As we all know . . . birds can roost, SLEEP, without falling off - because the tendon than closes the claws tight around the perch, is stretched when the bird rests and lowers itself towards the perch. No concious leg/claw muscle tension required.
This little fella has always woken-up - and presumably expected - to always wake-up in exactly the same position, that he has previously fallen asleep.
He is probably not just embarrassed and annoyed at the nice lady chortling, but also bemused at dealing with a life-changing W.T.F. experience! .
Here he is at the weekend, doing his best mind-meld for a bit of sausage sarnie:
Not much further to report. After some discussion with Cambridge they finally sent the chest xrays and heart scans to our regular vet, who couldn't open them, so I had to collect the disc and fiddle with it over the weekend before sending them back to the regular vet ready for surgery on Wednesday. As a bonus I got to keep my own copies and they look pretty okay to me (even the heart valves) for an 11 year old dog.
We are currently relearning stairs - not sure how that's going to pan out but so far he can do them with support in his harness. However he is able to jump in and out of the back door over the step by himself, so perhaps with practice he'll get there.
His ataxia is much better when he's not tired but he is still dragging his toenails on the pavement so I'm trying to find boots that fit his skinny feet. Two varieties have been already been returned as too wide and I have a third variety on order. If these fail I may have to do something Heath Robinson with knitting and lashings of duct tape.
For now, it's fingers and everything crossed until after Wednesday.