Davy Whippet and I did it! Almost 18 years to the day that Mark Molnar and Cheyenne Whippet set the Distance to Canine Catch World Record at 390 feet, Davy Whippet and I broke that record with a catch at 402 feet, which makes Davy the first dog to catch a disc over 400 feet.
Since we first started competing together (and actually met for the first time in August of 2011), we’ve had quite a bit of success including:
- 2 Skyhoundz World Records
- Quadruped World Record
- 3 Skyhoundz World Championships
- 2012 Quadruped Series Champions
- WFDF/Guinness World Record
- multiple appearances for pro sports teams, community events and youth programs
I first got the idea last fall that Davy and I could break the long standing record after winning worlds with Davy and wondering just how far we could push the limit of throwing and catching to a dog. I realized that too often I wasn’t able to out-throw Davy so naturally I wanted to know what would it take to out-throw him (and also, how far could he run and still catch the disc).
In chronological order, here are the results from all of the competitions and demos where Davy and I have been a team, including which disc was used:
72.2 yards – Chattanooga, Tennessee, Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance World Championships (Hyperflite Comp Standard)
114 yards – St. Albert, Alberta, Rainmaker Rodeo demo (Hero Xtra 235 Distance)
94 yards – Lawrence, Kansas, Kansas Quadruped (Hero Xtra 235 Distance)
80 yards & 89 yards – Thorhild, Alberta, Skyhoundz Regional Qualifier (Hero Xtra 235 Distance & Hero SuperHero)
122 yards – Calgary, Alberta, WFDF World Record Attempt (Innova Condor)
134 yards – Thorhild, Alberta, New WFDF Distance to Canine Catch World Record (Innova Condor)
Since setting the record, I’ve been asked by quite a few people what’s next for Davy and I. For now, I just want to focus on sharing the video of our record, getting as much press coverage as I can for it and just take it day by day. When I first set out, I was hoping to set the record but now that I have, it’s still sinking in. It’s still taking time to absorb what we did. I honestly don’t know what exactly is next for Davy and I other than Quadruped and Skyhoundz competitions next year. If someone challenges our record and is successful, then we will obviously defend our record. I know we can get a catch over 140 yards, maybe even over 150 so our focus for the next few months is getting Davy more fit and faster and go from there. It’s an exciting time for Davy and I and I just want to share this record with the people who have supported me, who love me and who cheer for me.