Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Week 33 and 34 - Odds and Ends

I am so behind and swamped right now.  My own agility club is hosting an agility trial next weekend.  Then we have the AKC Agility Nationals.  Work is busy.  The dogs are busy.  It also appears that I will be doing another movie with either Riley or Seven.  The details are not all worked out yet.  This one is much smaller than the last one, but thankfully local and I think the scheduling will be kinder.
Maddie is doing great!  Her food motivation has been excellent.  She has always eaten what I have offered, but only recently has she been seeking it out, nosing around, and asking for more.  I love that!
The weather has been cold and deary most of the time.  Its hard enough taking pictures of a black dog, but even harder when the light is not good.  Action shots are always blurry.
However, when the weather is bad it is a great opportunity to allow Maddie to run free and to practice recalls.  We have access to some awesome private properties and when the weather is cold and wet we have them to ourselves as I do not trust her completely to respond to me in the face of other people or dogs.  However, one day my husband brought the older dogs separately and so it was a perfect chance to run into his group and to see if Maddie still had a good recall.  She did and came to me without greeting the others! Canned dog food is still the reward I am using and in this instance she got to greet the other dogs and Stephen.
Maddie has gotten very good at picking up dumbbells and scent articles.  She will often take things I hand to her and hold it until I take it back.  She has also started retrieving toys which is a very nice change.  She has always been more interested in playing keep-a-way which I will not engage and lately, when I want her to chase me, she will often stand there and watch me run around.  Challenging little bitch! :-)  But retrieving and trading the toy for a treat is showing me that she is indeed getting more food motivated and being cooperative.
It is funny that some of you worry about Maddie not getting to play with other puppies without earning it first. Maddie has a more active, more stimulating, and more interesting life than probably 95% of the dogs on the planet.  A lot of folks will say that their dogs are a high priority, but not many dedicate as many hours everyday. And on top of that, Maddie has probably played with more dogs, met more people, and traveled to more places than most other dogs ever will. Plus she lives with five dogs and plays with them.  So do not cry for Maddie.  There are plenty of dogs out there that could use your help, but Maddie is not one of them.
Another reason for scaling back the rough and tumble play is that I noticed Maddie was crooked when she was in a down like this (see above).  One knee was always higher than the other.  That seemed strange for a puppy so I had her looked at by a chiropractor.  She was indeed out of whack and was very sore when manipulated.  I had her adjusted again a week later and the same issue was found again. The third time we returned she was much better.  Slightly out of whack, but was no longer painful.
Maddie ended Week 34 as an 8 month old puppy.  She is definitely bigger than Riley and Seven, but she still looks so small (when she is not standing next to them).  She definitely has some filling out to do.  Maddie weighed 56 pounds on her 8 month birthday.  I am beginning to wonder if the husband is going to win the weight guess contest with 68 pounds.  But I am still hoping Diana S, Brittany B, and K-Koira get it right with their guess of 62.  Or my dad with 61.7.


What Remains Now said...

Love that picture of Riley and Seven. She has really grown up. And a new movie! I hope one of the girls get it. I love hearing about the filming. Looking forward to seeing Tasty Rueben soon.

Those Brindle Kids said...

We're very excited about the movie . . . and now the possibility of another one? Sounds very exciting! We need to do a SEGA screening -

gyeong said...

Crazy Busy! Now that my two black dogs are older and have white on their faces, much easier to get pictures of.

Team Zero Gravity said...

Great photos. Can't believe people would comment that you don't let Maddie play enough with other dogs/pupipes. I have seen you with Maddie out and about since you got her. She gets to play A LOT and with all kinds of dogs/puppies and in all kinds of evironments. Maddie has the life of a royal. She gets to go everywhere and do everything. And I always tell everyone who asks me if I know you that you spend more time training and dedicated to your dogs' enrichment that ANYONE else I know or have even heard of. Keep up tjhe good work :)

Hannah said...

How DO you manage to get such good photos of a black dog? My little ebony wonder always looks possessed by the devil of green eyes or a big black blob. >.<

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Those Brindle Kids, SEGA screening is in the works for April 27th.

Gyeong, Ha! Never thought of that. Although if Maddie is like her dad and grandfather, she shouldn't grey out.

Team Zero Gravity, I plan to pull back on the puppy play. She is getting hurt and needs to focus more on me anyway... so some folks were sad about that.

Hannah, natural light and sports setting seems to work best. I also have it on burst mode so it takes 5 pics in a row. Its not an expensive camera ($120 Panasonic Lumix).

Greyhounds Aren't Grey said...

I must agree with Gyeong. Bettina's face going white has been the best thing for my camera's autofocus!