Time for a Sawyer accomplishment!

Weight pull, Protection, Agility, Flyball... you name it!

Postby TheRedQueen » December 3rd, 2007, 12:20 pm

Sawyer (the Soybean) earned his FMX (Flyball Master Excellent) this past weekend, in York, PA. FMX is 10,000 points...he's been running for about a year and a half (started Aug. 06). I'm so proud of him...as he's turned out to be a pretty fast little man...despite his bad knee. (he's got surgery sometime next spring...so I wanted him to get his title now!) What a good little bean!

Serious throw-the-ball face!
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No really! *BOING*
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It's been a good year...Xander FGDCh 40K, Inara ONYX and Sawyer FMX. :)
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » December 3rd, 2007, 12:56 pm

Woo hoo! Congrats Sawyer!
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Postby babyreba » December 3rd, 2007, 1:22 pm

that's awesome! congratulations!
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Postby amazincc » December 3rd, 2007, 1:52 pm

Congrats, Jumping Bean! :)
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Postby maberi » December 3rd, 2007, 2:34 pm

Wow, great job!!

What is wrong with his knee?
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Postby TheRedQueen » December 3rd, 2007, 3:33 pm

On December 03 2007, 1:34 PM, maberi wrote:Wow, great job!!

What is wrong with his knee?


We just found out that he has a luxating patella. Seems to only bother him when he's playing flyball (I think it slips out when he's on the box...though he was fine this weekend). No pain, and the flyball doesn't make it worse...I talked to a flyball competitor/veterinarian. He's got surgery sometime next year when I can gather up the $$$ for it.

But finding it out, it made so much sense why he's slower off the box than going out!
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Postby maberi » December 3rd, 2007, 3:35 pm

Gotcha

Well I'm glad you were able to find out what was bothering him and good luck on the surgery.

Earl had an ACL repair done of the summer and the woman at the obedience club said I should try out flyball with him and that it would put less stress on his knee than agility would. When I think of flyball I don't think of it being easy on the joints with those sudden stops and starts.

On December 03 2007, TheRedQueen wrote:
On December 03 2007, 1:34 PM, maberi wrote:Wow, great job!!

What is wrong with his knee?


We just found out that he has a luxating patella. Seems to only bother him when he's playing flyball (I think it slips out when he's on the box...though he was fine this weekend). No pain, and the flyball doesn't make it worse...I talked to a flyball competitor/veterinarian. He's got surgery sometime next year when I can gather up the $$$ for it.

But finding it out, it made so much sense why he's slower off the box than going out!
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Postby TheRedQueen » December 3rd, 2007, 4:33 pm

On December 03 2007, 2:35 PM, maberi wrote:Gotcha

Well I'm glad you were able to find out what was bothering him and good luck on the surgery.

Earl had an ACL repair done of the summer and the woman at the obedience club said I should try out flyball with him and that it would put less stress on his knee than agility would. When I think of flyball I don't think of it being easy on the joints with those sudden stops and starts.

On December 03 2007, TheRedQueen wrote:
On December 03 2007, 1:34 PM, maberi wrote:Wow, great job!!

What is wrong with his knee?


We just found out that he has a luxating patella. Seems to only bother him when he's playing flyball (I think it slips out when he's on the box...though he was fine this weekend). No pain, and the flyball doesn't make it worse...I talked to a flyball competitor/veterinarian. He's got surgery sometime next year when I can gather up the $$$ for it.

But finding it out, it made so much sense why he's slower off the box than going out!


There's less twisting (I think) in flyball, than in agility...they always go the same way in flyball. And good teams will teach a box turn, so there is much less stress on the joints...the dogs don't stop at the box, it's one fluid movement up onto it, and pushing off. Higher impact than in agility, but the dog doesn't do tight turns and quick changes of direction.

I know a bunch of dogs that run flyball after knee surgeries, and some do agility too. I also know a bunch of HD dogs that run flyball...we have two on our team.
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Postby Marinepits » December 3rd, 2007, 7:41 pm

Congrats, Sawyer!!!
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Postby iluvk9 » December 3rd, 2007, 7:42 pm

:congrats:
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Postby airwalk » December 3rd, 2007, 8:41 pm

Congratulations Sawyer.
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Postby Jenn » December 3rd, 2007, 8:52 pm

Congrats! :)
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Postby Scout » December 4th, 2007, 6:27 pm

yay! Congrats to Sawyer!! :clap:
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