|There has been a lot of this going on these days....|
Lian (over at Knights Shelties--check them out!) asked me how Bentley is doing, and I do owe a quick update. We kept him on crate rest (with just a few walks here and there--no jumping or running) for 10-14 days. Obviously no sign of pain or limping because we weren't letting him do anything.
Then we started working on strengthening--increasing walks (still short, though), and some ball work. We also worked some hind end awareness in small bursts. He showed no signs of pain, stiffness, etc...After increasing his walks and strengthening, we decided to put him in an agility-like environment. Jonathan set up a jump box (no bars) and asked him to run and make some turns. Again, no signs of any issues (except maybe him being a bit over-enthusiastic!).
We have still been holding him out of strenuous activities like running, chasing, etc...much to his chagrin.
This past weekend we decided to put the bars up to 8" for him and try doing something where he picked up a little more speed. We set up two jumps to a tunnel, and then two jumps out. I watched my husband run him and felt that he was jumping funny. I can't decide if it's all in my head (maybe he was just jumping low/hopping over the bar because it was SO low), or if something is wrong. So, he's back to crate rest and no fun. We still have an appointment with the orthopedic vet on Monday, so hopefully he can help us figure it out one way or another.
I really hope that it's all in my head and that he will be cleared (entirely plausible as I'm a bit of a worrier!). I'm worried about him!
Of course, we've been hit with the nationwide heat wave, and so both dogs have basically been confined inside all week. They are not pleased, and the amount of boredom barking has increased tremendously! I'm hoping we can get Lexi back to the beach tomorrow to burn off some energy.