The puppy at the bottom of the screen with his ass to the group is the one I am getting in a few weeks. At least that's my plan. I get the third pick. Going to go check them out this weekend, have to check out the parents of the pup to make sure they are not aggressive. I dealt with springer rage for 15 years gonna do my best to avoid it this time.
Nice! TJ, picking out pups can be fun and certainly challenging.
My cuz used to breed hunting labs. He would take a coffee can and put rocks in it. He'd shake the can, and whichever pup came to it with the most curiosity is the he would choose as his own. He figured that was a good sign for a dog that wouldn't be gun-shy. While I've hunted my dogs it wasn't my soul purpose as it was for him. I used that method in picking out both my pups and both have good personality. Maybe give that a try just to see what happens. Sometimes a pup will try and get away scared of the noise. I wouldn't want that pup.
Little Utah the short-legged wonder dog is getting pretty old and not super active in the normal doggie stoke style. But this got me stoked, so I thought I'd share it.
As your dog ages and you contemplate "the big decision" there will be times when you need to give them the benefit of the doubt. Three weeks ago our 16.5 year old friend suddenly lost his back end. Couldn't walk, stand up, wag his tail, and became a bit incontinent. Very worrisome. Is this it? In these COVID times, I set up a video consult with our vet. There I am lying on the floor with my laptop so she can see the dog while I describe symptoms. She determines that he likely has some level of "intervertebral disk disease," or basically an inflamed disc, resulting in nerve impingement causing the loss of function. Dr. Internet tells me that this is fairly common, especially in younger, highly active dogs who hurt themselves. Recovery potential is good but takes time, as in four to six weeks. Later, several friends report that dogs they have known had had this and recovered fully in time. We become optimistic, spend the money on anti-inflammatories and pain killers, start massaging and carry him around a lot. Fortunately he only weighs 25 pounds.
Long story short, it is working, though I believe complicated by his old age. Here he is yesterday, walking slowly when just three weeks ago he couldn't walk at all. Stoked.