So Jake has an ouchie. We’re not sure. Might be a toe, or his right rear foot, or god forbid, his right knee. But I don’t think it’s his knee because he can run like crazy after his throwing ball. And he’s not limping. But he’s sensitive about his right rear leg and he definitely doesn’t like to walk over rocky trails. He tries to stay on the grass. If he’s forced to walk on a rocky trail I’ve noticed he has a slight limp. Yet he soldiers on.
Even if he’s hurt his knee I won’t get him surgery. Our golden retriever, Rosie, had a knee repair years ago. The recovery period was horrendous. Would not want to put another dog through that unless it was absolutely necessary. Besides, I’m sort of thinking foot or toenail related because Jake doesn’t limp when he gets up after a nap, and he can still run and jump like a maniac.
Over New Years we were buffeted by 60 mph winds. Blew down every sticky ball in the city. My husband took Jake walking the other night. He said the dog suddenly acted like he’d been shot, was hobbling along like an old man. But he said Jake had this look of determination on his face– “I can make it. I can make it. Oww! This is torture, but I’m hanging in here. I can make it to the extraction point.” (Think Predator.) My husband checked his feet. He’d stepped on a sticky ball and it was lodged in the center of his right front paw.
Those sticky balls… This dog…