Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Behind Again

I have neglected my blogging lately and have a ton of stuff to catch up on.    Life has just been really busy.    We have just spent the last three days painting the inside of our house.

The dogs have been doing well but Fat Cat not so much.  I know I joke about Fat Cat's weight but it is catching up with her and her arthritis is getting really bad.   She also twisted her hind leg and it stuck out in a funny position so she was in a lot of pain.  Luckily her twisted leg is improving and she is more mobile now.    Her pain meds seem to have eased her acute pain and she is still happy.    She has always been an inside cat but as she  is getting on and may be on borrowed time we have decided to let her outside just  on occasion while we are there so she can enjoy the warmth and grass.  It's not like she can jump the fence or anything now anyway.    She has snuck out on us a few times before but it has been a long long time.   I think she enjoyed her 20 minutes in the sun…..

We will definitely be doing more of that for Fat Cat as I am sure the sun will feel good on her achy joints.

The weather has been up and down and so have our activities.   One day we have snow the next it is plus 20 degrees and sunny.   So there has been a lot of wet and muddy paws in the house from our many walks.  My foot has improved, it will never be 100%, but whatever injury I had on top of my neuroma is doing a lot better.   I have been building up my distance for walking and I did my first 6km walk on the weekend with our friends Constance and Paisley the Poodle.    It was blustery and showery and we were all chilled when we got back but it was a great walk.   Zack loves when I  wrap him in the dog blanket when he gets back from a cold walk.  

I have taken my new bike "Ruby" out with the dogs in the basket and it is all that I hoped it would be.   Zack loves it and I plan on doing a lot of biking this year.  Zack loves the basket and riding about.

Earlier this month Zack was one of many dogs who was asked to participate in a 55 dog "stay" photo shoot.    It was quite the feat that the photographer was able to capture such a photo.   It was a bit chaotic at times but the dogs did really well.   I was so proud of Zack,  he held his stay so well even with all the commotion.   Can you see him, he is in the front row, just off centre and sitting next to a sheltie.   This was the end result and I think it is spectacular.

Molly is doing just fine, she is so much fun.   We started more training with her and now that the Canadian Kennel Club allows mixed breeds to participate in rally and obedience I have my sights set on doing a trial with her in November if all our training pans out.   She is so different from Zack when training she is so keen and Zack gets bored easily.   I am so used to trying to encourage and motivate and Molly wants to jump and play a lot.  I am the one who needs work and trying to figure out how to handle such a keen dog.   It is me who needs the training that's for sure.   It is lots of fun though.

There is a rally trial in June near where I live and I am thinking of entering Zack in his next level of Rally.   It will just depend on how his stomach issues hold up with the training etc.

Well that's it for now.   Deucy Doo is coming to stay for a week with us in May and June so I am sure I will have more to report when he comes to visit.   


marley said...

Gud to see yoo my pals…..i ope Fat Cat be njoyin sum suns and dat yoo is all able to get out fur yore walks now da winter be finish...

Helen and Tinker said...

Hi! We have just aquired a Border Terrier bitch called Tinker! She'll be 12 weeks tomorrow and we just love her! I found your blog last night and love it! You say here you have the dogs in the basket of your bike? I've always had this in mind for Tinker so I can cycle on the roads round here (no pavements!). Do you have any tricks on how to start training her to stay in the basket? We tried her in the wheelbarrow round the garden and she just tried to get out right from the start!!

WigglyZack said...

Hi Helen. For safety always use a harness and attach to the basket. Do not use the collar. First I would sit the pup in there not moving the bike. Feed lots of treats and then take pup out. Repeat over time. Then when pup seems comfortable walk next to the bike do not ride the bike until you are sure pup is happy. Hopefully that will work for you. Keep happy when pip is in the basket. Have fun. Just watch when out and about passing another dog as BTs love to visit everyone just be prepared in case of trying to jump out