Fetch boy! Record breaking dog is world’s best at playing Frisbee
Meet Davy the whippet – the world’s best dog at playing fetch who can catch a Frisbee throw of more than 400 feet.
For most dogs, catching a Frisbee in mid-air can be a challenging task, but for Davy the whippet, it’s a walk in the park.
Having shown an early talent for catching as a pup, owner Lara Sorensen introduced Davy to Robert J McLeod, 32, a champion Frisbee thrower.
Now Davy and Robert are joint world record holders, having smashed the Guinness World Record for the ‘longest flying disc throw caught by a dog’ with an impressive catch of 402 feet.
The record breaking throw was captured on video where six-year-old Davy, born in New York, USA, can be seen catching the flying object in a PAW-some display of speed, agility and pin point precision.
In an almost gravity defying leap, the skilled canine, who can run at speeds of up to 40mph, catches the Frisbee in mid-air, before speedily returning the disk to Rob who powerfully launched the object into the sky moments earlier.
Four times Guinness World Record holder Rob, from Calgary, in Canada, said: “I consider myself extremely lucky to have the opportunity to throw to Davy and hang out with him.
“Davy sleeps 99% of the day but when we go out to the field for a run, it’s truly remarkable how fast and agile he is.
“When Davy and I set our first Guinness World Record in 2012, Davy’s top speed was probably over 40mph, which is incredibly impressive from an athletic standpoint.
“But I consider Davy my best friend as well as my teammate and he’s easily the best athlete I’ve ever competed with.”
The pair first met 2011 at a world qualifier for the Skyhoundz Canine World Championships in which they smashed a world competition record, leading Rob to become an exclusive thrower for Davy.
They were introduced by owner Lara Sorensen, who helped officiate their first Guinness World Record attempt.
From that moment, the duo became inseparable, competing in Frisbee throwing tournaments up and down the country and subsequently smashing their first world record together.
But not one for resting of his laurels, competitive Rob, who also holds three personal WFDF World Records and four World Championship titles, decided to help Davy break another Guinness World Record.
The record, which was also captured on video, involved Davy catching a disc 10.56 seconds after it was threw. They are still waiting for official Guinness confirmation.
Proud owner Lara Sorensen said: “Davy is a couch potato 99 percent of the day, but when you ask him to work, he is completely switched on.
“I’m so proud of him and all he has achieved.
Rob, who has been throwing Frisbee since he was 14-years-old, said: “If you’ve never met a Whippet, they are different than other dogs.
“Whippets are the second fastest dog behind a Greyhound but they are huge couch potatoes and they hate the cold weather – which is ironic really.
“Davy spends a lot of time with me – in the beginning it was so we could bond and become better teammates on the Frisbee field but the more time we spent together, the closer we’ve become.
“He is a truly a special dog and I cherish every second we have together.”