Friday, February 27, 2009
Yesterday Miley did really well in the treadmill. They kept the water level the same but increased the speed of the treadmill. When we got home she seemed sore or maybe her muscles were really tired. I didn't see any limping, rolling of the hips or skipping. She just seem tired. I did notice that going up the steps , she 2 footed them and stead of alternating her back feet like she usually does. I told them this morning that I thought she was either tired or sore. So they weren't going to change anything in the treadmill except letting her stand in the warm water longer after the session. The love Miley. Yesterday when I picked her up, the girl at the front desk said, "Your Miley's owner. I looooooove her". Miley is being loved on there which isn't her favorite thing. I'm sure she is thinking, " You want to do something for me? Throw the damn ball."
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Today was Miley's first day in the underwater treadmill. She had two sessions today. They were about 4 hours apart. I think she did 12 minutes the first time . With a break every few minutes. Then the second time it was about 15 minutes with one break in the middle. I asked the view the second time. I think I was to distracting. She kept trying to jump on the glass or would stop and just ride the treadmill to the back. So probably the rest of the week, until Saturday, I wont watch. She didn't show any signs off loading weight in the treadmill, so that was good. A lot of times when the dog's leg is hurt and they are in the underwater treadmill you can see them off load their weight. Sometimes to the point that their leg will float up. Miley didn't show any signs of that , so that is great.
It was a long day for me too. I'm exhausted. I know, really what did I do that was so hard. I don't know but it almost killed me. Really , I think it was all the driving. I did go to the outlet mall and they had lots of great stuff that I cant find in Columbia. I could have spent a lot of money. I kept having to remind myself about the money I'm spending on Rehab. I did buy a book to read. My husband needed some jeans and I bought a light jacket for Stephanie. O'yea, I also bought and ate a Carmel apple with nuts on it. Not as good as the ones I get with my sister in Florida, but it was still good.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tomorrow we go for the underwater treadmill stuff. I have to leave her there for about 5 hours so she can get 2 sessions in. It will be up in Charlotte and I will have to find something to do. There is a big outlet mall up there so I figured I go there for a while. Hopefully I wont be to bored. Miley's leg has been getting better. Monday on both walks I didn't see anything. Today, a couple of times I thought I saw something. But it was gone to quick for me to figure out what it was. Maybe it was me obsessing over her gait and seeing things. What ever it was , it wasn't obvious.
I fell like I live in an infirmary. Mickey gets phenobarbital twice a day. Miley get Rimadyl twice a day plus I have added some supplements to her food. ( SynoviG3 and Trisxyn) Then Roxy gets one antibiotic once a day for her bladder. Then a different antibiotic for her bowel which is twice a day.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
So I guess that isn't the most horrible news but not the best either. She also took an x-ray of the hips, they looked good. I called and canceled my camp in Florida.
Roxy seems to be up and down. One day she seems fine, they next day she isn't. I guess that's just life.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Then there is Miley. Even though she hasn't been doing anything except walks her legs seems worse. Yesterday I saw her do this little skip thing 3 times. And her gait seemed off. Kinda rolling her back hips if that makes any sense. Then today she went to sit up for a treat and couldn't do it. So , me being me, Im thinking maybe she has hip dysplasia. I made an appt . at the rehab vet for Saturday morning. I hope I'm wrong and Im just being a worry wart. If she is broken, I'm done. I cant get anymore dogs. Its just to hard.
O,yea and to top it off. There is a peeping tom in the neighborhood.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Hopefully she will feel well soon and be back to getting in the ferret cage. She is trying to figure out how to get food. Don't worry, I didnt put her in there. She does it all on her own.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Today I finally painted the vaulted wall in the den. Its had spackling on it for about 2 years. We had a leak in the roof and had it repaired. A friend came over and spackled the wall over the fireplace and then I asked if they would do the other wall too. It has this weird corner to it that had peeled up. So he did. Like I said that was 2 years ago.Now it finally looks finished and nicely painted. The only thing with painting is then you start seeing all the other walls that need painting too. One thing leads to another and then another. Luckily I had to take Guiness to his freestyle class, so I had to stop painting. I had to laugh. My daughter asked me if we were moving. I guess she figured why else would would we be finishing the wall.
Guiness's class was nice. We reviewed things we have done in the past and added a few more tricks. I'm still working on getting him to just respond to the verbal without any hand cue. Its slow going. He will back up , sit, lie down, sit up and weave around my legs just on a verbal but that is about it. There are many more he needs to learn. We have one more session of classes and then they stop until next fall. The next session I can only attend 3 of the 6 classes because of agility stuff. The teacher is very nice and said I only had to pay for the 3 classes that I'm coming to. I don't know if I said this already but in freestyle you can video tape your dance and then you send it in to the judges to be reviewed. Isn't that great. So if you live where there aren't any shows you can still participate.
Friday, February 13, 2009
I finally put some pictures in some frames. Guieness's picture is about 3 years old and it finally got put out. What happened is ,while I was sleeping my daughter took a bunch of my pictures down. She took the pictures that were in the frames out and put her own pictures in. ( Aren't kids wonderful) They were pictures of when the kids were little. She put her own NYC pictures in the frame and hung them up in her bathroom. Man was I mad!! So I bought a box of new frames from Kohl's. And finally got some of the dog pictures up. It turned out cute. I also put a picture of Stephanie that had been sitting out for a couple of years into a frame. So that's the picture above. Hopefully you cant see all the dust and the dog hair. LOL.
Christmas came early here. We had a new air conditioner installed today. The upstairs unit hadn't been working right since summer. It couldn't cool upstairs. This summer the repair people came out and gave us an estimate of 7000.oo to replace the unit. We decided we would wait. Then they came this winter to do the winter service. Again they said the upstairs unit needed to be replaced. This time they quoted 5000.00. I told my husband we better get that changed before summer because they really jack up the price in the summer. (It was the same company) Well its been very warm this week, in the 70's. Yesterday it was very warm upstairs, above 80. My husband called and guess what. They could come today and install the new unit. They must not be to busy. So there you have it, our Christmas present for the year. Well, really Christmas for about 5 years. O well, what can you do.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
So at least I have something tangible to show the vet. I was feeling really depressed about this. I feel like its Guiness's problem all over again. He had just started going to trials. I didn't stay to pick up a winning 1st place ribbon in a open standard class. I think 35 dogs ran and only 2 Q'ed. I was tired and wanted to go home. Well , the last trial Miley was at I didn't stay to pick up her ribbon. It was a little different because I didn't know she placed. I just knew she Q'ed. Also I had signed Guiness up for an agility camp and had to eat that money. Well, I'm signed up for a camp with Miley Feb. 22nd. Ill probably have to eat that money too. I felt like crying most of the day. I know there are so many worse things in life than this. Ive taken care of kids that have died. That's something to cry about, not this. So after taking Guiness to his freestyle class, I came home and looked at the tapes again. It doesn't look as bad as it did in my head. I moved some fencing in the yard so the dogs have about 10 feet of yard to use the bathroom but they cant run around. I put stuff on the furniture so she cant jump on and off. Ive been carrying her up and down the stairs. Well, we see how tomorrow goes. One other note. Im thinking of going back to a running contact. Just think, the dog is running full out and we ask them to stop. That a set up for injury if you ask me. I dont know, it just something going thur my head.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Ive been doing a little training with Miley. The 2o/2o, she just doesn't understand her job. It didn't have anything to do with the treats. So I'm planning on taking the plank a bunch of different places and working on it. That shouldn't be hard on her leg. Ive also been doing Susan Garretts one jump DVD. ( Just the front and rear cross on the flat stuff). The one exercise ( for a rear cross), you put the dog in a sit. You step back and away from the dog maybe 4-5 feet. Then you turn and walk behind your dog. As soon as you cross behind your dog, the dogs head should flip the other direction. When that happens you release the dog and give them a treat to come to you. Treat with the arm closest to the dog. ( I hope this make sense) Your dog should not flip its head as soon as you turn your shoulders. They should wait until you cross behind them. Well, Miley is turning her head as soon as my shoulders turn. At first I didn't know what to do. But then after much thought I figured out what to do. We just worked on a very slight shoulder turn. If she didn't flip her head, I gave her a treat. I gradually worked up to a complete shoulder turn without her flipping her head. And then to crossing behind her , head flip, release and treat. I guess we have a lot of work to do. After watching the video, I can now see why my arm movement and things have been confusing her with the crosses.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I'm going to make an appt. with a vet and see what they think. If they say she needs rest, I'm probably going to have to board her. I'm terrible at resting my dog. I always let them do to much.