Ozu is back to his old, cranky self.  My pace is the rhythm he walks to. And he is walking again.  Two and half weeks ago, his back legs were shaking so much that the little guy was finding it hard to make his way down the street.  Found a vet who does acupuncture...   The first session worked wonders!   Legs straightened and became sturdy.  He could run again.  Went again today.  He is one happy guy!

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Comment by Anna Morelli on September 17, 2013 at 3:17pm

Interesting post, happy Ozu is  doing so well and good to hear of the positive effects on Max as well.

Comment by Linda on September 17, 2013 at 12:43pm

How are they different?  You already know the corgi personality so I won't go thru that.  Irish wolfhounds...besides being huge they are totally laid back, couch potatoes.  They actually do well in apartment living if you give them a good hour of exercise every day.  They are not aggressive...in fact the last one we had was at the bottom of the pecking order.  First came us humans, then the cats, then the rott/shep mix we had at the same time.  Tho I did find with both of mine...1 male, 1 female...that if they sensed something not right about a person, that they might be a threat to me, they had a growl and a bark that came from the depths of hell.  Of course size alone, I think, would make a bad person steer clear...it made nice people who didn't know them cross the street rather than pass them.

They are wonderful with children.  We had our female when our daughter came along and she treated her as if she was one of her puppies....yet she had never had puppies.  My daughter learned to stand by holding on to the dog and the dog would just tighten her muscles so she had a good solid base to hold on to.  The wolfhounds taught many kids in our neighborhood how to approach a dog and not to be afraid of dogs.  Oh yeah, they are so patient when a little kid dresses them up in tutus and such.

They are smart dogs but they take a good deal of patience with something like obedience training.  They get bored easy with the repetition that you find in an obedience class....shorter working time is better with them.  Nothing like walking at heel and have a 100 lb "puppy" lay down because it's bored and you get yanked off your feet.

Comment by Deborah DeSnoo on September 17, 2013 at 11:39am

Linda,   yes, the cats.  Right now Ozu is raising a cat we rescued who is now 5 months old an dputting Ozu through some paces...  The Corgi personality certainly is big!  

You had Irish Wolfhounds!  They are such beautiful dogs.  How are they different from Corgis - personality wise, etc?     

I am just so happy to have Ozu walking again.  And running again. And hanging in the river again.  We had a very long, hot, hot, hot summer in Tokyo and it was quite a strain for Ozu.

Comment by Linda on September 17, 2013 at 10:22am

Deborah...oh heck no!  We let Max and Katie think they are as big as our Irish Wolfhounds.  Yeah...we went from super giant breed to corgis.  And I have do doubt that if we still had the wolfhounds along with the corgis, the corgis would be the boss.  But I don't think the corgis like being outsmarted by the 3 resident cats.

Comment by Deborah DeSnoo on September 17, 2013 at 9:51am

Linda, 

Happy to hear that you are finding relief from pain, at last.  Isn't lovely how our worlds expand in respect for the concern we have for our animals.  Ozu is 13 and he was doing fine until just recently.  Now he is back and when I came home today, I discovered that he is back to hanging in his favorite place at the top of the stairs.

Do you talk about 6 inch legs in front of Max?  Ozu thinks his legs are about 18 inches or so...  His last love was a German Shepherd...

Comment by Deborah DeSnoo on September 17, 2013 at 9:47am

It seems to work well with animals because they have no resistance to it.  They just let the needles do their thing.  Ozu's legs are back to being sturdy again and they are not shaking.  He is 13 years old, so he's not a young guy, but he's got quite a few good years left to run by the river.  Yay!  

Comment by Bogart the Cardigan on September 17, 2013 at 6:07am
Very glad to hear it! I would not hesitate to try it for my dog or myself, it has been performed for thousands of years!
Comment by Linda on September 16, 2013 at 10:16pm

Deborah...it was not that I didn't believe acupuncture worked I just never thought of it.  When it was suggested for Max I was ready to try anything.  He is my boy, I could not allow him to be in that kind of pain yet the thought of losing him was more than I could bear.  He was 9 when he had his first treatment, he's now 11 and acts like a puppy.  We've built a ramp off our deck to minimize the amount of stairs, we've raised his food bowl...I know, even for 6 inch legs.  He only comes upstairs at bedtime now, he seems to know that doing stairs is not good for him.

When I told my PCP that I was doing acupuncture for my back he was all for it.  When he was in training he watched them do surgery on a cow using only acupuncture to control the pain.  He said it was amazing.  Unfortunately there are some medicines I need to take but my doctor is not one to go for the meds first thing.  And for someone who has spent 10 years in almost constant pain with her back...I have a fusion at the L5...it is a miracle for me.

Comment by Deborah DeSnoo on September 16, 2013 at 7:45pm

Great to hear your story Linda!  I, too, am a great follower of acupuncture for myself.  I tend not to follow western medicine.  

No, my vet didn't give any herbal medicine for Ozu.  He doesn't seem to need anything at this point.  Every morning he gets fresh baked kabocha as it keeps his coat shiny and soft...

So happy for Ozu and it is great to see him running an playing again.

 

Comment by Lois B. Allen on September 16, 2013 at 7:35pm

GREAT!!

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