Monthly Archives: February 2014

Suddenly Ataxic

Sunday was a slow day here in Iowa due to subzero temperatures.  I took the dogs on a short hike and then spent the rest of the day curled up in bed with a book.  In the midafternoon Rose suddenly got up from her dog bed and went into “kitty stalk” mode.  Suprisingly her front legs started paddling and then she couldn’t control her back end either.  Although I knew the issue was most likely neurogical I quickly checked her for injuries and other potential issues.  Rose was dosed with an NSAID and monitored until I could get her into see her veterinary chiropractor on Monday.

Monday Rose was able to walk but was still ataxic.  She couldn’t seem to bear weight on one side of her body and listed sideways.  Her veterinary chiropractor, Dr. King DVM, squeezed her into her schedule. Dr. King adjusted her and said that she had some nerves pinched at her atlas (C1). Once Rose had been adjusted she immediately began walking better but was still ataxic in her rear.  As of today Rose is still ataxic in her rear but seems to be in good spirits.  She is being monitored and will hopefully improve.  If she does not then she will probably be referred to a neurologist.

Rose’s neurological issues are nothing new.  She was limping at 9 months when I visited her in the shelter (advertised as an agility prospect).  The shelter staff were unaware of her limp and suprised when I asked about it.  The vet tentatively diagnosed her with panosteitis but that was finally disproven.  Finally at age 2 yrs we discovered that chiropractic care would help her live a more normal life.  Several specialists wondered if she had been hit by a car before I had adopted her.  Although we trained in agility Rose was not allowed to perform weave poles, high jumps (she jumped 16″ instead of 24″), and did not perform the teeter.  Rose and I remained active in agility until she began going blind a year ago. 

Hopefully Rose will return to full force soon and can continue to enjoy her early retirement. Of course, she’s still my hiking partner. 🙂


Week 1 of 52 Weeks Outside My Comfort Zone Photography Project


Over the past 3 years I’ve learned a lot about photography with my secondhand Canon Rebel EOS and realized I have a great deal more to learn.  So this year I’m going to begin pushing myself out of my comfort zone with a photography project.  My project is going to be more difficult due to the fact that my camera is suffering from old age.  It now takes several minutes for it to store a photo to memory, randomly decides it can no longer auto focus, occasionally all photo files are corrupted within the camera, and is in general trying to drive me mad.  Today I took quite a few photos and mentally swore quite a bit as the camera refused to allow me to get the shots I wanted.  I just remind myself that external limitations will help me learn to be a better photographer and to save a bit at a time for a new camera.

Today I decided to use take photos in the snow which I absolutely dread because of issues with white balance.  My older camera doesn’t have a snow setting and good white balance can be hard to achieve even in the best of scenarios.  In an attempt to combat the white balance issue I tried a warming filter and shot on daylight WB settings (sadly the first few photos were shot in fluorescent light WB settings- oops!).  I have never used a filter before and haven’t been brave enough to try out the filter in the year since I bought it.  Plus I discovered it wasn’t the correct warming filter for my application but what the heck.  Clearly, now is the time to give it a go.  In an attempt to avoid houses, etc. in the background I went to a large soccer field.  Sadly cars and houses still managed to clutter the background.  Lighting was tricky due to the trees, sun setting, and minimize background clutter.

I have decided that I need a different warming filter and the search for better winter white balance continues. . . But, I did get a photo showing Rose’s spirit which is quite hard to do.  🙂