Sunday, 16 November 2014

Handmade Monday 194

Welcome to Handmade Monday!

There hasn't been a great deal of artwork made this week.  The Christmas rush is starting over here and that's been taking up most of my time.  Still, it involves paintbrushes, pens and creativity so I can't complain!

a little artwork hanger being made

Poor Quentin!  I mentioned last week about him sleeping with his legs under furniture.  I'm not sure that the yelps he made when getting up were due to him getting stuck under furniture - it may be something else altogether that's going on.  He's been reluctant at various times to put weight on both his back legs (not both at the same time, fortunately).

The vet has prescribed painkillers and strict rest.  He's allowed very short lead walks, but a lot of them turn out even shorter than I anticipated - sometimes we haven't even made it to the corner 100 yards away - because he just doesn't want to walk.

here he is concentrating on a tiny treat - practising the stay command!

We're waiting to see if the problem persists beyond two weeks, in which case he'll have x-rays.  It could be something very serious called hip dysplasia - extremely rare in guide dog puppies because of their careful breeding.  But it can still happen.  He would be withdrawn from the programme immediately and - sadly - he'd need an owner with more money than me, because he'd be likely to need expensive operations to keep him mobile and pain free.

It could also be panosteitis which is less serious and more likely.  This would mean his strict rest will probably continue for several months and he'll be with me longer than he would otherwise have been - but he could still continue his training and become a guide dog.

Fingers and paws are very firmly crossed here this week!

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9 comments:

Free Spirit Designs said...

Aww poor Quentin! Its must be so hard to have all that puppy energy inside and not be able to run around :( I hope for you both that he is on the mend soon xx

Your artwork hanger is so cute, another hit in your fabulous range i'm sure! :)

Lucy Blossom said...

Poor Quentin, I hope he is feeling better soon. I love the start of your art hanger too, someone will be very proud to add their work to it.

Andrea Kay said...

Oh poor Quentin. I hope it all turns out alright and he's back running around in no time.

Lyn said...

Best wishes for Quentin xx

Fiddly Fingers said...

Oh no! Poor Quentin, I do hope it doesn't turn out to be serious. Like you say fingers and paws crossed.

Louisa said...

Poor Quentin. I hope it turns out to be something that is easily treatable x

Mike @Deans said...

With Quentin, you can never let a good dog down. Best of luck to you always.

Carie said...

Oh poor puppy - I hope it's not hip dysplasia and he feels a lot better soon!

Tracy said...

Awwww I have my fingers crossed for Quentin, and my Newfoundland, Fergus has his paws crossed. Blessings. Tracy x