The 2015 edition of Jan Hare's life

Hop on 2015 and join me on the roller-coaster ride of training - training horses, training dogs, training humans, and attempting to establish order in my life.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

I put Pretzel on anti-inflammatories the past few days, and this morning he looked pretty good. We headed to the show in Fort Wayne, Indiana for one more day. Of course, when we got to the show, Pretzel looked ever so slightly off...barely noticeable to someone who doesn't know the situation, but I could tell.

Well, we showed, got our select ribbon again, but this time we didn't place in the Owner-Handler Sporting Group. I am not surprised, he just didn't have much pep in his step. Yesterday I called one of the top orthopedic specialists around and made an appointment for tomorrow. We will see what he has to say. I am sick to my stomach, can't sleep...I pray it is nothing serious. We worked so hard to qualify for the Eukanuba Nationals, it would just rip me to shreds to have to skip it. Plus, the thought of my pup hurting hurts me too! Praying...worrying...

Monday, November 2, 2015

Today was our big appointment at MedVet. The vet was very thorough, watched me gait him up and down in the parking lot. Interestingly, he feels the soreness is in his right shoulder, not his left.

He took x-rays of both his right and left shoulders and elbows, for comparison. The x-rays showed that his joints look perfect (whew!). Of course, this means that coming up with an exact diagnosis is very difficult. The best we can guess at this point is some sort of muscle injury. My main priority is keeping him good for the upcoming conformation shows and Nationals in December. agility for the next 2 months, he gave me some anti-inflammatories in case he needs them, and we will rest, wait, and see. a Weimaraner? is that even possible?

So now we watch, hope, and pray. That's about all I can do right now.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I took Pretzel outside this morning to shoot a video to sent to my vet. He is still off on the one leg. I was devastated to see that. I was so hoping I would wake up and everything would be perfect again. I am at a loss as to what to do.

Corky seems a little better with her bad foot. She was a little off on that foot, but she was walking and putting weight on it (which is a big improvement over last week, so I will take it!). I finally had the time to ride Tango today. I was really proud of him. They were running a saw and pounding nails, building a tack room right next to the arena, and he never spooked once! This is the horse that always seemed to be bothered by loud or odd sounds. He actually rode really well for me, considering he has had a bunch of time off last month. It was nice to have something go right today.

I sent the video of Pretzel to the vet, and am waiting to hear what he has to say.

Friday, November 6, 2015

I had a decent ride on Tango today. He was very very lazy today and I had to really push him hard to get any sort of decent forward motion out of him. When I ask him to canter, he was doing that weird up-and-down thing and I had to push HARD to get him to flatten out and MOVE. He should know by now that doing that up and down ultra collected canter is waaaay harder than doing just a normal canter! Silly boy...

His lateral moves are really improving - sidepassing both directions and half-passing at the trot. He doesn't like them because they require him to get up off his front end and work hard, but he is doing them willingly now.

Corky looked about 100% today, thank goodness. I took her out and practiced some showmanship with her. That girl still has it!

In the Pretzel world, he is definitely improving and looking better. He gaited really sound today, with only an occasional misstep or two. I have been trying to keep him quiet every day - minimal play time, crating when I am gone, and in an ex-pen in the evenings so he doesn't jump on and off the couch like he loves to do. My vet from MedVet contacted me and they want to put him on this electronic treadmill gizmo thingy that will analyze his gait to be able to see where and how much exactly his gait is off. They are going to call me Monday to schedule it. I also have a call in to a holistic vet that does acupuncture and chiropractor work. Hopefully she calls me back. I'd be interested in using her for Corky also (she treats horses too). And if all that wasn't enough, I have another appointment scheduled for Pretzel on Wednesday...yeah...this one will be very interesting, so stay tuned!

November 12-15, 2015

Columbus AKC Conformation Show

This week we did a marathon of 4 conformation shows. Luckily it was in Columbus, so there was no travelling required. Oh, by the way, have I mentioned that I am moving to Columbus? More details on that later... The best thing is Pretzel is completely sound-moving right now. Forcing him to rest definitely helped...although he sure wasn't a happy puppy about that!

This was a big show with tough competition. We started off the show on Thursday with a Best Opposite and Owner handled Best of Breed. Great start, especially with some tough owner-handlers there! We got squat in group, which happens a lot unfortunately.

Friday was a different day, different judge, and different results. We got Select Dog, but lost out on the owner-handled ribbon. Disappointing, but you can't win 'em all, right?

Saturday went better, we got Select and we did get the Owner-Handled BOB...yay! Still no love in the Owner-Handled Sporting Group. Try try again tomorrow...

Sunday - we had a pretty good day getting Best Opposite and Owner-Handled BOB. This was a tough show! Once again, we got ignored in the sporting group. All in all it was a good show, we picked up a decent amount of grand champion points. Since Pretzel is now a Grand Champion, we are now working towards our Bronze Grand Championship, which requires 100 Grand Champion points. we have quite a ways to go, I think we are only about halfway there.

The coolest thing that happened this weekend is that my ad for Pretzel appeared in the Canine Chronicle! I had a LOT of fun designing it. Here is a better look at the ad (click on it to enlarge)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I took Pretzel to MedVet and dropped him off for the day to be analyzed on the GaitRite system where they electronically measure his footsteps, stride, and pressure to determine which leg(s) might be sore. Of course, the test was very inconclusive because he was a bit scattered on all 4 legs, but none of them were really "off". I kinda figured this would be the case, he has been trotting and running 100% sound. We decided to just keep the status quo until after Nationals, then in January start him back with some agility practice and if he looks a little off, we will try the GaitRite system again. I am just glad he looks healthy and ready to go for nationals!!!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Look what finally came in the mail! After circling the globe and being forwarded to my new address, I got my official certificate from AKC for being a top 10 finalist in the National Owner-Handled Series. #2 Weimaraner...woo-hoo!!! I am so excited and proud. It feels really good to set a goal, raise the bar, and actually achieve my goal this year. I had only wanted to reach the top 10, but once I got going I decided to aim for #2. My trusty partner Pretzel was with me every step of the way, and I couldn't ask for a better dog. I am blessed!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

AKC Conformation show - Tallmadge, OH

I headed to a show in Tallmadge, Ohio for just one day. Kinda lonely to hit a show without my best friend (other than Pretzel!), but I met up with several of my other dog show friends there. Of course...after my GPS directed me to a dead end road in complete darkness at 6:45am...after I only had a total of 2 hours sleep from a jazz performance the night before. Reminds me of my old days of showing horses when I would work till late and then drive all night to show first thing in the morning. Ahhh, good times!

Pretzel showed really well today, even my friends noticed how "up" he was. I wonder if this was because I had been gone last night for the entire evening and half the night, and he was a bit upset while I was gone. Whatever the reason, he had a nice spark to his showing today. We got Select Dog, and also Owner Handled Best of Breed. I waited all day for the Owner Handled Sporting Group. It was a big group as usual, and lo and behold we ended up with a Group Two! The other three dogs that placed were the three large setters (Gordon, Irish, and English). We were the token non-hair dog, I guess. I was really happy, this is our last show until the Eukanuba nationals in Orlando, and I am happy to go out with a boost to my confidence.

So now my focus is Nationals. Gotta find the right outfits to wear, and those outfits need shows. Gotta work on Pretzel's free stacking, gotta pack for 2 weeks in Florida, gotta get my head in the game, gotta get my confidence up and NOT let myself get intimidated! Amongst all that, I have to move out of my ghetto house and haul all my crap 2 hours southeast to my new home. So much craziness happening, and I love it!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Newest rankings came out, we are holding on to first place! Lots more points for everyone than this time last year, so I predict this year is going to be a lot tougher to stay in the top 10. I am already focusing on 2016 and I haven't even survived the 2015 NOHS Finals! I leave in less than two weeks...eeeek!

On to December, 2015!