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Kristen Lodge: Ultimate Frisbee goes to the dogs

Kristen Lodge / Outdoor Adventures
Grand County, CO Colorado

Sarah Arensman gave her dog Dudley a proper dog-birthday party at the Fraser Ball Fields in early June. Dudley turned 4 this year.

The invitations for the dog-birthday party stated that all dog-owners must bring a tennis ball and their dog. The first half of the dog-party entailed dogs fetching balls for about an hour. The second half of the dog-party the Frisbees came out.

The humans flipped a Frisbee to determine captains, and then they separated into teams. Don’t worry about the dogs being neglected while the humans played Frisbee; the subs on the sidelines threw balls during play to keep the dogs entertained.

The dog-party and Frisbee-themed event started last year when Sarah and her friends threw a smaller version of the party at the Fraser Ball Fields. Other friends from work and the softball teams joined the festivities and it grew.

Sarah says, “Everyone comes and we play ball with the dogs and then play ultimate Frisbee. Last year we had a party with three dogs. This year we had a bigger party with even more dogs and then it turned into an ultimate Frisbee game.”

Sarah admits it is a loose game of Ultimate Frisbee with goals marked by shoes. The Frisbee has to cross the line and be caught in order to score. Sometimes the dogs get to play.

A dog-party is not complete without a dog birthday cake. Sarah found a recipe online made from organic ingredients including peanut butter, carrots, honey, eggs and flour. The frosting is a nonfat cream cheese.

Sarah says, “The cake is very healthy; a human could eat it but it doesn’t taste very good since there is no sugar in it.” On top of this two-layer cake are dog treats.

Sarah got Dudley during her senior year in college while playing softball.

“A bunch of us got dogs that year and we all named them after softball gear.”

Dudley not only smiles but can do tricks like dance in a circle and walk on her hind legs. Sarah is a great dog-trainer, teaching her to drink from coffee cups and how to eat out of cereal bowls. Dudley is quite an outdoor adventurer despite being a small terrier: She has hiked a 12-mile section near Mount Evans.

“She only had to be carried over a few big boulders; otherwise, she hiked it all.”

When Dudley is not outside hiking mountains, running around the Fraser Ball Fields while her human plays Ultimate Frisbee, or when she is not protecting the dugout at softball league games, she can be found on her sofa watching ESPN.

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