Home, sweet home.
It's been a crazy time here in the mountains. Mother Nature can't decide whether it's winter or spring. We've had snow. I've ridden my fat bike through intense snow squalls while the birds hunkered down to wait them out.
And we've had super warm sunny days when I've even seen Shyla pant during our runs!
In the midst of it all, I've been very busy with a training course for Shyla, trying again to help her with her remaining fear issues. I'd love to be able to leave all the fears behind but, the more tests I do to see "where we are now", the more I realize that some fears still rage inside her head. In this photo, I was working on counter-conditioning Shyla against having me step over her. With every step over her, I gave her a treat.
I'm sad that R will have to take a total break from nosework after his surgery in six days. We've learned that he truly has to stay still inside a crate, except for potty breaks, for a few weeks after the surgery. During that time, the new synthetic surfaces inside his elbow will hopefully become solidly held in the place by new bone growth. Our vet says that we'll need to sedate R during that time to keep him sufficiently still.
I'll write more about R's surgery later but the date is sneaking up very fast! I hope it's the start of a happy new chapter for R after he heals.