The high-flying K-9s in Flight are a team of championship Frisbee dogs trained by John Misita, self-described president and chief pooper scooper of the organization. They are delighting Fairguests with their leaping, yipping, Frisbee-snatching acrobatic entertainment three times per day at the 2006 L.A. County Fair
These talented mutts are just that—mutts who have been rescued by well-meaning dog lovers and trained with great compassion and respect by Misita. The youngest member of the team is a rambunctious Australian shepherd mix whose instinct to corral his charges makes him a perfect candidate for Frisbee training. He’s showing great promise, although the chewy goodness of a fresh new Frisbee is likely to distract him during the performance. Turbo, now 13, is the oldest member of the team, a national champion who is now semi-retired, Misita says. He still performs, though, and his ability to catch as many Frisbees as Misita can throw is legendary.
The dog Frisbee phenomenon started right here in Southern California at a Dodgers game when a fan ran onto the field with his Whippet concealed in his jacket and put on a show that brought Dodgers fans to their feet. The man who bailed him out of jail helped him start the K-9s in Flight phenomenon.
Visit the Palms Marketplace Wednesday through Friday at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to see these amazing canines. For more information on K-9s in Flight, visit www.airmutts.com
The Fair runs through Oct. 1, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred horse racing runs thorough Sept. 25, dark Tuesdays only. For more information on the L.A. County Fair, call (909) 623-3111 or visit us at www.lacountyfair.com.