What’s up with the bubble wrap? Is this a new fashion trend? Why am I all packed in with bubble wrap? There is a good reason, trust me!Before I get into the reason for my new outfit, do you know why bubble wrap was even invented? In 1957, engineer Al Fielding and Swiss inventor Marc Chavannes came up with the idea for textured wallpaper, which was simply bubble wrap. The wallpaper failed miserably but it sure makes a great packing wrap!
Now for my story. My birthday is almost here, and more than anything, almost more than wabbits, but not quite, I love nose work. This year, I’ve had bad luck trying to get a spot in trials. Bailie has gotten into almost every trial she has entered, and I’ve gotten a place on endless waitlists. This weekend Bailie got into the Level 2 Interior Element Specialty Trial right here about ten minutes from our house. Me? I got like number twenty four on the waitlist.
Imagine the excitement when we got an email about a week ago stating that enough people had pulled out that my number was up on the waitlist. Mom had to decide to either leave Bailie in, or let me have her spot. We can’t both run because the hides are secret. Bailie is in three trials next weekend, and being my birthday next week, she agreed to let me take her spot! I am thrilled to my ears! Happy early birthday to me from Bailie.
Now for the other piece of information. The past year, I have had a knack for getting injured right before I trial. The first time, it was a nightmare as I would not even do nose work after my first search. In July, the day before my NW3 Trial, I suddenly could barely walk, I was drooling and shaking in pain, hiding behind plants at home, Mom was really worried. She raced me to my chiropractor who adjusted me, but I was still not doing well, so Mom raced me to the vet. By the evening I was much better and the next day I had my best NW3 performance ever!
Enter Tuesday this week. Out of the blue, I started walking funny, hiding behind plants, didn’t want to eat, and Mom said, “oh no”, not again. The first plan was to see if I felt better as the day went on, but then on a short walk, she saw blood on my back leg. After looking closely, she raced me to the vet. I hid under the chairs because I’m scared at the vet.
We still don’t know what exactly happened to me, but I had a table tennis ball sized abscess or cyst on my back end that had suddenly appeared and ruptured. I got some kind of Brazilian shave on my private areas, so embarrassing, to give the vet a better look. It was nasty! They cleaned me up and sent me home with medicine. By the next morning, I was much better. I get cysts a few times a year, but this one was big, painful, and fast.
Long story short. To protect me from any further injuries or mishaps prior to my trial on Sunday, Mom wrapped me up in bubble wrap to keep me safe. Bailie also said if I can’t trial because of an injury, she will never give me her spot again. I’m a bit warm in this outfit, but I feel safe and I’m really looking forward to doing some nose work with Mom on Sunday without the bubble wrap outfit!