Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blur of Fur

I finally got around to purchasing Maddie's Blur of Fur photos.  We did this back in May! At our annual greyhound gathering we put a radar detector on all of the greyhounds and determine the fastest dog.
 At one end of the huge, stadium horse arena they have squawkers and a flirt pole to encourage the greyhounds to run their fastest.
 Maddie usually loves the flirt pole and will readily chase a lure, but she really had no interest in what was going on at the far end of the ring.  She thought the dogs running one by one was interesting, but otherwise she just wanted to play with me and tug on the leash.
 Such a silly hound!
So when it was time for Maddie to go, I just ran down the length of the arena to the other side and about 75% of the way, I called her and took off running again.

 And she ran her little heart out to me!  Everyone thought she looked very fast!
Unfortunately, I should have run towards the radar detector.  I forgot all about that so she was running on an angle away from it and did not get a good reading.  Next time.....  For now we had to settle for fastest looking.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Declaring Independence

A couple of weeks ago, we were training agility and as I finished up with Seven, a baby rabbit flushed from the bushes and ran between Seven and I.
Seven did not get the memo......  If we had followed the flow chart, it should have been left alone.
But she ate it......

Seven caught it quickly. It was not sporting at all. It was just right there suddenly. I didn't try to save it.  I knew it would only be mangled if I did. Thankfully, it passed away quickly, but then too my horror she began to eat it.  She ate the entire thing.  She doesn't even like rabbit.  Case and point.... this is the last time I gave her rabbit.
I tried to call her away from it with canned dog food, but she wasn't about to leave that meal.... and honestly I didn't want to clean it up off the field.  Although I began to worry she may puke something up later since she normally doesn't eat fur, tails, ears, etc. 

Nope! Seven didn't miss a beat.  In fact, I never even saw fur in her stool. Well, I guess I am glad it didn't go to waste.
But now I'm wondering what is next for Seven.  She has made her own money (greyhound star of "Pain and Gain" movie) and now she is feeding herself.  Soon she won't need me at all!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Settling In

The hubby, hounds, and I are settling in and falling in love with our new home.
It has been exhausting working on two houses. So much painting, yard work, unpacking, cleaning, and so on. The list seemed endless there for awhile.
But things have finally slowed down a bit.  There is still much to do, but less pressure to be done by a deadline. Our old house is just about ready for a renter and we have already found a tenant who is moving in August 15th.
The hounds did not miss a beat and adjusted to the new surroundings.  They are so well traveled that sleeping in a new place is pretty regular and normal to them.
Maddie seems to love the yard. Eventually, we plan to move the fence line back so I can have space for agility, but for now I am only 7 miles from the field at my parents' house so there is not rush to make that change.

Riley seems to think we are staying in a hotel. She is allowed on furniture in hotel rooms and she wasted no time getting comfortable in our bed and on the couch.
We decided to overlook it since she is the oldest, but she will be the last one. My hounds are just so dirty!
There have been a few birthdays.... Riley and Seven turned 9 and 7 on June 28th.  Maddie turned 3 on July 2nd.

All in all, we are doing well!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Riley Bridesmaid's Mouth

Riley did not have a good trial like the other two did. Earlier in the week, she choked on a treat really hard. It happens from time to time when they are eating treats while winded.  But this was different. Riley had to cough, hack, and gag for quite a while. Afterwards she seemed fine, but later that night she seemed sore and achy.  Her head position was a little funny and she was moving slowly. The next morning she was about the same, so I made an appointment for her to see the vet.  That afternoon, I could see some swelling under her cheeks and throat.
The vet saw nothing concerning.  Salivary glands were fine. Nothing looked infected.  Didn't look like hives. So he agreed that maybe the choking and gagging caused some trauma that has caused the soreness and swelling.  Rest and Deramaxx for a few days and we figured all would be fine.
A few days later, we were off to a trial and Riley felt much better, but still had a little puffiness.  But she was active, playful, grabbing toys, eating and drinking fine, etc. So I ran her in the trial on Friday. Well, I started to notice some resistance to drinking.  And then while panting, a friend noticed this:
It was as if Riley had a blister under her tongue on both sides. It was very strange. So then I starting to wonder if this was something else all together and that the choking several days prior was a symptom of something much greater. Saturday and Sunday were the worse days for Riley and I made plans to return to the vet on Monday assuming we would be aspirating to see what was going on. By Monday morning, she was much better, of course. One of the blisters had popped and she was much more comfortable. We headed back to the vet. Our final conclusion is that the choking on Tuesday caused swelling and trauma which blocked the salivary glands that caused the blister-like pockets underneath her tongue............... only my precious Riley Greyhound.

So we taking a break from agility for a few weeks and heading offline for awhile because Stephen and I bought a new house and will be moving soon.  Only 15 minutes from our current house, but we will be very busy prepping both houses.  We are going to keep the current one and rent it out. We are so excited to have more space.

Monday, June 1, 2015

CDCA Trial - Maddie

Maddie earned her first official Double Q! She ran very well at this trial, qualifying 4 out of 6 runs.
The day she Double Qed there was a tricky sequence in the Standard course.  I had already bombed it with Seven and Riley. With 2 failures and 1 more try to go, do I change my plan (that has failed so far) or do I stick with it?  I stuck with it and Maddie came through with a Q! The sequence starts at 1:09:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CDCA Trial - Seven

We returned to our favorite venue in South Carolina.  Seven would knock out two Double Qs and finish her MACH3, but we earned only one and on the last day.
It is funny how Seven can go from perfect trial weekends to not-so-perfect trial weekends. I think the older she gets (nearly 7) the faster and more excited she gets.
Here are the best runs from that trial and Double Q #59.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AOC Trial - Maddie

Miss Maddie continues to surprise me! She is doing so well! Her runs are solid, fast, consistent, and FUN!  I really expected her to take some time to get where she is now.... but here she is already and she is not even three years old yet.  I guess she just wanted to torture me as a puppy
And I am proud to say we got there without me rushing her.  I still see too many people rushing their dogs too soon and too young.  Other than some wobble board and tiny teeter tipping, Maddie did not do any climbing or weave pole training until she was 14 months old.  My goal is for Maddie to have a long, sound career. I am sure we will have our bumps in the road like all athletes, but I don't want it to be because she was doing stuff while too young.
We finally finished that last pesky Excellent Standard leg.  On the same day, she also qualified in both classes,but it does not count as a Double Q because she is was still in the Excellent grouping. But now that is all done! She is now running in the Master classes with her sisters and can earn Double Qs now.

Monday, May 18, 2015

AOC Trial - Riley

Riley earned her 49th Double Qualifier at the AOC Trial in April. That means she needs 11 more to earn her third agility championship. She is nearly 9 years old so I consider a third MACH to be a relaxed goal. She still runs with her typical speed, joy, and enthusiasm so there is no reason she can't get there, but I also do not want the pressure of trying to eeek out the 60th Double Q when you have a dog that just doesn't want to run anymore.
Honestly, it would be totally Riley Greyhound style for her to retire with 59 Double Qs. It would be true to accident prone, roller coaster career. A bridesmaid till the end!  I love this dog so much!
Here are her best runs from the AOC Trial:

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AOC Trial - Seven

After getting back from Texas, we competed at a local trial the following weekend. Seven did great! She would have QQed twice if she had not knocked a bar.... something she very very rarely does. But she did complete her 58th Double Qualifier.... just 2 more to go!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Texas Fan Club

Maddie had the fan club with members, John and Kelly, in attendance as much as possible. I am not sure if returning to the farm triggered some memories, but she was all over John and Kelly.

Maddie has seen them twice before at events in Georgia, but never paid them much attention. But she sure did in Texas!
 Maddie loves to give hugs and kisses to her favorite people.
Of course, the only run that Kelly did not see is the only run that Maddie qualified in and it was in Master Jumpers.  So the last Excellent Standard leg continues to elude us.
All in all, Maddie ran very well and had a positive experience at a new venue with different equipment. The chute was different and the dogwalk ramp was unsupported so it bounced.  Riley really bounced the upside ramp hard and made a lot of noise.... so much so that the judge came over to check the obstacle. Riley could care less so she did it every time. I was a little worried about Maddie being surprised, but after one noisy completion, she seemed to master the art of running up the dogwalk very quietly. No problem. Had a little trouble with weave poles in one run where she could not complete them for some unknown reason, but then came back the next two days and did just fine. So I was very happy with the baby dog. Here are her best runs.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Texas Bridesmaid

Riley Greyhound continues with her Bridesmaid status.  In her very first run, she slipped on a hard turn and came up limping. Luckily, she walked out of it and was able to run the rest of the weekend. We did manage to knock out her 48th Double Q and almost another one except for 1 knocked bar in Jumpers.
Happy, wonderful, silly, and forever content! Here are her best runs from Texas: