I really should be asleep, since I have to wake up at 7 AM to get ready to run eight pigeons in the operant chambers at school, but I figured I could squeak out an update.
Saturday, we all caught a bit of a break and headed to the park for a while. My sister and grandmother tagged along as well. It was a new park that Marge had never been to. She was so excited to get out and start walking, though. We milled around for about a half hour. There were people everywhere and whistles galore from the sports games that were taking place, and I'm proud to say that Marge wasn't fazed at all!
Afterwards, Marge accompanied us to PetCo, where I picked up cans of food for Layla. I was originally going to leave her in the car, but she seemed so relaxed that I didn't think a 5-minute trip inside of the store would bother her. She did much better on this visit, probably because of all of the company that was with us. She was in close quarters with lots of dogs and did just fine. This might become a regular activity for us, as PetCo is the only store that supplies Layla's food around here.
Monday was Layla's Gotcha Day. She's now been living with us for 12 years.
We started Prednisone treatment for her over the weekend. I simply could not justify spending $2K and putting Layla through anesthesia and tons of mental and physical stress without trying the less invasive option first. She will be re-weighed next weekend to see if the steroids have had any effect. So far, all I'm seeing is a hearty appetite and not much, if any, weight gain.
This, of course, is one of many things that is totally consuming me right now. There are so many reasons why I should and shouldn't agree to biopsy. Still hoping it doesn't come to that.. we have about another 8 or 9 days of steroid treatment before she is reevaluated at the vet.
Monday night, Marge came with me to teach the non-competitive agility class. Not an uncommon occurrence. However, she ran agility for FOUR people other than me.
We had a simple course set up with just low jumps, NADAC hoops, and tunnels, and wanted to give the students a feel for what it's like to run a competition level dog. Marge did beautifully.. running for one male (the special needs boy who she befriended a few weeks ago - very, very proud of her) and three women.
I helped direct her around the course a bit (like calling out a "turn" to get Marge to switch leads - these students don't know about rear crosses or anything), but she worked pretty well for everyone and didn't seem terribly stressed by it. She sure did like getting to sample other people's treats.
Tuesday night, we dropped into obedience class for the second week in a row. We played more front games, which Marge thoroughly enjoyed. We also worked a lot on heeling (not my strong suit). My footwork goes to pot as soon as Marge gets added to the picture. By myself, I am fine, but stick the leash in my hand and I don't know where my feet are! I'm working on it.
The plan is still to do a UKC obedience trial in June. I have the UKC paperwork all filled out to register her with her FIFTH organization, now I just need to part with the cash.
That's really the long and short of everything we've been up to this week. I am so overwhelmed with school right now (took three tests this week, taking another Tuesday). One of my classes is ending on March 22nd and I am leaving my internship on the 30th, so I'm hoping to get my life back in a couple of weeks! Of course, I'm not expecting too long of a honeymoon, as we're already just about half way through the semester and finals are slowly approaching, never mind the grueling summer class schedule that I might put myself through.. AND the required Physical Therapy hours I need to do.. AND the GRE studying that I should have already started.. Junior year of college really isn't all that different from Junior year of high school.