Sheryl ran Charlie once but her siatic nerve was hurting her so bad, she more or less decided she'd better take it easy a few more weeks. That means no practice sessions together for awhile. It is discouraging for her, I know. Me too. A few years back, in Polly's Beginners class with Maxie, I'll never forget running Maxie over the A-Frame, on leash, when my siatic nerve got pinched and I collapsed in pain, almost yanking my puppy off the top of the A-frame. Scared me silly, and hurt for weeks. Fortunately, Maxie wasn't phased a bit. Jerk sideways, then stopped near the upper edge, looked down and wagged his tail and waited for my next move. He's not very skiddish, thank goodness. But I limped home, nearly in tears of fear and disappointment.
Several of us have talked about having another handler being able to run/train our dogs if we get hurt in future, so I gave it a whirl running Charlie. He ran the whole course for me, broken up with treats at the table and after the weaves, and was fairly enthusiastic, with Sheryl in clear sight. We were both amazed by this. I will ask Noel to practice running Maxie before or after Wed night class, and anyone else who wants to try it is welcome. I wouldn't mind trying to run other students' dogs as well. Running a border collie would be a fun experiment!
|Tracey and Lego, MXJ5, Kiln, MS|
|Portia blows out the candles |
on her fabulous "black cat" cake.
|Michele waves the "magic wand"|
over the birthday girl, and
gets branded with a horseshoe!