Monday, January 20, 2014

Hodge Podge

It has been awhile since I have blogged. I just have not been inspired to write I guess and needed a break. I figure it is time for an update though. All in all, everyone is healthy, happy, and sound. That is always what is most important!
We fostered another dog for Road Trip Home. His name is Jackson and we decided he was a Chowder Collie. He might actually have been an Australian Shepherd mix, but Chowder Collie was much cuter. Anyways, he is a very nice dog and was sent to the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk, Maine on January 10th and was adopted 2 days later.
Jackson kissing Maddie

Of course, Maddie loves to engage fosters in play. Jackson was a little too rough for me to allow them to play outside, but I would let them wrestle indoors. The camera did not love them... 2 black dogs in action indoors. Lots of blurry photos, but here are a few that turned out.
 Maddie is so vicious!
Soon after Jackson left, I was supposed to go to a three-day agility trial in Tennessee, but learned that my morning heel pain was plantar fasciitis. I had heard of it, but never knew what it was, but apparently a lot of people deal with it at some point in their life.

While packing for the trial, barefoot or in slippers, the heel pain became unbearable and the next morning it was the same. It was crippling. An internet search led to my self diagnosis and do-it-yourself treatments. I stretched, iced it, got the special boot you sleep/rest in, and rolled my foot on a ball. It helped immensely and I felt better that afternoon, but I thought I would cripple myself if I went to the trial. The three hour drive (of course it is my right foot), the miles of walking for three days, the set up and take down, and then another three hour drive home. I decided to stay home. But the sweet hubby came to the rescue and offered to take me to the trial and so I was able to compete Saturday and Sunday. Thank you, Stephen!

It was not a great trial for Seven. I believe she only qualified one time. Just some real goofy mistakes. Nothing really to blog about. BUT her wrist is doing great! The last time she tweaked it where she has acute pain for about 5 minutes has not happened since October 13th! There was a time when it was happening once or twice a week. Then two or three times a month.  Then maybe once a month. I just cannot tell you how pleased I am. We will definitely be continuing our current course of action.

Riley did much better, Double Qualifying on the first day and almost did the same on the second day. The error was such a fluke. It was a tight turn off a long line of jumps and she just ran around the chute on the turn. I should have decelerated to cue collection and a tighter turn. So her QQ streak ended with eight in a row. Not too shabby and now we will just have to try and break it. We are headed to a four day agility trial next week!

I have also decided to compete Seven and Riley at the AKC Agility Nationals in March.  I was not planning on going, but the Invitational (much closer to home) changed the footing and I was not going to run the girls, Seven especially, on mats. Her wrist needs forgiving footing. Since both are running so well and this is likely Riley's last chance to go to a big event, I decided we better go. Next year, is in Reno, Nevada (so far away) and after that Riley will be 9 years old. It is now or never so off to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania we will go.

On a fun note, Katrina, a Facebook and Blog friend, saw Riley and I on CNN. They pulled footage from the Incredible Dog Challenge that we competed in a few years ago for a Westminster story. The clip is fairly long and can be seen at the link below. After the commercial, we are at the 1:10 mark. Very cool!

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Mad Red Hare said...

I am so glad I am not the only one who has trouble photographing black dogs! Nice to hear from you again.

Taryn said...

I hope I get to see you in Harrisburg! My corgi and I qualified and since it is close to me (2 hours) I entered. Unfortunately back in early December I tripped and landed very hard on my knee, breaking the knee cap. If I can get myself moving well enough by the end of March will be the hitch....Either way, I'm driving up to watch for sure.

gyeong said...

Black dogs plus indoor action is tough. Three of my four are black. Plantar fasciitis sucks. Hope it doesn't strike again.

Trina said...

Jason had bad fasciities after we went to Italy. It is hard to deal with! You should have heard me in my office alone when I saw that video...I was "hey".."I know that person.." to no one...:-)

Hazel said...

The photo of Maddie looking so vicious is priceless! A dog with a huge mouth can be frightening to the uninitiated! They were having fun, I believe.

Sorry about the plantar fasciitis, I know it is a problem for anyone unlucky enough to have it. Hope your "cure"do the trick.

Janette Ash said...

Hi, welcome back, we missed you. Happy New Year, wishing you many blessing and successes in the new year. Sorry to learn about your plantar fasciitis it can be a real nuisance. Thanks for the photos Maddy is as entertaining as always.

Adrianna said...

We are looking for a nice winter coat for our 9.5 year old grey, Enid (Flying Enid). What kind of coat do you have for your greys? Do you recommend it? We currently live in New Orleans but are moving to Reno, NV next year.

Janette Ash said...

Forgive me if I am being rude by jumping in the middle of the conversation... Adrianna, I have found a company called Chilli Dog, Canada that has the most lovely coats for greys. They fit beautifully and are hard wearing. I have tried many and this company is my favorite.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks for answering, Janette. I don't have anywhere specific I get coats from. I seem to inherit them or get them free for some reason.

Janette Ash said...

Free sounds pretty good to me. I had the name misspelled. Here is a link to the proper address.
Can't say enough about the quality and construction. Hope this is helpful.

Adrianna said...

thanks, looks like a great product!