Ever heard of Dock Diving?

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Hi All!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  It has been a whirl wind of a month for our Whitney family.  We are settling into our new home and are enjoying all the new space and amenities!  Since things are going so well,  I decided to take a brief vacation from the practice and try some new things.

That said, a friend had mentioned that she was doing some dock diving completions with her whippets.  All I knew of this sport was what I had seen on TV.  Mostly large dogs with big jumps.  What I didn’t know is that all breeds and even mixed breeds of all sizes are welcome.  I found a local-ish (Rock Falls) place that was holding a trial and set out for an adventure. And what an adventure it was!  We saw dogs of all types: a corgi, a sheltie, many retrievers, whippets, pit bulls, and more.  The goal?  Run! Jump! Swim! One dog (a malinois) jumped 27 feet!

Now I was immediately hooked.  After asking around and talking to folks, I found out I could come up for a lesson.  So of course I signed all 4 of my kids up.  We had a blast.  Poppy is a natural.  Check her out here:

Poppy the golden jumping in the water.

Poppy starts on the ramp.

The dogs are started on the ramp so they can learn how to get out of the water.   After a few tosses of the Frisbee, she was in it to win it!

Poppy jumping in the water.

Poppy exploded off the ramp in style!

After she was comfortable with that, she got to try the dock.  At first it was a little scary for her, as they can see the bottom and it looks far down. Frisbees are worth the risk though, so in she went.

Poppy goes off the dock!

Poppy goes off the dock!

We actually played with all 4 of the kids.  Ami just swam, Weeds was also a natural, and Morgan who hadn’t been swimming in water over his head, quickly gain confidence after I went in the water with him.

All in all it was a great experience.  I can’t wait to try again.  There will be another event in August at the Southtown K9 center.  If you have the time, drive on up and check it out.  I’m sure you will have fun!

Dr Nancy

 

Happy July 4th! Keep your pets safe with these tips!

4th of JulyHappy Independence Day!  Today is a great day to enjoy the festivities of fireworks, picnics and family time!  Sometimes we may forget that our pets may not enjoy some of this as much as we do.

Sure they love the cookout.  Who doesn’t? Remember though that our dogs and cats may not feel so hot if we share our food.  Foods that are high in fat and protein can make some pets sick with pancreatitis and stomach issues. Vomiting and diarrhea will only spoil the fun, so instead, here are few safer foods to offer our pals. If your pet is on a special diet for medical needs, these may not be appropriate either, so use caution if you feed prescription foods!

  • Ice cubes made from chicken broth can provide a tasty treat for pets while they are outside at the picnic.
  • Veggies are generally good, but keep away form the starchy stuff. (Potato salad is not a vegetable! :) )
  • Some fruits can really bring a nice sweet treat. Bananas, apples and strawberries are good choices.  NO GRAPES!

We humans LOVE fireworks.  Unfortunately that is usually not the case for your pets. Even hunting dogs are not fans of this.  The sounds of the explosions can hurt their sensitive ears and the spectacle we love can be overwhelming to them.  Additionally, not all dogs enjoy the social gathering of crowds as much as we think they do.  Best bet:  Leave your dogs at home!  Here are some tips for dogs (and cats) that may be afraid of the racket:

  • Put them in a quiet, darker area of the house.  Sometimes covering them up after putting them in their kennel can help.
  • Some dogs and cats may do better if you put cotton balls in their ears.  Just be sure to take them out afterwards.
  • Play the TV or radio while you are gone.  This can help mask a little of the noise.
  • Consider using an herbal calming agent such as Composure.  These types of herbals will take the edge off without sedating your pet.

Last, but not least, remember all of the troops including the service dogs who have given us the privilege of enjoying this holiday!  Happy fourth everyone!

Justin dressed up

Justin was a true party animal. Just not when the fireworks were exploding.

Dr Nancy