|Barked: Mon Jan 21, '08 6:37am PST |
|Us pups are capable of so many pawtacular physical feats and tricks ~ perhaps more than our hoomans could begin to imagine
BUT, every now and then, there's just that one trick that, although most pups can do it, some of us must shy away from it for health reasons
For example, I suffer from a severe form of canine atopic dermatitis (commonly called skin allergies) Mine is caused by dust mites, well, actually what they "leave behind" in my environment. Last August I almost died from a massive overdose of my immunotherapy injection, that's how my allergies were controlled. Prior to that, I had been on Prednisone and other corticosteroid pills, one side effect of which is a steroid-induced rage, not to mention two other brushes with death from the drugs. The worst side-effect was the obvious decrease in quality of life (not to mention questionable length of life).
Enough on that, the bottom line was, I was unable to train or perform during many of these health issues. Even tricks were given special consideration .....
For example, there was this one trick where I was suppose to cover my eyes with my paws (we called that one "shame" or "oh, what have you done?") Well, I was not allowed to put my paws near my face (actually near my eyes) because I tended to itch around my eyes and had lost most of the fur, looking more like a racoon in reverse
So while all the other pups around were doing that trick ... I wasn't allowed to and had to just sit there looking like I didn't know what a trick was
Then there's my Corgi cousin that did Doggie Freestyle Dance in the same group as me. I must say, he was pawsome and had more moves than me. Sadly, due to a Medial patella luxation (knee cap problems) in both rear legs, he had to retire at the age of two and go on to less physical endeavors - oh, and no weight-bearing tricks either.
So there are tricks that a pup can either
a)not perform although capable OR
b)perform a modified version of only.
Do any other pups have a similar story to share?
If you have a modified version of a classic trick, perhaps you might like to share it here
Tail wags, Fritz ^..^
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