Monday, May 05, 2014
This is driving me NUTS... I think it's hormones or something because this hasn't happened to me before but has happened twice now.
First, I was in a friends driveway, down hill slope and sheer ice. I was stuck and could not get out. I was praying as my car was sliding sidewise not to hit her house! Then I burst into tears realizing I was really stuck and needed help. What the Heck?
Then again yesterday. I was so happy to finally hook up to the gooseneck horse trailer and take it out for a practice drive and learn to back up etc. Well it really has a mind of it's own and learning to back up a trailer that drifts to one side and being a novice trailer 'operator' it was very frustrating that it wouldn't do what I wanted! then I didn't think my BF was being very supportive. He was not yelling but kept saying no, wrong, wrong, no.. and the tears just started coming down. After a few minutes he looks at me and is like 'Oh, are you CRYING?'
I got over it and felt better when he said that it takes more than one time out to learn how to haul a gooseneck and I mentioned an area that would be tight to get out of and he suggested I measure it out and then we'll practice at the park w/ cones.. then he apologized later that night that he was sorry he made me cry. I accepted it, even though it wasn't just him, it was a bunch of things.
anyone else have this? I am not near my period, so don't think it was that. I'm 48, on birth control, Dr said that keeps my hormones in check, but I'm still thinking it's hormones!
Rode on Saturday. it was very blustery! First time on the trail this year, he was AWESOME. We trotted practically the whole time, we were out for 1 hr 45 minutes. I am so sore...
Rode Biff for an hour on Sunday. We just walked. I was totally fine with that as I was still sore from Saturday! Biff didn't really want to trot much either, his feet were a little tender. Hopefully he'll toughen up as the season wears on.
These were the neatest flowers. Only found them along water.
These are his two pasture buddies. That is Biff's ear in the bottom corner..love 'ear' shots.
And this is the *$] that made me cry later on Sunday.
Friday, April 11, 2014
For my friends going to MidWest Horse Fair
If you go to the Midwest Horse Fair, be sure to wash your hands, change clothing and change boots/shoes before going into your own barn,to prevent the spread of EH-V-1:
EHV-1 UPDATE 4/8/2014--this is copied from Irongate Equine clinic
We received word today from the State of Wisconsin that the case in St Croix County, WI came back with positive PCR test results (whole blood/nasal swab). This horse is recovering.
It was also reported by Anoka Equine Clinic in Minnesota that there is a new case that was tested yesterday (4/7/14) and is being treated in Isanti County, Minnesota. Results should be back by Thursday/Friday.
We direct you to the Wisconsin State Depart. of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection:
"The Wisconsin state veterinarian recommends that horses with a fever and symptoms of contagious respiratory infection should be kept at home and not taken to shows, competitions, clinics or public trail rides. Horse owners should also be aware that transportation of horses to competitions, shows and clinics may increase the risk of exposure to infectious organisms. Although humans canít be infected by EHV-1, they can aid in spreading it to their horses. Therefore, owners of affected horses should wash and disinfect their hands and change their clothes before coming into contact with healthy horses to prevent the potential spread of these infectious organisms.
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
Monday, March 10, 2014
Onyx went to her new adoptive parents on 2-16. Shortly after she arrived in their house, she jumped their 6' wooden fence and was gone. I saw the fence and saw the tracks. There was a bit of snow, so the fence might have been more like 4'. This was a Sunday.
There was a huge storm coming in on Monday. I went out there on Tuesday with Taite, my Border Collie. We saw Onyx and I got out of the car with Taite and walked towards her. This was a mistake as she had been chased for 2 days of people trying to catch her, that she just saw a person and ran. I was devastated. I was positive she would come to Taite and I.
The adoptive parents never stopped looking for her, I give them great kudos for that. Onyx was moving in the direction to our house. The last 4 days there has been signs of Onyx, where she sleeps at night and hangs out. Sunday morning I went out there with Taite again.
When I arrived, Onyx woke up, started rolling in the snow. I could not see her from the road due to snow banks. I got out of the car and started to walk up the driveway with Taite, parallel to her. I saw her right away and I acknowledged her with a 'hi pup' and looked away, that was VERY hard! I gave Taite treats, but she wanted to explore. Looked out of the corner of my eye and Onyx was sitting. I slowly got up and walked further up the driveway thinking Onyx could not see Taite. Once Taite jumped over the snow mound, Onyx ran to her!
She was 15' from me, laying down. I casually just said again, 'hi pup, it's ok' and she crawled to me crying. I never held onto a dog so tight in my life! She was crying and gave me kisses as I tried to figure out how to secure her, as in my haste for her not to leave, I didn't grab her leash!
I put Taite's leash on her and walked them to my car. They both jumped in the front seat and Onyx just loved on Taite. And Taite locked them in. Good thing I had my keys!
This dog is not the right dog for the adopters, but they really want her but I believe it's just because they kept looking for her. They really need a dog that is outgoing and loves everyone, they do not know how to handle a shy dog.
My BF and I learned a lot about fostering shy dogs with this ordeal and thankfully Onyx is non for the worse. He told Onyx last night that she could stay as long as she wanted. And I just heard from a friend today, that he told her yesterday that the dog wasn't going anywhere again. Obviously he admired her courage to get home too.
Monday, February 17, 2014
I'm beside myself. I feel sick, guilt, etc.
I adopted out my shy foster dog on Sunday. They live 1.5 hours away. They had her home for about an hour and she bolted over their 6' fence and disappeared into a forest preserve
When I found out, it was too late to go there as it was dark.
Today we are having this huge snow storm. I can't stand it.
I hope she is found and doesn't get hit by a car. We have her listed on lost dogs of IL, lost dogs of IL/Rockford. the microchip company was contacted, police, shelters, forest preserve.
My poor Onyx.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Back in September I got this killer pain in one knee while training for a 1/2 marathon. I had to back off the mileage increase and was able to run just over 6 miles before the pain came in drastically effected my time, but I did complete the
I used a foam roller daily and was able to get 5 runs in the month of Oct after the race, about 2-3 miles each w/o any issues. Somewhere in here I stopped using the foam roller daily.
then in November, the two times I went out, at 1.5 miles that pain area in the knee just kinda said I'm here, remember me? Then 8 or more hours later, it was a real nagging pain. I can see maybe I just can't run 6 miles, but 1.5? Honestly?
I thought it was the IT band as I was increasing mileage, running on hills and running on uneven ground. However when I showed the PT where the pain was she said that is not the IT band.
Instead, I have a tight hamstring with overuse (oh snap), week posterior sling system and tight quads and Hip Flexors.
Have many stretches to do and exercises to help with the issue. BAD NEWS.. no running for 4 weeks. O.M.G.
But, at least I know what it is.. Guess I'll be doing my mileage on my in December.
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