Chippenham was my last show of the year, the weather was perfect, the ground was perfect for the dog's to run on, there were lot's of nice people there. It was just a really lovely weekend. Ty was particularly good coming 4th in the Champ final with a stunning round. It was the best I have ever felt during a run, I was excited to run with this amazing dog, I was in control of my nerves and we enjoyed every second of it.
Here's the video
I was swiftly brought back down to earth the next day, all of my dog's are now having a 3 month break from agility so I planned to do some herding with Ty and Flake to keep them fit and give them something to focus on. Ty did some nice work with the sheep in a pen, I got him to lie down away from the sheep for a break and when he got up he wouldn't use his back leg. I thought he had done his cruciate which for an almost 8 year old agility dog would be pretty bad news. He has now had x-rays which didn't show anything, that's partly good because it means he had blown his cruciate but it would be nice to know why he went so lame. It's 2 weeks on now and he is sound and I am working with the Smart clinic to get him fit again. If he goes lame again he will probably have an MRI to see if there is something serious going on but at the moment we are hoping it was a soft tissue injury.
The thought of never doing agility with Ty again was horrible, he give's me his all on every run (sometimes more than I can cope with!). He has taught me more than I thought there was to know and I feel that I haven't yet given him the chance to prove just how good he is. If I do get to run him again I will repay him by giving him my all in every run and not letting my nerves ruin his chance to prove how good he is.
I'll write about the new puppy soon :)
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