I had really hoped that this post would bear good news about my job search but, unfortunately, I have not heard back yet regarding my interview down south at the beginning of the month. Please keep thinking good thoughts for me.
Yesterday I took Moira to some agility run thrus at a place not too far from where we live. She was a WILD dog but that's to be expected after an entire summer off from agility. I was really pleased with her jumping though and she always came back to me so that's good too. Part of the reason I went for the run thrus was to meet up with Stacy Sties of Canine Icer. Stacy is a local gal who makes neoprene wraps that can be used for applying heat or cold to various parts of canine athletes. She also makes custom wraps that can hold weights or rigid/flexible supports for canine physical therapy.
Stacy measured Sam for a pair of hock wraps to help him stay up off his pasterns a little more. As he's aged, I've noticed him rolling back on his rear pasterns more and more. This week I took him to the vet because he has developed an interdigital infection on one rear foot and some cysts on the inner edge of the other. The hope is these wraps will help stabilize and support him a little better to take some of the pressure off his back feet. At 13 I expect him to have some issues and arthritis is one of them but I could tell his feet have really been bothering him lately and this seemed like it might help.
|Sam's hock wraps.|
After only an hour or so they seem to be helping and he doesn't mind them at all. The right one doesn't want to stay up where it should - may have to do with his bone structure and we might have to make some adjustments to it - but the left one is staying in place perfectly. He should be able to wear them almost all the time so we'll see if there is any improvement in his feet and gait.
I know many of you have athletically inclined dogs who have suffered injuries that require the application of heat or cold. I would encourage you to check out Stacy's website. She has some standard sizes but will also make custom sizes - important with the corgis, of both persuasions, who have slightly different proportions. Her pricing is reasonable, especially considering the personal attention and prompt delivery, and she's an agility and herding person too so she knows what we ask our dogs to do.
Hopefully, the next post will have news about the job hunt.