Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Just kidding, we'd never shoot him anyway of course. In case you didn't guess yet this is an update on Squirt (I think I mentioned he was lame again, right?). Anyway he had a lot of swelling in his bad knee but that improved over the weekend but I noticed also that he was holding up the opposite leg a lot. I got the vet out today-she found an abscess in his foot. Yeah-a good diagnosis, easy to treat and something he will fully recover from. Of course I'm gone and Jerry will have to change the bandage but I have recruited him some help so should be just fine!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Lyric is working on maintaining her obstacle commitment while I move away or ahead of her. I kept pulling her off the jumps at the trial so I know that we need to keep working on that. I am also working on making her do the weave poles without help. She needs to learn to find the entrance while on the run and go through without me guiding her. She did pretty good today. I had to stay close by, but I tried really hard not to move my arm and give her any hints. It slowed her down but I'm sure she'll speed up as she gains confidence again. After all, there is a treat at the end.
Zodiac worked on tracking but he seemed to be doing a lot of wandering. I think I need to go back to short straight lines for a while with lots of food on the track, just really enforce the basics. And I need to do it more often. I've been a little lax on the tracking with all the agility coming up and trying to get Lyric ready to trial.
And Squirt is really lame again. I talked with the horse vet. She thinks he may have just broke another bone chip off in his joint. Poor guy. He's on rest and bute now so we will see how he does over the next week.
Oh, and here are some trial pics.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The girls had a great day two of the trial. Lyric Q'd in all three of her runs today! Her tunnelers and jumpers runs were picture perfect and her regular run was pretty good. She had so much fun running-she was just adorable. I should more video posted later in the week and probably some pictures.
Legend had a super day, qualifying in four of six runs. She got her first elite tunnelers leg and was four seconds under time which means she was really moving. Those elite tunnelers course times are really fast! Then she picked up an elite Regular leg (missed the discrimination in the other regular run). She also NQ'd on a tough open chances course. Next she had a nice run in novice weavers to finish her title. Finally it was on to elite jumpers. I knew it would be tough to get her to make course time at the end of a long weekend but I pushed her as hard as I could and we got the Q! What a good girl!
I have a few months until Lyric's next AKC trial and we will be focusing on proofing weave poles and understanding weave entrances better.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Today was Lyric's much anticipated agility debut and it was great. She got a Q in her very first run (see video) in Novice Regular. We also ran jumpers but I got a little too ambitious in trying to get distance and pulled her off a few jumps. Then we ran in Touch and GO and she took the tunnel instead of the dogwalk. This surprised me a little because she loves the dogwalk and it was closer. But overall I think it was a good experience for her. She had a lot of fun, didn't act nervous or stressed or distracted and was running like a little whirlwind.
Legend had a decent day. She missed the weave entry in Regular round 1, Q'd in round 2, over time (1.5 sec) in jumpers, off course in tunnelers and sort of a disaster run in Touch and Go with Cheri-but got the discrimination nicely!
Tomorrow is another day!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Hope you find this helpful!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
On the dog front our local NADAC trial is coming up and you know what that means! Lyric's first trial!!! Plus I'll be busy working the trial and and helping set up and making raffle baskets, and transporting equipment and...and...and...
So basically I should arrive back home just in time to have a very busy weekend. But it should be fun!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Although it can sometimes be a challenge to obtain a urine sample from your pet, it is a very important test, especially in older pets. It is ideal for your vet to evaluate a urine sample on your pet at the time of his or her annual bloodwork and exam.
Urine screening can help the doctor identify systemic diseases such as diabetes or liver disease as well as disease more specific to the urinary tract.
Routine urinalysis can help identify signs of bladder infections, inflammation, and crystals which may eventually lead to bladder stones if left untreated.
Urine testing can also tell us if your pet has protein in the urine which can be a sign of many different disease processes. We can also evaluate the concentration of the urine-this lets us know how well the kidneys are functioning and gives us clues as to if your pet is drinking abnormal amounts of water.
Check with your vet to see when and how they would like the urine sample obtained. For most routine screenings a "free catch" sample is just fine. But if there are specific concerns the doctor may want a more sterile collection method or first catch in the morning for example.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I was shocked when I looked at my fruits and veggies this morning. The little baby plants I left behind are now HUGE! The vining plants are out of control and everything has lots of blooms or fruits already forming. I even picked some raspberries this morning. I have some peas that look big enough to pick but I'm not sure how big they are really supposed to get so I may wait a bit. And I have flowers blooming like crazy all over the yard. It all seems to make up for the one house plant that died while I was gone. I also have one knock-out rose bush that doesn't look to good but I was thinking of taking them out anyway.
I'll try and get some pictures tomorrow but today it looks like rain. And as you can read I have more important things to do than take flower pictures for my blog. I know...what can be more important that blogging?!?
Friday, June 4, 2010
This week I'm working in Coumbia for a friend. A paying friend! It has been a pretty full week too. We have had some busy days at the clinic and even stayed late a few nights.
Plus earlier in the week I went out and visited with our friend Nancy, who is the breeder of our pigs. I even got to see Touchdown's mom-still going strong at age 16!
Wednesday night I took Legend to obedience class at our old dog school. It was really good for her to be in that kind of situation plus we got to see old friends. We were going to go to agility tonight but after working late I decided we should get ice cream instead. That adventure led us downtown and for a little walk around campus.
Tomorrow it's back to STL for a bridal shower and more work. Then finally back home on Tuesday.