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February CPE Trial

2 weeks ago Vada saw Dr Julia for her bicep issue as she was still lame in her front left.  She ended up doing HA injections into her left shoulder and 2 knuckles – 1 on one foot and 2 on the other.  She was still restricted for a week on activities.  Last week I took her to Utility class on Wednesday and she was so happy to be working again.  She’s been staying sound.  So 1 more week of obedience only this week.  Then next week we can start doing some sprints.  We have an appointment with Dr Julia next week too so she’ll be able to check on her progress.

I’ve started taking Narc to the group obedience class on Wednesday. He’s a good fit in that class.  And we’ve started working on his stand for exam by having people walk by him and give him treats.  Then I can work Letty for a bit afterwards and then work Vada in the Utility class.  It works out great since I get 3 dogs worked in 1 trip.

Last Saturday Karl and I went to my Uncle Bruce’s house to help with the tasks to get it ready to go on the market.  We mostly helped out in the garage with sorting things and loading “junk” in to a truck.  Most of it was really not junk but it was getting tossed in the interest of getting things cleared out so the house could be sold faster.  Bruce has a pretty aggressive cancer but they have determined what it is and he is doing chemo and radiation.  Hopefully he kicks cancer’s butt and goes into remission and gets some relief from his pain and exhaustion.  Kind of makes you think about the state of your own possessions.  People who don’t really know you don’t know what is important and what is not.  Seems like it might be a good idea to get possessions down to just those things that are important so there would be less clutter for others to sort through.  It was  sad reason to be there but most of my Mom’s family was there to help out.  It was a great show of support.  My brother and sister and brother-in-law showed up too.

That was also Valentine’s Day.  Which we started by getting locked out of my running van AND the house!  We had to break into the house to get another set of van keys.  My tomboy days paid off!  And I learned the very important lesson that the dealership forgot to teach me – when the remote starter times out after 20 minutes then the van locks itself again.  With your keys in the van unless you have put the van in gear which turns off the remote starter session.  Karl got me some beautiful flowers.  And they are potted so they will live longer.  I’m not sure what kind they are.  But they are purple and white striped.

Valentine Day Flowers

Valentine Day Flowers

I had picked up a small rose plant too to replace the rose plant that Asheley gave me that the cats are.  Both plants are now on my desk at work where there are no cats.  I also got some yummy turtles.  We had dinner at Jimbo’s on the way home from Bruce’s.  We figured it wouldn’t be too busy there.  And it’s always good food.

Karl at Jimbo's

Karl at Jimbo’s

I had picked up a cake from DQ also.

V-Day DQ Cake

V-Day DQ Cake

Sunday we actually had IPO training.  There were 2 other folks there.  The other 2 wimped out since it was “too cold” out.  Training got canceled yesterday too since it was “too cold” out.  I love having the remote starter!  Anyways, I had really good sessions!  Letty’s obedience was good and her retrieve with the big dumbbell on the flat was really good.  In protection I had great focus and obedience!  We worked on some things that I picked up from the seminar too.  And we worked on having Letty carry the sleeve.  Mostly it’s me remembering to get up there to get the leash to get her moving as Warren is slipping the sleeve so she can’t drop it to the ground and change her grip.  I need to clean that up if I’m going to be able to work her on other helpers without them freaking out that she might damage their sleeve.  I circled with her and had her down.  It was a great session!  I worked Vada on some obedience too.  Signals and send outs since I didn’t have her article bag / gloves.

This last weekend was the last OTR CPE trial of the season.  As usual, there were lots of last minute pulls so lots of monkeying around with the wait list.  But I got a lot of folks in that still wanted to play.

I ended up adding a few runs for Letty too.  I figured that I can work her contacts in any run.  It’s mostly retraining myself to pause.  She went 5/10 and picked up another Level 5 Standard Q so she only needs 1 more for her C-ATCH.  She does not understand stopping on the teeter or aframe but I got 2/2 on stopped dogwalks.  And they were at the end of the course so I could release, do the tire/jump and reward.  She also did a set of 12 weaves on the right.

Fringe and I had awesome runs or clusters.  Lots of off course possibilities and weird lines this weekend.  Not my kind of courses.  But she went 6/10 and finished her CL3-S.  She only needs a Standard Q and a Colors Q to be out of Level 3.
Seven was a weaving fool this weekend!  He went 6/8.  The Jackpot gamble was impossible so we’ll write that one off for all of the dogs.  Seven finished Extraordinaire Snooker (ExSN) title too – 30 Level C Snooker Qs!  No one seems to care but it’s a huge accomplishment I think.  I am putting him back in Level 5 once he earns that title so he can work on the Champion titles.

Narc had a rough weekend.  I really struggled with my handling with him.  He was often like WTF? or biting me in frustration.  So he only went 3/7.  Sunday he had a gorgeous Standard run going but then he entered the dog walk at an angle and lost his footing and fell off.  He landed flat on his side.  He sat up but didn’t stand.  I was so scared he hurt his back bad.  But after what seemed like forever he stood up.  Everyone cheered as he walked off the floor.  A vet there listened to his lungs and felt him all over and checked his spine and neck and everything looked good.  I gave him some pain meds and pulled him from the only other run he was entered in for the day.  Typical Narc – he got over the shock of getting the wind knocked out of himself and then he’s like “OK what is next?”  He just accepts things and moves on.

I picked up some Girl Scout cookies for Karl too.  🙂

Should be a quiet week.  It is super cold right now.  I’m so ready for spring.  So are the dogs.  We miss being able to move about freely outside.  This coming weekend is USDAA.  Karl is running Fringe on Saturday!

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February

We’re only 9 days into the month but it has already been quite busy!  It’s nice having Letty back in action!

Jan 31 / Feb 1 I entered the MMBC UKC rally trial with Vada and Letty.  Letty did so awesome in November that I entered her in all of the classes.  I should have taken into account that there were 3 different rings going on this time instead of 2.  Which also meant more people.  Thursday night before the trial Vada came into the house from the van limping in her front left leg.  I don’t know if she slipped on the ice or what.  We only had class for Letty that night so Vada was just in the van all night.  I was giving her Traumeel.  She seemed to be getting better.  At the trial on Saturday I could see a slight hitch in her gate.  She worked well in the ring.  I entered her at veteran status so she got a 2″ jump break and we only had 1 jump all weekend (thank you judge!).  I was really off on Saturday and so was Letty.  In the first trial Vada picked up a UROG leg barely.  We lost as many points as we could.  I lost 3 in the first run and only 1 in the second run.  Letty earned 2 points in her first run and then 8 in her second run – so 10 points and a URX leg.  On the 2nd run I got lost and I did a sign wrong with Vada and lost 6 points!  So we earned a 2nd URX2 leg but that was it.  In Letty’s run she was so distracted and I was getting frustrated so I took her by the collar and left the ring.  I did better with both girls in the next run and while walking it I figured out why I got lost in the previous run – tricky course design!  I went in with patience with Letty and we worked thru the distractions.  The male steward standing still in the corner of the other ring by our ring was a huge concern.  And people playing with their dogs in the other ring and throwing toys since the other trial had ended.  So I was patient and halfway thru our run she gave me really good focus until the end.  I NQd us by having her sit at a sign instead of moving forward.  I made it harder than it needed to be and I wasn’t aware I did it.  But that is ok.  We accomplished more important things with that run.  Letty was at 68 points of the 100 for her UROC.

Saturday night there was open agility ring time at TCO.  I didn’t want to do MORE driving after driving to Burnsville and back but it was the only one I could make until March and I wanted to get Letty on other contacts.  I brought Seven to work too.  They both were rockstars and we worked thru some issues and had lots of success.

Sadly, when we got home and went in the house the girls were crazy like they were on crack!  The futon went flying across the livingroom and they were tugging like crazy spazzes.  Then Vada was super lame.

I had my head on better for the next day and I could actually process the signs in my brain.  Kind of important!   Letty did much better and was much more focused.  She must be really sensitive to me.  I don’t want her to be since it makes it harder for me to have to be perfect.  And she pretends she is not but thinking back, she always has been even as a baby.  Vada was lame enough on the first run that the judge commented on it.  But then she got a 99!  She was doing it for me though and she wasn’t her usual spunky self.  I asked the judge if I could do the level 3 run to try to earn the UROG leg since there wasn’t a jump in it and then I would pull her.  She was ok with that.  Vada got a 100 in her 2nd run and earned her 7th UROG leg – of the 15 needed – and her 3rd URX2 leg.  Letty earned 2 scores of 99 for 18 points!  So that put us at 86 points for the UROC.  We still needed 14 points.  I was super confident going into the weekend but once we started I realized it was very likely it would not happen this weekend.  In the last trial of the weekend she earned 2 scores of 98 for 16 points and her UROC!  She finished it on the last run of the weekend!  And she has 6 legs (of 10) towards her URX.  We earned some High Scoring club member rosettes too and some placements.

Vada and Letty UKC Rally

Vada and Letty UKC Rally

Sunday on the way home from the trial we stopped at TCOTC for Dr Julia’s seminar on canine conditioning.  I got there early as she took a peek at Vada and thought it was her bicep.  Her whole shoulder was spasming like crazy.  The seminar was good.  Hard to only have an hour though.  She knows soooo much!

On Monday Vada went to see Dr Heather.  She did acupuncture and laser on her and adjusted her.  Her wrists were still sore and it took a lot to get her comfortable with her adjustments.  She was being a noodle and just wanted to lie down.  She even got silly at one point.  Very odd!

Letty started back to agility class last week.  Good timing with Vada being broken again.  Narc and Seven started obedience classes at TCOTC again too.  They are so happy.  Narc’s class doesn’t have any other dogs in it for the first 3 weeks so we joined a rally class last week.  I think this week I might bring him to Total Recall on Wednesday for the group class instead.  He’s so close to getting his CD.  We just need a stand for exam.

Thursday we did xrays on Vada’s left shoulder and wrist.  She has arthritis in her left shoulder and the knuckles on both front feet.  The shoulder arthritis could easily break off into bone spurs.

Friday I drove down to Des Moines to audit an IPO seminar.  Friday night one of the clubs down there had an open training night.  They train in a building that holds 1 obedience ring.  I brought Letty in to do obedience and she did awesome.  She had to walk thru a very busy area that was tight with people and stuff sitting all around.  There were 5 or 6 dogs in the ring doing obedience and she walked in and gave me focus and I rewarded her with the ball and we had an awesome session.  I wasn’t going to do bitework but I liked how they were training and they had a bunch of helpers so I signed her up.  I figured it would be a good experience to work on someone else and just do online bites with pressure added.  She didn’t like being touched with the stick but that was it.  It was fun chatting with all the folks there.

The Motel 6 in West Des Moines wasn’t too bad.  The room was pretty big for a Motel 6.  The check in guy was super friendly.  I had a back door by my room so I didn’t have to carry things terribly far.  The TV did not get FOX or CW though which was the only bad thing since I had shows on FOX that I would have liked to have watched.

I went to the seminar on Saturday and Sunday.  It was in a horse arena.  So kind of chilly.  I did not plan accordingly and my feet got cold.  Not horribly though.  It was nice and sunny out on Saturday so the girls stayed nice and warm.  Sunday was warm but cloudy so it felt colder.

The seminar was mostly the presenter working dogs and then talking about each dog and what they were doing after the seminar.  It was typical traditional IPO training.  They were very good at it.  I picked up some handling tips and some little helps to train for.

We finished pretty early both days.  I decided to just veg at the hotel Saturday night instead of going out to dinner since it was a pretty big group going.  Sunday I was able to get home by 8pm.  Travel was great both ways.

Vada seemed to be a little better after being so limited in her activities for the weekend.  Dr Julia said she needs to be kept in an xpen in the house so we’ve been keeping her on the sink side of the kitchen.  Sonic is on the other side.  Then she can’t bit and thrash on the futon or tug with Letty with illegal items ( rugs off the floor, my shoes, etc).  She will need to see Dr Julia again soon about her bicep and we might do HA injections into her wrists and/or knuckles and maybe cortisone into her shoulder.

Saturday we are going over to my uncle’s house to help with some projects to get it ready to sell.

Excited for IPO training on Sunday.  One thing I am constantly reminded about is that I need better obedience around the helper.  There is weight pull practice in Andover on Sunday too.  Hopefully I can make it over for that so I can try Letty out.

January

The beginning of 2015!  What will this year bring us?

We have been to see vets a lot the last few months!  Vada sees Dr Heather monthly when she’s in-between Dr Julia visits.  She’s never been quite totally sound since the AKC Invitational.  Her wrists are always sore even with doing exercises.  Her lower back has been out a lot too.  We’ve been able to get heartworm done on most dogs as they have to go in for other reasons.  We rechecked Sonic’s thyroid and it’s holding steady with his current dose of meds.  Vada was vomiting blood so we did xrays to look for a tumor.  Thankfully there was nothing.  So we treated it as an ulcer with Tums and we quit giving her Temaril-P.  So far she has not started itching again so the timing is good.  She was on a pretty low dose too.  She’s been getting crazy about waking me up in the middle of the night too.  We’ve lowered her Proin dose a lot to see if that helps her calm down.  I give it to her as soon as I get home from work too so it’s not right at bed time.  It might have helped a little bit but she’s still restless at night.  It seems like there is usually a reason – she has to go potty or Letty is in her spot on the bed or the water bowl is empty, etc.

I started taking Vada to Utility classes at TCO and Total Recall.  I did 2 group classes at TR with Letty and she was a barking freak the whole time.  So I decided that it’s not worth it to work her thru it.  She has always been that way about that building.  And she has been going there since she was a baby.  The group class is before the utility class so the timing was good.

Vada got to fill in for Letty in her agility classes while she recovered from her spay.  Letty started a new Ring Confidence class.  We love that class.  And the timing works so that we can get up to OTR on time for agility class.  We started doing the competition obedience classes on a regular basis at TCO too.

It’s nice to be back in obedience classes and have the room to really work the dogs.  I’d rather be outside but that’s not an option in MN winter.  It’s great to get instructor feedback too, of course.  And to have the distractions.

I was trial secretary for the January OTR CPE trial.  Vada ran a few runs successfully.  Letty sat out.  Narc, Seven and Fringe all ran well.  Seven did all of his weaves – only sets of 6 but it’s something!  I moved Vada down to 16″ as a veteran and Seven down to 12″ as a veteran.  They both loved it.  I had been doing Vada at 16″ in class too.

Letty and Vada each need 2 Standard Qs for their CATCHs – Letty’s first  and Vada’s third.  Vada is now out from injuries and Letty is not running in Standard until her contacts are more solid.  Crazy!

Seven celebrated his 12th birthday with a walk around the pond and cake!

Seven - Birthday Cake

Seven – Birthday Cake

Seven - Birthday Walk

Seven – Birthday Walk

We had a fight one night after I got home from an agility trial with all of the dogs but Letty.  Vada ended up biting the tip of Narc’s ear off.  Luckily, it did not bleed tons.  I brought him in to see Dr Jina the next day to get antibiotics and Previcox.  I had her look at his right rear leg as I noticed it was turned out.  I have no idea if it happened during the fight or I was just now aware of it.  She thought that leg felt fine but his left hip seemed sore.  So we did xrays to look for arthritis.  He looked pretty good but he looks like he injured his ACL on the right leg in the past.  So weird since he never showed signs.  So he’s now supposed to be on a joint supplement.  Seven too.

Narc - Bit Ear

Narc – Bit Ear

I had 3 weekends of no trials in January!  And on one of those weekends I took Letty to IPO training.  Sadly, I was the only one there.

Makes for not much to report on this month.  And that is ok.  🙂

December

The first weekend in December I entered the MAC CPE trial with just Vada and Letty.  Letty knocked off some Qs towards her CATCH and CATE.  Unfortunately, no Standard Qs.  Now those are the only ones that she needs to finish her CATCH.  Vada also knocked off some Qs towards her CATCH3 and she finished up a few Championship titles (10 Level 5 Qs).  I worked as a course builder both days so I fulfilled my end of year award requirements for MAC!  Nice to have that out of the way at the beginning of the season.  The girls ran well.  Nice trial to have as our last before the Invitational!

Monday morning Letty had an appointment with Dr Heather for an adjustment.  From there we drove to Champaign, IL and stayed at the Red Roof again.  Super nice folks that work there and plenty of grassy walking areas.  And a Panara nearby for a sandwich on the way out in the morning.  The next day we drove to a Motel 6 in Macon, GA.  From there we drove to Orlando, FL.  Very easy driving this year with great weather.  I stayed at a different hotel this year.  It was more for business trips and less family oriented/touristy.  It was really nice and had tons of room.  We had a couch and a kitchen area with sink, fridge and microwave.  And cupboards for hiding dog stuff so they can’t get it!  It had 2 beds and 2 TVs.  The only bad thing was the elevator.  Letty never fully got used to it.  It was a block off the main drag so I could walk up there to see all the shops or we could just stay on the quieter hotel side.  It had hot breakfast too.

My couch buddy

My couch buddy

Happy girl

Happy girl

We had all of Thursday in Orlando to just hang out.  So we drove to the east coast to go see the ocean.  We did not make it there last year so I was determined to go this year.  It was just a bit over an hour drive but that is nothing for me.  🙂  We went to the Smyrna Dunes Park in Smyrna, FL.  Parking was tight but I found the last open spot.  It was a week day but the lot was full of older people in wet suits going out surfing.  Very different than home!  There were limitations for dogs and they were only allowed on the boardwalk for an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset.  But we were able to walk along the beach.  Unfortunately, there were tons of jellyfish on the beach.  Luckily the dogs didn’t get poisoned by them even though they stepped on a few.  I wasn’t sure what they were but they were gross.  The girls went in the water a bit.  They would have preferred to be off leash to swim more and run more though.

Vada and Letty in Florida

Vada and Letty in Florida

The girls on the beach

The girls on the beach

Vada on the beach

Vada on the beach

Letty on the beach

Letty on the beach

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Friday morning we headed over to the Convention Center.  I was freaking out when I realized that my softside crate was quite a few inches bigger than what we were allocated.  So I took out a big crate from the van and figured I would crate both girls in it.  They would not have liked it but I didn’t know what else to do since I only brought the 2 crates for inside.  After all that work and lugging it in, I discovered that I was crated by little dog people and there was plenty of room for my 2 crates.  I was so thankful.  So I hauled the big crate out and put it all back together in the van.  Oddly, I was not nervous at all for T2B.  It was nice that I had been there last year and know the routines.  And we were showing under a local judge, Jacque.  I wasn’t sure how worried and slow Letty would be.  She was a freaking rocket!  She totally launched off the aframe though.  Vada ran well and also missed her aframe contact.  We weren’t starting out the weekend very well!  But I was happy with how well they were running.  Letty didn’t seem phased by the environment at all and Vada was running soundly after all the work to get her foot healed.  Friday night I went out to dinner with Mandy and some of her friends.  It was a lot of fun.

Major support for mixed breeds by the AKC!

Major support for mixed breeds by the AKC!

Dock diving

Dock diving

Dock diving

Dock diving

Saturday we started with Standard for Round 1.  I was suddenly nervous!  That was good since I was nervous that I was not nervous for T2B.  Vada ran clean!  I was shocked!  She was just out of the ribbons by .05 with 5th place too!  And she had slipped on the mats while in the weaves and got hung up on the last pole so that cost us some time.  Letty skipped weaves since they were on the right and I did not stress her by going back and fixing them.

Vada

Vada

Letty

Letty

Saturday’s Round 2 was JWW.  Vada shocked me again by running clean!  I actually cried at the end of our run as I was so proud of her.  For this round she placed 10th.  And for both rounds combined she was in 6th place!  And after the 2nd round they determine the top dogs in each breed group.  Vada and Letty were in the FSS/Misc/Canine Partners Group and Vada placed 2nd!  We got a cash award for that!!!  I was trying to adjust my handling so that Letty could do left side weaves and that cost us a 5 point refusal.  But she ran well and she did weave.

Good girl Vada! 2nd place FSS-Misc group!

Good girl Vada! 2nd place FSS-Misc group!

Saturday night I was exhausted so I did not go out to dinner.  There is lots of walking around to do at the Convention Center and lots of potential dog related items to buy.  I was not tempted by much luckily.  There is a coat that I wish I had bought though.  It’s a very busy environment so it was nice to stay at the hotel and chill and then just go for a walk outside where I didn’t need to wear a coat!

Vada and Letty in Orlando

Vada and Letty in Orlando

Sunday morning I had to pack up the van as we were hitting the road after finals to start the drive home.  Round 3 was JWW.  Vada again ran clean!  I did not cry this time.  Instead I was just feeling proud of us and like I knew we could do it.  For this round we placed 6th which put us into 2nd place overall!  And I just recently discovered that she was #2 for Top Scoring Dog with an Obedience Title, #2 for Top Scoring Dog with a Rally Title and #2 for Top Scoring Dog with a Tracking Title!  She was 1 second and 4 seconds from being first.  Letty ran clean in this round too and placed 27th.  Her first Invitational and she had a clean run!  Really all of her runs were super close.

Good dogs!

Good dogs!

Good dog and uncooperative dog

Good dog and uncooperative dog

Round 4 was Hybrid.  Vada’s best round last year even though she barley missed her aframe contact.  This year both dogs were in separate rings and both were close to each other in the run order.  Or at least they were in my mind and I was worried I would miss a run or not get it video’d properly.  So much work to move a dog in the running order.  But I should have to put my mind at ease.  Then there was a delay in Vada’s ring.  And I let it get to me.  I knew I needed to be in a better mental state and not let that stuff get to me and just focus on my run.  I did good but not good enough.  But our run was going well until the weaves.  I have absolutely no idea what happened but Vada popped the weaves as if we were done.  I was shocked.  So we went back and did them again but it was a fault and you had to be clean all 4 runs to get into the finals.  I was so worried that I would crack under the pressure of doing so well.  😦  After that we had a bar down since I looked ahead and didn’t support the jump.  And then we got called on her teeter.  So 15 faults in 1 single run.  Poo!  But she is always a blast to run and we had 3 clean runs!!!!  Then I had to go get Letty and get her ready to run.  She also had a bar in the same area that Vada did.  So that wrapped up our 2014 AKC Invitational competition!  The girls ran better than I ever imagined they would!  They definitely surpassed any goals I had coming there.  I did not want Vada’s last not perfect run to mar all of great runs so we went outside and walked and laid in the grass and I reflected on the great runs that we had and how far we got.  After the runs were done and they were setting up for finals I took the girls to a grassy area and played ball to let them blow off stress.

Happy girls!

Happy girls!

I stayed and watched finals.  Always super fun!  I would have loved to run in finals but I was also happy not to have that pressure.  The best part would have been being able to showcase Vada.  There were a few other Preferred dogs that made it into the finals so I was happy that they were represented.  And they ran in order and they just changed the bars as needed.  Very respectful!  A few MN folks in the finals too!  After finals I packed up and we hit the road to Valdosta, GA.  It’s really nice to get a few hours under our belt Sunday night.

Happy dog in KY!

Happy dog in KY!

Another happy dog in KY

Another happy dog in KY

Monday we drive to Champaign, IL to the same hotel.  Tuesday morning I was playing ball with the girls in a grassy area before we left and Vada came up 3 legged.  Crap!  I was happy that she made it through the weekend but sad she was broken again.  I call TCAR on the way home and they were able to get us in the next day.  She needed dry needling for muscle trigger points.  She hates that treatment!  Dr Julia thought she bruised her flexor muscles when she got caught on the weave poles – I had sent her video that I was lucky that Mandy took.

HOME!

HOME!

I think this was the first time that I came home from being gone with Vada and Letty did we did not have any issues with fighting with Prozac when I came home.  Sadly, the following week I took her in to see Dr Jina as she was not wanting to eat and she was having balance issues.  There were other little things that were progressively getting worse too like not noticing when other dogs came inside from the backyard and barking less in the kitchen when I got home.  We chalked it up to her hearing getting worse.  Dr Jina thought it could be vestibular disease.  So she got Dramamine for the eye spinning / motion sickness, antibiotics in case it was a deeper ear issue and prednisone in case it was a brain tumor.

Christmas Eve it seemed like Pro was feeling a little tiny bit better.  We went to my Mom’s house for a few hours for dinner and presents.  It was a lot of fun.

Christmas Sweater Buddies

Christmas Sweater Buddies

Christmas Day I was in the kitchen with Pro while I was wrapping Karl’s presents.  It seemed like she has a seizure.  She stiffened up and after she was panting and then really tired.  When she had another one we knew it was time to go to the emergency vet.  And we knew it was a brain tumor.  The vet confirmed.  She said that her eyes were spinning in a rotating pattern vs a back and forth pattern.  She was panting so much and just so out of it.  Poor girl.  The vet thought it was a very aggressive tumor.  So we had no options but to release her from her failing body.  It happened so fast.  And I had convinced myself that it was classic vestibular disease and we just had to wait it out.  I’m sad that she had to feel so miserable those last few days.  It was also such a shock since she was only 13 and she could be so feisty in her crate and in the yard and so loving in the house.  We are so grateful that we got pictures before we lost her.

Prozac by Laurie Erickson

Prozac by Laurie Erickson

Prozac - Agility

Prozac – Agility

Christmas weekend I entered a 3 day AKC trial.  Letty ran all 3 days but Vada ran less.  Vada did not Q at all.  Lots of close runs as usual with just 1 error.  Letty had 1 JWW Q but that was it.  This was her last trial before she was to be spayed.  So she’s got 31 points total now toward the 2015 AKC Invitational.  Weave and contact issues are really kicking out butt now.  So I decided to work on her contacts and startline while she’s out for her spay and then only enter classes where were can train contacts in the ring.

Letty was spayed on the 30th.  They let me stay with her until she was under.  She was pretty stressed when I picked her up to go home.  In hindsight, I probably should have been there when she woke up too.  She was pretty sick and feeling super crappy that night.  But once she slept off some of the drugs in her system she started feeling better.

New Year’s Eve we went to Joe and Julie’s again for fondue.  We all love our tradition.  And we’ve been doing it for quite a few years!  And they reminded us that there was the year before our fondue year that we spent together at a bar listening to John’s band.  We don’t see each other much but at least we always have NYE to catch up.

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