First, the good:
- The saddle seems to fit OK, although someone needs a 52" or 54" girth.
- The bridle of course fits.
- We'd talked about a running martingale, and it turns out that my $15 breastplate find has a martingale attachment... that's running... and the breastplate fits nicely!
She seems to have a bit of a sinus infection. She was breathing loudly at the walk today, so we put a stethoscope to her, and it seems to be in her face.
But on top of that - or maybe because of it - it seems like her right ear might be hurting. It took a good fifteen minutes and loosening the cheekpieces down several holes to get that bridle on her, and she fought me every step of the way. We called it a victory when I had the bridle on her and could gently rub the base of her ear with my thumb, even if her head was still pretty high. Now, granted... she's done this to me once before, and that time she was just being a pain in the butt who didn't want her ear handled - but having dealt with that before, this time she was definitely reacting in a way that suggests her ear might genuinely be bothering her.
The vet will be out in a few days for pregnancy checks, so she's been added to the list of patients.
And then there's this sweet face:
The less good? Weeeell, someone got kicked out of group obedience class for not understanding that he can't just run at other dogs and start nipping and trying to play rough. (Liability is a thing, and the trainer's popped us over to private lessons at no additional charge, so we're all good!) The general consensus, between the trainer and my BO that used to do bully rescue, is that he just was socially isolated and essentially has the mentality of a 4 month old puppy. Only he's 50 pounds and ~3 years old. Sooo... yeah. That's a bit challenging every time he sees another dog, but we're working on it
|Still the best car rider, though!|