Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Stephen was able to unlock Katie's jaws around the squirrel and place it in the woods. I hope it provided a free meal to a fox or a coyote. About this time, I make my way back to see the reunion and we called it a day.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Georgia saw its first white Christmas since the 1800's. Its beautiful here.
I am hoping to get out for a hike with Seven and Riley a little later for snow pictures.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Last week, Katie fell a couple of times while going potty or while trying to play. Toppling onto her backside makes her nervous and unhappy. I hate to see her shaking. She has also had days that she has been too lame to do rehab exercises. Some of her nights seem uncomfortable and restless.
Normally, Katie is an excellent pill taker. She is so food motivated she has never cared what is surrounded by cheese. Now she is giving me problems and is suspicious of unearned treats. Luckily, she still likes the taste of Deramax.
Unfortunately, Katie is having a very bad week. On Monday, she had a great day, but since Tuesday morning, she has been in a lot of pain... the most pain she has ever been. We are having to carry her or support her rear end with a towel around her waist. We added Amantadine to her drug arsenal of Deramax and Gabapentin.
There have been some ups and downs, but none of the "ups" have been close to acceptable to me. The difference this time is that she is complaining about her right foot. Recall that the left leg is neurological, had a toe amputated, and has a weird toe that she has been complaining about. She has been off and on lame on her left leg for months now, but now she is extremely painful on her right leg. So much pain that she is choosing to put all of her weight back on the left leg. I'm sure the right leg has suffered quite a pounding as she has compensated for the neurological leg for the last 3 years and especially in the last few months. Unfortunately, the neurological leg is not able to bear the burden of her entire rear end.
I am not sure where this is headed or how much time I will give her to bounce back. Katie is the Queen of the Bounce Back so I am not giving up hope just yet, but her current state is completely unacceptable..... :-(
Monday, October 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Katie was so happy to be at the training building. She bolted to the door. She really seems to enjoy doing some of her old obedience "tricks". I always think it is fun to ask her to do things she hasn't practiced in months. It is always great to work with Katie.
First we did two go outs where I send her to the other end of the ring. Next, a dumbbell retrieve and then some heeling ending with signals. I cue her to down, sit, and recall with hand signals. Lastly, a couple of toy fetches.
Katie says she is not tired and is ready for more. Her rear end might argue, but so far she overrules anything it might be saying.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Time crawled, but finally it was time to get home. Of course, Katie is on her feet ready to go potty. I use a towel around her waste to support her while she squatted. Well, she tows me out to the yard and proceeds to buck and spin like a yearling (see video below for an example). I started to think I'm going to look silly at the vet. Sure enough. I looked like a fool. Dr. Toby had to search pretty hard to find some groin pain and suspects she just strained her groin. A groin injury can be pretty serious for a performance dog, but at age 12 and fully retired, we are not going to do anything different. She will still do her cavalettis and suck food out of Kongs everyday.
At least in this case, it was better to be a fool than right!