Monday, March 24, 2014

Seven's Wrist and Agility

In the month of March, we attended two local agility trials. On March 8th, Seven tweaked her wrist towards the end of the Standard course. You can see her on the table holding up her left paw on the table. Yes, we kept going. I looked at her on the table for a few extra seconds and asked if she wanted to continue. The next obstacle was the tunnel and if she really did not want to finish, she would tell me there. Well, she wanted to finish so we did. If this was anything other than arthritis, I would have stopped her on the table.
Long-time readers know that Seven has an arthritic left wrist that she will occasionally torque and come up lame for a couple of minutes, walk out of it, and then be fine again. There was a time when it was happening almost every time we did agility. The carpal joint became inflamed and was prone to getting hurt, but with the help of an orthopedic specialist vet and a rehab specialist vet, we have developed a system that manages the wrist very well. Seven gets joint supplements and fish oil. I carefully warm her up and do lots of work on her wrist before and after any activity. She is given Adequan once a month. And about 8 months ago, we did a platelet rich plasma injection. Platelets tend to concentrate in the injured areas to promote healing so the vet basically takes the platelets from Seven's own blood and injects them right into her problem joint. Last time, we got three months of ZERO wrist issues.  It was amazing!  So we did it again.
A week later, Seven competed at her next agility trial and did great. Here is video of her two best runs.
So onto Nationals later this week! Wish us luck!

Also, just an FYI, I asked my vet, the orthopedic specialist, and my rehab vet about the new stem cell treatments for arthritis. All three are skeptical of it and need to see more evidence of its effectiveness before they are willing to do it or suggest it. The great thing about the platelet rich plasma injections (PRP) is that it does not require a surgical procedure like the stem cell treatment does. The whole PRP process takes about an hour and if your dog is as food motivated as mine, they don't even need to be sedated. Cream cheese and canned dog food made the procedure very tolerable for Seven.

Friday, March 21, 2014

All Grown Up

Maddie got her period. It is hard to believe that she is all grown up now. This was my first experience with an intact bitch going through a heat cycle. It was kind of fascinating, but not something Maddie needs to do twice.  My plan is to spay her in July when she is two years old.

For those that have intact non-greyhounds, you are probably thinking that 20 months old is a super late bloomer, but greyhounds tend to be.  Some take as long as three years.
Maddie's timing was excellent.  She started March 1st and we were not going to be traveling to any agility trials in the next four weeks so it was not too inconvenient.
Maddie went into season while we had foster dog, Grover. He was a fantastic playmate. Lots of play bows, darting back and forth, and offering to be chased.  He was completely irresistible... yet Maddie ignored him. In fact, she walked over to me for a hug.  I knew something was up then.
 "I don't play those silly games anymore. I'm all grown up."

During Maddie's special time, she was a little low on energy and did not carry toys around the house like she normally does.

The really fun part were the panties.  Maddie had pink and purple ones, but they just don't fit greyhounds.  The tail hole is way too big.  So big, you might call them crotchless underwear in fact. Completely defeating the purpose of putting them on your dog in the first place. So I had to jerry-rig it.
I would bunch up the material for a snugger fit around her tail and place a rubber band around it. The husband's first go at it resulted in this text:
With practice, Stephen got much better with the panties... and he does not hate me.
Luckily, Grover was out of the house before Maddie started to find him attractive. Luckily the newly neutered male seemed quite clueless. He just wanted to play. And how freakin adorable is he?  We liked him a lot!  He traveled to Maine a couple of weeks ago and was adopted last weekend!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Accident Prone Riley

Of course, Riley hurt herself again and had to be pulled out of the last agility trial. She came up lame after a training and play session. And then still limping after a couple of days. Luckily, we already had a regular appointment scheduled with the rehab vet.

Dr. O found significant pain in Riley's elbow. I was relieved it was not her shoulder (most likely place for bone cancer), but injuries to the elbow joint can be tricky. Dr. O was worried that it could be a bone chip or arthritis that had flared up since she could not find any soft tissue pain upon palpation.
I decided not to wait and see, opting for x-rays the following week.  Thankfully, everything came back clean! We even got carried away and x-rayed both elbows, shoulders, and carpal joints. Riley is just so wonderful and my vet allows me to assist with positioning her so we just kept going.
Everything looked great! He even had an orthopedic specialist from the University of Georgia look them over and he did not see anything either.  The only little thing was a little arthritis on a stopper bone, but it was nothing to be concerned about at her age (7 years).

Riley has since stopped limping and is back to work!  She has no chronic problems, but she sure is accident prone...... and so precious!!!  Love that face!
And if you poke around the blog at all, you will notice that photos are missing from many posts. I accidentally deleted photos from a web album that feed the blog. Stupid me. I think I will attempt to fix it, but it will take a very long time.

Monday, February 24, 2014

AGRC Trial - Seven

A few weeks ago, we went to a trial in South Carolina. Seven ran clean three out of six runs. All first places and one Double Qualifier. She needs 8 more for her second Agility Championship. Unfortunately, not all of her runs were videoed, but here are two of them.
Those that know me in person know that Seven and I have a love/hate relationship. She is challenging to live with and it is not getting any easier with age... Dang it! Anyways, here is a recent example. That yellow blanket started out in her crate. I guess she pushed it out when she was pulling on her crate door and then pulled the blanket back in. Interesting. But she is worth it and I love her.
And if you poke around the blog at all, you will notice that photos are missing from many posts. I accidentally deleted photos from a web album that feed the blog. Stupid me. I think I will attempt to fix it, but it will take a very long time.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Snowmaggedon - Riley and Maddie

Okay, last snow post.... unless, of course, we get more snow! I let Riley and Maddie have a play session.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Snowmaggedon - Riley

Riley had some fun in the snow too!

Riley is still such a kid at heart!

And the one token photo of Seven in the snow.  Seven does not do snow. No fun!
"Get me in the house!"

Friday, February 14, 2014

Snowmageddon - Maddie

Atlanta, Georgia finally got some snow! In fact, the 2-3 inches brought the city to a screeching halt. People from snowy places laugh, but Atlanta just is not prepared to treat the roads when we only get snow maybe one or two days a year... if at all.

For whatever reason, no one really prepared for the approaching snow. Everyone had gone to work and school so when the snow started, everyone left at the same time and the roads became a disaster. Daily commutes turned into overnight trips for some people. Cars were abandoned because of the traffic or they simply could not move on the ice. I was lucky. My commute was 2 and half hours... very short compared to others and then we enjoyed being snowed in for two days.

I was disappointed that we did not get a single day of snow last year when Maddie was a puppy. I wanted puppy snow pictures! But at 19 months of age, Maddie did not disappoint and had a great time playing in the snow.

As I type this, we are waiting for another snowfall or possible ice storm. I am working at home tomorrow and as long as we have electricity it will be Fun Fun!