Off 2008

Even though we seemed to have plenty of dog biscuits, we still managed to run two teams and put up enough points for titles for Buddy and Zoey! We even managed to put together a enough wins late Sunday to take third place in regular division 4!

buddy reaches 60,000 points!

Buddy came into this weekend needing only 214 points to reach his Flyball Grand Champion 60K title and reached it midway through racing on Saturday. Congratulations to a great flyball dog! Way to go Buddy!!

Zoey reaches 10,000 points!

Running on two teams Zoey put herself within striking distance of her Flyball Master Excellent title on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, the wheels came off. Tiller was rested with a foot problem and Buddy—apparently still giddy from yesterday's title win—lost focus and couldn't seem run back over the jumps. With these two key dogs sitting out, we limped through most of the day. If not for Vegas, Bailey, and Scurry we would have had to call it a day. Even with their help, it didn't look like Zoey had much of a chance to reach her title.

Then, in the last three races, Buddy—rested from the afternoon off—came through!. We came to the last race needing only 3 points for Zoey's title. We gained 60 points (and enough wins to take third in the division) in the last race to give Zoey her title! back to top


03/30/08

a sweep in bakersfield!

We went to Bakersfield and forgot the dog biscuits—again! We swept our division both days in the "Under the Big Top" tourney hosted by Turn n Spit. In fact, the prizes we were award were dog biscuit tins to try to thart our continued dominance in the future.

Joining us in the Open Division were Denise and Elizabeth bringing Torch and Scurry. With their help we were able to not only sweep our division, but gain a lot of points for the team. Thanks guys! back to top


12/01/07

wintergames tourney in oc

Our first tournament in '08 was a long one! Three rings of racing over the weekend; making for long days in pretty chilly weather. Wasn't our best tournament, but as usuall, we had fun! back to top


12/16/07

supersonic holiday party!

We had first ever santa barbara supersonic holiday party! It was a great time with some of the highlights: Susan winning the "Mousy Housewife Award," the gift exchange, great food and wine, and a spectacular view. Click here for more pictures: supersonic holiday party. back to top

supersonic holiday party


12/01/07

buddy is the december 2007 cover dog on the nafa website!!

A photo by photographer Dave Mills taken at the Bay Racers tournament mysteriously found its way onto the NAFA home page as their December cover dog. Hmmmm... I wonder how that happened? In any case, it is a great tribute to a great dog! Check it out: NAFA back to top

buudy as NAFA website cover dog


11/01/07

newest Jr. handler... jacaranda shepard!

Introducing the newest human member of santa barbara supersonic; Jacaranda Sloan Shepard.

pups and more pups!

Susan has had Skye for a little while now. But just last week, Pam and Mark were blessed with a small herd of puppies. See the pictures. back to top


10/14/07

demo weekend was a success!

Two demos in a weekend! Whew! Thanks for everyone that sacrificed their weekend to help two great organizations.

Saturday: The Ventura Sheriff's K9 Foundation

The rain on Friday didn't interrupt our planned demo and things went well at Constitution Park in Camarillo. We teamed up with Rocket Dog Racers for a great demo. We were then treated by a demonstration by the Ventura Sheriff's K9 unit. Wow!... you think our dogs are highly trained!

Sunday: Meanwhile... Back at the Ranch DAWG Benefit

After witnessing a great demonstration of sheep herding dogs and a delicious BBQ lunch, we demonstrated flyball to a very attentive and interested audience of donors. Although the demo was on the sandy ground of a horse ring, the dogs did great and we had a lot of fun answering questions and interacting with the crowd. Click here for pictures back to top


10/07/07

mark's recap of turn n spit's doggone hoedown tourney

For those unable to attend the Turn ‘N’ Spit Hoedown in Lemoore, here is a brief recap:

A few margaritas let us ignore that Friday night was damn chilly (Marty's thermometer read 39F in the AM). But we were there to play flyball, not whine about the weather!  Plus Jacks, Labs, Weimaraners, Chihuahuas and significant others in sleeping bags are incredible at fending off the cold. In the morning, Turn N Spit had a pancake breakfast to warm our insides before the sun warmed our outsides.  The temperature did warm up quickly as we set up.  We were ready to go, scheduled for the very first race of the day.

However, Saturday morning, we realized that amongst the entire team - none of us remembered to pack any dog biscuits.

Uh oh!  Watch out!

Lemoore Flyball Camp

The dogs ran well, the handlers (and box guy) didn't screw up.  We took every 3 out of five that we ran, giving us a win for every set.

Undefeated, We took first place in our division!

At the awards ceremony (5 minutes after the finish - TNS was incredibly organized), Marty had her acceptance speech in hand, but was thrown off by the lack of stuffed piggy doggy toys.  She didn’t have a chance to thank her producers, agent, personal trainer and psychic before the next team came up to grab their winnings.

Awards

Turn N Spit offered a wonderful BBQ, Saturday night which was a great chance to socialize with the other teams. Bud in mason jars gave it a nice authentic touch.

Saturday night was even colder than Friday night, but once again, the pancakes and the sun quickly warmed us up.

On Sunday, I was left in charge of the Team Headquarters while the Supersonic team was helping out another team, the All American Racers, who were short handed.

Mark Sleeping

Unfortunately a truckload of dog biscuits was delivered to HQ while I "rested my eyes."

Sunday we came in fourth out of five teams, and only won three races all day. Some even went so far as to say we looked like a bunch of clowns!

Clowns

In spite of the losses, we did (through incredible box-loading techniques) manage to come in under 24 seconds, not once but twice that day!

A good time was had by all!  TNS threw a great tournament: well organized, and a lot of fun!

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09/23/07

rain & racing at santa barbara flyers tourney!

Saturday's racing was rained out and set up was delayed until Saturday afternoon. But, there was a fun day of racing on Sunday. Joe and Linda stopped by the race Petey for the first time in a couple of years. We went into the last race with a chance to place… but alas, it was not to be. Special thanks once again to Ida and Mike for making the trek all the way down from Redding to join us. back to top


08/12/07

first sat. & sun. at racing above the bay!

The site was beautiful, the weather was perfect, the tournament flawlessly run...

...and apparently, supersonic was all out of dog biscuits the entire weekend!  Missing our dear teammate, Vegas, must have put a spark under us. We won first place in our division both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday we tied in wins with Mutts in Motion, but won the head-to-head tie breaker. Highlights included a 45 second run (that is not a typo... forty-five seconds) with no faults. Robin decided to get social after retrieving her ball and wandered around the box about three times greeting people until she finally came to her senses and came back over all four jumps!

Sunday wasn't pretty, but we did win the division outright. All-in-all, it was a fun weekend!

Special thanks to Ida's daughter, Renee, for doing a fantastic job box-loading and thanks to Mike, Ida's fiancé, for setting the box all weekend and even running Robin! back to top


07/07/07

first in our division at wags for wishes!

Well, we were all out of dog biscuits on Saturday, coming in first in our division! It came right down to the wire and some head-to-head racing. It was a lot of fun!

Somebody must have replenished our biscuit supply on Sunday; we didn't fare quite as well. Overall, our first experience with a U-FLI tournament was great. It was well-run, friendly, and a lot of fun

dock diving

Many of our dogs got a chance to dock dive! Some took to it better than others. We thought Susan was going in herself trying to get Holly to jump in the water.

supersonic dogs receive their first u-fli titles!

Bailey gained his Top Flight title, Vegas gained her Top Flight I title, and Zoey, Buddy, and Pismo gained their Top Flight II titles. Harley got points from the crowd for being so damn cute during warm-ups.

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06/04/07

first in our division at fly-by!

santa barbara supersonic stayed true to our motto—handing out some ass whoopin (tongue planted firmly in cheek) on Sunday and coming in first in our division at the Fly-By tournament in Chula Vista! But, that is not all. It was a great weekend all around with new dogs running well, experienced dogs stepping up, three gaining titles, and all of them doing great on our cool new boxes after only one short practice.

emma flawless in first tournament!

In her first tournament ever, Emma ran flawlessly and gained her Flyball Dog (FD) title.

bailey & vegas achieve titles.

Bailey gained his Flyball Dog Excellent (FDX) title. Vegas gained her (Flyball Dog Champion-Gold (FDCh-G) title.

special thanks to ida

Ida wins the "I got your back" award for stepping in at the last minute and driving all the way to Chula Vista to back us up. Not only that, but Robin ran great all weekend. back to top

news & events

06/07/10
new teammates

06/26/10
more titles were earned in chula vista!

04/24/10
new dogs achieve titles in santa clarita!

08/30/09
Born To Run Summer Classic video!

07/27/09
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!! santa barbara supersonic makes headline news!

06/14/09
fuse's training progressing nicely

06/05/09
introducing kellie jean!

05/31/09
first in our division both days at dog e-races!

05/09/09
In the fire zone, 'everybody's affected now'

04/01/09
fuse makes his music video debut!

03/15/09
welcome new members david caffo and thom zimerle!

01/18/09
winter games tourney!

12/08/08
announcing our newest dogs... fling and koa!

09/20/08
announcing our latest supersonic... fuse!

08/28/08
jane becomes an american citizen!

07/27/08
titles won at dog days of summer!

04/30/08
buddy and zoey reach titles in santa clarita!

03/30/08
a sweep in bakersfield!

01/20/08
wintergames tourney in oc

12/16/07
supersonic holiday party!

12/01/07
buddy NAFA cover dog!

11/01/07
pups and jr. handler!

10/14/07
demo weekend was a success!

10/15/07
buddy-dog of the week on edhat

10/07/07
first place on saturday at doggone hoedown

09/23/07
rain & racing at santa barbara flyers tourney!

08/12/07
first both days at racing above the bay!

07/07/07
first in our division at wags for wishes!

06/04/07
first in our division at fly-by!