The Leap of Faith … a Belgiam Malinois jumps off a set of stairs falling 27+ feet to land on concrete! [Video of her view below.]
On January 6, 2017 when Gaia, a Belgiam Malinois, jumped over a retaining wall and fell 27+ feet ... I was despirately waiting for her preparing to run an agility Jumpers coarse at the show in Harriman, TN. while Natalie went to get her. I was running Tayt in his standard run and Natalie went to get Gaia — the runs were one right after the other. It had snowed in Harriman that evening so there was a chill in the air. That add chilliness, with the fact that Gaia gets super excited after she poops, she must of felt like superwoman or something, as she headed my way.
Natalie allowed her to go ahead of her up the steps to get to where we were crating the dogs (watch video below). She let go of the leash as I have done repeatedly assuming she would stop on top to wait for the door to open letting her in from the cool weather.
As soon as the leash was out of her hands, Natalie started up the first set of steps behind Gaia — there are two sets of 13 steps. Natalie never got to that first landing when she looked up the second set of steps to see Gaia’s butt as she continued forward and jumped over the retaining wall on the top landing.
Gaia jumped over a retaining wall 5 blocks + high and landed 27 blocks (give or take) later onto concrete! Yeah, concrete!!
Natalie screamed “No!!!” as she quickly ran around the steps to see Gaia! Gaia was then standing there looking up as to say, “augh, what a jump!!!?”
By that time, I had just finished running Tayt and was looking for Natalie and Gaia. Gaia, jumping a standard height of 24,” was the first dog in her Novice JWW class. As I was anxious to get her on my end, Natalie picked Gaia up outside and was heading to find me. An agility show has people walking around, pottying their dogs, etc. but at this point no one was around to help Natalie with this 64 lbs. dog. With no one was in sight … this process felt like minutes upon hours until she finally got Gaia inside to notify me as to what happened.
As I finally saw Natalie inside, she was standing with Gaia … I wave her to me … “Come on, I’m next” was my gesture. She waved to me just as I waved to her … “She jumped off the steps!” In my perspective, I’ve seen her jump off the front porch steps several times, so I was silently saying “So!” and waved her to come in further towards me. Natalie just kept waving to me to come to her … “she jumped off the steps” and waved me to come to her again. That process took forever in my mind because I wanted to get her in where the agility courses were and settled before I had to run.
It took Natalie now yelling at me several times with larger hand motions as if she was talking to a person who couldn’t hear before I caught on. “Holy Crap!” then I saw the blood beneath her nose for the first time. My stomach sank immediately because I thought it was internal damages … “Oh man, she’s bleeding from her nose!” By that time the on-site veterinarian had come over.
As I looked closer and as the vet was examining her, we both noticed that the blood was coming from her chin. “Thank you, God!” The veterinarian didn’t find anything major … unbelievable!!
Natalie ran to get the truck and we quickly went to Roane Veterinary Hospital [roaneveterinaryhospital.com] where Dr. Rebecca Wierschem was on top of everything - very pleasant and professional. Never did I feel she was profiled and deemed a dangerous dog. The vet assistance did great and doctor went to town feeling every aspect of her body. Gaia took it all in stride and allow just about everything — even x-rays. I never doubted their professionalism or capability. I placed Gaia in their hands with ease and comfort. I truly think she knew she was getting taken care of and allowed them to do all their tests.
After having some horrifying trips to the emergency vet clinic, my experience at Roame Veterinary Hospital was one of my best experiences I have ever had - owning personal dogs nearly 30 years. Maybe it was because she was okay. Nothing major was wrong. --- Right … a guardian angel caught her.
The video above shows the blood from Gaia’s chin. She didn’t suffer any broken bones. The x-rays confirmed that as well as the thorough vet check. What they found was:
—A chipped bottom left canine tooth
—Superficially scratched her right eye
—Scrapped her chin
—Sprained her left front leg — she was limping pretty bad.
That night Susan and Judy showed me how to use their cold lazer and I truly think it made a tremendous difference in her left shoulder/leg recovery. For that I say: “Thank you!!” I also took her to the chiropractor on Saturday, January 7th as well as Beverly at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Massage [www.blueridgetheramassage.com] and everyone said she is very lucky.
We are not going back to that show this year — maybe next year.
Simply writing this brings back the same knot, but less intense.
The videos below shows her walking around at the vet office on January 9th — 3-days after her leap of faith. The root canal research is another story for another day. I learned a lot about how Gaia, in particular, feels pain and determined that she is a machine. It may be part of the Belgiam Malinois breed, but her pain tolerance must be high or her tooth really didn’t need a root canal.
A little history about Gaia
Gaia was found tied to a Walmart lamp post when she was about 6-months of age (?) and fell into my lap after she regained her strength, gained some weight and was adopted by an awesome family who couldn’t handle her at that particular time of their lives. She came home with me as a K9 Camper at first and eventually came home with me for good about a month later. I made her birthday January 1 since I didn’t know her real birthday. Now a year later, she is 4 years old. She is a blessing and surprises me with her athleticism all the time.
In 2018, Quinn_nearing 14yo, Tayt_6yo, Gaia_4yo and I ... a lot older are taking a different leap of faith. As A Good Dog’s Life transitions into AGDL Training Center, I am forming WNC K9 [wnck9.com] and will be holding classes for the first time not as A Good Dog’s Life, but as WNC K9. I’m more excited about this leap of faith and will never forget Gaia’s leap ... as she continues to run agility jumping 20" ... you would never know this ever happened.
I pray that we all have a guardian angel watching over us as the year progresses. Thanks for reading. God Bless!