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Connor

  Connor  

 

Connor was the most severely afflicted of the six affected pups in his litter (Connor, Eli, Delilah, Bach, Gabby, and Axel).  He had the biggest bones and would likely be the heaviest.  Since I already have five German Shepherd Dogs, I had taken the litter to a very kind veterinarian at the University of Tennessee to be fostered while awaiting forever homes.   I went to UT right after Thanksgiving and got Connor back, as I could not bear to part with this little guy.

We started out using a "Walkabout" which supported his hindquarters while allowing him to relieve himself normally.  As he got bigger, we bought a larger one.   As Connor got stronger, around May of this year, I began taking him out without it.  When he fell over, I put my hand under the base of his tail and guided him up.  One day I left him on the porch behind a closed gate while I went around the corner of the house for something.  I looked back to see that he had FOLLOWED ME!   He'd put his head under the gate and pushed upward until it unhooked, and he came down the steps by himself!  He was on all fours,and standing!  What a wonderful boy!!  After that, we would go out all the time with just the leash.

I set him upright when he falls to one side, which is less and less frequent now.  Indoors (where he walks best as it is both carpeted and level) l started about last April playing ball with him for upwards of an hour. (He also plays with his grandmother every day).  He gets up and fetches and brings the ball back until he wears me out!  There's very little Connor can't do that a normal dog can.  He can't lift his leg to pee; he can't walk very far on slippery floors; he can't turn around fast without falling over. But he can and does run almost as fast as my normal dogs, and so far he's been healthy and seems very happy.   He has a very strong play drive and would prefer to play than eat!  Although, he sure does love to eat!  I can't imagine not having him--he's an awesome companion and friend!!