Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Glass is always empty

I admit to being a pessimist. I struggle with positive thinking- always have. Just part of who I am I guess. I do manage to combat that was pure sarcasm and a sense of humour, but still doubt and negative responses are always at the back of my mind.

Don't take that the wrong way- I am not completely grumpy and angry all the time. But I am quick to think the worst...Especially when it comes to my dogs.

A few weeks ago I noticed Pixel was slouching on her sits in Obedience. Not all of them- just the set ups for the end exercises. I started paying closer attention and low and behold she also is kicking out her back right leg.

Rest, Traumeel, and Massage from Magic-Fingers Sarah seemed to help. Pixel never appeared lame- but just oddly uncomfortable at times.

Immediately all I can think about is a back problem. And then I wonder about Hip Displasia- which would be much better than a disc issue. Or maybe it is a illiospoas thing? Or maybe she just needs an adjustment. Her pelvis has been out before...

I had decided to wait to find out until after this weekend to find out. Well you read how that went. So we will be heading off to see our trusty Vet in Calgary to see what she can feel, and what she thinks.  I also am going to take her for Hip Xrays- just to be sure. I can't get in until the first week of December. So until then Pixel is on light duty only. Lots of long leash walks, and no wrestling.

I am so incredibly frustrated that it seems to be one thing after another with my dogs. Particularly the Corgis. I am 110% sure that I will never have another. I love so much about them, but the risk of injury is far too great with a breed that is not structurally balanced. In my opinion of course.

I am gearing myself up for some heartache in the near future. I am trying not to think the worst, but it is tough. I've been here a few times now and it is not something I'd reccomend. Anyway, I feel like I am stuck in one of those cartoons where the raincloud just keeps following the dude around raining on his parade. It's tiring.

I realise that this has not been a very uplifiting post. So here, have a Vito Hug.


Charlene and Storm said...

sorry to hear about your doom and gloom. im just the same thinking the worst all the time and worrying about things before they even happen. dont be sorry tho, a worry shared is a worry halved. i'll be keeping everything crossed for you that it all turns out ok. just try to live in the moment and enjoy every good day. you can wallow in the doom days when they arrive :)

big hugs

Charlene and Stormy

Taryn said...

Well, you know you aren't alone! Between Wilson and Jimmy, I agonize over just about ever step they take, squirrel chased etc. I don't want to do x-rays cause I just don't want to hear the bad news....With my 1st Cardi Dylan, we used to call him our "piece of glass" due to the fragile nature of the breed :-(

I hope everything turns out OK. My thoughts are with you.

PS But here's a thought...one of my agility friends runs a fast Pap, and he's been out due to disk/back issues. Seems it's hard to win with dogs in general.

WigglyZack said...

I feel for you Amanda. I hope everything isn't as bad as you think with Pixel. The next little while will tell. ONe thing is they are very fit and a good weight so at least there is nothing "against" them in that respect. It is hard when you have a breed you love that you wouldn't get anymore cuz of health. I have been there. Cavaliers are still my favourite breed but I can't bring myself to get another one no matter how much I love them. I will keep my fingers crossed.

Tammy Taylor said...

Fingers crossed it is all adjustable and she will be all good.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

You expressed your feelings clearly and concisely. I'm thinking that you can totally trust your gut. Your knowledge of dogs is deep and true, and you know the signs. For your sake I hope Pixel will be fine...but...you are a gal who lives and accepts reality.
You are one heck of a dog mama.
We'll all hope for the best.
A Vito hug would be a lovely experience I'm thinking!

Glenna said...

:( Hopefully Pixel will be alright! Sending you licks and wagging tails