Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Torturing Myself

As you know, Reagan's phobia to travel due to the sounds the vehicle makes (not carsickness) make her unable to compete in agility.  She cannot handle the daily trips to the agility field, hiking trails, or training building.  And she definitely turns inside out if we drive a great distance (i.e. agility trial).

Unfortunately, there is not much to do at the house.  The house is small and covered with slippery tile or hardwoods.  The yard is pretty much useless unless it is bone dry.  Except for late in the evening and night... I am not there.  It is not the most exciting life.

However, the husband has been really great about taking her hiking lately.  She does not like it, but she seems to fair much better in his SUV.  She hunkers down and shakes, but the ride is only about 10 minutes.  I feel so much better knowing that she is getting some decent exercise a couple of times a weeks.  Kongs, bully sticks, and Tug-A-Jugs just are not enough. 

The other day, Stephen brought her to the agility field for me.  Great chance for her to run and play fetch.  Of course, I had to torture myself by sending her through the weave poles twice.
Ahhh... such wasted talent and athleticism.  Oh well.

11 comments:

jet said...

looks OK to me... :P

and yes she is mighty talented but you have two other young talents too!

jcp said...

That is very nice of Stephen. You will have to post something nice on his Facebook page to thank him. ;)

Elizabeth said...

Have you ever thought about doing tricks with Reagan? Kyra Sundance has a pretty fun set of trick titles you can get for completing a certain number of trick behaviors. And it's all done by a witness so she'd never have to go anywhere to preform. Then you'd have something fun to work toward with her training wise that is no stress. Also I checked, and she would be the first Grey Hound to earn any of the titles. Just a thought. It's to bad she can't compete, she was so talented at it.

http://www.domorewithyourdog.com/pages/trickdogtitle.html

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Neat idea, Elizabeth. Never heard of that. Yes, I do tricks with her when the yard dries out which can't remember when that last was. Need to just turn it into a sand lot... of course that would attract all the kitties in the neighborhood so that would suck too. Really been wishing for a big basement lately. It would be so nice for doing a little indoor, at home work with the dogs. Maybe I should move back home with the parents so I would have my agility field in the backyard. Its perfect in all weather!

Sandy ~~~ said...

Like I have often heard about horses..."some of our most brilliant champions live in our backyards." And on the hiking trails.

houndstooth said...

I think as long as she's happy, it's not really wasted. In time, she might decide that enduring the ride is worth the payoff in the end. That's sort of how Blueberry is. She'll shake in the car, but she HATES to be left behind, so she'll get in there and then just curl up until the ride is over. It seems to bother her less as she gets older, too.

I think the idea of doing tricks with her is a good one!

IHeartDogs said...

Great words Sandy.

A huge sandlot would be awesome... Or a large agility out building...One can always dream.

You give her tons of love and attention. She also has a lot of furry siblings, so I think it probably saddens you more than Reagan. I think Reagan is living a happy life :)

Hiking Hounds said...

I'm glad Reagan is still getting out and having fun. She looks great!

Kathy said...

I love the idea of tricks and titles in tricks :)

She does look great. She looks happy with you too.

Granted Wishes Greyhounds said...

Yes, Reagan is super fantastic. Honestly, her videos have always been my favorite. So exuberant...

But alas, you are blessed with Riley, Seven, AND Reagan. All of whom are talented, loveable, energetic hounds.

Is that Seven I hear crying in the background? =P

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Good quote, Sandy. Yes, that is Seven in the background. :-)