I should have not spoken so soon. In a way I am pleasantly surprised, but I still scratch my head. Sheena’s back. It seems her potential new owner was scared off- after taking her to a vet for evaluation, heartworm test, shots, etc. because it’s likely Sheena has hip dysplasia. I am not surprised by that as HD is extremely common in GSDs and many other large breeds (Lilo has HD and gets along quite fine) but she had difficulty navigating stairs. In a split-level house that’s a concern, although I think in time she would have been acclimated to stairs soon enough. Our dogs seldom have to navigate stairs, and we don’t want them in the basement cat area anyway. She has no problem getting on our beds and even up on the coffee table, but this is neither here nor there. I don’t think she has any serious mobility issues but even mentioning possible HD can scare off some people. In our household of misfits and basket cases HD has proven to be manageable (Heidi had HD also, and Kayla may have too- Clara is the only dog of ours so far that has good hips) as long as you don’t expect the dog to do agility or schutzhund and you keep the dog’s weight down. We told the guy that if for any reason he didn’t want Sheena to bring her back to us, no questions asked. He didn’t even want his $124 in vet expenses back which again was surprising, but at least he had some integrity about it. There are still some good people out there, and I would be remiss if I didn’t admit the help there was much appreciated.
Other than postulating that Sheena likely has hip dysplasia, this particular vet estimated Sheena’s age at 18 months-3 years. I had guessed 3-5 and still think the 3 year or so age range is accurate. I was spot on at guessing her weight at 70#. She weighed in at 70.5 although I think this vet is nuts in saying she’s 5# underweight. I think her body condition is a healthy lean and with possible HD I will try to keep it that way. At least we know Sheena doesn’t have heartworm and she now has a rabies tag. Two weeks from today she has her spay appointment at the spay clinic. Our vet is scheduling surgeries in January and I really don’t want to wait that long because it would be my luck she would get in heat and I really don’t want to deal with heat. I don’t want to try to keep every intact male dog in the greater Central Ohio area from descending upon our home. I don’t want to deal with blood stained everything either. Sheena has had pups in the past but an HD dog should NEVER be bred regardless of lineage, and she’s a crossbreed anyway, that should NEVER be bred- so spay is the only way. At least the spay clinic is close by so it will be easy to drop her off and pick her up even though I am nervous as hell about anyone other than our regular vet doing surgery on our dogs.
Clara and Lilo didn’t seem to be too rattled on Sheena’s return. Sheena was rather worn out and seemed to be happy to be back with us. She slept like a big white rock. Now if I can just convince Fanny and Fluffy-Butt that it’s cool to come up from the basement.
Apparently Sheena is meant to be with us. I told Jerry we aren’t going to subject her to any more interviews or potential alternative placements. She’s had enough trauma and at this point she needs stability and routine if she’s going to become a stable and mentally healthy dog.
This weekend I am going on the retreat with the church ladies which will definitely be fun. I am speculating though that I may leave Saturday evening instead of Sunday morning so that I can get back home in time to give Jerry a break from having to play dog mom while I’m gone. Clara and Lilo by themselves are easy but with Sheena in the mix it gets a bit more complicated. Oh, well. Some forms of complexity are better than others.
One of my pet peeves are people who are never available and don’t seem to know anything but are in high positions of control and make more money in a week than I’ll see in a lifetime. I experienced this a lot in dealerships, especially ones in which the owner’s offspring were foisted off into management positions that they couldn’t pronounce let alone perform. Nepotism sucks unless you have well connected relatives. I guess one has to be a.) born into influence and affluence, and b.) too stupid to be able to do any actual work. Sounds like our government, the school systems, etc.
Why couldn’t Bill Gates have adopted me or something?