Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Bust

Riley coming out of the chute.

I took Seven and Riley to a four day agility trial in Nashville last weekend and it was a bust.  The drive up took an extra one and a half hours due to thick traffic caused by an accident.  That probably should have been a warning to me. 
Seven jumping through the tire.

Neither greyhound ran clean on Thursday and it appeared that we were in for a repeat on Friday except Riley and I were able to sneak in a qualifying Jumpers run.
After that run, I thought the girls could use more exercise so I grabbed a Zanie Flyer and headed outside.  I found a nicely manicured lawn near the parking lot.  It was flat, mowed, and even had post and board fencing we had to crawl under to get inside.  I proceeded to play fetch with Riley.  Since fracturing her hock, I am careful not to throw it high anymore, but I still have concerns.  Often Riley will overrun the toy, only to come to a screeching halt and torquing herself in all directions.  A fractured anything would not be a surprise.  But did it stop me......NOOOOO!  Sure enough.  Riley comes up lame.... dead lame.  She even yelps and holds up the right rear leg.  Dang it!  Why am I such an idiot?

Riley remained seriously lame Friday evening and Saturday.  I noticed some swelling around the puncture (remember that took 3 weeks to close and that was several weeks ago) so I iced the area several times a day.  Obviously, she was unable to run on Saturday and Sunday.  She was so lame that I was actually concerned about a second fracture initially.  I thought about leaving the trial and getting her to the vet on Saturday, but regardless of the diagnosis, I figured nothing would be done until Monday.
Riley getting her foot iced.

A vet at the trial (thank you, Karen) examined Riley and agreed the area near the old puncture was to blame.  We started to wonder if there could be a foreign body still lodged inside of the puncture.  I thought we had ruled that out a few weeks ago with x-rays, but was starting to question again.
Seven coming out of tunnel.

In the meanwhile, Seven continued to compete in agility.  Out of eight runs, she only qualified once.  My attitude was bad, we were out of sync, and Seven was making typical novice dog errors.  Here is the one run we got it together.
On Sunday, Seven and I were more in sync.  Though non-qualifying, both runs were very good and I feel we ended on a good note. 

Riley continued to limp, but would warm out of it and improve significantly after taking a few steps.  I had already spoken to my vet and scheduled an appointment for Monday.  The plan was to determine if there was a foreign body and if so, open up the area and remove it, but things just don't always go as planned.

16 comments:

What Remains Now said...

Hoping it's nothing serious with Riley.

CJ said...

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Two Greyhound Town said...

I hope she is okay. It definitely sounds like a frustrating trip.

Declan said...

What a bummer, poor old Riley. Still she looks like she appreciates the attention. Deccy x

jcp said...

Sometimes the best laid plans go straight to the toilet. Sorry you had a tough weekend.

Hiking Hounds said...

Oh no, that sounds rough. I hope it's not serious.

Angus and Milo said...

Oh No Rliey I hope your your foot will be better soon and that it's nothing to serious. From Milo

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

Oh man. Poor Riley!! I hope she feels better soon. I hate those weekends where it feels like the whole thing was a waste of time. But it does make the awesome weekends exceptionally sweeter :)

Witty Angel said...

Poor Riley. I'm sorry it was such a crummy weekend. I hope things get sorted our with Riley's foot and you can all go back to your winning streak.

Heather (jerZgirl) said...

Oh no! Hope its nothing serious with Riley.

andrea said...

JUMPING... glad you found your groove by the last runs - a totally sore Riley would have really thrown me off my game too :(

Claire Krigbaum said...

Riley! What is up!? How frustrating. And how is it that one weekend of agility you feel like you and your dog are perfectly together and the next completely not? Both of your runs on video looked great though! I am glad you and your dogs aren't here for Amber to compete against, they would beat her :)
I sure hope it is nothing big with Riley's leg.

jet said...

Oh Riley, I would be totally frustrated if I were you! Now mom might take away your Zanie Flyer!

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

Really hoping Riley won't need it opening up! I am always amazed at how fab your greyhounds are at the agility, you must put in a lot of time teaching them. I've had greys since 1997 and can honestly say not one of my couch potatoes could do what yours do. Wonderful watching them. love and hugs from the Taylor packs x

Trina said...

Poor Riley! I hope it isn't anything too serious.
I remember when I was 'out of sync' while showing horses..it certainly makes a show go bad quickly. Beautiful photos though!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Gee Riley, I hope you've recovered properly by now.

It's so tempting to push things a little, isn't it! Like keep going with training when you know you should stop! Perhaps this is a little warning, don't give in to temptation:)

Looks like it was a full on long weekend. Glad you got some good runs:)