a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: It Isn't Supposed to Work Like This

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It Isn't Supposed to Work Like This

SUMMARY: Tika and Boost both out for the count.

See, I have two agility dogs of different ages so that I'll always have at least one in working order so that I can do agility anytime, anywhere. That's the way it's supposed to work, right?

With great frustration (and worry), I have just scratched both dogs from Haute TRACS (the big 4-day USDAA trial in 2 weeks).

First, you knew about Boost. Boost has tender, probably pulled, muscles in her lower abdomen/groin/leg area. I entered her in HT against her physical therapist's advice because I was going to be there anyway, running Tika, and I figured--what the heck, I can scratch her from some runs if I needed to, and at least she'd have had 4 weeks of rest if not the full recommended 8.

But, now, Tika. Tika's issue with coming up sore seems to be getting worse. At the VAST CPE two weeks ago, I wrote about how she was suddenly sore after her first run but reasonably functional (slower and more careful and hitting the ground hard over jumps and missing weave entries and like that, but happy to still be playing the game) . She's had rest and doggie aspirin and massage from me in the meantime.

This last weekend at the Bay Team CPE she was awesome--also jumping 20" for the first time--very fast, very happy, no sign of the VAST problems. However, by the time we got home, she was doing the hunched over thing and exited her crate from the car very gingerly. Yesterday she yelped occasionally with certain movements or contacts with people. Today she is in just plain goddamned misery. Can barely walk. I had to talk her into having breakfast--and if you know Tika, you know that this is very serious indeed. I don't know what it is--arthritis in her neck acting up? Pulled something? Broke something? Cramped muscles? Aspirin and massage have done nothing for her all day.

So--really--neither of my dogs is in a state to be able to do even 2 days of agility in just two weeks, let alone 3 or 4. So I pulled out. This'll be the first time I've missed this 4-day extravaganza.

Since I was earning free runs by signing up for crew chief two days and chief course builder the other two days, this leaves the clubs in the lurch. Not to mention my DAM teammates (only Tika's--I did show SOME restraint and didn't enter Boost in the 5 DAM events.)

I figured it was better to pull out now and give everyone two weeks to find replacements. Tomorrow I'll take Tika in to the regular vet to check for any basic things.

I'm just about at my wit's end--having 2 dogs is supposed to prevent me from ever having a weekend where I can't do agility! How come it's not working like that?


  1. Oh, NO! I'm SO very sorry to hear that your beasties are ailin'! Please give them many wuzza-wuzzas for me.

  2. welcome to my world - 3 dogs, one too physically unable to do agility, one who prefers not to, and the one who was meant to gets too stressed out about all the other dogs around him at the trial (can we invent single dog agility trials? Ren'd be brilliant)

  3. Dang! That just (you know what I want to say here) stinks!

    Folks always say to me when JoJo gets hurt, now you can have a good rest. But what actually ends up happening is that it's much more work to help a dog rehab, than to have a healthy dog.

    And everyone, dogs and humans, get antsy and down from not doing agility. Not easy!

    Dang, dang, dang!

  4. I'm so sorry Ellen. This is why I have 4 dogs.

  5. that totally sucks. I've been there.

  6. No sooner did I get Trevor going than Touki announced her retirement (nothing says "I quit" like refusing all contacts). Rowan can't do agility because of elbow dysplasia. I've seriously considered borrowing other people's dogs.

  7. I know that I've been very lucky all along with my dogs. I suppose it's my turn to have a little bit of bad luck.