Tuesday, 29 March 2011

at lillydale lake in lilydale with our dogs

Penny had a great day last Sunday with Cindy's walking group at Lillydale Lake - which, strangely, is in Lilydale.

We walked on lead for most of the time, but there was plenty of opportunity, also, to walk off lead

explore the water with other dogs (no, that's not Penny!)

mooch around

and sniff.


The next day she was in pain, not even putting her rear left leg to the ground! That's the one that had a cruciate operation last September.

I think the big problem is that, since her operation, training has gone out the window and she now pulls on the lead when walking with a group of dogs. The pulling puts strain on her hind legs.

Yesterday she rested, and we applied ice-packs to the knee intermittently throughout the day. Today she is walking on four legs, so it was back to slow ten-minute walks around the streets, but I'm not sure about her level of pain, so it's off to the vet first thing tomorrow morning.


Hound Girl said...

That looks like a wonderful time! I wish we had something like that. Too cool!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh - poor Penny! What a shame!! I hope it was just a minor set-back and she'll recover from it soon. I think your theory about the pulling is right, though. Maybe a good gentle reminder to start back on the training again?! :-)


parlance said...

Hound Girl, I do realise how lucky we are to have such a good leader of the group and such wonderful places to walk.

parlance said...

Hsin-Yi, it is disappointing, but I'm grateful for 21st century medicine, too. Penny had a cartrofen injection this morning, so we'll see what a course of these injections can achieve.

And we're back on the training to walk nicely. The clicker and some treats achieved immediate results.