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  1. Thats how fast i feel my life is moving! (apologies to you youngsters who never watched Star Trek!) Time seems to be flying past and i feel a little like i am fire fighting day to day rather than planning ........and for a control freak / completer:finisher like me thats not nice! Thankyou to everyone who was so nice to me earlier in the week via facebook - i'm not so grumpy now! (lynn the chocolate helped!!)
     
    Training has been ......oh dear.....gush gush.....yuk yuk..........great fun!! lessons over the last fortnight have certainly seemed - on the whole - to have a special something about them. Dogs and handlers are developing and doing some amazing stuff - i never tire of seeing a dogs first solo dogwalk / a frame / seesaw/ weaves/ anything!! And its even better when the owner is happy and the dog does it at speed and correctly.  Chilli, Buell, and Tor to name just a few have had an amazing week :-) and yes i do a little celebraory dance - always have and i am starting to suspect i always will! I find it weird - in a good way - that having taught so many people over the last few years i still get a buzz from it. Feel free to remind me of that when i'm moaning about being cold!!
     
    As for the keatings. Well Dairin is still enjoying his new job, but the 70+ hours a week are starting to tire him out but apparently having Lily for a day is harder work! she loves having him home - but is now missing him in the week and is a little fragile - lots of TLC for her as well as some firm boundaries as shes also acting up a little. She continues to make me a chuckle - today informing  me the sun had gone in and just clouds left behind.....i didn't even know she knew what clouds were called!
     
    Maid went to SMART last week and Lowri was pleased with her - no inpatient time for her (think they were worried how manic she'd be!!!) Lowri is sure its soft tissue and that in time there would be no signs of the injury - relief!! So acupuncture and lots of heat packing and physio to do at home. Its going ok and when i asked her to reverse on weds she went in a straight line which is an improvement as shes always gone in an arc due to the injury. She doesn't seem as stiff / sore after playing so hopefully we are making progress - we are back at SMART in 2 weeks time.
    She also lost her 1st tooth this week - Lily was NOT impressed!!
     
    Boo is still sound - but FAT!!!! I thought she'd put on (D has a tendency to be soft on her!) so weighed her today and shes 2kg over her normal weight! Very strict diet for her!
    Raq and Kye continue to be happy boys loving life and wanting lots of cuddles from me - such soppy dogs who are so manic at agility - I haven't worked Raq much - mainly grids which has proved frustrating!
     
    Thankyou to everyone who has been so kind in offering to work with me and Doug so he gets used to being with others. I have worked him twice a week for the last 2 weeks with Trudys boys watching and he is now working at a proper speed in front of them so i am very happy. I plan now to introduce other dogs and more dogs but to keep going with it. I have also made the decision to target him - we have been doing this with great success with Buell and i am so pleased with the outcome that i am making the switch from treat bag to target for Doug - its only been 2 sessions but it seems to be working.
     
    Behaviour wise he still tries my patience. We have stopped feeding him with th epack as he gets so excited and i dont want to feed him whilst he is inthe state, so he is fed seperately when he is calm. I have also changed his food - slightly less protein. He is now the opposite to Boo and has lost 2kg! So we have to get that back on him - his curls make him look alot bigger than he is. I am going to add pasta/ veg etc in as i dont want to increase the protein. Hopefully this will help. he is still weeing in his cage - it now seems mainly when we arrive anywhere in the van - so this week i intend to travel him with no bedding to the field - maybe if its sloshing round his feet he may stay calm and not do it! 5 beds in a week is getting a little annoying!
     
    Last weekend was busy - Teaching at leads on the Sunday - a long cold day but good fun and hopefully enjoyed by all. Its nice to see some more experienced handlers being willing to try new things - not all are!
     
    This weekend is a handling day on Sunday - course is set - thermals ready! Am looking forward to it - lots of keen fun people to work with.
     
    See you at the field!
     
  2. Not sure it is but i am! I am very very thankful today, especially to friends who have been so supportive.
     
    Maid went in for Xrays today on her elbow - SMART picked up last week that she is standing on the outside of her paw to protect the elbow joint........soft tissue injury, bad habit shes learnt from being in pain or a possible bone injury.....SMART staff were fab - honest but calm. Me? PANIC!!!!!!!
     
    I KNOW they are cautious with me as its me and also because they know i have high hopes for Maid - don't we all start out with huge dreams when they are this age? ;-) but goodness me i was panicked. And i felt guilty - it was an accident - she ran into the door frame! But even so.....
     
    So this morning off i went and signed that dreaded consent form - never gets easier. And then spent the day worrying - thank goodness for the WOW toddlers group at mine this morning - they certainly took my mind off it!!! Anyway i got to go and get her at 4.30pm. I felt sick....
     
    But the Xrays are clear - not even a hint of an issue - growth plates look good....and when she was coming round she walked normally (back to loading the outside now again tho) I was told that the next 2 months are still crucial, any concerns and more Xrays immediately but prognosis is good.
     
    So tomorrow i will be on to the phone to SMART to book her in for inpatient care - they can achieve in a week what i can only hope to do in a month!
    I feel so thankful, grateful and optimistic - the dreams are creeping back in....  :-)
     
    Also great news for another SWAT dog Ace - phew!
     
    And the Meddler and Wren went to SMART today and the staff were very pleased with them - yay!
     
    As for training, ups and downs.
     
    Up - Raq. I did  a session with Dave Munnings at Carols on Sunday and he nailed both my winter training projects - the right angled fast weave and the 'miss' command. He was a little wild to start but settled and did some lovely turns, fast contacts etc. I was happy.
     
    Down- doug. He has been doing so well in his little sessions. So Weds i had the chance to do him in a group at my field - it was as if i'd done no training. The moment another dog is in the area he goes slower - as if hes keeping his eye on it. So the same happened on Sunday at Carols. To be fair he did work for 2 and half hours and he normally does 5 mins! So i HAVE to get him with other dogs and thats my new project.....watch this space as i have some ideas!
     
    So, what a week. And through it all Lily has made me laugh - another amazing thing to be thankful for........xx