Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 82

Course Diagram Keys Letter to the Editor Dear Marta, I read with a heavy heart your editorial in the September 2008 issue of Clean Run. My condolences to you; I, too, lost my best friend at the young age of six. Mathias was my beautiful yellow Lab, and like your dog, had the best of everything. He had the right food, he swam in a therapy pool against a current twice a week for conditioning, he had chiropractic adjustments as needed, and tons of love. He was a happy dog, and an awesome therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International, Inc. He was a tremendous asset to me as I recovered from a shattered wrist and later a ruptured thumb tendon. He helped me tie my shoes, get dressed, and carry packages. He had many chores around the house which he loved to do. He carried groceries in from the car, held the leash of my puppy while I “scooped,” helped to set and clear the table, took laundry out of the dryer, and was an agility dog. Together we were working on his MACH, UD, and RAE titles; and we were learning how to track. I had so many dreams and plans for the future. All that came to a sudden end in the blink of an eye. My two young dogs and Mathias were in the yard, when they suddenly started running together too fast and too close. I was afraid one of them was going to get hurt, but never in my wildest dreams did I foresee what would happen. As the dogs were making a turn, I heard a horrendous thud. Then there was Mathias, lying on the ground with all four of his legs outstretched. I waited a nanosecond to see if he was going to get up. He didn’t. I ran over to him, grabbed his shoulder, “Mathias, Mathias are you okay?” and just then he had a hypoxic seizure. His tongue was hanging out, gray and dusky; I checked for a pulse, there was none. I started CPR, but to no avail. I rushed him to the emergency clinic where he was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest. The thud was my black Lab’s body slamming into him. It just happened to be close to Mathias’s heart at the exact wrong time of his cardiac cycle, and caused a ventricular dysrhythmia. It is the same phenomenon as when a baseball hits a child in the chest and kills the child. A rare occurrence for children (only two to three reported in the U.S.) and even rarer for dogs. The purpose of this letter is to ask that we please continue to stress loving your dogs and cherishing every moment. The missed Qs mean nothing when your cherished friend is no longer here. Life is short and can change in an instant. Mathias’s name is Hebrew, it means “a gift of the Lord,” and isn’t that what every one of our dogs are to us? Sincerely, Suzi Metz 1 1 1 1 1 BC FC FT RC LOP RFP Moving? It can take 6-8 weeks for changes of address to take effect. Change your address online on the Magazine Forum page at www.cleanrun.com or call us with the information. FC Subscription Problems or Questions? Contact Clean Run Inside the US: 800.311.6503 Mon-Fri: 9am to 5pm EST Outside the US: 413.532.1389 Fax: 413.532.1590 © PHOTOGRAPHY BY LESLEY Email: info@cleanrun.com Write: Clean Run 17 Industrial Drive South Hadley, MA 01075 Online Store: www.cleanrun.com If you have any questions about your subscription or you need to report a problem with delivery, contact info@cleanrun.com. Please note that replacements for missing issues cannot be sent out until the 12th of the month (for example, May 12 for the May issue for US subscriptions) and the 25th of the month (for example, May 25 for the May issue) for Canadian and overseas subscriptions. Delivery times for periodicals mail can vary even within the same city, so please be patient and wait until the 12th to report a missing issue. However, issues that have been damaged in the mail should be reported immediately. FT D3 D2 D1 T H1 H2 H3 Letters to the Editor We welcome comments on the magazine as well as letters to the editor. Please send to letters@cleanrun.com Clean Run | December 08 82
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run Magazine - December 2008

Clean Run Magazine - December 2008
Think Outside the Box (and the Ring)
Editorializing: Just One More Run
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Trainer’s Forum
Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Treadmill Walking
Handling Your Dog in Awesome Style, Part 9: Common Sequences
Agility Class Etiquette
K9 Kudos: Seeing Spots
Foundation Fundamentals: Flatwork Skills Wrap-up
So You Want to Raise an Agility Star
Canine Health Care: FAQs
Conquering Ring Nerves: Feeling Overwhelmed by Big Goals?
Retraining Agility Skills
Skill of the Month
Walking the Course…Backward?
Agility Organization Update
Using Silent Running to Improve Body Language
Letter to the Editor
Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Clean Run Magazine - December 2008
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 3
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Editorializing: Just One More Run
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 11
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 14
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Treadmill Walking
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 17
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 18
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 19
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Handling Your Dog in Awesome Style, Part 9: Common Sequences
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 23
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 25
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 26
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 27
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 28
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 29
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 30
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Agility Class Etiquette
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 32
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 33
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 34
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 36
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 37
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Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 39
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - K9 Kudos: Seeing Spots
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 43
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Foundation Fundamentals: Flatwork Skills Wrap-up
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 46
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 49
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 50
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 51
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - So You Want to Raise an Agility Star
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 53
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 54
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 56
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Canine Health Care: FAQs
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Conquering Ring Nerves: Feeling Overwhelmed by Big Goals?
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 62
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 63
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 64
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Retraining Agility Skills
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Skill of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 69
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Walking the Course…Backward?
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 73
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 74
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Agility Organization Update
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 76
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 77
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Using Silent Running to Improve Body Language
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 80
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 81
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 83
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 84
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