No big event is without a rollercoaster of emotions. But it seems that bad luck follows me around....Friday we ran Steeplechase and Pixel was pumped and excited and pretty fast for a little Pixel. We had some weave pole popping and a refusal but a good warm up. In the afternoon we did one warm up run and Pixel tripped up the wall and did a face plant. She shook it off and seemed alright.
Saturday morning we rocked Jumpers and Gamblers. The Jumpers was awesome- fast and flowy. She looked great! The gamble was also pretty great- I had a good path with lots of points. She got the mini gamble twice AND the main gamble! Woowoo! That afternoon I was feeling the love for agility- my friends and training students are awesome. We have a great group and it was fun. Like really fun. I forgot about sad Wicca sitting at home and just enjoyed the day. The standard run Pixel tripped again up the frame (after taking missing it the first time...)- she stumbled but again continued on. We finished the run but I could tell something wasn't quite right. It isn't normal for her to have trouble with the frame.
So off we went to the on site chiropractor. Pixels left shoulder was very tight and sore. Jennifer reccomended ice and rest. And a recheck later that day. A few hours later after a recheck Pixel seemed good to go- the chiropractor suggested bringing her back in the morning after her first run. (on a side note her pelvis was also out- likely why I had been seeing crooked sits for the past little while...)
I was worried but she did seem fine. Her walk/play in the morning was normal. Her warm up great- I couldn't see anything at all. Of course Pixel refused the frame in the gamble that morning, and wasn't jumping well. I pulled her for the weekend. I am not willing to risk my dogs health for agility.
In any case there were of course some tears. I was upset that I may have risked more injury to my dog by running that gamble in the morning. I should have just pulled her. It really bugs me a lot when my dogs are hurt or in pain. And because of my past problems with Wicca I guess I am just even more sensitive about it. It left me with a rotten feeling in my gut. Sometimes I hate agility. I do understand that LOTS of things can cause injury, and that our dogs can't live in bubbles but it gets really frustrating to have injury after injury to my dogs.
Needless to say if/when Pixel returns to trials she will be in the Specials class- with a lower A-Frame. Up until this weekend it has never been a problem before but I want to minimize the risk as much as possible.
Up until the injury we were having a great weekend- she had run two classes clean and we were both having fun. Here are two of our runs from Saturday- the Jumpers and the Gamble.
Our students did amazing- LOTS of fabulous runs. Some clean, some not but each of our students rocked it and gave it their all. Running hard, digging deep, and trusting their training and their dogs. I love seeing that Relationship put to the test like that. We are very lucky to have such an amazing supportive group.
Pixel is feeling a bit better this afternoon. This morning she was limping- whereas yesterday she wasn't limping at all. Just sore. I iced it this morning though and that seems to have helped. She will be taking it easy for a few days and if it's not better we will be off to see our vet in Calgary. It's like deja vu. :( I do think it is nothing major. My fingers are crossed anyway.
So yeah. That's where it is at.
So send some healing thoughts our way- and while your at it send some to Gyp. She was hurt on the weekend as well. :(
Bah. Agility. I love ya and I hate ya all at the same time.