I'm Jennifer living near Atlanta, Georgia. This blog is about my greyhound adventures. Thank you for letting me brag about my wonderful greyhounds and share our ups and downs as we train and compete in agility and obedience. We have also done a little dock jumping, tracking, swimming, and lots of hiking. No couch potatoes on this blog! My hounds still work and play for a living and they love every minute of it!
"Riley" (age 8 years) MACH2 Never A Doubt CD Cute As A Button Trail Blazer Ex-Racer #2 Agility Greyhound 45 QQs ~3200 MACH Pts
"Seven" (Age 6) MACH2 Never Satisfied Drama Queen "Pain & Gain" Movie Star Ex-Racer #1 Agility Greyhound 53QQ ~3300 MACH Pts
"Maddie" (age 2) Kells Never Drink Mad Dog 20/20 My First Puppy Coursing Bloodlines Future Star
BEHIND THE SCENES
Reagan (age 7 years) "Never Swing Left OA NAJ" A Member of Wurzinger Family
Katie "MACH Never Had Braces UD" 05/17/1998 - 10/21/2010 1st MACH Greyhound 14th Utility Dog Greyhound #5 Greyhound in AKC Agility Retired Oct. 2007 1 Squirrel Catch Kong Excavator Extraordinaire Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Travis MACH2 Never Expected CDX 06/08/1998 - 07/26/2008 #1 Greyhound in AKC Agility 1st GH to earn 2 MACHs Junior Jumper Dock Dogs title A Stunning, Sexy Dog Ex-Racer Heart Dog
Jessie Never Make It FCh CD NA NAJ 08/03/92 - 05/12/04 2 Coursing Best of Breeds #19 ASFA GH out of 300+ in '97 Greatest Teacher My Screw Up Dog
"Teresa CD AX AXJ" 1994? - 11/17/06 #6 Greyhound in AKC Agility Most Humbling Excellent Hiking Companion Coursing Field "Chump" Safe, Slow, and Sweet
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.