Well, after a very long winter, I got word that dog Agility classes will be starting up next week. We can’t wait! My dog, Mocca, has been getting in shape with walks, and more and more tosses of the ball. It always takes a few weeks to get things back on track. I think I may set up our Weave Poles this weekend to start her mind in the right direction.
I am however, a bit apprehensive about starting up classes again. You may have noticed there has been a lack of Agility Trial posts from us. Late last fall, not too far before Agility classes ended, Mocca started coming up lame now & then. Limping occasionally, not seeming quite right.
On our last Agility class, she started going up the A-Frame, and promptly jumped right off instead of going over. After a couple tries, it was obvious she couldn’t do it, and then seemed off her game entirely. I was terribly worried, and pulled her from class immediately. I took her to the vet about the arthritis going on, and got her on some Rimadyl. (See that post, Caring for My Senior Dog.)
Mid-winter, she came down with a severe skin infection, and went through a course of antibiotics, during which she stopped taking the Rimadyl. And she seemed fine. So, we’ve been off the Rimadyl most of the year, and she isn’t limping at all, or having any trouble going up the stairs like she was. She does get Joint Care 3 daily, which makes a world of difference for any stiffness she may have. Now, I’m not deluding myself into thinking she’s going to be 100% again when we start classes next week, but I am a little more hopeful. Last fall I thought we’d be out for good! If we at least can go to class and do low jumps, and skip the A-Frame, I’ll be happy!
But maybe she’s got another year in her for competing? We’ll just have to see come next week! I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, send good thoughts our way.
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