Monday, January 12, 2009

Memories of Alix

These videos were recently posted. They show University of Illinois basketball halftime demos of Alix (and Augie's) flyball team from the early 1990s--the HitSquad--from the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana.

I'm thrilled to see them as I have little to no record in photos or videos of Alix playing her favorite game. She is the lead dog in many of the clips.


The basketball demos were always such fun to do--a major adrenalin rush almost as exciting as playing in a real tournament. The set-ups and tear-downs were carefully rehearsed and required the help of many individuals. Sometimes the biggest treat was being in the company of the current individual portraying Chief Illiniwek (who is no longer a part of U of I sports). We were always close enough to view the respect and admiration paid to the Chief and the tradition surrounding his performances and tributes (which were always the very last event of any of these half-time shows).

Many thanks to my former teammates who went to the trouble of posting these videos! All of these featured dogs are gone, but their memories and our friends are priceless to all of us.

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