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Daly Hel the p11 Talented, acrobatic dogs will show off their mad skills over Labor Day weekend at the K-9 Frober World Championships at the Nike Sports Complex on Dell Road in Naperville. K-9 Frisbee Tournament to Wow Crowds Labor Day Weekend Tossing a Frisbee to a friend can be fun. But tossing one to a talented canine friend who can catch it in all kinds of acrobatic ways can be even more fun! And watching immensely talented, award-winning dogs and their owners from all over the world outdoone another in a K-9 Frisbee competition can be a great way to spend Labor Day weekend The Ashley Whippet K-9 Frisbee World Championships will once again take place in Naperville this Labor Day weekend. The top human/canine Frisbee teams in the world have been gathering in Naperville to compete with one another for about a decade, according to Tom Wehrli longtime competition organizer The tournament will take place from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept-I at the Nike Sports Complex, 288 W. Diehl Road (at Mill Street). Admission and parking are free. Gerald Auto Group is one of the events largest sponsors, along with PKF Mueller Certified Public Accountants, Binny's Wheatland Animal Hospital, Naper Auto Works and many more. "Attending the K-9 Frisbee World Championship is such a fun and unique family friendly experience. We are honored to continue sponsoring this event and look forward to watching the amazing competition this year!" said Alec McKean, Vice President of the Gerald Auto Group. Wehrli anticipates that about 75 teams will compete in the so called "Last Chance event on Saturday and then the top five from each of those competitions will meet the top teams from other competitions around the world on Sunday. That is when about 50 teams GERALD G Gingine per of the k Champikiping held in Nelle will compete for the coveted Ashley Whippet World Champion trophy. Teams from all over the United States, as well as from Japan, Hungary, Mexico, Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada are expected to compete. K-9 Frisbee became a sport in the United States in the 1970s when Alex Stein, a student at Ohio State University, introduced his whippet pup, Ashley Whippet, to catching Frisbees. Before long he was entertaining scores of students on campus with his incredible catches. Stein decided that Ashley could become a star and after some false starts trying to get him into movies, he sneaked the dog into a Monday Night Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds and the whippet's incredible talent entranced the crowd. Before long the duo was invited to entertain at two Los Angeles Rams halftime shows, appear on The Tonight Show and the Mery Griffin Show and participate in the human World Frisbee Championships. The Frisbee officials were so impressed that they inaugurated a canine competition in 1975 and, as they say, the rest is history. Locally, Tom Wehrli and his brother started playing Frisbee with their beagle/ terrier mix around 1979 and never stopped, winning many of the growing number of championship competitions with many dogs. Interestingly, he has found that the most talented Frisbee dogs are high energy breeds like cattle dogs and Australian shepherds and nearly three-quarters of them are rescue dogs Wehrli's wife, Chris, is also a K-9 Frisbee competitor. Their family has adopted i many dogs over the years including a cattle dog named Zazu, who proved to be a champion in the sport. Along the way, Wehrli began collecting championship K-9 Frisbee memorabilia and now maintains a K-9 Frisbee Museum in the basement of his Naperville home. Grab the family and make your plans to cheer on this year's K-9 Frisbee World Champion at Nike Park this Labor Day weekend. For more information, visit Frider W www.ashleywhippet.com or Depend www.geraldsubaruofnaperville.com Gerald Cares www.GeraldCares.com Daly Hel the p11 Talented , acrobatic dogs will show off their mad skills over Labor Day weekend at the K - 9 Frober World Championships at the Nike Sports Complex on Dell Road in Naperville . K - 9 Frisbee Tournament to Wow Crowds Labor Day Weekend Tossing a Frisbee to a friend can be fun . But tossing one to a talented canine friend who can catch it in all kinds of acrobatic ways can be even more fun ! And watching immensely talented , award - winning dogs and their owners from all over the world outdoone another in a K - 9 Frisbee competition can be a great way to spend Labor Day weekend The Ashley Whippet K - 9 Frisbee World Championships will once again take place in Naperville this Labor Day weekend . The top human / canine Frisbee teams in the world have been gathering in Naperville to compete with one another for about a decade , according to Tom Wehrli longtime competition organizer The tournament will take place from 9:30 am to 4 pm . Saturday , Sept. 3 , and Sunday , Sept - I at the Nike Sports Complex , 288 W. Diehl Road ( at Mill Street ) . Admission and parking are free . Gerald Auto Group is one of the events largest sponsors , along with PKF Mueller Certified Public Accountants , Binny's Wheatland Animal Hospital , Naper Auto Works and many more . " Attending the K - 9 Frisbee World Championship is such a fun and unique family friendly experience . We are honored to continue sponsoring this event and look forward to watching the amazing competition this year ! " said Alec McKean , Vice President of the Gerald Auto Group . Wehrli anticipates that about 75 teams will compete in the so called " Last Chance event on Saturday and then the top five from each of those competitions will meet the top teams from other competitions around the world on Sunday . That is when about 50 teams GERALD G Gingine per of the k Champikiping held in Nelle will compete for the coveted Ashley Whippet World Champion trophy . Teams from all over the United States , as well as from Japan , Hungary , Mexico , Columbia , Puerto Rico and Canada are expected to compete . K - 9 Frisbee became a sport in the United States in the 1970s when Alex Stein , a student at Ohio State University , introduced his whippet pup , Ashley Whippet , to catching Frisbees . Before long he was entertaining scores of students on campus with his incredible catches . Stein decided that Ashley could become a star and after some false starts trying to get him into movies , he sneaked the dog into a Monday Night Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds and the whippet's incredible talent entranced the crowd . Before long the duo was invited to entertain at two Los Angeles Rams halftime shows , appear on The Tonight Show and the Mery Griffin Show and participate in the human World Frisbee Championships . The Frisbee officials were so impressed that they inaugurated a canine competition in 1975 and , as they say , the rest is history . Locally , Tom Wehrli and his brother started playing Frisbee with their beagle / terrier mix around 1979 and never stopped , winning many of the growing number of championship competitions with many dogs . Interestingly , he has found that the most talented Frisbee dogs are high energy breeds like cattle dogs and Australian shepherds and nearly three - quarters of them are rescue dogs Wehrli's wife , Chris , is also a K - 9 Frisbee competitor . Their family has adopted i many dogs over the years including a cattle dog named Zazu , who proved to be a champion in the sport . Along the way , Wehrli began collecting championship K - 9 Frisbee memorabilia and now maintains a K - 9 Frisbee Museum in the basement of his Naperville home . Grab the family and make your plans to cheer on this year's K - 9 Frisbee World Champion at Nike Park this Labor Day weekend . For more information , visit Frider W www.ashleywhippet.com or Depend www.geraldsubaruofnaperville.com Gerald Cares www.GeraldCares.com