Sports & Performance - Storm
Eight-year-old Border Collie Storm, from Stoke-on-Trent, is a dog full of energy who found his calling and true love in life when he discovered frisbees. He was nominated by Annette Gleeson, from Longton Flyball Club, as a surprise for his incredibly hardworking owner and trainer, Sandra Walsh.
Annette told us: “Storm has been competing in freestyle disc since 2016. It’s still a new sport in the UK and that Storm has worked hard to raise the profile of. Storm has demonstrated his skills all over the country, including the National Pet Show (in both London and Birmingham), DogFest and local charity events.”
Storm and his owner are the founding members of one of the first Toss and Fetch clubs in the UK — a competitive league whereby disc dog clubs from around the world get together to play in their hometowns once a week for 5 weeks. They’re currently the UK Master Champions, 2019 and 2020. Annette said: “He’s a brilliant example of how, with love, positive reinforcement and patience, a reactive dog can find their place in the world and achieve great things.”
She added: “Without Storm’s disc obsession, my dog and many other dogs wouldn’t have found their own love for the sport.”
Not only is Storm an amazing Disc Dog, but he also has many other talents. He’s a successful flyball dog who has competed at national champions and even Crufts 2018.
When Sandra found out Storm had been shortlisted for the UK’s Hardest Working Dog, she told us: “Storm is a dog that has had to overcome so much, but his love of discs and his sports has made him the special dog he is today. What a lovely surprise to be nominated and shortlisted.”
If you think the energetic and hardworking Storm should win the Sports & Performance Dogs category, putting him in the running for the title of Autarky Hardest Working Dog 2021, then make sure you cast your vote here.