One of the things I love about Loki is his ability to go from zero to completely crackers in 3.5 seconds--for no reason. He'll suddenly bust into circle sprints: tail and butt tucked under, ears flat back, mouth wide open, eyes dialed wild and paws in full-throttle. Yesterday, Juno busted out the crack-a-tude too-- for no apparent reason:
Oh yeah, her body language meets all the cracker criteria. She ran circles around the yard like she had ants in her jodhpurs. Juno's inner-cracker is re-emerging. And that's a great sign.
Torture Therapy is going great. She's had two water-treadmill sessions and already she's up to 15 minutes on it. On her second visit, her therapist noted that her strides were longer, which is good. Apparently her hamstrings are too tight so after all daily exercises, I stretch them for her. She is also up to 50 minutes of bike-jogging with me. We started bike-jogging 3 weeks ago at 10 minutes. We go up to three times per week. She goes much slower than Loki but each time she gets a little faster. I let her pace herself and she stops when she needs to.
We finally received the Walky Dog bike leashes, but I found biking one dog at a time is pretty easy to do unleashed so he or she can pace him/herself rather than me pacing and not really knowing when it's time for a rest stop. Yesterday, while bike-jogging Juno, I saw a horseback rider so I leashed her and rounded the corner. We walked by the rider without one cry or pull of her leash. Other than cats and rodants, I have no fear of her being aggressive to any other type of animal. Still, I'd prefer she'd ignore them so I was very pleased she was able to control herself.
Seperately, Juno and Loki are a piece of cake to handle on or off-leash around temptations. Together, they egg eachother on. Juno typically will be the first to break obedience and Loki cannot stand to see her break so he breaks in order to herd or correct Juno. He finds out he can't, so he returns to me. So for now, I'll continue to bike-jog them separately off-leash. I also found a name of a trainer who will work the dogs next to horses thanks to my vet and hope I can carve out some time for this.
For those who've asked, that patch of fur she's missing was from her MRI and lumbar tap last month. It's interesting that we've gone through so many diagnostics only to come full circle back to the same conclusion we did last year: she needs lots of various exercises. All the long walking in the world wasn't helping her. Since she's been bike-jogging, she's had so much more mobility, her "sit pretty" is very solid and she's starting to sit more squarely. She's also using her bed at night more often than the floor. When she's in pain she prefers to be stretched out on the floor. Now she'll curl up in her bed. Also curious, she uses her back legs and paws now to scratch her ears like a normal dog. She's never really done that and quite frankly I noticed that after the gold beads and osteopath work. I believe the gold beads and osteopath help tremendously with pain but ultimately muscle build up in her legs is required for her to be stable and keep pain away.
Juno also lost some weight and she needs to lose more. I'm just thrilled she's feeling good enough to get her cracker back on.
Unfortunately Mr. Wild Dingo rarely gets to see this side of her because Juno enjoys playing the sullen, aloof Siberian around him. So for Mr. Wild Dingo's sake, here she is putting the smack down on Big Bad Boy:
"My name is Juno. Hear me ROAR!"
"Cupcake, don't let your mouth start something your head can't stand!"
"Welcome to the University of Siberian Smack-Down!"
"Where I shall school you in taking a beating."
"That's it Daddy-O, grab all the scruff , while you still can."
"Don't sweat it dollface. I have plenty of chompers in this here mouth."
"Stud, if you're big enough, you don't need them ..."
" ... And if you need them, you're not big enough to push me around."