Another Year Gone By 2013

IMG_6780Wow has it been a whole year almost already? I can’t believe it’s December of 2013. Wow! This month Jet and I are going to Agility Invitationals in Orlando, Florida again. It will be fun and we are looking forward to it!

I think it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. We had a new addition to our family, another Danish-Swedish Farmdog. His name is Connor and he was born in Sweden in June 2013. He is an absolute doll and I’m so thrilled he’s part of our pack. Hopefully well be able to do agility together, and obedience, maybe some flyball, and we’ve already been doing some tracking!

Since I retired on August 1 of this year, I haven’t been on the computer much anymore. I was a computer programmer and was on the computer All The Time. So now that I have more free time, I am not spending it on the computer!

However mayhap I’ll try to post more on the blog in the next little while. Though if you can’t find me here, I’m usually pretty chatty on Facebook. :)

MACH Jet!

Well we went back to Agility for the Memorial Day trial, the last weekend in May. Jet’s physical therapist said he was doing well and we could give it a try. Ended up he did awesome that weekend. We went into the weekend needing 71 speed points for his MACH.

He Double Qd every day.. and even though I ran as fast as I could that last day, I was still a bit nervous on our last JWW run, and it caused Jet to hesitate just a bit before a jump. Not enough to call a refusal… but, enough that we were .09 seconds over the time we needed for the last bit of speed points! We ended that trial with 749 speed points! Oh boy, that was stressful!

I took Jet to Blackfoot, Idaho, and he did awesome. We went into the trial needed that one last speed point (He had 28 double Qs going into that trial), and we were lucky and able to Q the very first Standard run. Yay! He got 19 speed points that run, which gave us Jet’s MACH! I’m so thrilled!

MACH Jet!

MACH Jet!

It’s my 10th season doing agility, and Jet is my 3rd agility dog, and this is my very first MACH. I guess the third dog is the charm. He’s not super fast, but he’s very consistent. We came out of the Blackfoot 4 day trial with two more Double Qs and about 86 points towards his MACH2.

I just adore this little boy. He’s the first Danish-Swedish Farmdog with a MACH.

MACH Victory Lap

MACH Victory Lap

Earlier that week we did Obedience as well, in Filer, Idaho. Jet needed one more leg for his CD. Of course the day was clear all day, until the afternoon when we went into the ring. Then the thunder started to boom and, during the stay group, the rain hammered on the roof of the metal building so loud that we could hardly hear the judge say “return to your dogs.” But Jet was awesome, held it together for the run through and the stays, and he qualified with a score of 186. Yay! So Jet got his CD and his MACH in the same week.

I sure do adore my boy!

Agility Injuries, AKC Nationals, and Jet

Jet and I went and competed in AKC Agility Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month. He did really well. Even while I didn’t think it was as fun as Invitationals, it was my very first Nationals and we had a good time. Jet ran clean in the practice round on Friday, and in T2B for a Q. Then on Saturday he did well in JWW, but he took off early over the triple and came down hard on the top bar. He ran clean the other two runs… even though the judge called an F on his standard run for stepping into the chute… which I guess they were being very picky about. It rather ticked me off, since Jet doesn’t ever run out of the ring. I talked to the reps, but they wouldn’t take the F off his run, so no ribbon. Oh well, we got a ribbon for Hybrid on Sunday so that was fine. And the Time to Beat ribbon on Friday.

Jet Nationals

Jet Nationals

On the Wednesday after we got back, Jet came in from playing in the back yard with the collies and he didn’t put any weight on his left rear leg. Oh no! Well, long story short, I’ve taken him to three vets now, and has his hips and elbows xrayed for OFA. He also appears to have grade one luxating patellas in both knees, which is a bummer. His hips are probably Fair to Good, I hope to hear from OFA back soon.

The patellas shouldn’t affect his agility at all, which is good. A couple of weeks before Nationals, Jet got sick, and had to spend the night at the ER Vet getting fluids. That was probably the scariest night of my life. We still don’t know exactly what happened, but he seemed to recover fine and the vet gave us the go ahead for Nationals.

Yadda yadda yadda… and the latest sports/holistic vet tells me that Jet has pulled his left rear hamstring. So I’ve been trying to Google “Dog Hamstring” and I haven’t found much at all. He is going to do some homeopathic remedies, and in a couple weeks we are going to meet with the physical therapist. For the last month his play has been severely restricted. But walks are fine, so I’ve been taking him on walks to keep him strong, and it’s good for me as well.

I had to pull him from two agility trials in May. Which is a bummer, because we are 71 points from his MACH. But.. I’d rather have a healthy dog without a MACH, than an injured dog with a MACH. He hasn’t held up his rear leg in over a week, so I think he’s healing, but not quite out of the woods yet. Hopefully with some PT and remedies, rest and exercises… he’ll be good to go for the end of May, and June. He’s my baby boy, so I want him strong and healthy!

Below is the video of his JWW run at Nationals where he crashed the bar. The holistic vet did say that the entire sickness, crashed bar.. etc, may have all added up to weaken his system. I hope he heals quick. Oh, and he’s going to get cold laser treatments as well to help speed the healing.

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The Growing Quinnie

Oh boy… puppies just grow up so fast! I put together a little collage of the pictures I’ve taken over the last months. I had some fun pictures like this of my guide dog for the blind puppy, Greta, waaaay back in the 90s. As she grew I took pictures of her next to Kip, my Shepherd mix.

So I thought it’d be fun to do the same with Quinn.

So here’s the three (the BCs are not included since they do more with their Dad than with me). These are of Tatum, Jet and Quinn. Quinn just grew so fast!

Growing Quinn

Growing Quinn

Our Screaming and Barking Solution

What to do when the dogs think it’s super fun to go screaming and barking down the hall, when something exciting happens in the other room? This is the solution my husband and I came up with, and it’s working really well!

My husband is quite often in the basement, as is typical anymore, on his computer. Me and the dogs are upstairs in the bedroom, me with my kindle, the dogs with some bully sticks on the bed. This is the picture of our winter evenings since it’s 10 degrees outside and there’s nothing much on TV.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog

Jet and Quinn on the bed

Before we got Quinn, when my husband came up, Jet would get barky and growly on the bed, stand up, and woof. Just more in an alert type of way, probably because things sound funny to him in our house. Not really a big issue and he’d say hi to my husband and give him some good licks after the initial woof.

Enter Quinn last June. This behavior escalated to full blown screaming and running and barking down the hall with both of the boys, when my husband came up. Okay, this behavior was unacceptable and quite annoying. Plus if the dogs got too high or grumpy, a fight could result, which we didn’t want to have happen either.

So I was thinking, if I only knew when my husband was coming up, I could provide a good distraction to the boys, such as treats or a game or something.

Just to note, Tatum could care less who was barking and running down the hall, and would just give the boys’ that girl look that said “boys are stupid.” :) And the border collies are downstairs with my husband, so the issue was only with Jet and Quinn.

I decided to look up those remote type doorbells that are either motion sensitive, or something my husband could ring, that would warn me of his coming up. We decided on a doorbell that would wirelessly ring a chime upstairs in my bedroom.

We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, and I must say, the results are awesome! After only about 2 or 3 rings of the door-chime, Jet realized that it meant treats! So now when it goes off, he immediately orients to the dresser where I keep the treats, and he’s ready for his yummies. Quinn usually just does what Jet does (since Jet is coolest big brother ever).

Danish-Swedish Farmdog

Boys in the Bedroom

Now when I’m comfortably reading my Kindle, and the door chime goes off.. we have some nice and calm yummy treats. Usually my husband is letting the other dogs outside, so after some treats, I let Jet and Quinn go off into the other room, and they are nice polite boys and walk calmly down the hall to see what’s going on.

Woo hoo! I just love it when things work. I’m hoping that eventually, just the act of my husband coming up will trigger that treat response in the boys, and we won’t have to use the door-chime anymore. But even if not, it’s working like a charm!