I have been procrastinating writing this blog entry. On Oct 19, 2012 Dasher was officially retired from agility. I think I knew this day was coming sooner rather than later a few months ago but was hoping I was wrong. The trouble began earlier this year when Dasher sprained his toe on his left front leg. After months of no agility he was still not 100%. I also noticed that both his front feet were splaying a bit. We took a trip to VOSM where they took X-Rays and evaluated his movement. While his range of motion in his joints all looked good, his toes were showing degenerative changes. After a few more months of nursing his feet it became obvious that his feet would not be getting better. I decided it was better for us to stop running agility now in order to keep him comfortable for the long term.
While Dasher was not my first agility dog, he was my first Jack Russell. He is the reason I fell in love with the breed. Dasher is my first agility dog to have a ridiculous amount of drive and a love of the game. To say he has taught me a thing or two is an understatement. While it does sadden me not to be able to step to the line with my best buddy anymore, I am incredibly grateful for the memories we have together. Dasher will always come along to every agility trial, because for me it would not be the same without him. The hardest part of my decision to retire Dasher is not being able to explain it to Dasher. I don’t think he is going to understand why he stays at home on Tuesday night for agility class or why he will not get a turn when we are at the agility trial. I know if it was up to him he would keep running until his feet fell off. That is what makes Dasher, Dasher. That is one of the reasons why I love him so much. I am trying not to look at this as the end, but just the next chapter of our journey together. I am including some of my favorite memories of our agility journey, enjoy!!
Mid-Atlantic Showcase 2011 – Triathlon Finals – 1st place
2011 NE Regionals – Steeplechase finals – 1st place