Sahara had her staples taken out yesterday (slightly early, in fact, as she's healing so well) and after a lot of sillyness from sheer excitement at being outside for the first time in a week, she was given the all clear to go back to training in the New Year. I, for one, am absolutely thrilled - she's in desperate need to get out and about, but in a controlled environment where I can limit her actions, unlike in the dog park where there's crazy mutts running up all over the place and jumping on her. We train with ADT, and she reached Gold - the second highest level - before injuring herself. Before that, I'd been super keen to get her to Platinum within the year - I think we'll be challenging ourselves to at reach that level 4 months, maximum (depending on her recovery time, obviously). It's about time we knuckled down and worked our butts off again - it's been far too long without the discipline she needs (and as there's been no agility or fly ball, let alone any form of hard physical work for the past 4 months, she's going absolutely bonkers). Phoenix will, of course, will be coming along and training at the same level - he's realistically more likely to be a Platinum dog earlier, because of his sheer devotion to doing anything I ask of him, but I'm more than up to the challenge of focusing Sahara's energy, too. Bring it on!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Phoenix has taken to stealing my socks - clean or otherwise - and making a nest with them. He doesn't harm them (unlike the incident with my new undies having the elastic carefully removed...), he just seems to enjoy suckling them.
I know why he does it. I haven't been home a lot lately, and he's wreaking his revenge. Yesterday I found my bikini in the hall way, a shoe next to his food bowl and several orange hairs in my bed.
We are so heading back to his extensive training in the first week of January.
Friday, December 12, 2008
...is doing great. 5 days in, she's at the same recovery stage she was at at around the one month mark last time. She's running around like crazy; jumping over furniture and chasing the cat. I am having hysterics practically on an every day basis because of this.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I know I haven't been blogging here for a while - nor have the dogs, for that matter - but what with Sahara's healing leg, we haven't been able to be out and about like we used to. Now her surgery has failed, and she's back in again today, it'll be another few months before there will be more wild adventures. Bear with us. And check out more details on Made in Melbourne.