Welcome to the Blog of Rosie Ison & her Scruffy Hairy Mutts.

I do hope you enjoy reading about all the various exploits of the Hairy Gang !

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fozzie and Chip at Agility Club Show.

Last Weekend I went to the AgilityClub at Ardingly. I don't tend to record many of my older dogs runs nowadays, as its always so difficult finding someone willing to hang around whilst I queue etc to run my dogs. However this weekend on the Sunday Laura was there with her friend. He was happy to record some of the runs if he was around. Luckily he got these 2 rounds from Chip and Fozzie. It was a Grade 5-6 Agility class,  I had always wondered how the boys compared speed wise as they have such different jumping styles. If they have ever been in the same class, which is rare, one or other gets eliminated , so to get video and times where they both went clear is amazing. I was absolutely astonished to find that they did in fact have exactly the same times !!!! Both did it in 35.41 seconds !!! However Chip was 35.418 and Fozzie 35.413, a fraction of a second faster.
Chip was just out of the places in Grade 6 , whereas Fozzie came 6th in Grade 5 :-)

Next week we are off to the KC Festival and then on to D.I.N. Where all being well Boo makes her debut :-)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Boo at Nancy Hudson Training July '13

We had a training afternoon today with Nancy Hudson. I was a little concerned about doing 3 hrs with Boo, especially with the very warm weather, and with her not being quite so "up" for it. It actually turned out slightly cooler, but was still warm.

Nancy is a fabulous trainer and very observant as to what we do right and wrong. Sometimes at these training days I feel like a real beginner :-( You would have thought after nearly 20 years of doing agility with 6 previous dogs, I'd know what I was doing now, but every dog is different and handling skills change over the years. However some habits are soooo hard to get rid of. The constant words coming out of my mouth, One tunnel command would be ok, as would a single go on, but I just cant help myself..lol

Boo was actually quite good. I keep thinking she is slow, but maybe as this is the first time I've had a small dog, maybe thats why she feels so different.

I was pleased with how she coped in a strange field on strange equipment especially the weaves. I knew she would hesitate on the Dogwalk. So far every different dog walk she has seen, she does the same. I was actually amazed she actually went straight up it. She did however go under jumps on a couple of occasions :-(

After the last run you see, I put her away and got Chip out. I wanted to end on a high and when she was being a good girl.

Maybe her first show in August wont be such a disaster after all.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chips Tail

Fantastic recovery from Chip. His tail has completely healed, scabs have gone and I just have to be patient now for his fur to grow. I realise this is probably going to take a year to be back to anything like it was, but hey ho .
At this moment in time I would just like it to get to a length that isn't prickly for him. This is the thing thats causing him most upset at the moment :-( Reluctantly I cut a bit more coat off so it wasn't catching so much,but he's still walking sideways occasionally. I have been massaging coconut oil into his tail twice a day. For 2 reasons, one being the massage stimulates the hair follicles and so will help a little with hair growth,and two the oil is keeping the skin/hair very soft and supple. He also enjoys me doing this now too.
Today has been the first day since the problem started thats he's not worn his "cone of shame"
I have given him a lovely bath in Episoothe and have let him be without his cone. I will probably still put it on at night or when I go out until the hair stops worrying him, as it keeps drawing his attention to the area.
Here is a photo I took a couple of days ago , showing the remarkable healing.

Fantastic recovery :-)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Poor Chip and things

Last Thursday I decided to bath some of my dogs. So after a fabulous walk round Virginia Waters where they had spent the entire walk running in and out of the lake, I did just that.

Chip looked fantastic as he always does after a bath and thorough groom.

On the Friday Woody, Fozzie and Chip all had a chiropractor appointment . They all had to have minor things tweaked so no exercise for 48 hrs. This wasn't going to be much of a hardship considering the heatwave we are having.

Saturday morning I just took them all out on leads into the field for a short walk and toilet break and everything was fine with Chip( or so I thought) I then went out for lunch with a friend, and when I returned at about 3.30 I popped just Boo and Disney in the car and went off to meet my daughter Laura for a short walk and let the 2 dogs who were allowed exercise have a nice cool swim.

Whilst I was there Steve phoned to say he thought Chip had a dirty rear end, so when I got in at about 6.30 I duly took him into the grooming room to give him a clean up.
I was horror struck when I felt his tail. It was like a brillo pad , completely matted solid and I knew there was no way I could detangle it. Steve came out to help me as Chip was in distress and crying.
With tears in my eyes I got the scissors and cut the huge mat off, which then revealed a terrible open weeping sore. I bathed it the best I could ,because by this stage Chip was growling ( very unusual) and getting very worked up.
He seemed happier once inside, so I didn't worry unduly ( I wish I had) I didn't know what he had done. I wondered if he had burnt it somehow( dont know how) or got something caustic on it ?? I just didn't know never having seen this type of thing before.

The next morning when I came downstairs a horrible smell greeted me. It was coming from Chips tail and when I looked I could see the pus. Chip would not let me anywhere near him to have a proper look, but I knew something just wasn't right.

I contacted my Vet but she was on holiday, but she adviced urgent treatment from what I had described,so I phoned the emergency vet who told me to come down in half hr.

Even with me holding Chip like a vice, he would not let my Vet look at it, let alone clip the area.
There was no choice but to have him put completely out :-(
It was then clipped and the extent of the damage could be seen (as you will see on the photo)

I was horrified and terribly upset, especially when the Vet said if I had waited till the morning ( like I had originally planned) Chip could have possibly lost his tail !! It was still very touch and go because of the extent of the damage.
It turned out to be a hotspot gone mad. Apparently hotspots, or wet Eczema or Dermatitis can go from almost nothing to a huge area in a few hours if left untreated.
Chip had a steroid jab and left with Fuciderm cream and antibiotics.

Here we are 4 days later and it has started to dry up. No more redness, just lots of scabs. He is almost impossible to treat as he is a real bucking bronco when I try to apply the cream and clean the area. I sit him in a bath of salt water in the morning and let that soak for 5 minutes, but because it makes so much of the area wet and damp, which is to be avoided at all costs, I then have to be extra careful to dry him thoroughly .. another task in itself !! So once a day is all that I'm doing this regime for, and the rest of the time I am trying to hibiscrub as best I can.

The biggest problem for Chip is the shaved hair. The stubble bits are catching the longer strands of hair that are left and pulling. He's always been an absolute whuz whens he's had anything clipped. He wouldn't walk properly for about a week after he was castrated :-(
So I think this has put paid to his media career for quite some time, unless its front views of him. Once his coat starts to grow back, and fingers crossed it does on the scars, I will trim the rest of his tail ( whats left) down..
His lovely tail coat  :-(

Taken on the vets table :-(

However on a brighter note is Boo's training. The past 2 weeks have seen a bit of a turn around and she has worked really well despite the heat. No sign of her season and its been exactly 6 months to the day now since her first one.
She's on the Evening Primrose Oil so maybe that is helping, hoping to get some video of her soon :-)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mixed Feelings

After my last very up beat post, things have started to spiral downwards.

Boo started to switch off, go slowly, be distracted and her dogwalk speed declined,  and she also refused to do the seesaw. I have no idea why and how all this started ,but after one training session I came in feeling very demoralised :-(
I assumed it could be because her second season was looming,  but coupled with the fact that Fozzie was hurt and Chips wrist was an uncertainty, I honestly felt just like packing agility up. I had definitely lost my mojo and couldn't see how to get it back under the circumstances.

Facebook can be a wonderful thing, and after writing a post saying how down I felt ,I got a huge amount of support from people. Most suggested I had some time off. Well as it happened fate paid a hand and I did.
I decided I wasn't going to work the boys until they had been well rested, had seen the Physio who did the thermal imaging, and had been seen by my lovely Chiropractor.  The first 2 have been achieved  but they dont see the Chiro till this Friday.

I then had a week of filming with Woody for another series of Gigglebiz on CBeebies, which meant no training and no Lansdown show, and then I had a glorious week away in Devon. So all in all they( and me) have all had about 4 weeks off from training.

However just before I went to Devon, I did do some little bits in the field with Boo on her Dogwalk and Seesaw. After a conversation with a lovely friend/trainer I have decided to definitely try teaching Boo a running Dogwalk during winter. I think Boo is too much of a thinker and worrier, and possibly the stopping on the contacts is causing her to maybe worry too much, hence the slow down plank. I really do think I am a really crap contact trainer ,as all my dogs have had issues with the down plank on the Dogwalk :-(
Chips is fantastic now, but its taken 5-6 years to get it that good.

I do not intend to change her Dogwalk contact criteria this side of September, as she is due to start competing in August( seasons allowing) so I am just continuing with the stop. So I got the manners minder out again and tried using this. She was great whilst I was on my own practicing, but I asked my trainer to give me a 10 minute 1 to 1 in my field, and when we put the Manners Minder into a sequence she went all slow and ploddy again !!! Dont ask me why ??
I am LOVING doing the running Aframe. She is loving it and I am loving the no stress of worrying about her contact position. Her success rate is really good and she is now coming slightly lower into the contact area. Here is her Dogwalk just over a week ago.

So tonight was Boo's first full lesson back for 4 weeks. I was really pleased with her. Her dogwalk was OK. In actual fact one was bloody brilliant, but she almost lost her footing going over and I thought she was going to come off, but she regained her balance, flew to the end, grabbed her placed ball ( after doing a lovely ( unplanned running down plank..lol) and proceeded to do a jubilant circle of the field with her ball in her mouth. I just had to laugh...she's so damned cute.
She refused the seesaw, so I had to stand at the end and pursued her up with food, but everything else was really nice and I was a happy bunny again :-) I started her on Evening Primrose oil 2 weeks ago, and apparently its brilliant for sorting hormones out, so maybe this is why she feels better ??

All being well at the end of this week I am going to my first show for 4 weeks as well at Cranleigh showground.
Chip only has one run and Fozzie has 3. However the weather has been scorching and we have more really hot temperatures due this weekend. All their runs are mid to late afternoon, and I wont run my dogs if its too hot. Also they may not be able to anyway if they have to have treatment from Marisa ( my Chiro)

I went my best friend Janes in Devon last week. I had a fabulous time and we did some lovely walks. I also took my camera and white background to take some photos of her dogs to update a previous picture. Jane suggested I bath Boo whilst there so she could help me get an updated Boo portrait as her last one was when she was 8 months old. I am thrilled with the result, although these are before I've done any editing and brightened the background etc.
Lovely Boo

What a difference 8 months makes