I took Penny to a local physiotherapist who deals with dogs, because I suspected she was limping - just before our first-ever big day at a flyball event next Sunday! (The races at the Royal Melbourne Show recently were just a 'taster' for us, as there were only teams from our own club.)
I'm ashamed to say the physio said the main problem is that Penny is overweight.
I asked how much, and he said TWO KILOS. When you only weight 16 kilos, that's 12.5% of your weight, and I calculate she's about 14% overweight. I'm feeling really bad.
But of course we can't just start massively dieting. A friend advised me to cut her food gradually.
So, today is the beginning of the fitness and dieting programmme!
Penny, fortunately, doesn't know the bad news..