Foster is a 4-year-old Australian heeler who was acquired at the 2001 Lodi Pet Fair from Animal Friends Connection. Now he's a world champion Frisbee chaser. Foster and his owner, Lodi resident Steve Malmlov, won the Ashley Whippet Invitational World Championship recently in Scottsdale, Ariz. And this is a dog that nearly died in July.
Foster swallowed a small round toy the size of a doughnut in January. It stayed in his stomach for six months, and he got really sick in July.