The Story of the Jeddah Award

The Story of the Jeddah Award

Author: Cathy Trudinger
Jeddah Award

Mon 25 Sep 2017

Jeddah was a Little Black Dog (blue-heeler/bull terrier x dachshund) owned by Cathy Trudinger. She was a height dog with the Croydon Rockets Flyball Team, jumping 11” in the old system (would have been 10” in the new system). She started flyball in 1998 when she was 5 years old, and competed until the age of 15 years. Over 10 years she had many flyball achievements: she was the first dog in Australia to earn the FMCh, ONYX and FDGCh titles, and the first dog to achieve 3000 points, so the AFA named this title the Jeddah Award.  Jeddah won AFA Bitch of the Year twice, a few Fastest Dog competitions and was part of the Division One National Champion team four times, AFA Team of the Year four times and the Australian record-holding team a number of times. But Jeddah knew none of this, her joy simply came from the running and jumping and being with her canine and human friends. She had such a look of content on her face at the end of a day of racing, tired but completely happy. Jeddah was a strong-willed girl, and really loved playing flyball. She also loved food, fetching a ball, swimming, sleeping in front of the fire and voicing her opinion (her nickname was The Noisy Cricket).