Thursday, March 7, 2013

Not Again??? - Nina's Injury

Menina's Recovery Timeline - Projection

Mar 11, 2013 - Surgery

  • Dr. Blackford - Blackford Surgical Referral 
  • Repair luxated superior digital flexor - 

Month 1: Restricted to crate March 11 - April 14

  • Crate only for five weeks - day and night
  • Walk on leash - only to potty. Absolutely no running, jumping, or stairs!
  • With cast for first 2 weeks / without cast for 3 weeks more
Month 2: Walking and Swimming only April 15 - May 12

  • No running or jumping.
  • Start slow. As long as she is not sore, continue to increase the activity.
  • Also do range of motion exercises on the hock to help her tissue to heal in the right orientation.
  • PCA will be during the first part of this period. April 17-24
  • Safari trip starts during last week of this period - Departing May 7  
  • So first week at the Stone's would be "No Running for Nina"

Month 3: Start running / No agility May 13 - June 09

  • Can begin some running. Start slow and build up over four weeks.
  • Second week at Carol's can be more active allowing more active inside play and some off leash outside play
  • Home from safari May 23. (gone for 17 days)
  • Don't start agility yet. Must avoid weaving and jumping until the month 3 restriction is over.
  • Can start tracking after Safari - if progressing well.  
  • Participation in CCPC WC/WCX at Atchley Farm? MAYBE???? June 1 and 2

Month 4: Re-Introduce Agility Training June 10 - July 07

  • Gradually return to agility activities. 
  • Make sure you gradually re-introduce jumping and weaving.
  • The tissue should be adequately healed so she shouldn't re-injure herself.
  • Dr. Blackford has never had a re-injury for this problem, but she has never repaired this problem in an agility dog.  The scar tissue (when adequately healed) should be stronger than the normal tissue.

Return to Competition Jul 9

  • Ready for Agility Competition - Assuming all goes according to plan.

7/11-14    Franklin 4 days 
7/10-14    Perry 5 days
7/26-28    Tallahassee (Brainbridge GA) 3 days
8/8-11      Hattisburg, MS 4 days
8/22-25     Murfreesboro 4 days
8/31-9/2    Buckner, KY 3 days
9/6-8         Alpharetta 3 days
9/20-22     Waynesville, NC 3 days
10/4-6       Youngsville, NC 3 days
10/11-14    White Pine 3 days
10/19-20    New Hill, NC 2 days
10/24-27     Paducah, KY 4 days
10/25-27    Huntsville, AL 3 days
11/1-3      Murfreesboro 3 days
12/6-8      TVKC Harriman

Sunday, February 10, 2013


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She lives in Scotland with her partner, Rob Ellis, and three Golden Retrievers, named Edward, Daniel andGwinnie, and she lectures on canine health around the world.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year - 2013

Happy New Year to all from Tennessee! I always love the enthusiasm and optimism of starting a new year.

My girl, Nina, turned 4 last month. How does it happen that time passes so quickly? Wasn't is just recently that I brought back home that tiny, fluffy, wiggly, ball of fur that would climb over the top of a 4 ft tall X-pen in a heartbeat?

We are continuing our love for agility. We trialed in Florida last week for the first time (Palmetto) and are closing in on MACH3. Agility goals for 2013: Perform well at our first AKC nationals, train more / trial less, expand our horizon to include some USDAA events, chair my club's agility trial next December.

Retrieving remains one of the most fun things I do with my poodle. Any time spent outside surrounded by nature is enjoyable, but seeing the joy and intensity of a poodle retrieving ducks, bumpers, or even tennis balls is a blast. 2013: Participate in local retriever club activities, improve "steady on the the line" and "hold" skills, and bronze medallion - here we come!

Tracking is another excuse to get outside! It is incredible what dogs can do and how they can use their innate abilities to play the games we invent! Training is time consuming and challenging. Having two experienced tracking poodle friends in my area has seriously increased the slope of my learning curve and been a lot of fun. 2013: Be ready for TD at PCA nationals in April.

I may have finally overcome my resistance to obedience this past year. I put more fun into our drills and learned to incorporate obedience skills into daily activities. 2013: CD and competing in Open at PCA.

Health and fitness for 2013: Walking, trotting, and running are key to keeping us both in top form. Body awareness activities and tricks for Nina and yoga and strength training for me.

Friendship and relationships: I am so amazed at the richness and blessings that my dog friends, especially poodle friends, have added to my life. For 2013, I want to be grateful for and nurture my existing friendships and be open to getting to know more of the wonderful world of poodle owners.

Health, success, and fun for you all in 2013.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tunnel Supplier

Dogs Welcome

A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote: I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved.

Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?"

An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who wrote: SIR: "I've been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls.

I've never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I've never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you're welcome to stay here, too."


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hunt Test Organizations Allowing Poodles

Hunt Test Organizations Allowing Poodles
Hunting Retriever Club (HRC)
North American Hunting Retriever Assoc. (NAHRA)
Upland Gundog Assocociation (UGA) - Rules

Jason Pittman's Beam

I sure would love to meet this guy "Beam" sometime.

UG Nahunta’s 2 Shots Of Beam
09/29/12 - UG Upland Gundog

Poodles Make History at the Upland GunDog Association Event!!
"Whiskey" is the first Standard Poodle to earn the UG Upland Gundog Title.
"Cooper" is the first Standard Poodle to earn the UGA Upland Gundog Advanced Title.
"Beam" is the first Mini Poodle to earn the UG Upland Gundog Title.

Rich & Jason had a blast at the Upland GunDog Association Event in Parnell,
Iowa. They were able to get in a days hunting prior to the event on Sat. and
resulted in a grilled quail dinner. The Friday's hunt was filmed by an Outdoor
Sportsman Channel Videographer, who got some good footage of the dogs working
and making some good retrieves.

The GunDog division consists of quartering a field and finding 2 birds in 20
minutes. Birds must be shot and delivered to hand. At this level the dog is
not required to sit to shot or flush.

In the GunDog Advanced, this consists of quartering, finding & flushing 2
birds in 20 minutes. The dogs are required to be steady to shot and or flush
and be under control at all times. Also they have to honor another dog's
retrieve while running in a brace. They also have to deliver to hand.

Angie & Rich Louter

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gifts from Dogs

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." Unknown