by Karen Selbert
It’s with great pleasure that I am proud to introduce MACh Aidan! At the incredibly pleasant and wonderfully run Nashville Dog Agility Club trial, in front of friends old and new, Aidan not only performed flawlessly, but placed well in the smoking fast 20” division. Judges Diane and Robert Fyfe provided the enjoyable and challenging courses for the day. Diane was most understanding when I stooped in tears to hug Aidan at the end of our run.
The teamwork behind our success belongs to more than just my tiny tribe. I owe a huge debt to an immense group of people, and it is impossible to measure everyone’s contribution. But it won’t stop me from trying:
Thanks first to Pam, an incredible breeder of westies and one awesome litter of whippets, for gifting me with this wonderful dog. You were able to see with clarity that Aidan was the right dog for me. And thanks to Piper and Katie for insisting I not pass up this auspicious opportunity!
To Elizabeth, from the Addison’s group, for getting me through the first sleepless nights of Aidan’s diagnosis. Your absolute wisdom, patience, and encouragement were priceless. (For the group: diagnosed 3-20-2010, Percorten 0.5cc q 24 days, pred 1.25mg am :)
To Leo, breeder and trainer of Borzoi Oxota, for leading me to Dr Tomasic. This apparent happenstance probably did more for Aidan’s soft tissue recovery than anything else. Sometimes we are introduced to the right people at the right times in our lives, but for reasons we don’t always realize at the moment.
To my parents, who have now turned into our raving fans. It’s amazing how our dogs have shaped our relationships over the years, and have given us the opportunity to share so much more of our lives together.
And of course, my husband, who understands without knowing, who sees without the vision, and who loves me in spite of the challenges. Can’t thank you enough.
And thanks to everyone else out there who had a hand in our development and success over the years; there isn’t enough time, words or space to appropriately honor you all, but we appreciate you nonetheless.
Video coming as soon as I can get it...
I met Karen in March 2010 when she turned up on the Addison Dogs Yahoo Group I am on and she was looking for the latest and most up to date info on Addison's. She was devastated that she had diagnosed Aidan with canine Addison's. She was feeling exactly like any other pet parent of a newly diagnosed ADog. It is overwhelming. Her precious Aidan was sick.
Aidan sure doesn't look sick now..
Here is another post I did on Aidan when he was at the Nationals.
Thank you Karen for sharing Aidan with me!