My puppy is now home after 4 months of trying to get her back!!!!

It's been one of those days BUT has turned out very well! Yea! Rosie is home with us at last. Some of you know I was getting calls from a woman that bought a puppy from me last April but she kept wanting to keep her even though she was frustrated (as I'm sure the dog was too living in an apartment with only very short walks and a child with ADHD). Today she called and ask if I would still "buy" her back and I said yes! So after working 11 hours I drove another 2hours to pick her up and then 3 hours home ( my poor husband offered to go with and I have to give him credit as he took this very well!) I did introductions and I am trying to figure out who goes where tonight as we also have Livvy due with her pups in 11 days.Busy day BUT we did it we finally got her home so we can teach her a few more basics and then find her a forever home!!!! I will have to check out one of her front legs as it looks a little funny!

Finally Rosie wins!

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Comment by Darlene Hennessy on January 21, 2010 at 2:41pm
Rosie is a beautiful dog and I am glad you are a good breeder "mom" and are going to find her a home. I especially like her little jewel on her head!
Comment by Alexis Trujillo on January 21, 2010 at 12:48am
I am so happy for you! She is beautiful!
Comment by Geri & Sidney on January 21, 2010 at 12:40am
I love that little spot on the top of her head :)
Comment by LaRissa L. Head on January 21, 2010 at 12:37am
Rosie is so beautiful! I adore that little forehead jewel of hers!
Comment by Alice on January 20, 2010 at 10:55am
Jane,
I'm glad you got her back and I hope you can find her a wonderful home. She looks like a doll. Let us know if you find anything out about her leg.
Comment by Joanna Kimball on January 20, 2010 at 8:39am
Yep - looks like an angular limb deformity, which is usually the result of a growth plate injury. It is, unfortunately, very common in both breeds of corgis because the growth plates are much more brittle and thin than on a longer-legged dog. If a dog breaks the growth plate - which can be as easy as jumping "wrong" off a couch - that's what happens. It's why breeders get so hyper about not having them do stairs until they're older; normal stairs are not going to hurt but a fall down them certainly could.

Basically what happens is that there are two bones in the forearm; if the growth plate of one of them is hurt but the other is not, one bone stops growing and the other bone keeps growing; this bows both of them and creates that very distinctive look.

You can get them fixed but it's major orthopedic surgery and should be done at a vet university or teaching hospital. They usually either cut a section out of the longer bone or cut the shorter bone, separate it, and pin it so it will grow longer from the middle; depends on what the x-rays look like. However, most people don't go that far, in my experience. The leg will have a higher incidence of arthritis and it's certainly not as pretty, but if the dog is not destined for a working career they can do OK.

Oh, and there's some evidence that growth plate injuries (or the tendency toward them) may be inherited, so unless the dog is absolutely outstanding we would tend not to breed them.
Comment by Jane Christensen on January 20, 2010 at 8:00am
Rosie has been very good so far although she did just climb the 4' exercise fence. I had her in a large(lab size) kennel last night that worked well! Here is a pic of her legs...the right one is the one that looks like something may have happened?

It's going to be a little crazy around here for awhile but if anyone knows of someone wanting a 1 year old with a great personality let me know! She is spayed also!
Comment by Bev Levy on January 20, 2010 at 7:50am
I am so glad you have managed to do the best thing for Rosie. I admire breeders and the time,effort,and $$ they put in for the breeds they love. This is a great cautionary tale for anyone who wants to enter that world with out a lot of thought and research. Thanks Jane for setting such a good example. At least now Rosie has a chance for a happy home!
Comment by Joanna Kimball on January 20, 2010 at 7:34am
Good for you. Having those situations is SO frustrating.

Can you post pictures of the leg? Is it a growth plate injury?
Comment by David on January 20, 2010 at 4:17am
She is so cute! Kudos to you!

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