Monday, October 29, 2012

AGRC Trial

Porch Hound, since Seven will break out of my tent.

Seven also did really well at the agility trial last weekend.  She ran clean 5 out of 6 times and earned Double Qs # 8 and 9.  I think she won all of the Standard classes.
Seven was not without issues, but she was not in any pain and was always eager to run. But her middle toes on the left front were oddly puffy in the mornings and would improve with exercise.  For horse folks, it reminded me of stocking up.  I took videos and pictures of what I was seeing, how she was moving, and of me examining her joints so I could show the orthopedic and rehab specialists that I could find no pain, but had this odd swelling.  The ortho had some theories, but said he could not prove or disprove them.  And in the end they did not change anything. He had something similar happen to himself when he had knee surgery.  His ankle would swell up, but not sure why other than gravity pulling fluid from the knee down.... although why does it happen to Seven overnight while she is lying down instead of when she is standing up?  Just a complex puzzle dog.  Our second rehab appointment is tomorrow.

The ortho continues to assure me that the wrist is a forgiving joint and tends to be pain free despite what x-rays might show.  Keeping her active everyday with some modifications is best.  In a way, agility is a really great way to exercise her body and mind in a very controlled manner.  I am lucky that she is not explosive like Riley.  Seven is not the type that just has to run circles or spin for the heck of it.  She wants to work and eat good food... I can deal with that.


What Remains Now said...

Hope Seven continues to do well. Sounds like you have a great team around you.

houndstooth said...

I hope Seven keeps doing well! I've never heard of a dog having an issue quite like that, but hopefully the vet will be able to solve the mystery!

Hazel said...

Seven seems to be the dog who is perfect for those circumstances. He doesn't need to do the things that he shouldn't do.
I like the porch hound photo. Such a beautiful boy

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all!

Been keeping up with y'all with Reader even though I haven't had much chance to comment.

Glad Seven is able to compete without pain.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Kristie Smith said...
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Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

The deleted comment was me. ;) It posted under the wrong account!

Good job, Seven! She's definitely good at something! :) I hope her ortho appointment goes well. Keep us posted!

Stoutheartedhounds said...

WRT to the swelling, I have noticed something similar in my hounds that have had toe injuries. The joint and/or tendons may be slightly swollen in the morning, but once they get up and go the swelling goes down. It used to drive me nuts, but I now accept it as normal.