Gunrun Flipping Fiery – ‘Blaze’ – Border Collie
- Born – Jan 2005, Passed – Jan 2006.
- Natasha has been involved in agility since 1990 and as you can see worked with a number of dogs, all retrained and owned by others (see below). After completion of University and buying a house Natasha carefully selected ‘Blaze’ her very first puppy, just for her and hopefully to enjoy agility with.
- Blaze was showing great promise at a young age in her agility foundations and regularly excelled in training. Blaze and Natasha had an untouchable bond together and lived life together to the full.
- Natasha used her background in Sport Science and applied that to the dogs and in Blaze’s example took her to Hydrotherapy at 8 months old.
- Sadly at the age of 13 months following a hydrotherapy session Blaze died suddenly (1.5 hours post exit). Specialist vets and medical teams concluded given Blaze’s symptoms she died of ‘Water Intoxication’ or ‘over ingestion of water’.
- Given the history and nature of sudden death Natasha suffered huge bereavement and found herself not wanting another dog as the suffering and trauma made life difficult.
- Luckily the agility community and family supported her and forced her to attend coaching sessions and training to continue with life and agility.
- Blaze’s story taught Natasha to take every day as it comes and you never know when life with your best friend will end.
It is vital to ensure that when your dog has hydrotherapy (regardless of rationale such as fun, fitness or therapeutic intervention) or enjoys playing in water that it does NOT ingest any water as it could prove FATAL. Toy catching, throwing or carrying in the water should NOT be permitted due to the risk of ingesting water, or ‘water wounding’ (impact caused to the dog by jumping into water). If your dog shows any signs of sickness or high urination following hydrotherapy STOP immediately and evaluate your ‘swimming’ practise. Hydrotherapy is an awesome therapeutic intervention to support your dog if conducted by a qualified, knowledgeable and experienced individual – Ask the centre do they know about Water Intoxication or Hyponeutremia and what are they doing to prevent it? Learn from Blaze’s story and save others from this traumatic ordeal.