Our breeder Carrie Hale (Haley PWC) offered to kennel Al & Gwynn for 5 days, and there's nobody better.  She's a font of information and advice about all things corgi, generous with her time.

We got to meet Dante, Gwynnie's sire, Al's gradsire, and Autumn Rain, and Twyla.  Superb friendly beautiful adorable dogs.  I could've cuddled corgis all night.

We learned that Al is a bit underweight, so his rations get increased,  Most important, she said he's favoring his left rear leg.  This means it hasn't healed since the hiking evacuation in September.  I think we can rule out sore feet.  I may try giving him 81mg (low dose) aspirin at evening meal because I've sometimes thought him a bit slow and reluctant in the mornings, not his get-up-and-go self.  I suspected this but it's subtle enough for me to miss.  She spotted it right away.

She mentioned that a lot of Parvo has been going around Washington state, so we may get boosters.

We are well-blessed to have such a good breeder so nearby.  She doesn't breed very often.  She really stands by her dogs.

So good to have them back home!

If you shop for a breeder, try to find out if this sort of support and advice will be forthcoming.

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Comment by John Wolff on September 11, 2015 at 4:13pm

9/11/2015  Update.  Al just did a 3-day backpacking trip, 35+ miles in the mountains, no trouble at all.  I did give him Rimadyl prophylactically, but either it worked or he didn't need it. 

Our last few miles, he was running enthusiastically, too fast for me to keep up, and no limping next day.

It's possible he still favors that left rear leg, but I hope and believe whatever happened to it has healed fairly well with minimal, conservative medical intervention.  He was never fully examined by an orthopedist, and never diagnosed with a CCL tear.

Comment by John Wolff on December 5, 2012 at 12:51pm

Caitlin,

We found our breeder by word-of-mouth.  She and many others are listed in our local breed club, so that's a good place to start.  Some decent area breeders may NOT be in listed your local breed club, and some who are listed may not be the best.

Just do your homework, talk to a lot of people.  Cast a wide net and be patient.  Luck is when Preparation and Opportunity meet.

And it's worth remembering that many of the best dogs I see on the street came from shelters.

Comment by Geri & Sidney on December 5, 2012 at 2:53am

I didn't know Al's leg has been sore. I hope he feels better soon! Sidney, since he had his surgery two years ago, gets Dasuqiun chews 3x/week and a squirt of skin/coat oil supplement on his kibble every night. He seems to feel good most of the time but every now and then seems sore (like on our walk today).

Hoping to hear good news about Al's recovery soon.

Comment by Caitlin Randolph on December 5, 2012 at 2:48am

How did you go about finding your breeder?

Comment by John Wolff on December 4, 2012 at 6:22pm

We do glucosamine/MSM as sort of an arthritis/aging prophylactic.  Sometimes fish oil.  I SUSPECT that Al had an unseen traumatic injury on the long backpack 9/5/12, or it might have been simply overuse (he woke up slow and hurting on Day 6, seemed fine the day before).  He is just 6 y.o., so this is not a geriatric thing.

I thought 1000mg/day glucosamine was the human dosage.   That stuff makes me briefly nauseous if I take it on an empty stomach.

Comment by Melissa and Franklin! on December 4, 2012 at 3:22pm

Are Al and Gwynnie on any type of Glucosamine supplement? Or Fish oil? The vets I work for all highly recommend both for aging pups. Franklin is almost 4 and already on both due to his twice broken leg (vet expects future arthritis). He used to have a gimpy right rear leg (suspected soft tissue injury) occassionally and since starting him on the fish oil over a year ago I have not seen him limp once since. I just buy human capsules, give 1000mg a day. The Glucosamine you can get at Costco in doggie form (cosequin) or just buy a human supplement. My vet's recommend Move Free brand if going with a human supplement. Fish Oil is a natural anti-inflammatory so you may be able to quit giving the aspirin.

Comment by Lawren and Teddy on December 4, 2012 at 12:20pm

Yes the Parvo is really, really bad around here, especially in and around Everett. The city of Everett shut several dog parks to treat the ground. So far Marymoor, which is less than a mile from where I live is still open but I am leery of taking Teddy there right now. Several dogs have died of Parvo and some were adults who were properly vaccinated so yes, it is very scary.

Hope Al's leg improves. He must be enjoying the increase in food. Gwynnie must be jealous.

Comment by Bev Levy on December 4, 2012 at 7:48am

Sounds as if everyone had a great time! Al especially! I hope his leg improves soon and he can resume hikes with you.

Comment by Gromit, Sparkle, and Doug on December 4, 2012 at 2:59am

I am pleased to have known Gromit's breeder for 14 years now and she is a treasure of help and insight.  I'm still getting to know Sparkle's breeder and she seems to be cut from the same cloth.  A positive relationship with a good breeder is invaluable.

Sorry to hear about Al's rations being increased.  No doubt he will resist eating to the best of his ability.

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