Our sport is constantly evolving. The need for speed is ever increasing and with that the demand of safe equipment. When I started agility most of the equipment was hand made out of wood. Now we have rubber surfaces, aluminum or fiberglass, our weave spacing grew, our jump cups improved and many of the venues have gone to the break away tire.
I think we truly are working hard to make sure we are competing in safe conditions but injuries will continue regardless. Even those of us that properly stretch and condition have freak injuries that happen. It is an "accident". We certainly don't want bad things to happen but sometimes shit happens. Sometimes when my dogs are racing around the backyard not looking where they are going, I am fearful that they will run into something and hurt themselves.
I cannot truly live and enjoy life if I am constantly in fear of what might happen or what could happen. I try to make smart and reasonable choices for my pack but I also want my dogs to be happy and love their life.
Life is a journey and meant to be explored. My dogs like to hike off leash and drink out of streams. Life is meant to be enjoyed and savored. Like the Yin and Yang, one cannot experience excitement, love and satisfaction without sometimes experiencing sadness and loss.
My heart goes out to those that have loved and lost. I know the feeling all too well and it really makes me appreciate each and every moment.