When meeting with the surgeon for the first time, my first question to him was: What surgical option will allow my dog to return to as close to 100 percent as possible? Without hesitation, the guy told me that for the best prognosis, TPLO surgery was the way to go, so away we went!
Lars is one of those dogs that can not turn down a good game of fetch, even if it is with his evil bully friend Newman the Boxer!
Newman deffo has him when the sprint is 100m or shorter, but anything after that, Lars takes the cake!
Over the years, I have been known to put my dog’s through the mill, not literally of course but in regards to Halloween! Now I am not a fan of the people who dress up their dogs on a daily basis in silly little coats and sweaters but when it comes to Halloween, I join the crazy people and make a fool out of my poor dog.
So people often ask me if Lars, my guide dog actually knows where we are going when I leave home with him. Truthfully, Lars may not initially know where we are going, but as we get closer to our destination, he figures it out, relying on past trips to whatever destination we are approaching.
When he figures out where we are going, I can put him on autopilot if you will, simply relying on his instinct to get me there, which he does without fail, every time.
This, however would not be one of these times! You see this time, my destination was actually further on, past the destination that Lars really, really, really wanted to go to! Who said dogs are not too smart for their own good?
Lars is one of the best guide dogs on the planet, and I can say that because afterall, he is mine!
I subscribe to the theory that all work and no play is a bad way to saunter through life, and I make sure to apply this approach with Lars also.
Now, if given the chance, I know that he would not knowingly rip my head off, but it sure sounds and appears like he sure would by this little glimpse into one of his fav things to do!
Do you worry about your dog’s weight? I, do not necessarily worry about how heavy Lars is, but I do like to make sure every few weeks or so that he is not on the “up and up” if you will.
Arthritis refers to cartilage erosion and degeneration of the joint, which can lead to inflammation of the joint, and a lot of pain. Now we all know that dogs do a bad job of letting us know that they are in pain, thus it is up to us to identify when they are suffering!