Seeing your little puppy limping is pure heartbreak. Before obedience class we always take Wally to the softball field across the street from Naturally 4 Paws to let off some steam before expecting him to learn stuff. Yesterday was no different and we did some long distance recalls to take the edge off.
As Wally came in to me he suddenly stopped and favored his right hind leg, almost like he got stung by a bee. As I watched him flop over and chew his foot I was even more convinced that it was a bee sting, but there was no bee or stinger to be found. He kept running on it so at first we thought it must have been nothing, but then it became obvious that he was in pain as he favored the leg more and flopped down mid-run. This was when we really started to worry. Wally not wanting to run? Crazy talk!
We went to class anyway thinking that Noel, who’s also a canine masseuse, could check it out and give us some insight. She checked his patella and hock, and like us determined that it was his foot. Phew. A blown patella is a massive game changer for any dog, but an almost certain career destroyer for a show dog. We left class early and dropped by Marion & Wayne’s so that Wayne could check Wally out too. He basically agreed with Noel, that it was a sprain of the foot or toe, and prescribed rest until recovered.
Fortunately we’re still allowed to go on walks, otherwise we would probably all go crazy.