So I’ve told you a bit about the pup’s angular limb deformities, but I haven’t been as good about documenting with pictures. Part of that is that I was pretty long on pictures when I first got him, and I’ve just taken fewer pictures, and part is that I’m busier helping him with things and less with taking pictures. But physical therapy has gone pretty well, and I was free to take some pictures at our last appointment.
Here’s just a favorite basking in the sunshine picture, because he is more than his condition:
Here’s a picture that kind of shows the deformity in ways the others just don’t:
Enjoying springtime in the Rockies. You’re looking at his wrists, here, to see the ways the bones angle out.
And here are some pictures from physical therapy
On the underwater treadmill, playing with a ball (and totally cheating, btw. His left front paw— on the stationary part of the treadmill. This is what comes of me stopping to take pictures.)
Navigating the “hurdles.” One of the challenges with dogs with limitations is getting them to think through moving all of their limbs in a coordinated fashion— actually picking up all their feet, for example. The trainer is helping him do that.
I joke that he comes from circus people. The trainer has never had him walk this plank— he just runs up and does it, maybe because we worked on a bunch of stuff like this in training, and such things usually earn him treats. Shepherds are great “workers,” that way.