It was with great sadness that I read of yet another Cardigan that has gone down in the back. This comes not so very long after Kip's troubles. Having spent plenty of time on the internet cruising through various Cardigan blogs and websites, reading Corgi-L posts, etc., these two examples are certainly not the only ones I have found. Some of the dogs make wonderful recoveries, some don't. It also seems these dogs were not engaged in some strenuous activity. Often it is as simple as hopping down a couple of stairs or jumping off the sofa. When I read about them, it makes the "mother hen" in me want lock my boys away in a crate. No wrestling, no ball retrieving, certainly no agility, sheep?Heck,no!.....But of course that's not fair to them. They deserve to live an active dog's life. How do you balance the fear of traumatic injury with just letting a dog be a dog? My first Cardi lived until almost 17. He played frisbee until nearly 14, and kept going until well past 16. He went down in the back for his last 6 months due to accumulated IVDD damage. I'd say that's a pretty fair life. But when young and healthy Cardis go down in their prime, how does one deal with it?
My first experiences with long-backed dogs were Dachshunds. I heard frequent stories of back troubles leading to paralysis. I wondered why anyone would even risk getting a Doxie if that's what you were in store for. Are Cardigans pretty much the same risk?
I know this isn't the usual happy-go-lucky post about having fun with my dogs, or a pretty picture on a beautiful day. I am sure this is not a pleasant topic for any of us. But I get deeply saddened and disturbed when I read about a Cardigan whose back just gave out.
Are our Cardigans really so fragile???