So the BC/Yukon Agility Regionals weekend arrived, and we went.....and we volunteered.
Got there Thursday afternoon, got the trailer parked and set up, familiarized ourselves with the site, took the dogs for a walk, and stopped at the off-leash area in the park and let them play fetch.
The next morning I took the dogs out first thing for their morning constitutional, and went back to the trailer for breakfast. A bit later, Larry was sat in the trailer on the steps leading up to the bed. He was sat sort of funny, his head in his hands, and I asked him what was wrong. He told me that Luna had just limped. What?!! She had just walked from the other end of the trailer towards him and was obviously favouring her right front leg. It seemed to be the foot/ankle area that was bothering her. Probably did something while she was chasing the ball the night before. She seemed to walk most of it off, after she got moving. I did run her in a Steeplechase class that afternoon, which was nothing brilliant but went okay. A friend gave me a herbal anti-inflammatory to give her. I was hoping in Luna fashion that she would sleep it off, but no, when she got up on Saturday morning, she was obviously still sore on that leg. With movement, she worked much of it off, but once she laid down for a while, she was sore on it again. I wavered back and forth and finally decided to err on the side of caution and pull her from the competition. No point in making things worse. The concussion and twisting put on that leg running Luna style could easily make a bad thing much worse. Off course it was a decision that I rehashed many times that weekend. Times when she was leaning into the leash like a damn sled dog, trying to get me going faster to where ever it was she thought we were going. I'd look at her then and think that she sure didn't look like she was hurting. Trying to keep her quiet was next to impossible. I think it's mostly sorted itself out now, it's just bad luck that it happened when it did.
That's just the way it goes sometimes.