Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Life goes on...

We are on day four without power and missing many of the conveniences of modern living, such as electricity, running water, and heat, and can't forget crazy stuff like TV (Food Network, Real Housewives and the Today show!). Life is good and we are enjoying the comraderie of our fellow powerless neighbors hanging around the town library vying for plugs to charge cellphones and laptops and waiting on line at the YMCA for a shower. Even being on the priority list, the local high school is still closed and my daughter is enjoying her "vacation" with the dogs.

Life still goes on and we needed to keep on schedule and Trixie had her physical therapy appointment today at Aquadog in Flanders, NJ. If you've notice that we haven't shown Trixie much in many posts it's because she had been recuperating from an Iliopsoas Strain. You can read about it at the link but with rest, stretches and strengthening, this injury, common in performance dogs, has a very high rate of complete recovery.  We expect Trixie to be back in agility very soon.  Today, Trixie was introduced to the underwater treadmill:

After her workout, Petra of Aquadog, showed us some new stretches and strengthening exercises for Trixie, using a box and a peanut ball.  Petra is thrilled with how well Trixie has healed and prognosis is great.  Trixie was her typical ham, doing every trick for the treats as she was shown how to do the stretches.  Trixie offered silly behaviors like jumping all the way up on the ball or cheating by stepping on the treadmill for support.  Anyway, I know what our homework is and away we went with our newly purchased peanut ball and list of exercises.

Due to the big storm, field training is cancelled for the week and we're not sure when we'll be able to resume.  Lots of other fun and important things to work on while we are home.  More tomorrow!


miloandme said...

So sorry to hear that Trixie has an injury. While I'm not familiar with her particular injury, I do know first hand how affective water therapy is for dogs. Milo tore his brachial plexus about a year and a half ago now. The vets at Texas A&M recommended physical therapy and water therapy but we couldn't drive to Dallas twice a week. So instead I did the physical therapy myself and took him swimming every day at a nearby pond. He LOVED the swimming because it was the only time he could move normally. All this swimming was the key to his recovery which was a miraculous recovery to say the least. And it was also key to him getting his NRD shortly after recovery because he had grown to love the water so much! Best wishes for Trixie to get well soon:)

Sagira said...

I can't imagine being without power that long. I don't know how you're doing it. Yuck. :(