Oh So LAME!
I should probably re-name this post Tuesday Troubles, since the heavy-hitting fact that Marge has come up lame once again on a different leg pretty much overshadows anything else that I'm going to write. I'm not quite sure what happened. We went to the beach for an hour on Saturday, but she didn't run around crazily (mostly trotted/loped), didn't climb anything dangerous, and seemed fine afterwards. Sunday, we barely did anything, except for a short evening run in the field which, unfortunately, was most rudely interrupted by fireworks. UGH.
It's the right front leg this time - my hunch is that she tweaked her shoulder because it was the only thing that even felt a little bit weird to my untrained hands. She was dead lame Monday morning and wouldn't put any weight on it. She improved throughout the day and got extremely antsy because she'd been cooped up resting. This morning, she seemed fine, and looked sound on the two short walks we took, but I'm still hesitant to say that she's 100% because of how bad she was yesterday. I was completely unsure about what to do regarding agility class tonight, but the thunderstorms decided for me - class has been cancelled. This is just about the only time I've ever been happy about not having agility.
I'm not concerned about our June trials, which are 3 and 4 weeks away, but I am concerned about the future as a whole - she's not getting injured doing agility (thank goodness), but this is now the second time (March being the first) that she's come up lame like this. I'm trying to stretch her before agility diligently, and I've very recently started incorporating some strength building exercises that I read on Reactive Champion. Am I doing something wrong? Does this kind of thing happen to a lot of dogs? Could it be diet-related? Does she need a supplement or special muscle-building exercise regime?
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Oh So LAME!
A rescue from Georgia bounced around from shelter to shelter and state to state with her siblings, Marge did not have the luxury of living in a home - my home - until just past her first birthday. A life behind bars had taken its toll on Marge, whose obvious fear of people, noise, and city life in general left a lot for her to learn about how to get by in New York.
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