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Remember the crazy puppy? He was given total crate confinement for 8 weeks and nearly-total crate confinement for another 4 weeks after badly breaking his leg this past summer. (For the entire story, click on Crazy Puppy Stories at the top of my blog.)
He spent the first 4 weeks tranquilized to help him adjust to the confinement and the next 8 weeks simply being depressed. It hasn't been easy on him and it hasn't been easy on us.
But, a couple of weeks ago, we celebrated his 1st birthday and his release from his crate. He is back!
His prognosis is good, assuming that we're careful with his leg. That leg will always be more fragile than the others and he will definitely have arthritis in it. In fact, I think he probably already does. He definitely does not get up off the floor very quickly and he struggles to change positions if it involves getting up with his hind legs quickly. My guess is that he's going to struggle a lot when he's older. But for right now, he's doing great.
He runs around the yard with Tom chasing balls and frisbees as much as he can.
He's getting really, really big and strong! Look at him next to Libby - he's over 80 pounds right now from what we can tell. He has a huge head and is very broad for a Golden Retriever. His dad was enormous so we kind of expected it but it's still a surprise to see how big he's getting.
And he's getting snuggles. Lots and lots of snuggles. This was supposed to be a grooming session.
Not much grooming going on. :)
He still makes me crazy. He still gets into stuff and nips the kids. He still eats all of our socks and jumps on us. He still barks like mad when someone rings the doorbell and puts his huge head and tongue all over my laptop. But, he's our crazy puppy and we're so happy that he's still with us. :)