Been a while. Not much going on on the agility front. The vet says Hannah is going to be okay. We are doing some limited rehab now, starting out with just walking. The vet suggested I try some cavelliti work, with jump bars set on the ground. I tried it yesterday out at the practice barn at Argus. When Hannah see jump bars, she jumps. There was no getting her to walk or trot over the bars. Back to walking, I guess.
Tally was a hoot yesterday at the practice barn. The teeter was sitting there in the middle of the ring. I could see he kept looking over at it. I wanted to do it, but with my hand all messed up from the RA, there is no way I could move it down to partial height. The highest teeter he has done was about 1/2 height. Anyway, I was messing around with the jumps and I looked over and he was on the teeter. Crap. But he did it with a fine 2o/2o at the end and then walked around and did it again. He was all “yeah, I got this”. A little later I was working with him on a tunnel under the dog walk and he randomly got up on the dogwalk and did it. He has never been on a dogwalk. But he offered it again a couple more times. His contact behavior was not great, but he was obviously enjoying himself. So now he has everything except weaves and the chute. He has not done a full size a frame yet, but has no issues with the t-cup one I have in my yard. I have only been using 8 inch jumps for him, but yesterday we worked at 12 and I even let him do a couple 16″ jumps and he looks great over the jumps. Yay!
Besides the couple hours out at Argus playing with the dogs I was mostly miserable yesterday. I am working up to my full dose of the methotrexate and it is hard. It messes with my stomach and I get so dang tired. My pain is much better, but I took myself off the prednisone because I was really puffing up. My doctor wasn’t so happy with this, and since off the pred., the pain in my hands is pretty annoying – not near what it was with no meds, but still annoying. I guess I have to decide if having “perfect” hands is worth being a blimp. Oh yeah, and the doctor says I have to limit myself to 4 glasses of wine A WEEK. blech. I hate this RA.