Not a crisis, just adding this for my own notes (ODO is my unofficial dog record ) Zeke started a new round of Pano on the 5th. left front leg this time. Hoping it doesn't stick around for long. Hunt test is on the 22nd.
It can stop anytime. Most references say no older than 3 years. Oldest GSD recorded was 7. I think he has stopped adding height but might be adding girth to his bones. He is not a very thoughtful or intentional dog. He runs full tilt straight out of the gate. He plays like a crazy dog whipping and flailing around. He took off down a hill on our hike last week and I thought he was surely going to hurt himself. I need to figure out some training exercises that will help him gain self-control and thoughtfulness before he acts. Is that even possible?? Wondering if his diet has anything to do with his reckless energy. He was bitten by three ticks last week and I saw the first one because of the redness around it. So I refilled his old doxy prescription and am going to treat for tick diseases too. Just in case. And it should help the lameness anyway. He has really gotten grumpy about me paying attention to other dogs (not a good trait in a future training class demo dog) and today he was growling over the barrier between kennels at a couple dogs. I really am thinking neutering is on our agenda in the near future. I need to let him stop growing but it's become overwhelmingly clear that my life is not conducive to owning an intact male. Hoping we don't have to wait until two to get that done.
Busted tail again today. I think these two things are correlated. Restricted activity leads to rowdier greetings and that leads to busted tail. Sigh. Such a pain. He is a really good dog overall. Just needs to stop growing physical while also growing up mentally.
OMG! That would be funny! (Seriously, though, if you want to try something, send me tail length, tail diameter at base and tip and girth under his groin and I'll try to fashion something.) Poor Zeke! I feel so bad at the pano!
Max "the ninja"-American Cocker Spaniel G-day 3/2009
Charlie "the middle child"- Orange Tabby G-day 7/2005
Sadie - Grey Tabby 9/1996-8/4/2012 RIP