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    My past year has seen many changes as my hubby was quite severly injured in a simple slip/fall at water training, which caused him to have permanent weakness on his left side due to T11 damage and myelitis.......That we are sort of managing and we still go water training and train dogs ....But we also had a unexpected injury with Yussie, who fell with both legs into a rabbit hole (or such) and flipped over with all her weight, causing damage that is similar or equal to OCD........So after doing all the resting, medications, x-rays and such, we went to one of the Ortho's, Chris Preston and she had surgery (after a Cat Scan to confirm exact problem) on her left elbow. She had the damage removed and an artificial plug put in. So now we have to rest..ha ha, the people who tell you that have not met my la la dog Yussie. Our ball of energy. Well she is contained and we are playing puzzles and teaching all sorts of clicker games that take minimal movement. Good newfs is she is allowed to swim after ten days....whoo hoooo for her and she is also allowed to go on controlled walks, which in her case are off lead, in our small dog yard without the other dogs, as she gets too exited on lead as she thinks she is going water training. I have attached a link as to what she has had done, it is interesting. Yussie and some Guide dogs (no too many others) have had this done in Australia, but there are quite a lot in the USA and also on humans, which is where it comes from origionally

    http://www.arthrexvetsystems.com/en/...al-Defects.pdf

    We just hope she heals quick and can go back to Water Training, her love

    I have also asked for some mild sedation as she is so active, she needs to slow down, poor baby
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    ouch. ouch and eek....

    Someone posted somewhere a whole lot of links for mind training gentle exercises that can be done with dogs that need to be rested (leg injuries and etc). I entirely forget where.

    Found one of them (a video)

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    Not entirely sure, but you can probably lower the energy levels by reducing the amount of food a bit as well - I mean she will probably eat a bit less not doing as much exercise anyway, but if you keep her food light until she recovers, maybe.

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    reducing the amount of food a bit
    what gives you this idea? Probably feeding huge amounts of high fat food would induce a post-Christmas dinner coma... but if I cut my dog's food back - she gets more and more energetic. I'd have to starve her to the point of internal organ shut down for reducing food to cut her energy levels.

    That's the second time I've seen "reducing food" as a reason why a dog should have "lower"!! energy levels...

    Most of the dogs I've seen with low energy levels are the really fat ones.

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    Mind games is what she needs and thanks for that. We have also increased her RAW to being more bone content to keep her busy and veggies to keep bulk. We always feed to weight.Yussie is a lean newfie. It is what the vet said will help as she has great hips, great muscle and bone, just injured and slightly mad (in a nice way)
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    Of course overweight dogs are going to be lazy .. but that's from constant overfeeding. All mammals get energy from food - less food = less energy. Probably not noticeable short term (ie a couple of days) until they burnt up their "reserve", but still .. I tend to feed a bit more if I know my boy has been/will be doing more exercise than normal
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    Please let reincarnation be true ...and if it is please let me come back as one of Newfies dogs. !!!

    Poor Yussie . Glad to hear the Op went well. I hope she heals up soon.

    Thats a interesting name 'Yussie' ....is there a story behind that name ??

    Sorry to hear about your hubby too. Hope he's doing OK. If he gets the attention the dogs get i'm sure he's lapping it up !!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Please let reincarnation be true ...and if it is please let me come back as one of Newfies dogs. !!!

    Poor Yussie . Glad to hear the Op went well. I hope she heals up soon.

    Thats a interesting name 'Yussie' ....is there a story behind that name ??

    Sorry to hear about your hubby too. Hope he's doing OK. If he gets the attention the dogs get i'm sure he's lapping it up !!!
    If you have ever read the book or seen the series of Wallander on SBS, his labrador is called Yussie..seeing it is a Swedish show and i am of swedish decsent, I thought is would be a great name. It is pronounced You-see and we often call her "hey-you" as she listens to that, because we often just call her "you". Just like Katy is "big K" and Annabelle just "A", we are kinda funny like that . Mike is sort of stable now, but you never know, he will not give up and sit in a chair forever
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