Monday, January 16, 2012
Well Fozzie started to go off lead last Tuesday and all is well with his leg. Over the past 4 days I have got braver with him. The first 2 days I was paranoid and every time he tried to run off after the other dogs I called him back, put a couple of the others on a lead and then let him go again. Since Friday I have let him run with them and have relaxed a little, although I am still not letting him have mad run around moments with them yet. He is now going up and down stairs again. I actually thought this would be good rear end exercise for him. If all is still well at the end of this week, once I've extended his exercise further, then I will re start some agility training. I will just start on very low small jumps and gradually build him up to full height again. I have cancelled his entry at Mid Downs in March ,so that even if he was fine I won't be tempted to run him. So all is looking good at the moment. :-)) I've decided to let Disney go back to Obedience training(just for fun) He is still so full of life and I feel I'd like to do something on a one to one basis with him again. Here is a little video of Disney taken last week. He so makes me smile and laugh, and particularly at the end when he tried to do his hide your eye trick when we supposed to be doing DC.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Well 2011 has gone and here we are into 2012. I am trying to be positive about 2012. I took Fozzie to the Chiropractor yesterday and went away feeling a whole lot better and far more positive. I went through the whole history of Fozzie and the events leading up to him holding his leg up, and without even touching him she was confident that it wasn't a patella problem. The symptoms just didn't point to it. She was also certain it wasn't a cruciate problem either,because although he was holding his leg up typical of a dog with a cruciate injury, there was no lameness/limping at all even when he eventually put his foot down. He was also able to bear weight on it to pee, and he certainly didn't have any problem putting his weight on it to jump up at the work surfaces or stairgate, and even on the day he walked into the vet, he jumped up to say hello to the receptionist. Marisa said that even a slight cruciate strain or tear would cause swelling( he had none) and limping ( he had none) I trust Marisa completely. She has done wonders for Woody on several occasions and she has also had huge successes with MANY agility dogs, her reputation is country wide. So she did her magic on Fozzie. She found his pelvis was very out and also his lower back. She put everything back in place and was happy with what she had done. So Fozzie now has to stay on the lead again till Tuesday, and then let off lead and then its wait and see. I now have to gradually increase his fitness and by the end of January I should be able to start re introducing him to agility. I don't think he'll be ready to compete at the first show of the year in March but hopefully by Easter in April he should be able to compete again...fingers crossed. However if after he returns to normal exercise he starts to hold his leg up again, then the first thing is to take him back to Marisa to make sure everything is in place, if it is then it obviously it is a leg problem, but she's confident it isn't. I got a new photographic background from my sons for Xmas. I was very excited about getting it. I have long admired the photos taken by theprofessionals of dogs using white backgrounds. I'd had a play around before Xmas with 2 pieces of white hardboard, and I took some nice shots of my son's cats( below) but I knew to take dogs I'd need something bigger and more substantial.
So as soon as Xmas was over I couldn't wait to have a go. Apart from taking the photos my biggest hurdle was learning how to use photoshop to edit the images afterwards.
Well the photo below is one of my results :-)
Then last week my friend Jennie asked if I could take some pictures of her dogs....GULP,my first "other peoples dogs" photo shoot. Well it all turned out ok, but I still have quite a way to go before I am perfect :-)
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