Ticket finally earned her freedom.  After 8 weeks of crate rest and rehab, the bone in her right leg looks healed, and she gets to be turned loose.  Obviously, she can’t just jump into everything at once, and I’ll have to ease her back into agility.  First up–sprints!  And she is thrilled to be able to chase the ball again.  It’s a little nerve-wracking to watch–I can’t help but be terrified everytime she slams on the brakes.  But so far, so good–no lameness or soreness!

Mardi is also doing well.  She’s done great after surgery, and I’ll take her staples out tomorrow.  Looks like she’s suffered no ill-effects, so we got very lucky there.

Trip seems to be on the mend.  I haven’t been doing much with her until this past week, where we worked a couple of short sequences.  She was flying.  I don’t know if that’s because of the now-missing tooth, because it was cold, because she’s had two weeks off…too many variables.  But, I was happy with how she ran.  The real test will be the USDAA trial we’re doing in 2 weeks.  I care about GP and Steeplechase, the other runs are just fluff.  Hopefully I’ll be able to keep her happy and motivated, and running like the champ she is.

Here’s a video of Ticket when she was turned loose in the backyard for the first time.  She just epitomizes JOY, and I love to see her like this.


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