Monday, August 13, 2012

Rushed

I have been trying to make up for lost time (Riley's year off from competition due to injuries) so we were recently at another three day agility trial.  It was also Stephen and my 7th anniversary.  He was very sweet to send me 7 roses to the trial with the help of our friend, Jerry.  Thanks, Stephen and Jerry!

Riley did fine.  I think slimming her back down a pound or two helped as she only knocked one bar this time and is doing it less in training as well.  But she did not earn any double qualifiers (need 6 for the nationals and 20 for a championship).  We keep making silly errors.
I am starting to feel rushed.  My gut tells me that she is probably not going to be competing for lots of years.  I am really hoping for two more (she is 6 years old now).  We have just worked so hard, I just want to enjoy it now.  But I am already seeing gimpy days and stiffness.

Periodically, the rear foot that had the punctured joint comes up very stiff, but she appears to warm out of it thankfully.  But lately I am seeing some gimpiness on the right front or maybe I am just paranoid and looking too hard for something.... as I cannot pinpoint anything.  Usually busted toes are my big problems, but hers are in great shape (knock on wood).  I am also very thankful that her healed fractured hock seems to give her no problems, but it sure snap, crackle, pops when I flex it.
I really really hope Riley can finish her agility championship (need 14 more double qualifiers), compete in the Agility Invitational in December (we are qualified and entered), and qualify and compete at the Agility Nationals in March (needs 3 more double qualifiers before November 30th).  But I will always do what is best for Riley.  We will continue as long as she is having fun.
Here is one of the qualifying runs from the trial.

10 comments:

gyeong said...

Hoping Riley can finish her agility career with no more setbacks.

houndstooth said...

I hope that things work out and she can finish her career on a high note! Good luck to both of you! And happy anniversary!

Lima (or Lima Bean) said...

Love the pictures in this post!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I think Riley would love agility even if it hurt! Hopefully her body will hold up long enough for her to get all the titles etc that she deserves (and you). It seems like there's a lot of things happening in the next 6 months, not much time to relax.

What Remains Now said...

That picture of Riley with the rose is too cute. Sending best wishes that she is able to do exceptional in her runs.

Claire Krigbaum said...

A beautiful qualifying run! She is so fast.
I know that feeling of trying to rush to get to my goal. Now I look back and think how silly it was to care about it so much.
And I'm not saying that it is silly to have those goals! I just feel silly myself in hindsight.

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

Aww I love the roses!

Looks like Layla and I will get to meet you and Riley in December ;)

Kathy said...

Fingers and paws crossed

Susan McKeon said...

We're keeping our fingers & paws crossed here for Riley. She's Mina's poster girl & inspiration for our own agility challenge.

Claire Krigbaum said...

In case you didn't see what I posted on my blog, I of course have my own goals already for Indi! I hope I didn't sound rude or like your goals don't matter!