Just like any other family when a new baby brother comes home, the older sibling looses
some of the attention he once had. Buddy is our first child, not Jack. And its true, once Jack came Buddy didn’t get as much attention as he once did. It’s not easy. We stopped going to the dog park. There just wasn’t enough time in the day.
Last summer, I had started to take Buddy on my training runs. He has a lot of energy and too small a yard to expel it. I bought a hands-free leash for him and he loved it. Sure his erratic pace and need to run faster than me may have contributed to some ill-running form and minor injury, but he was happy.
Then one hot Summer on a 6-mile run with Em and Anthony, Buddy bonked. And it scared the shit out of me. We were just past mile 4, homeward bound when Buddy dropped. And he wasn’t getting up. Some nice people came from their homes and brought him water and ice to help cool him down, but he wouldn’t budge. His legs were rubber. Em got her car and we drove him home. By the time we got home it had been almost an hour since he bonked. He was now on all fours, which was a relief. Of course we overcompensated and made him drink water and Gatorade until he puked (literally).
Luckily there was a nearby vet, this Saturday afternoon that wasn’t considered emergency hours. By the time we got there he was in much better shape, but I knew something wasn’t right. A waiting room full of dogs and Buddy just sitting by me, behaving himself? Not like him at all. The vet saw him and assured me he was doing fine, but did notice one of his back muscles seemed tender and was possibly pulled. He was ordered 6-8 weeks of rest.
I gave him 6-8 months.
I’ve been afraid to take him out. I never want to see that happen to him again. I’ve since taken him on a handful of runs and with the weather warming up, we have family walks that he joins us on. But he wants to run. So last week was Buddy’s week. We took him on some long walks. A visit to the vet shows he’s in good shape and has even lost some weight. Another 5 or so lbs and he’ll be at an optimal 90 lbs.
Sierra Trading Post was advertising an awesome promo code to Twitter: $2 shipping and 25% off the entire order. So I found myself some cheap Brooks socks and this:
Hopefully it, will
- slow him down
- strengthen his core – no more pulled back muscles and
- ensure he has enough water and treats for his outings.
Bonus, I don’t have to carry any of it!
Any other dog lovers out there?
Do they join you on your runs?
Why are the Tigers under .500?