Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Vader's Upcoming Slow 2017 Season

Team Vader's 2017 disc dog schedule

A lot is going on behind the scenes here at Vader's World and because of that, our participation schedule for some things is getting minimized Team Vader's 2017 competitive season might be a bit shorter than past seasons for one. That's for sure.

At the moment, due to various reasons working against our calendar, we are looking at participating in ONLY four local tournaments this year, and the big one the dogs will miss will the season closer for our local, Northern CA disc dog club! That's it.  It's kind of a bummer, but it is what it is. That is fairly disappointing because it is minimizing Lark's chances to land on the podium at any of our local events. Unless of course, old man Vader decides to take a bow out and let Lark go in his place!

But we are planning on competing in the Purina ProPlan Incredible Dog Challenge (PPIDC) Western Regional Qualifier show on June 9th down in Huntington Beach, CA.  The PPIDC holds contest shows in agility, 30-Weave, diving dog, Jack Russell hurdle racing, surf dogs and of course, our corner of the world, freestyle flying disc dogs!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Vader's Cute Moment of the Week, If Not Ever

Disc Dog fans cab be so cute

So there we were, Vader and I were playing around in the local park. Vader was doing some spins, me some flips... OK, that's a lie. If I ever flipped it would be a one-way trip planting myself in the grass to sprout in the spring!

But Vader and I were practicing and there was a little girl, her name I later learned was Sarah, she was around eight or nine years old, and she was watching us from afar. She seemed interested but shy.

So I 'accidentally' tossed a disc in her direction and ambled over towards her and started chatting with her.

Turns out she comes to the park almost every day at this time and liked watching me practice with my dog.

I told her why I was practicing and she told me it was a good thing to practice things.

She then dug into her pocket, pulled out fifty cents and offered me her money, saying it wasn't ,much and probably won't buy much for dog toys but she really liked the show.

Tears almost welled up in my eyes... I'm sure it was just allergies, and I told her that we do shows for free for some people and that she should hang on to her money for something else for herself.

She said thanks and she hopes to see me and my dog some more at the park.

Some small fans can be so cute!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The 2017 Solano Home And Garden Show In Dixon CA

Solano Home And Garden Show In Dixon CA

UPDATE: The Disc Dog Demonstration part of this weekend has been cancelled due to flooding in our performance area! Splash Dogs will still be there!!!

This upcoming weekend, on February 10-12, 2017, the Solano County Home & Garden Show will be taking place in Dixon, CA. This weekend's show is sponsored by Greiner Heating, Air, & Solar Enegry Inc., Ron DuPratt Ford, Best Western Plus, The Home Depot, Northern California Roofing, Aaction Rents and Ashley Homestore.

The Solano County Home & Garden Show will be bringing a ton of vendors and exhibitors to one location to showcase their products and services to the general public. It will be taking place at the Dixon Fairgrounds located at 655 First Street, Dixon, CA.

2017 Solano Home And Garden Show

There are so many vendors that there are too many to mention here, but one of the "vendors" will be the Disc Dogs of the Golden Gate and Splash Dogs!

Yes, this is a dog friendly event.

Disc Dogs of the Golden Gate will be at the event on Saturday and Sunday, with disc dog demonstrations taking place at 11AM and 2PM. Plus between shows, we'll be hanging out conducting impromptu practice sessions and playing around with our pups.

It will be fun! (It would have been fun!)

Dock Diving at the 2017 Solano Home And Garden Show In Dixon CA

Splash Dogs will also be having their own special kind of fun, with dock jumping and dock diving events all weekend.

They'll also have some live bands.

So if you're in the area, you should come by and check out the fun!  DDoGG will be located in the K9 Carnival section of the event.

List of Vendors:  https://www.solanohomeshow.com/-our-vendors


Friday: 12:00 PM - 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM-6:00PM  
Sunday:  10:00am-5:00PM   

There is an admission fee, but you can get admission discount coupons at Vacaville & Fairfield Home Depot.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Illegal Fireworks Can Kill Family Members, Whether You Know It Or Not

Twice a year dog owners take the time to brace themselves for the inevitable idiocy of private citizens firing off illegal or other fireworks in their neighborhood streets. More times than naught, someone, somewhere, no matter how prepared, pays the price when an ill-timed surprise boom goes off from the house down the street and scares their family pet.

On a few occasions, I have been a peer or neighbor of such a tragedy and of late, I found a neighbor's dog after it was startled by an illegal firework. But in this case, what I found were remains of their pup on the the nearby freeway. The header image is all that I dare post, the rest was just too much to bear or look at again.

I did not appreciate the ass-hat who set off the firework that petrified this poor pup to charge head on, out of fear, to wherever her feet would take her. I did not appreciate having to look closely at the remains of this poor victim of stupidity.

What tore my heart out was when we contacted the owners and watched their grief come forth as they confirmed it was indeed their pup, the love of their life, laid out there between freeway lanes. And with them, my heart broke for them and while they stood in shock, I cried for them.

All because of an illegal and "fun" firework that was set off.

This isn't the first time I've been privy to someone I know losing a dog to fireworks and it probably won't be the last time.

When a pup gets scared, it runs. It does not use its brain. It does not use its training. It does not use habit. Nature takes over and they just all out, run and run and run. Logic goes out the window. Normal reasoning is gone. It's the fear that takes over and drives them until they're exhausted. They don't look, they don't slow, they just run.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Vader's Halftime Show With the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship


On Sunday, December 4th, Team Vader, in association with Disc Dogs of the Golden Gate, performed at the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship at Avaya Stadium, in San Jose, CA. The final came down to USC vs W Virginia, with USC winning, 3 to 1.

We arrived and Vader surveyed the stadium from outside...  he seemed to approve.

While inside the stadium, Vader was telling Bruce about when he has the disc like this, that he needs to do that...

Then we decided to get on with it and give the fans a show as part of the DDoGG demo team.

We had a blast.

You can see more at our Flickr Album.
Or watch the video on Vader's YouTube Network Channel!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SAVING A DOG'S LIFE: Mojo's Mission That Could Be Yours

SAVING A DOG'S LIFE: Mojo's Mission

The following is an inspired piece with suggestions for friends of incarcerated, Ill Or Elderly Dog Owners. It's a plea for your help, for the dogs.


The other day I saw a case where a helpless tiny chihuahua named Mojo starved to death, locked in a room all alone, for no other reason than his elderly owner with Alzheimer's forgot about him. He was discovered too late and despite rescuer's efforts, little Mojo passed away.

Another case I read about was where a woman was sentenced to prison and she told no one about her one-year-old pup back at home.  The pup, so in love with his owner, while starving to death, crawled onto a pile of his owner's clothes, looking for comfort while dying, and eventually starving to death, all alone. The abandoned pet was discovered when neighbors noted a fly infestation coming from the residence.


My heart cries out in anguish and my tears run free for these poor, defenseless victims of this kind of slow, cruel tragedy. I can only hope that they have a better experience now that they've crossed that mythical rainbow bridge.


For the first case, Mojo, there is a Facebook page dedicated to helping prevent these kinds of languishing tragedies. On this page, you will find Mojo's Mission, a statement or plea for help that has been created by the people to help save innocent victims like this. Their challenge to you, me and anyone else who might read this is as follows:

Reach out
To your local vet's offices;
Your local Senior Centers;
Your local Area Agency on Aging;
Your local churches. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The 2016 Pet Food Express Bay Area Pet Fair With Stunt Dog Productions

Last weekend Vader & friends were part of a show with Stunt Dog Productions at one of the biggest pet adoption fairs in California, called the Pet Food Express Bay Area Pet Fair held at the Marin Center at San Rafael, CA on Oct 15 & 16, 2016. The Stunt Dog Productions team put on demos throughout the weekend.

Over the last few years, the Bay Area Pet Fair got over 3,700 pets adopted into new homes and boasts an attendance of over 75,000 animal lovers.


Saturday was a crazy day. The weather was an angry mistress with blustery winds and at times, heavy rain. But thank goodness we were performing under a "big top" tarp.

On top of that, Cesar Millan was in the Bay Area region filming for his new show with his son Andre, called Dog Nation. The show will premiere in February, 2017 on Nat Geo Wild.

After spending the week in the Bay Area, Cesar held two shows at the Fair, resulting in the Stunt Dogs team sharing the "big top" with Cesar and Andre.  No matter what anyone may say, Cesar puts on a funny show and showed that there's no editing involved with how fast he can introduce change with problem dogs.

Our shows on Saturday had huge crowds despite the weather, but the only photography that took place was when Cesar's production team taped our second show and interviewed our Stunt Dog team leader. Yea, no pressure there!

On Sunday we had a great rehearsal round for the show, then performed two more stunt dog shows for the day.

All in all, it ended up being a great weekend as we pulled together a fantastic show with a great team which included Vader, Lark, our bud Kristen and her pup Barley and Sara Carson and her pups. Wow, watching Sara put on a show is an amazing thing to watch!

You can check out more pics from the demo over on Vader's Flickr album.
If the first Flickr link does not work, try this one. (https://flic.kr/s/aHskK8EshH)
Or let us know in the comments that you're having issues opening the album. Thanks.

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Stunt Dog Show.com

Bay Area Pet Fair.org

Cesar Millan returns in February with Dog Nation

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