Time flies…

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WOW…time sure does fly by, doesn’t it???  It’s been three years since my last blog!!!  So what’s new with the Tails a Waggin’ gang?  Well, the rest of 2013 was pretty uneventful but 2014 introduced some “new normals” in the Hopper Homestead.  In July 2014, Roxy injured herself. At first we thought it was an ACL tear in the knee of her remaining back leg because she started bum scooting and wouldn’t weight bear on her back leg at all.  After a further assessment by Dr. Josee (her Chiropractor) and then a visit to the vet, it was determined that it was more likely an iliopsoas injury…thank goodness!!!  Of course this happened just a couple of weeks before my hubby and I were about to go on a two week motorcycle/sailing trip!!!  So, we did three sessions of laser treatments, put gates up at the tops and bottoms of all our stairs and started a 8-12 week limited activity protocol.  Thankfully we were already seeing some improvements before we left on our trip and because our daughter and grandson were living with us, the dogs were staying in the comfort of their own home while we were away 🙂

Hubby and I had a fantastic vacation and upon our return we were thrilled to see that Miss Roxy was doing GRRREAT!!!  By this time, she had been on her restrictions for four weeks.  We decided to continue this protocol for another four weeks and then reassess.  At the eight week mark, we lifted some restrictions but have continued with limited stairs ever since…we have a ton of stairs in our two-storey home so to help Roxy live a long happy life we kept the gates up and limit how often she goes up and down them…at least until be move to a bungalow 🙂

After this little scare, we started being more diligent with strengthening Roxy’s (and Charlee’s) core muscles, so we set a workout area in one of my upstairs rooms and the girls love it!!!  It was around this time that I started hearing about this online course being offered by Frenzi Dog Sports Academy called “Conditioning and Concerns for the Tripod Dog”, so I quickly sign up.  I learned a ton and the instructor has continued to be awesome whenever I have had question.  One of things I tried with Roxy while taking this course was underwater treadmill.  We tried swimming in the past, which she hated, but I thought I would still give it a try.  The first session went pretty well so we tried it a few more times, but I quickly realized that these type of water activities are just not for Roxy.  Even at the park, she will wade but that’s it…even when other dogs around her our swimming!

Fast forward to February 2015…the girls receive their Novice Trick Dog Certificates in the mail!!!  That’s right, my girls are Trick Dogs!!!  I spent the month of January teaching my girls some fun tricks and got them certified.  Unfortunately Miss Roxy is not the sharpest pencil in the box, so she has not progressed past novice, yet…we will get there at some point…but Miss Charlee has moved onto her Intermediate and her Advanced.  If anyone is interested in developing an awesome bond with their dog(s) and having some fun, you should totally check out the “Do More With Your Dog” website.  It is a GRRREAT brain game activity too 🙂

In the middle of August, we attempted a Tripawd Pawrty with our Tripawds of Alberta group at a fantastic park in Calgary!  It ended up being a very rainy day but we did have four dogs (and their humans) show up in total…Roxy (Teena, of course), Fred (Theresa), Beau (Bryanna) and Bear (Deb).  First three amputees were because of injury and Bear was a cancer survivor.  Although it was a miserably wet day and things didn’t quite go as planned, it was GRRREAT for us to finally meet in person.

Because our first Tripawd Pawtry didn’t go as planned, we quickly set a new one in motion for September.  This time the weather co-operated and we had a new addition to the group join the original four from August…the beautiful, Whisper (Brandy), another amputee because of an injury.  We met at the same great park but this time we found a nice little fenced in area with picnic tables so that humans could enjoy some snacks and conversation and the dogs had a safe place to play.

Before we knew it, 2016 had arrived.  The year started out slow…just normal routine stuff.  In May, we decided to set up our first Tripawd Pawtry of 2016…unfortunately we got rained out, so we rescheduled for June.  We had another five dog turn out, but with two new additions.  Roxy and I were there of course, then there was Beau (Bryanna) and Whisper (Brandy)…the newcomers with Pelusa (Virginia, foster mom) and Amarillo (Luminea), both of which were amputee’s because of injury.  Fred (Theresa) were suppose to be there but unfortunately they were unable to make it and sadly Bear (Deb) were unable to attend because Bear crossed the Rainbow Bridge, unfortunately his cancer had returned…they were missed!!!  We went to our favorite spot and had a lovely afternoon of sunshine, snacks and conversation…fun was had by all!!!  If you haven’t seen the photo’s of the day yet, you can see them in the forums under Tripawd Parties.   We had so much fun that we are planning another event on July 2nd…I know Roxy and I can’t wait!!!  We will be sure to post photo’s in the forum and blog shortly there after 🙂


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  • jerry says:

    Ohh this is such a great update! Yes time goes waaaaaay too fast. Glad to hear that the whole pack is doing well. And that you are being super dilligent with Roxy’s needs as a Tripawd. It’s amazing how once you know other ways to play besides running and throwing a ball, a whole new world opens up.

    Let’s see some pics and video!!!! I’ve got to hear more about the Trick Dog Certification, had no idea such a thing even existed.

    We’ll be waiting!!!