We had a big scare one morning last month: Rocket couldn't stand or walk properly. He lay down on his tummy to eat, with his front legs splayed out to the sides like wings. It was horrible and we were scared for our poor guy. But don't worry, there's a happy ending.
I called the vet, who slotted us in right away and kept Rocky in overnight on a drip. We think he may have suffered a stroke, which is not unheard of given his age, but what really tugged my heartstrings was how he recovered.
True to dog form, Rocky didn't want to miss out on a thing that his 'pack' was doing. He could barely move, but move he did whenever one of us left the room. He would stumble along, faceplanting into the floor when the strength in his back legs overpowered his failing front legs. He wagged his tail a lot - even more than usual (gently, mind you) - as if maybe he was trying to make sure we still loved him.
He never gave up and three days later he could walk, very slowly and still shakily, but without going nose-down. It's been a month and you might never know that he'd had an 'episode' unless you're paying attention. His stance is different now; much wider. He used to be very pigeon-toed, especially in his back legs, but that's gone in his efforts to maintain balance.
He's managed to work out the difference in strength between his front and back legs, but it still gets him when he starts running around. You'll see his back legs start to come around the side and he slows for a bit while he gets things under control again.
And he's even managed to get his full the-tail-on-the-dog-goes-round-and-round wag back when he's excited. He's a trooper.
Whether you've booked your fur-friend in for a grooming and you want some portraits of him or her, or you're simply looking for day-in-the-life photos of your best four-footer mate, call me and we'll chat about your buddy.