NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Dog Trial Coming Up!
We've had a little time off, but I'll be spending next weekend out on the agility course with Max. We're pretty excited! We also have a change in our overall titling plans.
Max was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia at ten months old. I was told he most likely would not be able to walk by the time he was two. I was devastated! Long story short, we monitored his diet closely to keep him skinny, supplemented with glucosamine, made sure he got lots of exercise, and here he is at 4 1/2 and doing wonderfully! However, the arthritis caused by the dysplasia is just beginning to bother him a bit. I've taken him out of "Regular" competition and begun to enter him in a category that CPE* has called "Enthusiast" which will allow him a 4'' break in jump height, meaning he'll only jump 12'' now. Even better news is that since we already had one Level 5 qualifying score, he'll be able to compete in Level 5 in all classes in the new category, so we'll be working on his Championship title right away! (That would be his CT-ATCH, meaning CPE Enthusiast Agility Trial Champion.) And, the best news in the world for me, all 40 qualifying scores required for the Championship must come from only 6 of the 7 classes. One class my be skipped in whole or in part. Hallelujah! I never have to Q in Snooker ever again!! That's what we call a Silver Lining!! :-)
So, Max is doing very well, but we're cutting him some slack to keep him as healthy as we can in light of his issue. He loves agility so much that it would be heartbreaking if we had to make him stop. But bless CPE's heart for having an even better category we can enter if 12'' jumps still bother him. We can enter "Specialist" and jump him at 8''! That's like no jumps at all for him! I can just see his little happy face tearing around the course with nothing to slow him down. And the hysterical faces of the spectators watching me try to keep up!
I know some of this makes no sense to a lot of my readers, but I love running in agility with my boys and I love to talk about it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I'd love to tell you all about it!
And what have Skye and Peter been doing with their time? They've started learning to herd sheep! Skye is so much happier doing that than running agility. It's what he was bred for, and his face lights up every time you say, "You want to go see the sheep?" I haven't been able to go watch yet, but I can't wait to see him do this thing once they've had a chance to learn some of the ropes. In the meantime, the boys are saving their energy:
* CPE is the venue we compete in. Other venues you may have heard of are AKC (which is the venue you usually see running on Animal Planet), NADAC, UKC, USDAA, etc.