ARRSE Kennel Club - A Dog Owners Thread

Yesterday I took the whippet to the vets for a back examination as he's showing some signs of hind limb weakness - nothing too serious yet, just taking more than three leaps to get upstairs and a slight wobble in the back end after a long walk. I could find no pain response at home and neither could the vet until he tried the 'wheelbarrow' test and flexed his back with his hind legs in the air.

His diagnosis is lumbosacral degeneration but it's not bad enough for surgical treatment yet. Peter the vet said it was early stage degeneration, generally caused by wear and tear from ten years of flinging himself about at 30mph, so treatment for now is anti-inflammatories for a month, strict plodding exercise (no leaping upstairs, in and out of the car, on and off the sofa and the bed, tanking about off-lead etc), and I am looking for a reputable dog physio. It's not going to be fixable, more a case of management to keep him mobile for as long as possible. Poor wee skinny boy's belting-around days may well be over.

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The like is for the photo, very fit looking for a 10 yr old. Hope he calms a little and stays otherwise healthy.
 
Mad as a box of frogs,but would you want it any diffrent?
no ofcourse not,just a slight slowing down nothing wrong with that. our Friends might think we are being cruel but we are being kind. I know I want as many seconds as possible with my Boy as possible.
I would carry him if it gave me just an extra hour with him
I think I shall have to find a happy medium. No bombing upstairs or flinging about on the furniture, but I'll struggle to keep him from bouncing in the garden, especially first thing in the morning.
The like is for the photo, very fit looking for a 10 yr old. Hope he calms a little and stays otherwise healthy.
Thanks Monty. :smile:

The photo is from a couple of years ago, but it's about the only one I have of him running back to me where he's close but not totally out of focus thanks to the speed! He doesn't look any different though, apart from a little more grey around his nose.
 
Yesterday I took the whippet to the vets for a back examination as he's showing some signs of hind limb weakness - nothing too serious yet, just taking more than three leaps to get upstairs and a slight wobble in the back end after a long walk. I could find no pain response at home and neither could the vet until he tried the 'wheelbarrow' test and flexed his back with his hind legs in the air.

His diagnosis is lumbosacral degeneration but it's not bad enough for surgical treatment yet. Peter the vet said it was early stage degeneration, generally caused by wear and tear from ten years of flinging himself about at 30mph, so treatment for now is anti-inflammatories for a month, strict plodding exercise (no leaping upstairs, in and out of the car, on and off the sofa and the bed, tanking about off-lead etc), and I am looking for a reputable dog physio. It's not going to be fixable, more a case of management to keep him mobile for as long as possible. Poor wee skinny boy's belting-around days may well be over.

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Fabulous picture! happy pup leaping about and a perfect shadow
 
Cpl Warwick Bartholomew and his Brother (my human son Ryan) on the North Yorkshire Moors this Wednesday. We went to Staithes for 4 days for a bit of RnR, not been a great 2018 for any of us. First the Cpl went down with Hypomortality in January,had a 90 min Emergency Surgery. only just 90% recovered.
Son Ryan had his car written off when a Elderly driver drove into him,the old man had a medical condition and should never have been driving. All on dashcam but having a battle with Insurance company because the other drivers insurance still not admitted liability.
as for me im dealing with it all ( Son has Aspergers Syndrome so I deal with his affairs) so the RnR was needed by the three of us.
 

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I think I shall have to find a happy medium. No bombing upstairs or flinging about on the furniture, but I'll struggle to keep him from bouncing in the garden, especially first thing in the morning.

Thanks Monty. :smile:

The photo is from a couple of years ago, but it's about the only one I have of him running back to me where he's close but not totally out of focus thanks to the speed! He doesn't look any different though, apart from a little more grey around his nose.
What about swimming? Is there a hydrotherapy pool near you or a calm stretch of water where you could put him on a harness and lead for a paddle?
 
I wish you the best of luck with him mate and hope that you can control his aggression.
With great regret he's gone back to the rescue. First time I've bailed on a foster. He settled in and was low key for a week but his dog aggression turned into an unpredictable approach to humans

By unpredictable I mean I couldn't read him, his gear changes were barely perceptible from flash to bang, calm-serene to full out aggro. He became defensive in the van and had a couple of pops at me for being in the vicinity of him when he went off.

You can't insure a foster dog, the only way to keep him and me out of aggro would in the short term be isolation and slowly introduce him to the world selectively working on each drama as it came along.

I'm not the dog whisperer and I foster for the pleasure/fun it gives me and I wasn't getting much pleasure out of him just stress. So back to the pound. They have the behaviourist on hand and work on dogs for up to 18 months.

Went I dropped him back they said they'd find me a chiahuahau with a big pink bow for my next foster and that, at the minute is what I feel like I deserve :mrgreen:

TheGimp 0 Angry dog 1
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With great regret he's gone back to the rescue. First time I've bailed on a foster. He settled in and was low key for a week but his dog aggression turned into an unpredictable approach to humans

By unpredictable I mean I couldn't read him, his gear changes were barely perceptible from flash to bang, calm-serene to full out aggro. He became defensive in the van and had a couple of pops at me for being in the vicinity of him when he went off.

You can't insure a foster dog, the only way to keep him and me out of aggro would in the short term be isolation and slowly introduce him to the world selectively working on each drama as it came along.

I'm not the dog whisperer and I foster for the pleasure/fun it gives me and I wasn't getting much pleasure out of him just stress. So back to the pound. They have the behaviourist on hand and work on dogs for up to 18 months.

Went I dropped him back they said they'd find me a chiahuahau with a big pink bow for my next foster and that, at the minute is what I feel like I deserve :mrgreen:

TheGimp 0 Angry dog 1
Onwards and upwards
If you needed to return him then that's what you must do. Not every Dog is perfect just as not every human is perfect. The next person into the centre could be the right human for that Cainine who knows ?
I would not beat yourself up that it didn't work out I really wouldn't at all. I had to return a foster after 6 weeks due to its aggression to my dog Cpl Warwick Bartholomew. That dog was quickly adopted as a 'Only Dog' living a life of luxury and love just as it should be.
Don't forget to post a photo of you with the chihuahua both wearing Pink bows,them the rules
'Have a virtual beer on me'
 
With great regret he's gone back to the rescue. First time I've bailed on a foster. He settled in and was low key for a week but his dog aggression turned into an unpredictable approach to humans

By unpredictable I mean I couldn't read him, his gear changes were barely perceptible from flash to bang, calm-serene to full out aggro. He became defensive in the van and had a couple of pops at me for being in the vicinity of him when he went off.

You can't insure a foster dog, the only way to keep him and me out of aggro would in the short term be isolation and slowly introduce him to the world selectively working on each drama as it came along.

I'm not the dog whisperer and I foster for the pleasure/fun it gives me and I wasn't getting much pleasure out of him just stress. So back to the pound. They have the behaviourist on hand and work on dogs for up to 18 months.

Went I dropped him back they said they'd find me a chiahuahau with a big pink bow for my next foster and that, at the minute is what I feel like I deserve :mrgreen:

TheGimp 0 Angry dog 1
Onwards and upwards
Don’t stop fostering though mate it’s vital.... fair play for having a go with this one....
 
With great regret he's gone back to the rescue. First time I've bailed on a foster. He settled in and was low key for a week but his dog aggression turned into an unpredictable approach to humans

By unpredictable I mean I couldn't read him, his gear changes were barely perceptible from flash to bang, calm-serene to full out aggro. He became defensive in the van and had a couple of pops at me for being in the vicinity of him when he went off.

You can't insure a foster dog, the only way to keep him and me out of aggro would in the short term be isolation and slowly introduce him to the world selectively working on each drama as it came along.

I'm not the dog whisperer and I foster for the pleasure/fun it gives me and I wasn't getting much pleasure out of him just stress. So back to the pound. They have the behaviourist on hand and work on dogs for up to 18 months.

Went I dropped him back they said they'd find me a chiahuahau with a big pink bow for my next foster and that, at the minute is what I feel like I deserve :mrgreen:

TheGimp 0 Angry dog 1
Onwards and upwards
Total respect to you for the effort you put into helping these hounds mate.
 
With great regret he's gone back to the rescue. First time I've bailed on a foster. He settled in and was low key for a week but his dog aggression turned into an unpredictable approach to humans

By unpredictable I mean I couldn't read him, his gear changes were barely perceptible from flash to bang, calm-serene to full out aggro. He became defensive in the van and had a couple of pops at me for being in the vicinity of him when he went off.

You can't insure a foster dog, the only way to keep him and me out of aggro would in the short term be isolation and slowly introduce him to the world selectively working on each drama as it came along.

I'm not the dog whisperer and I foster for the pleasure/fun it gives me and I wasn't getting much pleasure out of him just stress. So back to the pound. They have the behaviourist on hand and work on dogs for up to 18 months.

Went I dropped him back they said they'd find me a chiahuahau with a big pink bow for my next foster and that, at the minute is what I feel like I deserve :mrgreen:

TheGimp 0 Angry dog 1
Onwards and upwards

That's a shame, you obviously wanted to help him and ready him for finding a family of his own and you gave it your best shot, can't do more than that.

I would have thought that a rescue organisation would certainly have socialised him before fostering and it makes me wonder if his aggression is a developing thing for some hidden reason and is going to get even worse. I think that you did absolutely the right thing for the lad in returning him with a report on his increased aggro so that the professional behaviourist can work on it.
 
With great regret he's gone back to the rescue. First time I've bailed on a foster. He settled in and was low key for a week but his dog aggression turned into an unpredictable approach to humans

By unpredictable I mean I couldn't read him, his gear changes were barely perceptible from flash to bang, calm-serene to full out aggro. He became defensive in the van and had a couple of pops at me for being in the vicinity of him when he went off.

You can't insure a foster dog, the only way to keep him and me out of aggro would in the short term be isolation and slowly introduce him to the world selectively working on each drama as it came along.

I'm not the dog whisperer and I foster for the pleasure/fun it gives me and I wasn't getting much pleasure out of him just stress. So back to the pound. They have the behaviourist on hand and work on dogs for up to 18 months.

Went I dropped him back they said they'd find me a chiahuahau with a big pink bow for my next foster and that, at the minute is what I feel like I deserve :mrgreen:

TheGimp 0 Angry dog 1
Onwards and upwards
Don't beat yourself up about it, a friend took on a dog that was fine at the rescue but once home was completely unpredictable, it bit both her and her son. It was returned to the rescue and went to live happily with another family.
On the other hand I have moved a dog for a rescue that just got worse and worse, eventually after all the dog behaviourists and psychiatrists the rescue could find, it had to be PTS. It had by then bitten its way round most of the fosterers associated with the kennels.
 
You hoomins have no blimmin idea how stressful it is being a GSP in our house

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