7 hours ago
Saturday, September 22, 2012
first in July. These trials are held in Parks, AZ and hosted by Amber Abbott and her family on their property. It's a beautiful location with a view of the San Francisco Peaks behind the ring.
Astro has done a great job and I'm really impressed with how he continues to improve. The trials are two and a half days long on Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday. The first trial was the weekend of July 27, which also happened to be Astro's 3rd birthday. On Friday the 27th the birthday boy got his first qualifying run in Tunnelers, which is a course of nothing but tunnels and most dogs just love it. He was flying and did the run in 23.14 seconds for 1st place in his group. WooHoo, a rockin' birthday run!
Throughout the weekend we both settled down and improved. Honestly, I think the main reason we didn't have other qualifying runs is that poor Astro is handler impaired. He is a sweet boy and still has fun though and doesn't seem to hold it against me.
Our next run was Touch N Go, a course of everything but the weaves, and by this time clouds had come in, it had cooled off and Astro was back to being Mr. Spunky Butt. It was a fast fun run and although we didn't qualify I was really happy with how he worked at a distance from me, because there was no way I could keep up with him.
To receive your novice title in a class you have to have three qualifying runs. Going into Sunday Astro had two Regular and two Tunnelers Q's. We were signed up to run in Regular and Tunnelers on Sunday. I knew that it was possible for us to finish our novice titles in these classes, but I didn't really expect it. As we stepped up to the start line for our first regular run once again there were dark clouds and lightening, but this time they were in the distance. It was a great run with our only bobble being that Astro missed the weave entrance the first time, but you can redo that in novice. Holy cow, we qualified, got 1st place, and that was Astro's first agility title!
Astro's Novice Regular title run.
Unfortunately when I uploaded the video to Youtube the lightening that was striking in the distance during our run was cropped out, but it sure looks cool. I was so happy and proud of Astro. I was so excited that I was having a hard time focusing myself. Our second Regular run was not a qualifier because of my poor handling, but it was still a good run. Before the last run of the day, Tunnelers, the awards are presented. I was almost in tears when everyone clapped as we got our title ribbon.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
|Zephyr, Astro, and Kenda having an early morning romp.|
|Kenda, Tammy, Zephyr, Kim, Astro, and me.|
|Riley and Pablo enjoying the summer warmth.|
The kitties spent a lot of time relaxing and having fun in the backyard. Luckily Riley and Pablo are content with roaming around the yard. Since Pablo has been feeling better he was much more active and even attempted some hunting this summer.
|Pretty girl on a fence post in the pines.|
|"Hmm, Which way should I go Astro?"|
|Catching some Z's|
|The happy house painter.|
|Kerry and the happy house owner.|
The best thing was I actually felt like I had some upper body strength in my arms, shoulders, back, and neck. I get migraine headaches and often have muscle pain in my back, shoulders, and neck. It was amazing how good I felt and the pain was completely gone. I've actually been successful at keeping the new upper body strength with hand weights and some core body exercises I learned in physical therapy a couple years ago. I even had to increase from a 10 to a 15 pound weight. Usually when I head back to school and stress in the fall I get a lot of pain in those areas. I've still had some of the pain, but the improvement has been amazing.
|Not a drop was left in the cups.|
|Riley likes to roll in the dirt too.|
|"I was just trying to offer moral support and this is what I get."|
Friday, September 7, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The second seizure in late April was even smaller. The only reason I noticed it was because he was laying on the couch with his head on my lap. I was rubbing his ears and heard a very faint wince from him. Then a few seconds later I noticed he was curling his head and neck under and toward the side. At first I thought he was just enjoying the ear rub, but then I noticed a muscle in his right shoulder was twitching and I saw that his face muscles were contracted causing him to have pursed lips (which has happened in the other partial seizures). I slid to the ground and saw that his eyes were dilated too. It lasted a minute or so, but that was it. He wasn't anxious after and didn't even bother to get off the couch or even change positions. I don't know what caused these, sometimes I wonder if it could have been a side effect of the seizure medicine. For people it says Keppra can actually cause a change or increase in partial seizures. He had never had any of these types of seizures before switching to Keppra. These are the only two I saw, but who knows what happens when I'm not home. Luckily nothing came of them though and they didn't get worse.
Song at Graceful Greyhounds, I can't believe how close we came to that and what an amazing recovery he made.