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there is no good time to have surgery and taKe off considerable time from agility, worK, etc., but you need to picK a time. © PHYLLIS ENSLEY © PHYLLIS ENSLEY ning more than walking. I practiced running along the dogwalk. I was no longer fearful but it still felt awkward. ter with time, but it has put a crimp in my yoga. I don’t have the range of motion I once did so I can’t sit back on my heels or do “child’s pose.” You learn to make accommodations for slightly less mobility, but if you are reading this you are probably already doing some of that. Maybe altering the way you get up from a chair or go down stairs. As far as agility is concerned, I have no restrictions. I do just as many front crosses as I used to. I still handle from a distance, since that is a style that works for me and my dogs, but now I have more options. At this writing I am six months post op and my knee still gets a little stiff after a few hours of sitting, but it loosens up in just a few steps. Month Four: Now I Can Run I entered my first AKC trial exactly four months post op. The courses had a lot of straight lines—a good test for my new running skills. Now that I could run I had to adjust my timing. I was getting places faster than I had before. In one run my dog Stella was so fascinated to see me next to her instead of behind her, she ran right by a few jumps! Saturday I ran both Stella and my older dog Elliot in Standard and Jumpers, and Stella in FAST. We Q’d every run! Sunday, after running five classes the day before, my knee was sore. And, after three days of agility I felt like I had been run over by a truck. I’ve since run in seven more trials and each time I feel stronger and less sore. I am still taking an anti-inflammatory AM and PM “just in case,” but all in all I feel great. door that opens toward you. Ask a stranger to help you. Don’t drive if you are still on pain meds that make you fuzzy headed. Ask a friend to drive you. When your friends offer to come walk your dog or bring you dinner, let them. I never wanted to ask for help or be a burden to others, but the fact of the matter is your friends want to help you. It makes them feel good. Accept help from others graciously. As bad as the first few weeks following surgery are, every day will be better. Before I had my surgery, every day was more painful than the day before. After surgery you are on the upward slope. I have never spoken to anyone who regrets having joint replacement surgery. If anything, I hear of people regretting not having the surgery sooner. Lessons That I Have Learned You don’t go through a broken leg and a hip and knee replacement without picking up a little wisdom along the way. Keep your eyes on the prize. Your rehab is going to go much faster if you have a goal. I think that is why so many agility folks get back into the ring so quickly. The whole time I was doing PT I was pushing myself because I needed to run my dogs again. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You will need help with so many little things. If you are in a walker it is almost impossible to open a heavy Ladies Room We Live Among You I own a small business, Menopaws, where I sell my Menopaws Agility t-shirts as well as dog-themed jewelry. During my knee rehab I created the “Bionic Agility: We’re Titanium Tuff” t-shirt. I am amazed at the handlers who I have seen running dogs for years come by my booth and buy one of those shirts. I had no idea that they had an artificial knee or hip or ankle! So the next time you are crowded around the in gate waiting for your walk-through to start, look around. There is a good chance at least one of those competitors is sporting a little something Titanium! D It’s Not Perfect I love my new knee but it is a prosthesis; while it is a thousand times better than what I had before, it still has limitations. Remember your knee may be new but you still have that same old body. I am still a little “creaky” in the morning but now it’s just my back or my plantar fasciitis that hurts. Kneeling is uncomfortable even on a soft surface. They tell me it will get bet- Pat lives with her husband, Bob, outside Memphis, Tennessee. She shares her life with her two Corgis, Stella, with whom she competes in USDAA and AKC, and Elliot, who is currently enjoying his semi-retirement in the 4” Preferred classes. Pat can be reached through her web site, www.menopaws.com. 22 Clean Run | July 12 http://www.menopaws.com

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Clean Run - July 2012
Contents
Editorializing: Children at Agility Trials
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
The History of the Virtual Agility League
Agility Mind Gym: See Success
Agility After Joint Replacement
Power Paws Drills: On the Diagonal
Higher Than a Kite: Training the Over-Aroused Agility Dog
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Not Your Normal Agility Dog
Building Blocks: Building Hands-on Confidence and Control
Principles of Self-control on the Agility Course
Chute Straight
Small Dog vs. Large Dog Handling
I Decided to Be Happy... and Then I Was! Tips on How to Get a New Attitude
Footwork for Agility: Front Crosses
What’s in Your Toolbox?
Clean Run - July 2012 - Clean Run - July 2012
Clean Run - July 2012 - 2
Clean Run - July 2012 - Contents
Clean Run - July 2012 - 4
Clean Run - July 2012 - Editorializing: Children at Agility Trials
Clean Run - July 2012 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - July 2012 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run - July 2012 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run - July 2012 - 9
Clean Run - July 2012 - 10
Clean Run - July 2012 - The History of the Virtual Agility League
Clean Run - July 2012 - 12
Clean Run - July 2012 - 13
Clean Run - July 2012 - 14
Clean Run - July 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: See Success
Clean Run - July 2012 - 16
Clean Run - July 2012 - 17
Clean Run - July 2012 - Agility After Joint Replacement
Clean Run - July 2012 - 19
Clean Run - July 2012 - 20
Clean Run - July 2012 - 21
Clean Run - July 2012 - 22
Clean Run - July 2012 - Power Paws Drills: On the Diagonal
Clean Run - July 2012 - 24
Clean Run - July 2012 - 25
Clean Run - July 2012 - 26
Clean Run - July 2012 - 27
Clean Run - July 2012 - Higher Than a Kite: Training the Over-Aroused Agility Dog
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 30
Clean Run - July 2012 - 31
Clean Run - July 2012 - 32
Clean Run - July 2012 - From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Clean Run - July 2012 - Not Your Normal Agility Dog
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 36
Clean Run - July 2012 - 37
Clean Run - July 2012 - 38
Clean Run - July 2012 - Building Blocks: Building Hands-on Confidence and Control
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 41
Clean Run - July 2012 - 42
Clean Run - July 2012 - Principles of Self-control on the Agility Course
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 45
Clean Run - July 2012 - 46
Clean Run - July 2012 - Chute Straight
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 49
Clean Run - July 2012 - 50
Clean Run - July 2012 - 51
Clean Run - July 2012 - Small Dog vs. Large Dog Handling
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 54
Clean Run - July 2012 - 55
Clean Run - July 2012 - 56
Clean Run - July 2012 - I Decided to Be Happy... and Then I Was! Tips on How to Get a New Attitude
Clean Run - July 2012 - 58
Clean Run - July 2012 - 59
Clean Run - July 2012 - Footwork for Agility: Front Crosses
Clean Run - July 2012 - 61
Clean Run - July 2012 - 62
Clean Run - July 2012 - What’s in Your Toolbox?
Clean Run - July 2012 - 64
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