Ellie started her flyball career in 2000 after getting her from DBARC Rescue when she was 9 months old. She is a collie x whippet with a few other breeds thrown in for good measure - in other words, not entirely sure what she has in her!.
She was a 12" height dog for the Bandits 2nd team and occasionally ran in the top team. She was put off in her early years by a dog coming down her lane from another team and nearly taking out so unfortunately she could only run as a 4th dog and would not accept another dog coming down her lane until she was well clear of the jumps. She often sat on the box if there was the hint of another dog from her own team having to run again due to an error. Other than that she was always a reliable dog and enjoyed her flyball.
She had to be retired in May 2010 as her eye sight started to fail and she lost muscle over the eye sockets and when she held her ball in her mouth she could not see the jumps coming back and started to lose her way. She still occasionally comes down to training and likes to do run backs or go down to the box to retrieve her ball but she can't now do a full run as she has lost the confidence on the way back after running into the jumps.
Ellie's last award was the Chica Award which she gained in February 2008 but accumulated 48528 points in total . She still enjoys life to the full and is 13 years old now.