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Sunday, July 12, 2015
Black Dog Sunday
Our Black Dog, R, is having a wonderful summer but I haven't been getting many chances to take his photograph!
He is as intense as he's always been - I've never known any dog as intensely focused as R. In the next photo, I believe he was contemplating whether any rodent burrows were close enough for him to dig them up before I stopped him. He definitely was not focused on me!
After I got him moving, his focus returned to me and the games we were playing. He loves to do a high intensity recall!
He's been running with almost unbelievable grace given his very bad elbow. One reason might be that we were told by the orthopedist to shave a few pounds off of him, which we did very slowly over the spring and early summer. As you can see, he is quite skinny now. That's good for his elbow even if it means his tummy growls a little.
He's been running and swimming a lot with the Runner. Look at his musculature. I'm in awe of R!
It's always so hard to make health decisions for our dogs. In this case, we feel no worries about our choice to delay his elbow reconstructive surgery. We are looking forward to some big adventures in the high mountains later this summer, and we are thrilled that R will be able to play to his heart's content.