Oops double post
Absolutely. We have a call in and are awaiting a response.First, on the potential allergy - I know a lot of dogs struggling this year with itching that haven't before...I think the allergens are really, really bad in a lot of the country. You might talk to your vet.
I've only been to two "classes," but definitely starts as a free for all with the dogs running around unleashed and a bit crazy. Yesterday was the first with dogs besides Hope and the small girl owned by the trainer, and it seemed like they let loose at first to express some barbaric yawps and then everyone gets to different stations and starts working. The trainer goes from group to group, demonstrating how to lead the dog through the first few times, how to set only low jumps at first, and for those that she has cleared on the A-frame and see-saw, which is Hope is not, she spends a bit more time working with those. At least from what I saw yesterday.Second, is the "agility" stuff you are doing sort of a free for all? I have taken agility classes for years, and I've never seen an agility class where all the dogs are having access to the equipment at the same time, or, where a dog is on the A frame and the big equipment without building the foundation skills first. Just some food for thought. Of course everyone can train differently, but I question a bit about how this class works. At my facility girls in heat train all the time, but only one dog works at a time, and it's a lot more structured. I would hate to see an injury happen because things were done too quickly.
It's our #1 concern right now, especially after watching his swan dive leap onto the paved sidewalk a few days ago. Watching him come down hard on his legs and shoulders, and seeing him process for himself that it was a bad idea even in his adolescent puppy-brained state of invincibility, really hammered home the critical aspect of it all.Gotta protect those joints And ligaments.
No no, please no. I prefer the honesty and, not being any sort of authority on this stuff, need the perspective. My gut saying that there are more red flags than the Moscow Kremlin completely agrees and were something to happen to Hope there, I would never forgive myself. It's been a busy day here and we have yet to have this conversation, but I'll be surprised if we continue with this place.I'll shut up about it after this post
Now I can oblige!Great pics….
Now lets see one of those red brick wall growth chart PICS…..one from say 6 months…..and one against the wall to date.
I'm impressed...as long as I don't have to go outside..."I hate you" - A test fit of next Sunday's clownery:
Hope is still the same weight at 66 lbs on our scale. Since switching to the beef diet, he still scratches sporadically but has stopped gnawing at himself. He has also gotten better with worrying at the hot spots on his chest and legs, which have diminished.
We have recently seen a large amount of rain and are actually in the middle of a deluge as I type this, but we're old ex-New Englanders so, as they say, "this aint nothin."
Hope's first experience with rain was adorable. In the first light storm, he'd push to go out and look up into the sky.
This morning, once the winds started whipping and the intensity increased, he'd cower under the eves and is now very happy to be inside. And to be fair, it's pretty nasty outside right now. Leaf floes are streamin' on by the house and the hills behind us are dumping a lot of water into the front yard/field, which is now a swamp.
And a straight-legged kick right to the back!You'd better sleep with one eye open tonight.
Pretty much! There was a triumph earlier where he finally pooped. He wanted nothing to do with the driving rain and would pull to go back inside almost immediately after a few seconds - until it was clear that it was time to get down as he started sniffing and pacing in front of the door. In and out in less than 30 seconds, mission accomplished and one less thing to worry about. Which was nice.I'm impressed...as long as I don't have to go outside...
Moving from the northeast to NorCal brought with it a host of new weather worries. It was a trade of snow and hurricanes for drought and fires and earthquakes, so I definitely get the need for this kind of rain and it sure would be nice if this storm handled the drought, but I'm sure it will take more than one 24 hour deluge.Wind and rain? That's exactly how it looks here in Portland right now. Couldn't be happier. They officially declared Oregon's fire season "Over" yesterday. We're coming off back to back drought years, plus unheard of record high temperatures (116 deg. in Portland!) So every inch of rain and every foot of snow is welcome.
I keep explaining that to McCoy, but he's not convinced.
Hugs to Hope
Thank you! He's definitely relatively good. Most of the time!he looks so healthy. such a niceboy