Mon Aug 15
Trek walk. I wanted to see if I could get her to walk in the Ginger Lead
for longer than just wandering around. Not really. I put the leash on
her collar and pretty much dragged her down the length of the small park
and back. Then I put her in the cart and we played fetch for about 6-7
Yoshi walk Lincoln to Court and turned around - no dogs. Seems to be
walking ok now that we took him off of Gabapentin. We're going to start
extending his walks. He is really bummed about not being allowed up on
things and sneaks up on the bed whenever we forget to shut the door.
Sun Aug 14
Trek Krusi Park
We went across the park in our more usual way, but this time I filmed
it. I'm hoping to see if her cart is set to a good height. Did 7 or so
Yoshi is back from his trip with Terri. He was pretty over-stimulated
the whole time as Terri's mom is in the Sierra foothills so there are
deer and turkeys just to start with. He slept most of the day so didn't
want a walk. Though was still determined to hop up on the bed when we
weren't looking and we're only half-way through the month of reduced
Fri Aug 12
I'm on my own till Sunday afternoon as Terri is going to go see her mom.
She is taking Yoshi so we're splitting the dog workload which makes
things much easier. She rigged up a tied down crate in the back of the
They're there now and Terri says that Yoshi is totally loving her Mom's rug.
Yoshi is less ataxic without the Gabapentin. Now we're wondering if
taking Trek off of it would help her too. The problem is that gabapentin
really helps what we think is a pins and needles feeling in her front
foot. Gabapentin is very good at calming misfiring nerves down (main use
is for epilepsy control and for nerve pain), but the price is
that the nerves are slower (I know this from personal experience too).
We're going to reduce Trek to 2 a day (she's now at three) by removing
her morning dose and see what happens.
Trek walk. Tried Lila's Eddie's Wheels cart.
Much more rear support, but she can't push with her rear legs much at
all and has to use mostly her front legs. Still made it all the way
across the park, but only did three fetch throws and she's usually good
So it's a mixed result. With Eddie's Wheels, no energy wasted on side to
side motion, so any energy put into moving the cart forward moves it
very well going forwards, but it doesn't allow much push with the legs
in the rear. So, for Trek, it's Dewey's Wheels for now.
Thu Aug 11
Trek Krusi Park. Got all the way across the park, but I'm having to pull
more. Fetch went ok. Finally started counting. Nine tosses.
I think this weekend I'll try her in the Eddie's Wheels cart to see what the differences are. Have to bring a video camera.
Yoshi walk. Went fine. He and another dog were on opposite sides of the
street and Yoshi was fine until the other dog lost it. Then Yoshi joined
in the barking.
Wed Aug 10
Trek Krusi Park. We had to steer around a rugby practice but they were
just getting started so we still were able to cut across their field. I
did wind up pulling her more through the taller grass. Fetch still went
fine. I should start counting the number of fetches before she gets
tired so I can see when there's a decline.
Yoshi walk. They went down Gibbons and turned around. One big black dog
that created quite the Yoshi barking fit for a bit. He is getting more
ataxic and is having trouble being steady on his feet and going up a
step when we let him. I've decided to take him off of Gabapentin to see
if that helps.
Tue Aug 9
Trek Krusi Park. While we still got all the way across the park out
of the cart (with me towing some), she's not walking as well in the
rear, even though fetch went fine. I'm wondering if I should try her in
the Eddie's wheels one. I'm thinking she's not disabled enough for it,
but if we're not going to use it I should give it back to Lila, so I
need to try her in it again.
Yoshi walk. Went the opposite direction for fun. They went down Gibbons
almost to Santa Clara and then turned around. His injury showed up on
July 30, so we have to get all the way through this month before he can
get some real exercise. At least it doesn't have to be strict crate
Mon Aug 8
Trek Krusi Park. Got all the way across without nearly getting
beaned by a baseball or softball as no one was practicing. Fetch was
Yoshi walk. No dogs. Lots of pets from one girl. They went all the
way around the block which is further than he's been. He got a little
tired but he seems ok now even snuck up on the bed when I wasn't
looking. We've been keeping him off of high places during this 30 day
Sun Aug 7
Trek Krusi Park. It was earlier in the day so there were some people
practicing. One group was adults so I steered way around them only to
hear "Heads up" in the other direction. I had to pull Trek out of the
way of the approaching ball. It was a little close. They were apologetic
though we were kind of close to them. We just did a little bit of
Trek to her PT at Muller Canine Rehab. I made a timeline for them to
gauge her DMs progress as it's easy for us all to lose track.
The basics are
Mar 2014 - First Neuro exam, no DM symptoms
July 2014 - Leg/Paw reposition delay shows up in a neuro proprioception test (no symptoms)
Mar 2015 - DM symptoms first start to show
Sep 2015 - Consult with Neuro Dr. Schwartz - DM 1st choice, disc 2nd
Mar 2016 - DM symptoms obvious
Jun 2016 - Lost full use of her right rear leg, left rear still 75% functional, scoots around on her right rear hip.
July 2016 Her walks are only on grass using a cart mostly.
Emily adjusted her cart to raise her right leg up more, so it doesn't
get in the way of the left leg but while still able to touch the ground.
We went to just past Johnson and turned around. There was a dog walking
by across the street right out of the house door (bark bark bark), and
then on the way back we had the same effect of another golden walking by
right in front of him. He was pretty unhappy about the second one, so I
carried him for a little while to get him to chill out. Both times,
from his perspective, the dog appeared out of nowhere.
Thu Aug 4
Trek Krusi Park. Kind of did the reverse of what we did a couple of
days ago which was to get all the way across and then head to one of the
other sides diagonally, then back to the center for some fetch and then
make her slog on her own back to the car.
Yoshi in the yard, bolted to the end of the leash in squirrel pursuit, but no mishaps.
Later he walked down the block and back and was ok.
Wed Aug 3
Trek Krusi Park. I tried to just use the cart with only the regular
cart harness and not her own one to help secure it and it just doesn't
work that well, so I need to use them together. We got all the way
across and back to the center threw her toy about three times before
another dog owner came to scratch Trek and it was all over then. Trek
would have let her do that forever. We went back to the car sans cart
and just scooting (me carrying it.)
I took Yoshi down the block and back. He's walking tentatively, but he's
doing mostly ok though we will have to be careful with him for at least
Tue Aug 2
Trek Crab Cove walk. Steered around a lot of Pokeman Go players, but
she got a fair bit of attention too. I first went to the other side of
the park but they hadn't mowed recently so bailed and went over to Crab
Cove. Walked over to the water and down beside the bike path and then
went off it a bit and played fetch for a while and walked back. She was
sulking and wanted to go back to the car at first but once we got going
she was fine.
Yoshi went on a very brief down the block and back. He's walking normally, but he is full of drugs.
Mon Aug 1
Dr. Chuck Walls (Sage Orthopedist) was nice enough to call me about Yoshi.
He took a look at Yoshi's X-ray. Nothing too terrible sticks out
Some not serious narrowing between:
Some possible spondylosis (age-related deterioration) between L-1 and L-2.
It can take 6-8 weeks to heal (typical of soft tissue in my own experience)
No jumping up or down
Gentle walks ok
If DM he won't improve
He was encouraged to hear that Yoshi was already acting better.
Cancelling the appt on the 8th and will reconvene later if necessary.
Trek Krusi Park
She's doing better with me towing some. We got all the way across the
park and then went diagonally to a different side and then back to the
center for some fetch. She did quite well.
Yoshi is bored silly. I think he can do a short walk tomorrow.
Sun Jul 31
Yoshi is already acting better. Funny moment was I was still in bed
when Terri took him out in the morning and I feel this thunk of a Corgi
on the bed and then I hear "Don't let him on the bed." Ah, well.
I had made an appt on the 8th for Yoshi to see Chuck Walls but he called me tomorrow (see above).
Sat Jul 30
Yoshi's is clearly moving slowly and not feeling that great. I took him to Sage Concord because I wanted their expertise. Dr. Colleen McCoy took X-rays. The good news is there is no sign of a corn cob at all so no emergency surgery. The bad news is he is showing signs of lower back pain. Pain means possible disc issue, but it's not DM then.
He is now on Rimadyl and gabapentin.
He's been slow about going up the stairs at night for a while and he has been showing a proprioception deficit in his left rear for a couple of months. If he gets worse in the next 12-24 hours it is considered an emergency and we have to immediately go back, but since he's been showing symptoms for a while now that's not likely. I have a week of Rimadyl and got a paper Rx for the gabapentin. We'll get the rest of the Rimadyl from Park Centre who price-matches 800-pet-meds when I remember to ask. Later I went to Walgreens and picked up the gabapentin.
We went over Leo Sophia's Cardigan's dramatic disc injury (5-12-15) and surgery. Details here http://thedailyleonidas.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
Trek Krusi Park. Only dogs and their owners there. Nice and peaceful got all the way across with me towing her through the grass then played fetch for a while. I keep thinking I should lower her legs, so she can have better ground contact and I have some, but they drag then. She's on grass so it might not matter.
Thu Jul 28
Trek Bay Farm Walk. It was beautiful there but she didn't want to walk too much even with me towing her, so we went part of the way came back and had a very nice game of fetch (which is what she wanted.)
Yoshi walk. Lost it when a Corgi appeared in front of him when he was walking down his driveway, but recovered and was able to cope with a Husky walking down the other side of the street later (with the application of a couple of treats.)
Wed Jul 27
Trek walk, Tied a rope to both front sides of her cart and it worked great for helping her to get through the taller grass. Though this time we were dodging softballs, but it worked out in the end.
Yoshi walk. Uneventful. One dog across the street. Just a brief stare but no reaction.Tue Jul 26
Trek Krusi Park. For a moment I've given up on the Walkabout Rear
Harness and put her back in the cart. Why didn't I think of this before?
I go to all sorts of effort to find short grass for Trek to walk on in
her cart, but there are always taller spots of grass. This time I
attached the leash to the cart and helped by pulling the cart through
the thicker spots while she walked along. Consider it "power assisted"
wheels. It worked great! Though now I want to figure out how to pull
from the center of the cart instead of the front side.
Yoshi walk. GSD walked via a bike on Central that caught his attention
and Terri distracted him with a treat long enough for said GSD to pass
Mon Jul 25
Trek Krusi Park. She wasn't that interested in walking in the harness
but she was happy to flail about playing fetch. Probably going to have
to go back to the cart. Wonder if I can devise a way to pull it along
and help her.
Sat Jul 23
Trek PT. She's going slower. Now at 1.5 mph. Still hanging in there.
Took Yoshi to Krusi Park when it was quiet. There were dogs around some
so we did a focus on me exercise while a dog walked by. He wears a
harness and I have my hands through the harness neck/shoulder collar
with one hand on each side of his face. When he barks at the dog I
swivel his head back to me and talk to him. It worked ok.
Did some great Rally work out on the field. He can go in a competition again any time.
Might take him to Half Moon Bay to see what the grass looks like for Trek.
Then I had a Spanish-speaking kid walking a dog on a flexi who didn't
understand "my dog is not friendly," so i just picked up a barking
Yoshi, and the kid got the message. I don't remember how to say that in
Spanish, but I did get "Lo Siento" out.
Fri Jul 22
Trek Washington Park walk. Less arguing this time. I chose a more interesting, less noisy place which helped. She still isn't that entirely thrilled but I think she's learning that is helps her mobility. The bummer is she can't do as much fetch though (6 throws).
Thu Jul 21
Trek Walk. OMG what a pain she was this time. Three different parks. First two Krusi and Lincoln were too noisy and she just wanted to run (crawl) back to the car. Went over to Bay Farm which was nearly silent, but she didn't want to walk in the harness. Maybe we just need more practice with it though she's done fine with it in the past. I want her to get used to it because she has limited time before her back left leg stops working that well and she will only have the cart to use then. She has more freedom of movement in the harness. Maybe she's rather the Ginger Lead which is just around her belly, but I don't see how that could be that comfortable over a distance though it's fine in the backyard. I got frustrated so I just sat down on a bench and let her just chill out. We did do a little fetch but not much.
Yoshi walk went just fine. Avoided a fluffy white dog but that was it.
Wed Jul 20
Yoshi walk. Evaded a labrador, but otherwise uneventful.
Trek Krusi Park. This time I decided to try the Walkabout rear harness
my thinking is time is ticking on how long she'll be able to use her
left rear leg, so I may as well have her use it as much as she can. We
got all the way across the park and did a little fetch in the center and
then put her back in the walkabout to go back to the car. I don't know
if this is any better as she gets a lot of exercise in the cart, but I
think she's freer in the harness and doesn't get hung up on tall grass. I
use the walkabout on her rear with a leash on her collar so I half drag
her across, but she's mostly agreeable.
Wonder if I could train her to do rally using it. Might be tough, but she wouldn't be fighting tall grass then.
Tue Jul 19
Trek Krusi Park
It was too busy on the softball fields so we went over to the tennis courts on the grass under the trees which was fine and not too tall. Had to carry her over a couple of paved paths, but we went to the front area and played fetch there which worked surprisingly well and it was much quieter over there.
Mon Jul 18
Trek Krusi Park. Buzzed by a young something-oodle who was enthusiastic but harmless. The park was nearly empty, so we could find the path across the park where the grass was the shortest. It's funny, as soon as the grass gets longer she stops and has to really pull. What she needs is a putting green. Did an extended fetch session which she enjoyed.
Yoshi walk. Terri had to do evasive action for a couple of passing dogs. She goes up the driveway and gets him to focus on her, but just as the dog is passing, he loses it for a few moments barking then snaps back to focus on her.Sun Jul 17
Trek and I went to Bay Farm and walked the length of the park and back for some fetch, we came back on the path by the water which was a little easier for her. We saw two separate parties playing Pokeman Go in the exact same spot at different times.
Sat Jul 16
I got the Assisi Loop PEMF batteries replaced on my fourth attempt. I was sure I had broken it, but the other battery I had gotten from Al Lasher's was the problem as once I replaced it with a battery I had ordered online, it started to work. The other battery is one that Al Lasher's replaced with a newer battery but that origin is unknown too. The one on the right has tabs and the one on the left just has a lot of solder on the bottom and the top lead just just folded over enough to make it connect. Fortunately, I can order batteries with tabs online and there are You Tube videos on how to solder directly to the batteries. I roughed up the surface with a screwdriver, but I've learned you can use sandpaper,
Trek now has her PEMF loop again, and I've learned a lot.
Trek walk. Krusi Park. Place was deserted and we made it all the way across the park with only a bit on hard slogging in the taller grass sections. wonder if I can get bigger tires for it or pneumatic ones. We had a slightly extended fetch session which she very much enjoyed.
Yoshi walk. Completely uneventful. He marches to the pace of an internal metronome like a wind up toy unless he smells something, then it's full stop and check it out, then back to his march, though sometimes he will break out running for 3 houses or so.Fri Jul 15
Still trying to solder in the batteries on Trek PEMG unit. The batteries with solderable tabs don't seem to be able to successfully run the unit even though they are the correct voltage.Thu Jul 14
Cancelled Trek's VPI policy. Hope we don't regret it.
Trek walk - went to Bay Farm.
I forgot her harness so I just used the cart harness by itself which doesn't work as well. We walked the length of that park, turned around and I took her out of the cart and we played some fetch which she still can do.
Yoshi walk. Going down Santa Clara. Small terrier type coming right at them. They went up a driveway, Terri fed him some treats. Yoshi barked a couple of times them turned back for another treatTue Jul 12
Trek cart walk. Krusi Park was too busy, so we went to Bay Farm
Shoreline Park and the grass short enough for her to manage pretty well.
I think she's getting better at it, and I'm getting more patient. We
walked the length of a section of the park, turned around and then
played fetch for a little while before heading back.
Yoshi walk. Uneventful. Two dogs in the distance, but they turned off before there was any issue.
Mon Jul 11
Trek walk. Our way through the short grass was
blocked by practice so we worked our way over to a different section and
played fetch for a while, and then I carried her part of the way over
to the tennis courts and then let her work her way back to the car with
me carrying her over the paved sections. She's going to need motorized
assist wheels soon - wish they existed.
Yoshi walk. Lots of pet from the girls down the street but no dog sightings.
Sat Jul 9
She's still at 1.6mph for 10 min. With regular treats she does great.
What she needs is a peanut butter kong or something else to lick. Though
Terri observes that it changes her gait so maybe the eat, fall back,
come forward to eat again is working well enough.
Normal walk for Yoshi. He really enjoys just trotting along almost
running, and then he'll spin to sniff something. for me he was often
slow but for Terri he moves right along.
Fri Jul 8
Trek acupuncture. Went well. He used electrodes attached to the needles. I can't tell if it's having an effect or not.
Trek walk. We went over to Bay Farm Shoreline park. I wrapped her back
feet. She still didn't want to walk on the bike path. I think because
it's too hard on her left front foot. We did get some fetch in. When we
got back home I tried wrapping her front foot and that seems to help her
front foot stability, and I'm kicking myself for not trying it months
Yoshi walk. Saw a yellow lab getting in a car which upset Yoshi and he
barked and by the time Terri was able to distract him the lab was gone.
Trouble with this is when that happens, Mr. Y thinks he successfully
made the lab go away. Ah well.
Thu Jul 7
Trek Krusi Park. Grass is getting longer, so I'm
no longer insisting she go all the way across especially since I have
her using the cart now. We walk to the center and then play some fetch
till her legs start to give out and she looks tired.
Wed Jul 6
Trek Krusi Park. Walking in the grass is getting harder for her but we
still made it to the center and walked around the cut grass areas and
then played some fetch. Terri is wondering if she will walk on concrete
so I then wrapped her back feet to find out. As usual, if she's going
back to her car then she'll walk over anything. Walking away from it is
less compelling to her. I should just carry her in the backpack and then
let her walk back to the car. That and fetch is what works. I think
we're stuck with playing fetch for quite a while which is not a terrible
I do have to get her more comfortable on hard surfaces but the worn
parts on her feet are just starting to grow back and I want to see that
Yoshi walk. No dogs, no drama.
Tue Jul 5
Trek walk. Krusi was too busy so we went to Lincoln Park. Didn't do
as much walking but got some good fetch in. Walking back she started to
trot on the concrete before I stopped her and moved her to the grass.
She seemed fine about it which is different, so I'll have to get booties
on her and give it a try.
Yoshi walk. Terri had gone up a driveway to let another dog pass by and
the other person unbelievably let his dog on a flexi approach Yoshi who
had been barking at him, but had stopped, and was completely surprised
when the other dog came with in 6 inches for a sniff and moved on. I am
relieved that that's all that happened.
Mon Jul 4
Happy Dog Hell Day
Trek Krusi Park cart walk. Just concentrated on
walking the mown grass areas, so we didn't go all the way across, but
instead we did some heeling to see what's possible. She can heel though
she shouldn't do heads up heeling. She can weave, go in a circle, can
stop. Can't lie down though I could teach her. I haven't asked her to
back up, but she might be able to learn. She can do out. BUT the deal
killer is the length of the grass. If it's too long it just won't work
so I have to decide whether to take the risk of entering her. Probably
should just choose to enter one class if at all. She was tired after
heeling and some fetch.
Yoshi walk. They saw a hunting Cooper's Hawk and a lot of crows. No dogs. Lots of people on the 4th.
The plan for Yoshi (Trek doesn't care about fireworks) was to drive around for the 4th, but instead I watched the Juno approach and then Jurassic Park III. Yoshi slept through the whole thing. Years of living by the coliseum are having an effect it seems.
Sun Jul 3
I need to groom and bath both dogs. Terri brushed Yoshi and I brushed Trek and then I bathed both of them. Squeezed in a walk for Yoshi before Bill and Diane came over.
Sat Jul 2
We went kayaking in the Elkhorn Slough to see otters and harbor seals
and a lot of birds. Jan came over and let the dogs out at noon.
Fri Jul 1
Trek PT in Walnut Creek. She's down to 1.6 mph in a rear harness for 10 min, but she gets through it ok. I showed Tech Dana the counterweighted cart and she took photos of it.
Thu Jun 30
Trek Krusi Park. I took one fishing weight off so it's down to 2 4oz weights as a counterbalance.
I didn't insist we walk all the way across the park, but only went 2/3
and back to the center for some fetch. She may be favoring her front leg
some so I should be careful.
She did see to be interested in doing a little rally. I'll have to see if it's something she'd be interested in. There is a WCR trial coming up in Aug that she could enter. It's outdoors on grass in Half Moon Bay off Hwy 92. I've asked Wendy how long the grass typically is.
Wed Jun 29
Trek Krusi Park in her cart. Still have to beg her to get through the
taller grass, but the lower grass is ok but the best is playing fetch.
She loves it. Her attitude about the cart is completely different now. I
made a video here: https://youtu.be/t1UZJOPhUYA
Her cart harness fits better when I thread it through her harness. I
probably should adapt another harness for the purpose and give up on the
Yoshi walk. Came head on with a much bigger dog than yesterday. That dog
went up a driveway so they could get by. Terri did have to stop him
from a barking frenzy with sitting and eating treats which mostly
Tue Jun 28
The fishing weights came in and I duct taped them to Trek's cart. They
worked great. More weight for her, but with the counterbalancing it's
less tiring for her. We went all the way across the park with treats and
then played a nice game of fetch for a while, then walked back and 3
girls from a softball practice came over and said hello to her. I do
need to always have her in her harness as things hold together better
when I can thread the attachments through it.
Yoshi walk. They had to do a U-turn to avoid a small fluffy white dog and he got to eat treats while they passed by.
Mon Jun 27
Trek Krusi Park. We had a helicopter doing circles over hwy 880 the
entire time we were there. I have some fishing weights on-order to
counter-balance her cart so we were there without the cart. We got all
the way across the park but it's taking more effort (she used to just
run across on her own). I have to get in front of her and call her. Then
we go back to the center and play fetch which she still loves.
Yoshi walk. Went ok. Followed a chihuahua-type dog for a bit. A human runner passed him and he picked up speed.
Fri Jun 24
Yoshi walk. One dog running beside a bicycle. He saw it first and
started barking. I pulled him "Hey you don't be silly" He looks at me
and resumes barking. I repeat my action and words and he relents.
Trek acupuncture and PT. For the acupuncture Trek is going to every
three weeks. I so wish we could figure out if it was helping. It seems
to for a little while.
The Assisi loop batteries have worn out and they have soldered in the
batteries on BOTH sides - jerks. I would have paid $100 to have them
replace the batteries, but now I'll just fart around with my soldering
Thu Jun 23
I'm buying fishing weights from Cabela's to try to counter balance Trek's cart.
I tried moving the wheels forward, but she runs her feet over then though it was easier for her to move it around.
Trek Krusi Park.
Working on her cart again.
She's getting better at it but it's too heavy on her from though she
still likes to play fetch with it. I've ordered fishing weights to try
to counter-balance it. Moving the wheels forward helped but she would
then run her feet over.
Yoshi walk. No drama.
Wed Jun 22
Trek Krusi Park. They mowed the grass
which makes a big difference. I got her all the way across the part in
the cart, then we went back to the center and played some fetch. Then I
took her out of the cart and let her run back to the car. I did adjust
the saddle which seemed to help.
Yoshi walk. A dog was approaching, so Terri stopped to see what they'd
do. The other dog turned on Court and Yoshi who hadn't said anything,
then started to bark when he could see them in profile. They were about
four houses away.
Tue Jun 21
Trek walk. Terri encouraged me to get her to spend more time in
her cart since her way of walking is really tough on her body. So I
dragged her part of the way across the field which was its usual
miserable experience, but then we went back to the center of the field
and played fetch and she actually had a very nice time doing it which is
very different. I need to adjust the height of the saddle some as her
good leg is too much in the air.
Sun Jun 19
VPI had been giving Trek 0.08 per claim so I started submitting one PT session at a time.
Then we got 0.01 and then 0.00. I think we're done with PT claims for the year. (It starts over next year.)
Yoshi walk. It was hot so while he was walking ok he was way slow and I felt like I was dragging him with the leash.
Trek Krusi park. Just us and another couple with their three dogs. We chatted for a bit. Trek and I got all the way across the park with effort and play fetch very briefly because of the heat, and then headed back.
Sat Jun 18
Trek PT. She walks at 1.6 mph now for 10 min. She was at 2.0, but
has started to struggle at that speed. Dana has her walking in a
walkabout rear harness which works well.
Yoshi walk: no dogs at all, which was completely weird.
I just realized that Barn Hunt is enclosed. Yoshi could do it if I had
the time to train him. Problem is that it's not something I can train at
home. He's completely happy with Rally and Nosework training at home.
Fri Jun 17
Yoshi walk a fair bit of evasive action, but no drama. We turned down Johnson to avoid a couple of small dogs approaching and they also turned down Johnson but wisely took the other side of the street and I was able to talk Yoshi through their passing.
Trek Krusi Park. We had the place to ourselves save for a couple of dogs and humans. It was really nice. Got all the way across and a nice game of fetch in the center and walked back.
Thu Jun 16
Yoshi walk. Labrador across the street right as we walked out. Bark bark. Hey stop it (blow air on him.) He turns to me. "Good boy, that's right." Bark. Stop it. Looks at me again. Good Boy (treat) and then he was able to get through it ok. An improvement.
Trek Krusi Park. The far fence was occupied and i wanted to go to my previous work's gathering at a local restaurant, so we just went into the center and played some fetch and headed back.
Wed Jun 15
No walks for dogs as I had to whisk Trek off to see Ziji. She had to say goodbye to her dog Bindi (sp?) on Sunday who had been ailing for a while but it's deeply affected her. She spent a lot of time with Trek showing me lots of ways that I can help her adapt to this new way she's moving around.
Tue Jun 14
Yoshi walk. Had to keep steering around dogs (mostly Goldens), but
remarkably he didn't react to any of them I talked him through a couple.
One who apologized because we crossed the street for them twice. I
think they live on Santa Clara.
Trek Krusi Park. Lots of girls softball going on, but there was room for us. Right as we got to the far fence, I hear "It's a corgi!" I ask "Would you like to say hi to her?" Poof, four teenage girls toss their bats and come running over to say hello. Trek was great about the attention especially when they took the batting gloves off so she could tell they were really human. Then we played some fetch and walked back.
Yoshi's bloodwork is PERFECT. Dr. Applegate tells me that's rare for even an eight-year-old dog, not a nearly 13-year-old one. I think this means we're going to have to work on keeping his mind sharp.
Mon Jun 13
Terri is on vacation with her mom, so I'm on dog duty all this week. I could get help, but Trek requires, so much attention that I would just worry. Although really all she needs is help down and up the stairs, so it would be a pretty easy gig.
I checked with Jan, but she already does the same exact noontime work-to-home back and forth with her dog and birds.
Amazingly I could take Yoshi on a walk (uneventful - everyone is watching basketball) and take Trek to Krusi which was pretty much empty, and still be back in time to watch the last half. We walked all the way across and then played fetch in the center. One woman asked if she was part Husky. Er, well I could sort of see her point, but I told her that Trek was a corgi.Sun Jun 12
Busy day. I think Yoshi got a walk.Sat Jun 11
Yoshi to Park Centre for his 2:30 tech appt. for a senior screen blood test and urinalysis. I've been concerned about him, so I'm glad we're doing it.
His weight is 22.4 which is less than it was last time we were there, but still too much as he should be 21 pounds. Managed not to come nose to nose with a dog. We are $295.00 poorer.
Trek walk. Krusi Park. Very quiet. No softball games going on. We got all the way across but her two legged bouncing is getting less reliable. Then some fetch which she still loves. then just hung out and enjoyed the peace, and walked back.Fri Jun 10
Trek had her PT walk in the water today - Terri says it went as it usually does - Trek in a rear harness holding her up. I need to bug Terri about recording it, but I'm so grateful for her help that I hate to be a pain, but I want to see how she's doing.
So Yoshi is the one that gets a walk. Talked him through one dog passing by. Twice he wanted to lunge but I prevented him from doing so and just kept talking to him. "Good boy, that's right, Hey you stop that , Good boy...."
Thu Jun 9
Trek Krusi Park. We were back on Mound St. I actually completely forgot
her treats, but she was happy enough to play some fetch for a while and
then we sat and watched softball for a while and headed back. It's a
nice way for us to spend time together.
Yoshi walk. One white lab walking towards him, Terri moved up a driveway
but as the dog passed he did lunge but Terri got his attention and
talked him through it, not without one more lunge but her talking to him
helped a lot.
Wed Jun 8
Trek walk. Krusi Park. Again there was activity on the side we usually park on so went over to the Mound St. entrance and did pretty much what we did yesterday. We walked to the far fence turned around back to the center(ish) and played fetch. She's getting tired faster but I reward her so she really wants to do it. When she doesn't want to she'll make it very clear.
I don't remember if I wrote this before but Yoshi is slow on his rear left proprioception test. He still fixes his foot, but not very fast. It doesn't seem to affect his walking at all. If it is DM I hope we have a year of this before anything gets worse like we did with Trek.
Tue Jun 7
Trek to Krusi Park. There were softball games on the side we usually
park on, so I went around to the side 90 degrees from where we usually
go and walked from there. Shorter but we still went to the fence and
then played fetch. She probably gets tired easier but I'm not going to
worry about it. I also give her a treat for every recall and fetch
- what the heck really and she loves it.
Yoshi walk. Evaded a black and white dog on Gibbons who then turned down Johnson. No reaction from Yoshi.
Mon Jun 6
Trek walk. Krusi was a little busy, so we went over to Bay Farm's Shoreline Park. She would run a little and stop and I'd go 25' ahead of her and call her to me and give her a treat, and repeat. Then we played a little fetch and then we walked back to the car.
Yoshi walk. He got well petted by three young teenagers.Sun Jun 5
Trek to Krusi Park. We got all the way across the park and did a little fetch but she ran out of stream pretty fast. Two younger kids wanted to put her and they did for a long time. Then we walked back and she could move along pretty well then.
Sat Jun 4
Yoshi and I are going to the base and try to not run into foxtail troubles.
We had a nice time and managed to steer clear of foxtails. It was actually kind of a long walk because I heard surf music in the distance and had to check it out. It was a band by the skate park. The skate park was never as gender mixed and well-behaved. They had multiple bands and food. Three teenage girls nicely assaulted him and all the activity (noise, whizzing skateboards) was starting to stress him though he held it together until he finally saw a dog and barked (I was holding him in my arms).
Then we walked back and passed a pointer playing fetch with no reaction from Yoshi. Then we got back to the car and only then did he decide that he wanted to charge the now distant pointer. I told him he was being silly, but he wasn't much interested in my opinion until he'd said his piece and then suddenly he was fine because the dog was leaving. Dogs can be odd sometimes.
Trek to Krusi Park. We got all the way across the park with me encouraging her. Then we played some fetch and rested, and then walked back across the park. She still can mostly run back though it's getting harder for her. Stopped to chat with some admirers and explain what DM was.
Fri Jun 3
Off to walk Yoshi as Trek has has her PT walk in the water today. Dana the tech says that she's showing more weakness in her good rear leg. She's not as able to go as far, but she's still doing pretty well (ish.) For his walk we first saw three (!) off leash dogs hanging out across the street in the front yard withThu Jun 2
Trek and I went to Krusi. We walked all the way across and back to the center to play some fetch and watch someone fly and chase down an RC glider. He did get it back in a bit - out of a tree.
Yoshi has a walk which I think was uneventful.
Wed Jun 1
Trek to Krusi Park. Our usual was was blocked so we went in from the other side. We didn't walk all the way across the park but had a good game of fetch.
Yoshi had a noontime walk and didn't see any dogs.
Tue May 31
Saw a brown dog on the other side of Santa Clara crossed steet. Saw a dog at Johnson crossing the street ahead of him. We'd been watching Ian Dunbar's Growly Dog class so Terri got his attention by backing up and when he redirected she told him what a good boy he was. It worked.
Trek to Krusi Park. Our usual spot on the other side of the park was occupied so we walked to the center a played fetch for a while. Then I tried to get her to walk across the park in the Walkabout rear harness in the other direction and she didn't like that but I half dragged her there and then back to the spot we started at then let her walk back to the car. Even headed back to the car where she wants to go she had to rest part of the walk through.
Mon May 30
Trek to Krusi Park. Relatively peaceful at the park. Walked all the
way across and then played fetch and just hung out. The only issue was
the people playing soccer right where we needed to go back to the car so
I had her in the Walkabout Rear harness and a leash on her collar and
then carried her once we got to the sidewalk.
Sun May 29
Yoshi got a walk today, but I ran out of time for Trek.
Sat May 28
Krusi park with Trek. We got all the way across the park with effort,
and then were able to play a limited game of fetch and were then able to
walk back to the car unassisted.
Yoshi walk. Not dogs, but the kids down the block wanted to say hi to him. They know his name now.
Fri May 27
I walked Yoshi as Trek didn't want to go. I struggled around the block
via Santa Clara. My leg is feeling better, but it's still healing and
I'm very slow It's only day two. Trek had the water treadmill today.
She's getting tired quicker in it, but she can still do it.
Thu May 26
Terri and I took both Yoshi and Trek to Krusi Park. Trek is happy to
follow Yoshi around as best she can so we walked to our usual spot and
played some fetch and then walked back. No dogs until right at the end
when a basset hound appeared and Terri had to take evasive action for a
Wed May 25
I had fairly minor leg surgery, so no dog attention today.
Mon May 23
Trek and I went again to Krusi Park for a walk and some fetch. I'm liking this routine. We made a video of it.
Sun May 22
Yoshi walk. We strolled through Lincoln Park. and came back on Garfield.
There is a pinch point that we have to negotiate and this time we were
working our way past an Aussie that had his/her back turned and then the
dog spun around and Yoshi started barking so I picked him up to quiet
him. The I noticed that we have 4 dogs near by none of whom are reacting
(they're surrounded by playing kids, so there was a lot of
Trek had the night off.
Sat May 21
Doing Yoshi's Trupanion claim paperwork for his
foxtail misadventure. I submitted it to Trupanion directly. Let's see
what they say. They need to give me a claim number so I can let Park Ctr
know though I cc'd the claim to them also.
Park Ctr is going to email me the BAVS report (which Park Ctr received
on Wed which is the day that Terri took him in for a follow-up).
The weather is still ok, so I took Yoshi to Krusi Park to wander around
in a mostly foxtail-free area. It was lovely, nearly no baseball
practice going on and some clouds and a light breeze. We played some
fetch with Trek's dumbbell toy. He can do it for a while before getting
completely distracted though there was nothing to distract him this
Trek and I then went over later to Krusi. By this time we had the place
almost entirely to ourselves save for one friendly Labradoodle who went
over to the other side of the park after saying hello. I had forgotten
our usual harnesses, so it was just us and a leash (which I didn't use)
and a kong dumbbell. It was heaven. I carried her from the car to the
grass and we walked to the center and played fetch for quite a while.
Then sat and rested and did a little more fetched. Rested some
more and then we walked/ran back. She's moving quite well on her 3 1/2
legs (possibly from her acupuncture and PT) and didn't need the harness
at all which was good because I didn't have it. I think resting is all
she needs. We had a very nice time.
Fri May 20
acupuncture and PT. This time Jorge put electricity on the
needles. Don't know if that will help, but she's moving around ok later.
Yoshi had the day off.
Thu May 19
Trek walk. Krusi Park. This is what we're going to do for a while I
think. The grass is short and there's usually someplace we can fit in.
It was breezy and this gave Trek extra energy. We actually walked/ran
all the way across the park, then played fetch until she was tired and
walked (actually ran) back to the car using the rear harness. I figured
out a way to lengthen the lead on the Walkabout by using another lead to
make it longer so she can run ahead of me some.
Yoshi walk. There was a school event so he and Terri were fording their way through lots of school kids which is always fine with him. Our neighbor's Corgi Shelby was in the mix so they arranged to be on other sides of the street.
Wed May 18
Yoshi didn't finish his breakfast and I was concerned. Terri took him to
see Dr. Wydner and she told her that Tramadol has a bitter taste, so
it's not a surprise that he didn't want to eat it (you could see white
bits of the med.) This has never been an issue with Trek because she
eats so fast. Good news is Yoshi's eye has almost healed and the cone
can come off. Hooray.
Trek walk. This time we went to Krusi Park and played right in the
middle with all sorts of activity going on in the fields but no constant
bats hitting balls. We ran/walked to the center and played some fetch
until she got tired, then I put the Walkabout rear harness on her and we
walked to the far fence. Touched it, and ran all the way back to the
car. This worked out much better than the previous days. Fun and fetch
first, then walk.
Yoshi walk. Three dogs. Medium sized. Two across the street. One on
Gibbons that crossed towards them, but Terri was able to back off to
make everything ok.
Tue May 17
Dragged Trek around the Shoreline Park at Bay Farm I feel like such a tyrant. They we played some fetch which was much more fun.
Yoshi walk. No doggies at all.
Mon May 16
Today I dragged Trek from Crab Cove to the duck pond in her rear
harness. Once she gets used to it hopefully we'll argue less. She has
much more freedom compared to her cart, but she's not convinced yet. I
let her run some without it and she gets tired fast and then seems to
more readily accept the harness.
Yoshi walk. Pit bull mix across the street that decided to just hang out
for a while, so Terri had Yoshi continue walking by which worked fine.
Sun May 15
Taking a look at Yoshi's cone. They've given him a 8"/20cm one which
is intended for a Boxer/Afghan. The one he should have is 6"/15cm, so
I'm going to go to Pet Food Express to pick one up for him. His neck
circumference is 13".
I really can't complain though. Bay Area Vet Services saved him from a
night of misery, pain and further eye damage, and no sleep for us, and
BAVS is closer than Sage in Concord, and I have no experience with the
ones in Berkeley since they are on the other size of The Hwy 80 Maze
which is a show stopper when you're in a hurry.
Sat May 14
Went to Walnut Creek and picked up a Walkabout rear harness. We went
over to Larkey Park in Walnut Creek off Larkey Lane which is a beautiful
park with luscious grass. I think it's going to work well. I can hold
her rear up and steer with a regular leash. She can even run some with
it. Though we did stop and play a little fetch instead with her Kong Air
dog dumbbell toy. The hard part of this was the kneeling which is hard
on my left thigh. This will make our park walks easier.
Yoshi walk at Bay Farm. Foxtails are loose and out in force now. We've
been dodging bullets for a while now and I thought I was being careful,
but I let him roll on the grass near where some foxtails were and they
not long afterward him started rubbing at his eye. I couldn't see
anything in his eye or nose but took him home with that inevitable
feeling of knowing that my evening was just about to be rearranged.
After some consultation with Terri and watching him continue to rub his
eye and calling the ER clinic to see if they were busy (they weren't
right then), off we went to BAVS in San Leandro. There was a foxtail in
his eye underneath the lid and it had done some damage to his eye which
she tells me will heal in a week. He's in a ginormous cone now and we're
rearranging the house some as he's bashing around the house with it.
Sigh, all this because I wanted to take him to somewhere else he liked.
It was gorgeous--right on the water.
Fri May 13
Trek acupuncture session with Jorge. She's showing less stress about it, and she was up on all fours in the backyard later.
Trek and I went to Washington Park and played some fetch which was fun
for both of us. The grass isn't as nice anymore, so we may have to start
regularly heading over to Bay Farm Shoreline Park but even that grass
is having trouble. There is the grass over at the Bay Farm Ferry
Building which is still ok. We're going to go pick up a rear harness for
her tomorrow I'm looking forward to trying it out.
Yoshi walk. No dogs, no drama.
Thu May 12
I had a Peet's meeting run late, but still had enough time to wrap Trek's feet and make her walk a block in her cart feeding her a treat about every driveway. She still doesn't like it, but she can move along when she chooses to and her feet are protected. She still gets more exercise flailing around on the grass in the park, but it's becoming diminishing returns and increasing frustration. On Sat I'm going to be picking up a rear Walkabout harness that worked for her pretty well in the tank treadmill so it's worth trying.
Yoshi walk. Went fine. there was someone running with his dog. Yoshi barked, but Terri had his sit for a bit and fed him treats and moved one. This is great.
Wed May 11
Terri walked Yoshi. One dog across the street. She had him sit and
she fed him some treats. After the dog passed, she released him and
Yoshi did say a few snotty words over his shoulder but it was fine.
I took Trek to the dog park and we played some short distance fetch. It
was ok, but I think it would go better on the main park's grass rather
than the thrashed dog park grass. I can't wait to pick up the rear
harness on Saturday and see if I can get it to work for her.
Tue May 10
Trek had her treadmill session today (Terri took her). Emily tried a
Walkabout Rear Harness to help steady her which seemed to work better
that the sling. I want one, so we'll probably buy the one she was using.
I can try her at the park, and then wrap her feet for a concrete
Yoshi walk. He does really well if I coach him through dog sightings. He
still barks at first, but then pauses to listen to me. First sighting
was a neighbor dog. The other was us getting out of the way of two dogs
running at us - we went a very short way down a side street.
Mon May 9
Trek and I finally ended up at Washington Park as there was too much
sports bouncing ball activity at the other two we tried. the length she
can go is gradually reducing. If I could convince her to walk in her
cart for a longer period of time she would get more exercise, but one
reason she didn't want to is that it made her feet hurt and now I know
to wrap her feet in ace bandages, so she might be more ok with it. I
have a lot of booties too, but the bandages stay on better even if it
takes more time.
Yoshi walk. Terri says it was uneventful. She's amused that he walks
right by a cat that hangs outside his house. I told her that Yoshi
charged up to that cat once before I could pull him back and the cat did
nothing. The owner assures me that the cat is not ill, but very brave.
Fri May 6
Trek Hydro treadmill. They had her do it without the sling for a while. While not pretty, she was able to do it.
Thu May 5
Trek acupuncture with Jorge. She seemed to not mind it so much this time. More relaxed, no shaking
Yoshi walk with Terri. No dogs, no drama.
Trek and I went to Krusi and she was amazing to watch run around on all
four legs. We went to the center then around the tennis courts back to
the main field, went and touched the far fence and we headed back.
Acupuncture seems to be definitely helping her which is nice to see. She
still drags around in the smaller backyard but that's understandable.
Wed May 4
Terri and Yoshi had a nice walk. They did come across one surprise
small dog and had to cross the street but Mr Y went willingly along
Trek and I went to Krusi Park to walk a little and play some fetch a
chase another dog just a little. There wasn't much softball hitting
going on and we just picked a spot far enough away that it wasn't a
problem. She actually seemed to have a nice time. Lincoln Park was full
of soccer games so we didn't try there.
Tried a Walk-About compression sleeve on Trek's right leg. I can't get
it to stay on even with taping it on because she drags it so hard.
Fortunately a wide self-sticking ace bandage works fine.
Tue May 3
Terri walked Yoshi, and Trek and I went to Bay Farm and played a very short game of fetch.
Mon May 2
I dragged Trek out to Washington Park again. This time she really
didn't want to go far, though she got all the way across the first
field, but quit at the beginning of the second one.
Sat Apr 30
Trek and I to Washington Park.
She didn't want to go far but I got her to the trees and we hung out and watched geese.
Yoshi walk was uneventful save for some dog avoidance maneuvers.
Thu Apr 28
My first day of work. My dog walking time will be greatly cut short, but Terri is going to help walk Yoshi now.
Terri walked Yoshi and I took Trek over to Bay Farm where we walked the length of Shoreline Park and back once.
Wed Apr 27
Took Trek to Washington Park for our last weekday visit. We sat by the duck pond and it was really nice, then went over to the beach bluffs for a little while. I wrapped her right foot in an ace bandage and even though she had a harder time using that foot it was well protected.
Yoshi walk went very smoothly right up until he spied the [formerly] reactive white dogs across the street. I reeled Yoshi in while he was yelling at them and then I had a hand on his harness and started to talk to him. He settled down and other other dogs hadn't reacted at all (they've been working with a trainer). Once it was clear that Yoshi was calmed down they walked by and I kept talking to Yoshi telling what a good boy he was being and no dog reacted. Amazing on all counts.Tue Apr 26
Yoshi walk went smoothly.Ms Trek was a complete I don't want to do anything pain. I hope our game of fetch yesterday didn't have any adverse effects.
Mon Apr 25
Yoshi walk. Everyone seemed to be out walking their dog. I lost
count. I was talking with the JRT owner who says his dog gets him into
more trouble by charging up to big dogs. Yoshi doesn't like her either
but her in her owner's arms is fine with Yoshi. Bummer is that another
dog came and we had to go hide though that worked out. In fact we did a
lot of pause and let the other doggy go by for the whole walk. For a
while it seemed like we'd never get anywhere. I finally got a good
opportunity to talk him through a dog passing when a dog approached
across the street but a ways a way. The dog had suddenly appeared and
Yoshi had stiffened and inhale to throw some canine "Go Away" insult.
When I reached down and touched him saying, "Yoshi, co'mere, you don't
need to do that. Come over here. That's a good boy. See? that's better."
Amazingly, this actually worked.
Trek and I played a cautious game of fetch in the back yard. Only
one complete end-over-end flip which scared me but she seems fine.
Sun Apr 24
Trek to Washington Park. She did really well. We walked most of the
way to the duck pond. I carried her over the asphalt paths and the rocky
bits to the pond where we hung out on a bench and watched the birds.
Then she ran back with me filming some of it. She's moving surprisingly
well. I'm going to stop making her use the cart while she doesn't want
to (she wants to run(!),) though I should carry her backpack if she
truly can't go further. I keep thinking I should take her to the lower
part of Redwood, but she might poop out very quickly and it's a $5
parking fee and Washington Park, the old Naval Base, and Bay Farm are
free options much closer.
Sat Apr 23
Yoshi walk. Just as we hit the driveway my neighbor walked by with
his very young Boston Terrier and we did a U-Turn while Yoshi barked
like a fool behind my car in the driveway. (He can't even see the dog
from here.) I made him sit and he seemed to get ahold of himself but he
was still glaring at the dog who was way down the street when I finally
said we could go. I hope these dogs never meet.
Fri Apr 22
Trek Rehab. Emily spent some time on her feet to see if wrapping
them would work. Sort of. Then she started looking into hock coverings
and she emailed Walk About in Santa Cruz to see if they had something
that would work for her. Then she did her treadmill session which went
I then went to Walgreens and bought Yoshi's Prozac and some first aid wrap and tape for Trek (also vet Wrap from Park Centre).
Thu Apr 21
Yoshi walk at Krusi went fine did some time roaming around and sniffing. Avoided a couple of dogs but he barked at a close-by dog on the other side of the fence. I tried talking to him with no effect until I poked him and he paused and I said "Good boy" which interrupted him.
Took Trek to Bay Farm Sea View or Shoreline Park. We walked the length of the park and back and then a little more. She wasn't into it, but would go along when I begged. Not fun for either of us, but she got some exercise.
Trek's hocks are all scuffed up, but her toes are looking better since I stopped having her walk on concrete or go up stairs.
Wed Apr 20
Trek saw acupuncturist Jorge Nunez Alder, who is very competent and nice. Trek tolerated the needles fine and didn't give me that "I hate this look" which was nice. He placed a series going up on each side of her spine from her hips to mid back, then he placed two where her shoulder blades met her spine and one each on her rear legs. Then I got to sit with her for twenty minutes. My job turned into keeping her from rolling on her back (not too difficult once she started to relax). We were seated on some cushions on the floor.
He says we should try around 4-5 sessions and see how she does.
Yoshi walk. Fairly straightforward. He's been on a test course of Rimadyl and I'm not sure if it's making any difference. He still doodles along and then speeds up when he wants to.
Trek walk. She would not walk on the concrete at all even with some Paws bootie like things (they look like balloons). i took her to Washington Park and she didn't like the soccer game at Crab Cove so we went over to the main section and we got some running time in with me holding her up by pulling up on her harness. Hard on me, but she can get some assisted running that way. She needs motorized wheels or I should set up something with the small bike.Tue Apr 19
Took Trek to Marina Village. Their grass is slowly being invaded by some plant from the lagoon but it's ok. She chased around a small friendly 9 month old dog named Manny who wanted to play. We walked to the center and she was able to walk herself all the way back with my carrying her across the asphalt though I was carrying the cart.Mon Apr 18
Trek Bay Farm walk. Went some distance but then she couldn't get all the way back and I had to tie her to a tree and go get the car.
Yoshi walk. We went by a couple of dogs without him noticing.
Sat Apr 16
I was at a large dog show today (sans my dogs) I'm really curious
about the very low level of dog reactivity at dog shows. They're all
intact and crowded together, yet for the most part it works which I find
amazing. It might be the outnumbered factor.
I took Yoshi to Washington Park and he was definitely reactive to any
dog that got within 50' even with me talking to him. I could get his
attention and he's react again. The only way to really chill him out is
to increase distance. Then we went on a nice walk around the park. I'm
tempted to walk him around outdoor obedience trials because that
outnumbered factor does work on him some.
Trek cart walk. I put booties on her and ace bandaged them and
walked/begged her down the block and then let her trot back. I think I'm
going to switch to the booties that have a covering over the top of the
foot so her foot dragging isn't a factor. She gets better exercise on
grass, but I don't always have time to take her to grass.
Fri Apr 15
Took Trek out to Bay Farm. My continuing thing is to let her walk
out as far as I can nag her to go and walk back in her cart. She didn't
want to walk much in the cart even with returning and I figured out the
front chest strap was bothering her so I removed it and she instead
relied on the part that goes around her chest. I may have her wear her
harness and incorporate that as she doesn't mind the way that harness
fits over her chest. I could attach clips to the harness and the could
clip into the cart.
Walk for Yoshi. Quite a bit of dog avoidance. Some barking, but nothing
terribly serious. Fortunately I saw the dog-person running at us well
ahead and was able to cross the street ok.
Thu Apr 14
Yoshi walk. Took him to Krusi Park which was very nice until I
nearly walked him into another dog. That dog immediately steers away and
I got ahold of him. He did some nice rally work for me before that
Trek. I put booties on her feet and begged her to go part of the way
down the block. I really hate this. Of course as we turned around she
went much faster. Grrrr. She doesn't like walking on the concrete. She
may never like it when in the cart. I could do it on grass, but she can
run in the grass. I think I'll keep her on grass and carry the cart and
have her use it going back. I've done this once before and it worked out
ok. The bummer is that I'd like to be able to take her on a short walk
on the sidewalk every so often as I won't always be able to take her
Wed Apr 13
Yoshi walk. Nice and peaceful since it was in
the early afternoon. He's been on rimadyl for a couple of days and he's
still slower than me mostly, but he may be a little happier.
Trek went to my own chiropractor, and got an adjustment with that small
thumping device which she thought was odd, but then he gave her a
massage with a nice Rapid Release Technology massager and, not only did
she not freak out, but she seemed to enjoy it. https://rapidreleasetech.com/
. She started running around his office a little.
So I took her to the small dog park and we walked around on the grass
there. The small dog park is the one one with any grass to speak of. We
walked up and back a couple of times and then played a short bit of
fetch with one of the many tennis balls.
Tue Apr 12
Took Trek to her eye exam. Poor kid trembles for the first five
minutes she's there, then she's ok. I do carry her around a lot to avoid
her struggling with the slick floor. Her left eye tear production is
still a little low (as always), but her eyes look great under
examination. She's due back in a year (the requirement for her
doxycycline Rx.) I did remind them that she's not exactly young, but
they were ok with that.
I had to mention how odd rectangular goat eyes were to Dr. Friedman and
she said that llama eyes were truly strange as they have this squiggle
on top and bottom to protect their eyes from sunlight.
Yoshi. We did some fetch with his small ball in the yard. He really
likes me talking with him excitedly when we're doing it. I give him a
treat about every 2-3 retrieves. He's no longer that thrilled about
On his walk I tried just talking him through an easy stressor of a cat
on the lawn, and then a dog walking by on the other side of the street.
It works pretty well. I keep it a happy voice, but not excited. If he
gets distracted or winds up to react I says "Hey you. You don't need to
do that you silly beast.' Sometimes I put a hand on him. This seems to
Mon Apr 11
Today I need to do dog nails and futz around with a booty for Trek.
Good thing I have a lot of them to try. People have been very generous
loaning things to us to try and I'm very grateful.
But we instead skipped all the wrapping business by just sticking to grass (the best when I have time).
We went to Washington Park. I put her in her Ruffwear Webmaster harness
with a flexi and we ran (she does run still in bursts, I have to run to
keep up) around and with encouragement ended up at the duck pond which
we sat and rested for a while on a bench, and then we ran back. I
deliberately overshot the car to get a little more exercise in. Running
in a park is better than on the concrete which will only be possible
when she's wearing a boot and will be less exercise. She is 0.8 lb.
overweight so I have to really keep an eye on her weight.
Yoshi walk. Stopped for a while to discuss someone's irrigation project. No dogs at all which is a little puzzling.
Sun Apr 10
Need to wrap Trek's rear feet, so I can get her out walking in the cart on the sidewalk.
We started Yoshi on a test week of Rimadyl.
I dragged Trek down the street and Court and to a little of Johnson. It
took a lot of begging and besides the fact I wrapped her foot the one
bit that was exposed shows a drag mark. Argh. She's going to have to use
a full booty on that foot.
Sat Apr 9
Walk for Yoshi. I am getting concerned about him walking behind me. I think we're going to give him a week of Trek's rimadyl.
Fri Apr 8
Trek to Canine Rehab. The Ginger Lead helps get her in and out the door.
They're using a belly sling similar to the Ginger Lead but it can get
wet, to help her walk in the tank and it helps her be successful at it.
Yoshi walk. In the sprinkling rain, so we kept it short. He is dragging behind me again.
Thu Apr 7
Trek walk at Pt. Isabel. We stayed on the grass and went up and down
the grass a couple of time. The quality of the grass is not as good as
anything in Alameda, but I can have her off leash. Given that she only
goes 15 feet at a time I'm not sure if her being off-leash is much of an
issue in a public park.
Yoshi walk. Corgi Shelby and her mom and dad were out front, so I walked
up carrying Yoshi who was yelling at full volume. Shelby yelled back.
This went of for a few seconds and then poof they were done and I put
Yoshi on the ground a few feet away ask we talked. Both dogs glowered at
each other but that was it. I did have to cross the street for another
dog but Yoshi did very well with that dog passing by.
Wed Apr 6
With effort and concentration, Trek can carefully walk and not drag around the house. I should try wrapping her right leg.
Tue Apr 5
walk at Bay Farm. Went ok. Lots of begging, but I got her about 0.45
miles to the alleyway past the first tree after the park.
Yoshi walk. Nice walk. No drama.
Mon Apr 4
Trek walk on the old naval base. There is a large grassy area that
we walked around and around on to the point that I got her turned around
which almost never happens. We went about 0.62 miles. she was tired.
I'm having to be a bit of a slave driver but I need her to get as much
exercise as she can while she's on her feet.
Yoshi walk. Went fine except for having to steer around two small dogs
by crossing Gibbons. He didn't react to them. It's possible the harness
pressure may have felt reassuring him.
Sun Apr 3
Yoshi walk. Just avoided a couple of dogs without issue.
Bay Farm walk. Less enthusiastic than last time. We got maybe 0.4 miles
but good exercise for her. We got from the restroom to one of the big
shrubs after the park ends.
Sat Apr 2
Trek PT Treadmill this morning. She did great with the belly band support sling.
Process has a list of supplements they think helps DM dogs. given that
the only thing that actually helps is exercise, I may as well try some
I have one bottle of Neurotrophin PMG that we'll try for a week or two.
Allegedly this "supports the nervous system." I hate, hate, hate
not knowing what it is, but it's plant-based and unlikely to hurt her. I
feel better about it than what Dr. Roger Clemmon's was pushing, and
It's not like I know exactly what Rimadyl is. I just have a lot of data
The list is
Canine Immune Support/Immunoplex - "general immune support" [whatever. her immune system isn't the issue here]
Gotu Kola Complex - for "microcirculation" and connective tissue
Neurotrophin PMG - "support for the nervous system"
Cardio-Plus - "supports muscle tissue"
I think the order we'll try things are Neurotrophin, Gotu Kola Complex,
and Cardio-Plus. I think 1-2 weeks would be a good first test. Can't
decide whether to just gradually stack them on each other or do them
Took Yoshi on a walk at EBMUD. It was a bit warm for him, but we made is
2.2 miles. I should have let him cool down in the shade at the park
first. Instead I wound up pulling into a service station and bought a
large water for him. He didn't want to drink it, so I put it on his paws
and worked it into his head. He didn't like me trying to put the bottle
beside him, but it all got his panting under control. The only dog we
saw was at the park at the beginning, but other than that the main
issues was cows. Yoshi barked at them once but fortunately that was it.
Fri Apr 1
Took Trek on a longish walk at Bay Farm starting at Shoreline park (Sea
View and Brunswick) and I got her all the way down to the next little
park. I nearly had to carry her back but we stopped to rest every so
often and she needed a lot of encouragement at the end. But she is
capable of getting some real exercise without a cart. She starts out
great then gets tired but we pause and go further pause and go even
further, etc. We went nearly 0.87 mile which is further that a regular
walk (0.77 mile), and even slightly over an extended walk (0.82).
Yeehaw. She may be tired tomorrow and has a treadmill session. It's nice
to know she can still get some real exercise and I see that I don't
have to get her all the way to the second park.
She does better on grass where she doesn't have to stop and start and her leg drag doesn't hurt her.
I worry that the time it takes to get her to grass where she can walk)
she doesn't like to walk on concrete anymore) will take away from
Yoshi's walks, but Terri assures me that he's very happy to check out
his usual smells on the normal walks. I keep wanting to talk him
further, but he doesn't seems to be that interested in going further
though yesterday we went past the house and came back. I'll try an
extended walk and see how he does. He did great on it. No speed issue at
all, just happy to go along even did some out and back recalls with the
flexi. Nice to see.
Thu Mar 31
Walk with Trek in Washington Park. She still does very well without
the cart. We went all the way from Crab Cove to the tennis courts, and
came back in the cart. Then I took her out of it and let her walk around
some more and she still moved fine. I think I'm going to take her for
more grass only walks and just let her rest every so often. I can carry
the pack or the cart as backup.
Yoshi walk at Krusi Park. A dog was approaching right as I got him out. I
told him he was being silly, but he didn't really hear me though would
break away while grousing - I had physically turned him. The rest of the
time was us roaming around the park keeping a distance from the 3-4
other dogs in the park. He didn't seem to mind one dog playing fetch at
full speed because they were not close to us.
Wed Mar 30
Trek is so much stronger in the morning. She can go down and up stairs
and poop/pee without anyone holding her. She's better about thinking
about how to better manage her disability too. She doesn't always charge
into something like trying to go up stairs but is learning she can make
better progress by going slowly. I watched her do this up close while I
was sitting on the steps. I'm realizing it's better to let her work
through the difficulties rather than jumping in immediately.
Took Yoshi on what I hoped to be a longer walk but it turned into an
average was plus a little distance. He moved very slowly to start out
with only speeding up after 3 blocks on Central. If it was Trek I would
think it's her faster on the return to home thing but that's not as
typical of him. It may be environmental or the wind. When we got back to
the house I kept going to see if his speed continued. It didn't. He
slowed way down again. It could be that he needs to check out every
smell on every bush and tree and there are a lot of choices and fewer on
Behavior-wise we had one good and not so good moments with the same type
of dog. The good one was a small white dog who was just standing still.
The other time the dog was in motion across the street and the dog
appeared suddenly. Yoshi started barking and tried to charge the dog and
the flexi didn't engage for half of a second meaning he nearly got to
the corner. When it did that, I grabbed the cord too to make it stop.
(an annoying thing about flexis). After I stopped him his brain engaged
and he can right back to me. I was a little irked that the situation had
taken me by surprise, but I waited a moment to make sure he was really
focused on me. Then I started interacting with him.
Trek yard cart walk. I've figured out that she can get great cart mileage while just walking the length of the property back and forth. I put Yoshi in the house and open up all the yard gates so we do a loop around the backyard then down the side yard and do a loop around the front yard with a little down the sidewalk though the concrete is harder on her feet.. We do out and back twice which is a good work out for her.
Tue Mar 29
Walk through the Fernside with Yoshi. Of course right at the pinch point along a short section of busy street a Newfie shows up and then follows us down the side street we had retreated back on, but we crossed the street and everything was ok. No drama fortunately. I don't think he really ever saw the dog. I'm taller than him and can see further.
I figured out that Trek just needs to walk around in the yard for good cart exercise.
So I put Yoshi away in the house and opened the side yard gates, and then I got good treats out and asked her to walk down into the side yard. At first is was "Woe is me, I can't move." but then she decided the treat was worth the effort and started moving to me. I would have to call her every ten feet or so but she's getting it.
I'm considering covering the side of my driveway with either indoor/outdoor carpeting or yoga mats. That way we can do entire loops around the house, instead of just out and back.
Mon Mar 28
Going to try Trek on an ordinary walk in her cart. Had to nag or beg
her every 10 feet, but she's getting it. I adjusted the saddle higher
which will help with her foot placement now that she knows she can walk
in it. Went down to Court and just around the corner before turning
Yoshi walk. Another local walk. I'm learning that a short guttural growl
is just him talking/muttering or grousing slightly. He saw a dog, made
that sound as he was turning back to me. It may be excitement, but he's
doing the right thing so it's fine. Saw a pair of dogs with much the
Sun Mar 27
I'm going to take Trek to Washington Park. Let her walk as far as
she wants then use the cart to return in (I carry the cart). It worked
pretty well. We nearly got to the duck pond and then I put her in the
cart. At first she would only move for a treat. It was Easter Sunday and
the park was busy and she doesn't like chaos. Then I put her on leash
and funny enough, she started walking right along with me though would
get tired and stop every so often. But! When she got near Her Car she
started to run(ish). To get to the car we have to go down a curb and
cross into the parking lot. No only was the down curb not a problem,
there was an island in between us and the car and I was going to go
around, but she climbed right over the curb. I was pretty surprised.
I keep thinking that I could take her to the grassy area of Pt. Isabel,
but dogs are not very tolerant of differences, though people are pretty
good about watching their dogs and I would be right there and Trek would
be very popular with the people.
Relaxing uneventful neighborhood walk with Yoshi.
Sat Mar 26
Trek cart walk at Sea View Park in Harbor Bay (Sea View Parkway at
Brunswick). She's getting it, but she pauses a lot and she throws
herself into making the cart move which tires her out very quickly. Went
through a lot of treats. I did take more video.
Yoshi walk at Krusi Park. I love that park because it's so spacious
especially when there's not a lot of softball or baseball going on. We
walked down along the fence, which he loves I think because all the
other dogs pee on it. Then we ran across it, then looped around the
tennis courts and back across.
Fri Mar 25
Trek Treadmill. She did surprisingly well. She was struggling and
Emily put a sling around her belly and she did better. I was going to
stop doing the treadmill, but if she can still get exercise in the
treadmill, it's worth doing.
Basic walk for Yoshi.
Thu Mar 24
Trek to Dr Troy this morning.
I'll bring both carts so they can have a look at them.
The main question for this morning is will the treadmill still help her?
Expected bad news, and some unexpected good news. Obviously she is worse
mobility-wise, but the good thing is that she has much less pain and
stiffness which means the Assisi loop is helping her [as well as Ziji].
Dr. Troy says to ask the people about battery replacement. They may be
ivvivihealth. (Actually I think that's a different group. Assisi is at http://www.assisianimalhealth.com/
- Continue with the Assisi loop
- Try Standard Process protocol for DM - this is new
- Get Trek used to her Dewey's Wheels
Dr. Troy says the Eddie's Wheels and its still frame is good for dogs
with no mobility in the rear, and this Dewey's is better for dogs with
some rear mobility.
Terri does note that Trek saw Ziji 8 days ago which can be a factor in her increased flexibility, so I let them know that.
Dr. Troy did send me the Standard Process DM protocol and I sent it on
to Park Center saying that I wanted to try it if it wasn't too cost
I need to lookup Dr. Steve Marsden about his DM research. Some research
indicates it might have more to do with axons (the actual nerves)
instead of mylin.
The new Dewey's Wheels cart saddle came in! I tried it out with Trek at Marina Village. It's going to work. https://youtu.be/zS4RzhuKb7k
Wed Mar 23
Yoshi on a walk out to a new housing area on Bette St. near 5th that
has a really wide bike path. He loved the smells and the fact that it
was mostly deserted.
Gave Trek the day off waiting for her new cart saddle.
Tue Mar 22
I had come up with a walker idea for Trek putting a belly band on a
wheelchair, but it put too much pressure on her back. Any support has to
span the vertical supports and that's too far back to be a good belly
support. She would need 4 wheels which is a little silly for a dog that
can still run. I think she gets to get used to the new saddle in the
Dewey's Wheels. Hopefully that will be here Wed or Thur.
Trek walk. We went all the way from Crab Cove to the duck pond and they
she ran back. I do have to nag her to move sometimes, but never had to
Yoshi walk. Some dog various sightings. I'm trying to figure out what
threatens him the most. He was surprisingly ok with a German Shepherd
being walked by a bike rider but the dog was not moving very fast. He
did not like the bully breed across Court the that's a smaller street
and he most definitely didn't like a neighbor dog walking by on the
other side of the street while I talked with my next door neighbor. For
the last one I wound up picking him up and facing him away as he kept
working himself up. I do wonder if I had given him something to lick if
that would have given him something else to focus on. I carry treats but
I don't carry anything to click like a "lickey stick."
Mon Mar 21
Break in the rain and coaxed Trek down the street
about 3 houses in the cart before she asked to go back. She wants to run
in it and is kind of sort of successful at it. During walks I will have
to remember to take her out of it every so often to pee as she's not
used to peeing/pooping in a cart. Hopefully, I'll remember at the
Sun Mar 20
Improvised attaching the old saddle with some of
Terri's old-school camping straps that she had in her camping box - it
will work for the short term.
Where to take Trek for her wheel chair test? I want to get her to Point Isabel but not for this time. Some place where she can stretch out and try to run. Probably Washington Park. Actually it's rainy today so we just worked in the backyard: https://youtu.be/1WnEQwDUkgA
Sat Mar 19
I finally made it to Cataract Falls. Which was just lovely. Dogs got to see Jan D. at noontime, so they got a lot of attention.
Fri Mar 18
I wrote Dewey's wheels about ordering a saddle for the wheelchair that Bobbie loaned us.
These photos on his website helped me figure it out. The extra black strap in front goes around the chest. Red padding goes on top and on the front of the chest.https://www.wheelchairsfordogs.com/photos.html
He wants the circumference of one thigh. I chose the bigger left one: 8.5".
Saddle is $30 plus $5 shipping. Didn't hear back again, so I'll call him Monday to give him a credit card. His name is Dewey Springer: dewey at wheelchairsfordogs.com.
Walked Yoshi around Washington Park this time on the upper level. The baseball diamond was open so for the first time we did a circuit of that. On the way up barked at a Husky and I told him he was being a silly boy while I dragged him further away. Then later we did a trip around the dog park and he did great eating treats while a small to medium-sized dark colored Tibetan terrier went by and then decided to bark mid treat at a small white fluffy dog. I made the point of putting the treats away, but that never seems to have any effect.Thu Mar 17
So Trek and I went to Krusi park. She was instantly stress panting because there was an aluminum bat hitting something with that clang sound that she hates. I made her walk into the center and then let her go back to the car. Then we went over to Bay Farm to the park at Sea View Parkway and Brunswick/Aughinbaugh where no baseball bats exist and we had a very peaceful walk all the way down and back. I had to semi-drag her to the very end, then she was able to make it back to the car ok.
Wed Mar 16
Trek saw Ziji at Sharon's. In addition to use usual work on Trek, Ziji worked with her using some tuning forks which she tells me can loosen up tight muscles.
Tue Mar 15
Yoshi walk at Bay Farm. This time I went from the bridge side of the
path. It's narrower and he has more issues here but I just deal with
him being barky. If there's nowhere to go I just pick him up and face
him out to the water or just cover his eyes. We went all the way down to
the first park so it was a nice walk.
Trek at first didn't want to go on a walk at all, but once I got her out
there on the sidewalk she was fine. This time I put her in her Ruffwear
Web Master harness and when she needed support I pulled up on it. With
that she did great! (I wrapped her right rear foot.) We went all the way
to Central and she wanted to continue, but I turned us around. What's
cool about this is that she is getting a cart that has a Web Master
harness worked into it, so it could be a big win once we get it adjusted
for her. It's still in the mail, but I hope it comes soon. We've been
giving her Assisi loop pulse treatments twice a day, and I can't tell if
it's making much difference, but maybe it is.
Mon Mar 14
Nice day today. Partially cloudy.
Trek and I need to go over to Washington Park to work with her backpack.
She did great in it. We walked/ran over to near the duck pond and then
she got tired. Fortunately there was a picnic table there so I finished
setting it up and adjusting it. I was concerned about hooking the
adjusters directly to her collar, but it was really easy attaching them
to her new harness. She only looked concerned briefly, but didn't freak
out at all when I put her on my back. I had already put her up on the
table top which is the same height. Walked over to the dog park to get
another person's opinion who was impressed and said that she was just
Walk for Yoshi. No dogs, no drama. Though after we got back he was a barking fool in the front window.
Sun Mar 13
Rained until 2pm and I walked Yoshi which went find until a very slow
moving overweight-lab-like dog just stared at him while his owner
shatted away. I would let Y bark and then call him back he can learn to
ignore this staring at there is not threat.
Started to rain again, but I got Trek over to Krusi park and we ran the width and back which was good exercise for us both.
Sat Mar 12
Took Yoshi on a basic walk. Grumpy at our mail carrier, and barked like a
fool at a large German Shepherd that appeared sort of suddenly, and I
just pulled him far enough away so he regained his composure (no treats,
no time to set up properly). Then after that he did great letting a
large overweight Lab walk by. (We had retreated a house width down a
Trek to Krusi Park. They mow the grass close (easy for Trek to move
around on it) and with the threatening rain there was only us and
another dog person - it was nice I could take her off-leash which is
always much more helpful with her running with her erratic gait.. We ran
(both of us) all the way across, cut diagonal to the next fence, and
then went all the way across the park, and then diagonal back to the
car. It's a largish 4 baseball diamond park so it's good exercise for
I can't wait for her modified cart to appear so we can find out if it helps her.
Fri Mar 11
I was too busy with appts to do anything useful with the dogs.
Tue Mar 8 - Thu Mar 10
I was in Seattle Terri had dog duty.
Mon Mar 7
Walk for Yoshi. Small neighbor dog passing by on the other side of
HIS street. He would bark. I would pull on the leash enough to get his
attention. I would ask him to sit. He did so I rewarded that. Then we
repeated the whole sequence. When he yet barked again I told him to
knock it off and he actually did but the dog was nearly past. Later on,
There was a Shar Pei starting at us from across the street (not
barking.) Yoshi took two steps towards the dog and then right as I was
about to call him back, he Turned Around and walked back to me. Good
boy! Many treats.
Trek walk, this time just on a basic leash. Got her to go as far and
Johnson (it's dinner time) then we turned around. After dinner I put her
in her cart and let her try walking very slowly on the concrete. She so
wants to go fast and her way of going fast doesn't work in the cart.
She's in the awkward in between stage. I need to find her something I
can use as a walker. She wants to RUN.
Sun Mar 6
Supposed to rain some today and really rain tonight. It didn't rain during the day much at all.
Walk for Yoshi. One brief barking dog sighting (Yoshi doing the barking), but that was it.
to Washington Park to work some on the cart. She was in good spirits,
so actually got some exercise before and after the cart session. She is
improving on the cart, but is still fighting it too much and wanting to
do her bounce step in it which doesn't work well.
Played beat the rain on a Yoshi walk. We started to get wet half way through. Ah well, we're all dried off now, and he's had a walk today.
Submitted a VPI claim for Trek for the PT consult and Assisi loop on Feb 29th. It's nice that I can download a pre-filled in form, finish the details in Acrobat Reader, print it, sign it, scan it and then mail it and the already scanned receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org
. This means they can send denials faster.
Walked Trek. It wasn't supposed to be raining but it pissed on us the whole time. I got her to go as far as Santa Clara this time with treats and a wrapped right foot.
Fri Mar 4
No PT for Trek today. We're just using the Assisi loop for 3 weeks. Feels weird not to be going.
Walk for Yoshi. I found the other kids Birkenstock on a trashcan, so we went and found the other one that I saw a couple of days ago, and reunited them and took a photo. It had just rained and all the smells were up and he was thrilled.
Trek walk. I wrapped her right foot and we just went down the sidewalk. She charged right along for half a block and a little past that, and then got tired, but I got her to finish out the other block and then we returned. She copes with the ataxia by running, but it's pretty tiring for her.Thu Mar 3
Basic walk for Yoshi. Said hi to Alan of Ray and Alan, also greeted crossing guard Tara.
Took Trek to Lincoln Park to try the cart out. We're going to need a lot
of practice. She's not very thrilled with this thing following her
around, but it will earn her lots of treats she'll figure out. I'm wondering if I can get her to use it well enough to compete at Wendy's next ADPT/WCR Rally competition at the end of April.
Tue Mar 1
Yoshi and I went to Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland for a lovely walk. It's huge with wide open spaces and easy parking.
Trek and I went to Krusi park. Less busy that the last time so we had a
nice time. I took her off-leash. We walked (she ran) across, then
diagonal to another side of the park, then across again. She then asked
to head back to the car.
Mon Feb 29
to Dr. Troy for a re-eval. The question is is the treadmill still
helping as she now looks worse in the treadmill than on dry land. Dr.
Troy tells me that DM dogs often do better in the take than on dry land
so this is curious. We're going to give Trek 3 weeks off from the
treadmill and instead try an Assisi loop 15 min twice a day which is a
pulse therapy intended to reduce inflammation and see if that helps.
Trek has around a 3 or 4 indication of pain in her quads and psoas.
(when the muscle is palpated, she stops panting, the tense muscle
quivers, and she looks at me.) Trek has another appt with Dr. Troy in 3
weeks on Thur at 9:30am. Terri will likely have to bring her, as I won't
have any paid vacation time for a while. I hope this anti-inflammatory
treatment helps her.
Dr. Troy refers to Trek's DM as little d and little m. Big D and Big M
dogs usually only live three months or so. She clearly has something
wrong neurologically, but it's progressing very slowly. She can feel in
both back legs and one leg has nearly normal reaction time. I can think
of other Corgis where this happened, so she's not unique, but I and
grateful for it.
When we got home Trek went running across the yard. I had her repeat it so I could video it as a reference.
Took Yoshi to Washington Park. We went all over the bluffs and played
dodge the dogs for a while but then we set out on a further walk but it
was warm and he was lagging so we walked back along the mostly empty dog
park and went home.
Tried to take Trek to Krusi Park but it was before 5pm and practices
were in full swing with lots of bats hitting balls which Trek hates, but
we did a full circuit and then tried to go to Lincoln park which also
had bats hitting balls. We ran the width of the park three times and
then went home.
Bill and Diane gave us this really nice grooming table. Yoshi was less
than thrilled but tolerated it quite nicely. Trek too. There is now a
large pile of dog fur in the yard and I'm thrilled to think it's not
going to be in my house.
Sun Feb 28
Walked Yoshi at Krusi park where he got a lot of
petting from 3 preteen girls. We walked all the way around the park. It
was quite active, but only one dog so no challenges. He had a nice time.
Later I took Trek to Lincoln Park, but it was too busy, so I took her to
Krusi also. I say one of the girls who had said hi to Yoshi. The park
was nice and calm by then with one dog playing. We walked to the end and
back, then walked over to the dog and person (Karen and CollieX Derby
or Darby). As we talked Trek started getting interesting in Derby
running around chasing her toy and Trek would chase after her a little
from time to time. It was pretty special to watch. Other dogs appeared
but Trek was only interested in Derby. I think I'm going to regularly
bring her over there to get more exercise than she would by herself. It
was after 5pm.
Thu Feb 25
Trek walk to Krusi Park. It's an athletic field and closely mown which
is excellent footing for her. Some bouncing balls to avoid. But her
walking was good. We did one circuit around the tennis courts and back.
No walk for Yoshi because I was finishing up a document for a work
Tue Feb 23
Long nice walk for Yoshi through the Fernside different way this time.
Down Versailles to Fernside and this time didn't get run over by the
running Brittany, but nearly got pinned by an approaching Labradoodle
while we waited for them to run on by. But it worked out without too
Trek walk. This time I wrapped her foot in four wraps of self-sticking
Ace Bandage. It worked! It didn't move. It didn't come off. It protects
her foot when she drags it. AND it gave her more support than any bootie
would. She still prefers the grass to the concrete these days which is a
bit of a hassle.
Mon Feb 22
Struggling with Trek and something to protect her feet. I like the
socks, but she doesn't, I tried to tape on one of her booties, but it
still slipped down. I also have some self sticking wrap that can
probably work too. Took it off and got her to Santa Clara and back.
Regular walk with Yoshi. The off-leash Lab appeared right as we were
walking out and I asked him to leash him dog since my was reactive. He
held the dog by the collar to get past us. I let Yoshi yell obscenities
at the dog who admittedly was very well behaved.
Sun Feb 21
I went on a hike in Redwood, but I got back in time to do a simple
walk with Yoshi. I was watching a distance neighbor pull up and didn't
notice the across the street neighbor there standing with her dog. Yoshi
barked but seemed fine with just moving on. We later successfully let
some calm dogs walk past across the street without incident.
Sat Feb 20
Ordered Trek's Doxycycline refill.
Terri had a Ukelele gathering at our house so we segregated the dogs.
Yoshi was, of course, put out with all the people in HIS house.
Very nice walk on Bay Farm for Yoshi.
I put a sock bootie on her right rear leg and it was ok for about 3
houses then it was like: "I can't go on like this." I eventually pulled
it off, but I'm going to have to tape, booty, or vet wrap that foot to
protect it or just only walk on grass which is a hassle. I have a lot of
booties. We walked to Santa Clara and back.
Fri Feb 19
PT Treadmill for Trek. It's getting harder to watch so I'm going to stop
videoing the sessions as there are no subtlies to keep track of
anymore. Emily reminds me that she will always look worse in the water
than on land which is small comfort, but a little.
Thu Feb 18
Yoshi and I went for a nice walk on the base on the estuary side.
The tide was low so we were able to walk on the little beach area that
had formed which made it a unique experience.
Trek and I went to Lincoln Park to give her some time on grass without
concrete. Her way of coping with grass that is not super closely mowed
is to run, so after one walking up and down, we did three running up and
downs (the width of the park) which tired both of us out.
Wed Feb 17
Regular slightly extended walk for Yoshi which was uneventful till I
was talking with my neighbor who drove up with her dog. Yoshi groused
at one passing dog then he really got up set when she got her dog out. I
finally just carried him away since the other dog is a puppy and
doesn't need to deal with Mr. Grouch.
Yoshi is going slower on walks I'm noticing at least at the beginning. Then he seems to warm up and move along ok.
I took Trek out on the sidewalk and she really wasn't that interested in
walking on the concrete, but kept walking on the grass. Within a few
houses I turned us around and went home and then took her out to
Washington Park where we had a really nice walk and watched the
kiteboarders trying to catch some fun before the storm moved in. She
walks best on the short grass or dirt without a lot of rocks or packed
Mon Feb 15
Busy day for me. Just an out and back dusk walk for Yoshi.
Sun Feb 14
Regular walks for Yoshi. Trek now just wants to do out and backs.
Sat Feb 13
Took Yoshi to Bay Farm. This time we went over to a smaller park
called tillman Park. I was hoping we could also walk thought adjacent
school but it was blocked off though we still cut through for some of
it. Most fun was meeting Lee and her two Pems Goldie (red and white) and
Kevin (tri colored fluffy). Yoshi, of course, said some unkindly bad
words at them but after a tempter tantrum (I was holding him) he settled
down and I put him on the ground a distance away from them. Then he
proceeded to bark at all the passing dogs. After we parted company we
steered around a few other dogs and then headed back.
Just an out and back walk for Trek.
Thu Feb 11
Washington Park where he saw a pet pig named Winston from a
distance. I don't think he knew what he was looking at, but he was well
behaved enough. Nice walk in the park and beach bluff. No dog encounters
at the fence this time though we walked along it some. I did reward him
for being able to watch a dog run. It was tough for him but he got
Tue Feb 9
Regular walk for Yoshi. Experimenting with his good response to
harness pressure. It's mixed. He'll immediately refocus on my then
immediately look back at what is upsetting him. In his case it was a
German Shepherd trotting by with a bicycle. He did refocus well with two
small dogs but they were clearly going in the other direction. We did
see those dogs again and he wanted to charge after them and I spent a
fair bit of time working on recalls.
Trek short out and back walk at dusk.
Mon Feb 8
Lincoln Park for Yoshi, then back down Garfield. Nearly walked him into a
Labrador but he recovered fine. Then successfully let some other dogs
walk by him without any issue. Right at the end of Garfield I pulled him
back with his harness and he seemed to refocus on me very nicely with
the side pressure of the harness. Had to wait a bit for dog and car
traffic to clear so we could get back across the street, but it worked
Sun Feb 7
Yoshi and I out at the ferry building and the ferry dog park, only one
dog there. I shot some video seeing if I can hold the flexi, and camera
and give rewards. Not that successful of results. Complete barking
meltdown when the one dog in the park came running up. Though he did
recover and I could then watch a huge container ship get turned around
in the estuary which is a huge production.
Trek walk at Lincoln Park. did some rally work. She, of course, gets
tired easily, but she seemed to like the work and definitely the treats.
We had Bill over for our usual Sunday gathering. Yoshi (in a crate) lost
his mind barking at the "intruder" but when I had Bill just start
feeding him from the top of the crate, he started to settle down. After
we had all sat down, I let Yoshi out and he did really well. Even
soliciting attention from Bill and didn't freak when Bill stood up and
moved which is what usually happens when someone he doesn't know moves
in *his* house.
Fri Feb 5
Trek to PT in Walnut Creek. Struggling more but she's still getting through 11 minutes.
Terri took Yoshi on a walk.
Wed Feb 3
Yoshi slightly longer basic walk. We nearly got run over by a running
Britany and her person. We retreated to a lawn and I just hung on to him
while he barked his justified objections. He recovered quickly.
Trek and I went to Krusi Park since she seems to like being on grass. We
did one circuit walking mostly on the grass with some groomed baseball
diamond dirt and a little concrete. She isn't too fond of aluminum
softball bats, but she coped ok.
Tue Feb 2
Trek and I went to Bay Farm and made a walking video.
Yoshi had a regular walk.
Mon Feb 1
Yoshi and I walked through the Fernside.
Sun Jan 31
Walked Yoshi through the Fernside. Fine except I had to help him through
when a starting dog across the street slooooowly walked by. I would
feed him and them tell him to leave it and feel him again. I was right
down there with him.
Trek walk. Her foot drag is worsening and I need to find the thin booty
that I have. I think that will work and not get in her way. I have to be
careful of street crossings and rough asphalt.
Sat Jan 30
Basic walk with Yoshi. Watched a fluffy white dog go by across the street with no issue though I was feeding him.
Trek was running around the back yard like a fool squeaking away and
having a grand time. She even took it back in the house. I was so amused
I made a video.
Tried walking Trek with a boot on her right foot. It definitely gets in
her way. I took it off and sheís carrying the foot ok. I think the scrap
was from going upstairs, so I should carry her up for a little while. I
have several different boots I can try on her.
Fri Jan 29
Trek treadmill session. She having more trouble walking in a
straight line in the treadmill tank now, even after doing so well on the
concrete. Much more ataxic in the water. Apparently a dog with
neurologic symptoms worsens in the water (where an orthopedic injury
improves in the water). This is a shame as she had been doing so well on
the treadmill but unlike swimming I think it's a good reason to keep
her doing it. She did treadmill sessions for a year and it only helped
She does have an scrape abrasion on her right rear (her worse foot).
We're supposed to treat it with neosporin and have her wear a booty on
Thu Jan 28
I went to Abagail's Moroccan cafe and then Yoshi and I went on a
long walk in Washington Park. We ventured out onto the beach bluffs and
then cycled back by the dog park. No issues at all, even beside the dog
Trek walk. She's folding her right rear over and she'll probably have to
wear a boot if I'm going to keep walking her on concrete where she
walks the best, but she did a regular length walk.
Wed Jan 27
Basic walks for both dogs. Yoshi did fine until an approaching dog
came too close to fast approaching him and I wasn't fast enough to get
out of the way. It was classic. Bark Bark Growl "Get away" stuff. I
picked him up and carried him away. His heart was pounding. He genuinely
Trek's walk was more sedate, but she did the whole distance. Her left
rear leg (the one that works better) is noticeably larger than the right
one that doesn't track as well.
Tue Jan 25
Yoshi and I walked along the shoreline at the base of High St. It's
Alameda's only dirt path save for Harbor Bay or Washington Park, but
this path is less developed and feels like a secret in a way. We then
continued along Shoreline Drive. You can actually get a fair ways off
the asphalt path and there's an informal path that's great right now and
a disaster when the foxtails are out. There were a couple of dogs on
the paved path and Yoshi did great ignoring them and eating treats while
they walked by. If a dog had show up on the path near High St, I would
have just had to have picked him up but didn't need to.
Dusk walk for Trek. We just looped from Court over to Fountain and back.
Mon Jan 24
Trek to walk alongside the USS Hornet. They have a lot of smooth
concrete there. I filmed it for a status video. Trek moves the easiest
on concrete. Emily thinks it's good exercise for her. Obviously Trek
needs to work on grass too, but it's nice just to let her move along
fairly quickly on concrete.
Sat Jan 23
Washington Park for Yoshi. We were going to go to Crab Cove, but
just as I was able to get out, a dog pulling his owner around by a
harness appeared, and I decided that it wasn't worth the stress, so I
went over to the other entrance ,and we watched kite boarders and then
walked along the dog park gate. It was windy and he was pretty reactive.
He would want to chase a dog, ignoring the "Come" until stopped by the
flexi, then he would get a hold of himself and come back. I didn't
reward that, but did reward better attention. Kind of middling. We'll
have to try it without the blowing wind.
Trek walk. She's still doing ok at speed but she relies on momentum a lot. I want to keep her on her feet as long as I can.
We had friends over for dinner (one man, one woman) and this time Yoshi
was fine. He usually worries about strangers in his house, but this time
he followed them around but didn't bark and growl at them every time
Fri Jan 22
Water treadmill for Trek. She's struggling some. After video review
she's hyper-extending her left foot more. We're concerned that it's from
the pulling up in the water from swimming so I'm taking her out of
swimming but keeping the treadmill. I'm bummed about this.
Thu Jan 21
Trek and I went to Lincoln Park which is close by and actually the
3rd largest park around (after Washington and Krusi). We did a fair bit
of rally work which she loved doing even through it's hard for her now.
She can't back up at all and to stand I have to help some. Then we did a
couple of circuits around the fields.
Long walk (nearly 2 miles) for Yoshi that I kept extending until it was
clear he wanted to go home. I have to remember that he's 12.5 now and
has some arthritis in his elbows, so I can get him tired - never used to
happen. Though his is still barking like a fool in the living room
window now, though the second I went into there with treats he
refocused. Not much dog drama. One harmless barking U-turn, and some
hiding behind car and a hedge, and a couple of going down a side-street
waiting for the other dog-person to choose a direction.
Wed Jan 20
Took Yoshi on a fabulous walk at Harbor Bay from the unnamed park at
Seaview and Aughinbaugh to the bridge and back. Steered around some dogs
mostly successful, some not but recoverable. In other words it didnít
break him for the rest of the walk. He recovers quite well these days.
Trek went for a walk at night by headlamp and streetlight. I donít like
doing it because itís easy to trip over bits of the sidewalk but we did
Tue Jan 19
Walk for both dogs. Regular one for Yoshi. Shorter one for Trek. I
usually donít walk her on swim days, but she has a lot of energy and
didnít swim much during the session.
Her swim was just ok. Her head is too low in the water and I don't
seem to be able to easily fix it. She did ok When Joy help her to hold
her head up. I think I can refit her vest on so that her hips are lower
in the water which may cantilever her head up. I wrote EllenD and Joy
asking for thoughts on it. I watched video of a different corgi swimming
and he can hold his head up. It's possible that Trek isn't strong
enough to hold her head up, but that corgi's vest stops at his chest
which might be a factor.
Mon Jan 18
Trek and I went out to the aircraft carrier the Hornet to walk
beside it because it's a large, mostly smooth area of concrete and I
wanted to view the Harbor Seals that hang out near there.
Regular walk for Yoshi where he got to greet a couple of shy children
and he got to practice his recall with a dog across the street. He's
grouse a little about the dog, but still come back to me fine
which is ok.
Sun Jan 17
It's pouring buckets and buckets and I had to drag Yoshi out on a
leash and I used an umbrella over our heads which he doesn't like but he
had no choice because of the leash. He was miserable because he was in
3" of water. I tried to explain to him the rest of him was dry but he
didn't seem to hear me. Trek, of course, was fine as she loves puddles.
I missed our swim session, so rescheduled it for Tue.
Fri Jan 15
Treadmill for Trek. She is getting less stable, but hanging in there.
Thu Jan 14
Squeezing in dog walks between rainstorms. We escaped dry and when
I'm wearing my red rain jacket traffic stops for us. No dogs, no issues.
Mon Jan 11
Early morning walk with Yoshi which was uneventful save to the dog
standing two houses down. We just stood there and waited for dogster to
move one. (Bark, Bark. Bark)
Trek walk. We went to Wind River and walked the path by the waterís edge
around the buildings and back to the car. she split her time between
the grass and the path. Sheís ok on the smoother asphalt, just not the
Sun Jan 10
Basic walks for both dogs.
and I had two different dog sets coming at us from both 90 degree
directions. We finally just crossed the street diagonally. He enjoyed
barking like a fool at the Boston Terrier, but then got a hold of
himself to sit a focus and earn some rewards. We then did a lot of
recall work with the harness and flexi which he did very well with even
with other dogs being around,
but not close. He then charged up
to within 2 feet of a neighborís cat which should have earned him a swat
on the nose or at least a hiss, but the cat didnít even bother to
respond at all. The owner Melanie assures me the cat is not ill, but very
Gave the dogs greenies. I need to do that more often. Yoshi also needs his nails done.
Sat Jan 9
Yoshi to Harbor Bay for a nice, long walk along the shore line. It was
cloudy and a little cold. No dogs and very few people. I was distracted
noticing the landing traffic at Oakland airport was reversed and Yoshi
rolled his neck into something appalling which earned him a partial
Trek had a regular walk. Her walking hasn't gotten too much worse yet
for a while though she is asking for more help going up and down stairs.
Fri Jan 8
walk for Yoshi in the early morning. We wound up parallel walking with a
dog that was similar to a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.
Trek and I
went to Washington Park and walked along the beach bluffs. The sand was
wet and nicely packed which made for easier walking for her.
Thu Jan 7
Yoshi and I took a very nice walk in Leona Canyon Open Space
Preserve, once I finally found the gate. Another dog walker clued me in
that it is part of a house's driveway (there is an East Bay Parks sign
on it.) It was lovely. Definitely a hidden gem. Might be more difficult
on the weekend since it's an off-leash area.
Trek had a nice basic walk. Her walking has not gotten any worse. It's
possible I'm just used to seeing her wobble around, but the PT,
swimming, and walks may be making a difference. The swimming does
adversely affect her front foot, so I canceled this Sunday's swim but
kept the week after. It may just have to be an every other week sort of
Wed Jan 6
Things weren't looking good for walks because of the rain, but it
relented and both dogs got basic walks. Trek's was a reverse, so she
could greet the crossing quards without a large passel of children
storming by and the requist whistles.
Tue Jan 5
Yoshi the rain-wuss refused to go out this morning so I dragged him
out after a bit and it had stopped raining, so we did a basic walk. Had
to steer around two sets of dogs coming at us at the same time which was
a little tricky, but by waiting just long enough it worked out. This
was just before 8am. when I take him out just before dawn there will be
fewer dogs. The harder part was the trash truck right by my house. We
snuck by them while they were paused but it's still kind of scary for
doggies when the truck starts moving again.
Once I start working again I may or may not have enough time in the
morning to walk Yoshi as I need to leave by around 7:15am. So we may
need to have a dog walker do it during the Winter. Trek I can walk in
the early evening. I don't like walks at night as I miss too much, but
she'll be ok under the bright streetlights.
Trek and I went to Washington Park and walked along the bluffs later in the afternoon during a break.
Mon Jan 4
Walked Yoshi through the park. Steered around 2 sets of off leash dogs,
one I picked him up, but none of the dogs approached. Did some more
walk. We got lightly rained on but she doesnít care. Itís the middle of
the day so we went out and back to avoid the crossing guard whistles.
Sun Jan 3
Yoshi walk. Working on the recall basics on the harness and flexi.
He did great. Multiple times and even recalled when a dog was around.
Trek swim at Rex Center. This time I used the neck bouyant Sea Dogg
collar along with the lifevest. It still doesn't keep her nose entirely
out of the water. Next time I'm going to try a different neck collar
they have there. We kept the session shorter, she seemed to do well.
So for fun we let her herd ducks for a very short while at Linda's. She
seemed to like it but ran out of steam very quickly. I think we'll
invert the herding and swimming time. I still have to decide whether to
keep her swimming once a week or every two weeks. She's been doing it
every couple of weeks for the last two times and she's not worse which
is encouraging but I'm not sure if she's getting the full benefit of
swimming either by only doing it every other week. It's tricky as we
need her front leg to work well.
Sat Jan 2
Yoshi walk. Took him on a longer walk to make up for him having it off.
In light of his worsening behavior when he sees dogs approaching him, we
worked a lot on basic recalls while he was off a ways on the flexi (on a
harness). He did this very well and it was getting boring until we
nearly walked into a dog sitting on his step on his house. We crossed
the street completely without incident. We crossed again for another
approaching dog and we went back to working on him giving me attention
after looking at the dog and getting a reward for it. He did great.
Fri Jan 1
Happy 2016. Dogs had the day off while we went to watch the salmon returning to spawn in Lagunitas Creek.