Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hi Everyone!

                                     The girls saw a jump in the living room and
                                      KNEW life is going back to normal ;-)

I've missed everyone...last time I blogged was last October.  Last May I injured myself and after that I really couldn't do agility while I was waiting to get a total knee replacement, and some how I just found it hard to talk about dog training, agility,etc when those things were just not in the fore front of my mind.  ;-(.  I have to say it was a hard time.. 

So in February I got a left total knee replacement.  I have had a couple of people tell me they had been told that if you get a total knee replacement it as no big deal and you would be all back to normal right away!  Hey I don't know who they were talking to, but the recovery did take awhile, a lot of exercises, physical therapy, doctors appointments, it was a bit intensive for awhile.  The good news is that I LOVE my new knee now, it is awesome and still gets pretty stiff but it is working great.  My other knee has been complaining though because it had to carry more of the load for awhile.  There have been things I did not expect like my balance being really off which has been one of the things that has made training the dogs hard-Cricket is a bit rough and loves to jump on me, and I did not realize how much I had built that behavior into her everyday training, hahahhaha, but hey I love it and now that my balance is better it is ok-- I enjoy her enthusiasm. 

I was a bit bummed because it seems like it has taken me longer to recover then some people-it has taken me a few more months then some and I am just now feeling like I might be able to work toward running.  SERIOUSLY it is not good to compare yourself to others, so I have tried to stop doing that!

So that is what has gone on physically....but the fun stuff is what is going on with my doggies.  They all did very good for a lot of months just being doggies.  They have not seemed to mind at all.  It actually has felt nice in some ways to just enjoy each other. Cricket has grown even more attached and rarely left my side for months, it really is nice to have a doggie to cuddle with.  We  raised another litter for a friend this spring, which I just LOVE doing-I find it so fun and challenging to raise the pups.  I love getting to know the new owners and now watching the pups grow up. 

Now it is time to get back to the things I love and hopefully getting life back to normal.  I started getting itchy to start training the kids again and just finished up the Precision Heeling online class with Denise Fenzi, and I LOVE her!

I hate to make this too long so I will come back tomorrow and I can get into the fun stuff, I am really excited about what we have been learning and the skills we are working on now!
Chloe heading to the beach last week

Sweet Lizzie the Lizard, she plays hard but she enjoys her down time


Sara said...

Glad to have you back! When my dad had his hips replaced, he shared a room with a knee replacer. He always says that he's so glad he didn't need new knees, because those people struggled so much more than he did. How awesome to regain your freedom and be able to get out there again!

Diana said...

Welcome back. I can see it being hard to blog about dog stuff when you can't do any. The two times Miley was on rest for an injury , it was hard for me to read other people's blogs. I think you have done awesome with your recovery. I know a few people who never got back to normal after a knee replacement. Lets face it, they cut your bones off and put in a fake joint. Ouch!! You've done awesome and should be so proud of yourself!!

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

I'm glad you're back and starting to feel as good as new!

Steffi said...

So glad to hear that you can get back into agility soon. I loved all of those puppy pictures and videos you posted, looks like you had a blast raising that litter.

Chris and Ricky said...

It is so exciting to see a new post on your blog!! Tell us about the heeling class when you get a chance please! :)

Nicki said...

Welcome back!

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