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 10 years) MACH3 Never A Doubt CD MXC MJC Always the Bridesmaid Precious, wonderful, content Ex-Racer #2 Agility Greyhound 67 QQs 4537 MACH Pts
"Seven" (Age 8 years) MACH4 Never Satisfied MXC MJB2 Drama Queen "Pain & Gain" Movie Star Ex-Racer #1 Agility Greyhound 80QQs 4652 MACH Pts The Best
"Maddie" (age 4) Kells Never Drink Mad Dog 20/20 MX MXJ MJB My First Puppy Coursing Bloodlines Clown Hound AMK9 Biathalon Finisher 12QQs ~950 MACH Pts
BEHIND THE SCENES
Reagan (age 9 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
Riley also had a good trial and ran very well. On Friday and Saturday, she won the Standard classes and also Double Qualified on Saturday (#27). It was really hot on Saturday and her Jumpers run was late in the afternoon. So on the video you will see her slowest Jumpers run to date, I think.
It is always a tough call. If I wet Riley down, it often makes her crazy. She is very funny about bugs landing on her and she often reacts to the water dripping down her legs as if they are bugs. So if I am not careful, I could get a serious case of the zoomies. But if I do not wet her down, I may get the slowest run ever. I may experiment with wetting her down about 10 minutes before her run and really squeegee off the excess water. That might work.
And then on Sunday, Riley was quite naughty in Standard. She left the start line early (before I had released her) and then she came off the table two or three times without me releasing her. We were finally whistled off the course because I put Riley back on the table after the judge had said go (but I had NOT) and it was deemed training in the ring (a forbidden activity). Here are those runs.
Since Riley's Sunday Standard run was a disaster, I scratched her from Jumpers. The rehab vet I take the girls to regularly had noted some lower back and soas soreness in our last appointment. So far, it has not show itself in her performance... Riley jumps, weaves, and climbs like nothing is bothering her. We decided that after this trial I would give her a couple of weeks of rest, laser treatment, stretching, and massage to try and knock it out. It might just be one of those aches and pains that we all have (including dogs) that we deal with and ignore, but we will give it our best effort to eliminate or minimize it. Like Seven's bad wrist, it is probably one of those things I will have to continue to beat back regularly.
Riley is not very happy about all rest and no play, but we will get through it.