Poor puppy around the corner

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  1. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

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    Some neighbors of ours are "Dane" people. That is, that's the breed of dog that they love and care for. Duke, their 10 year old Great Dane, passed away about a year ago. He was a super representative of his breed. A good dog.

    They stay in close contact with a Dane rescue, and about a month ago they adopted a nine month old male Dane, named Zander. He's already a huge dog, and we've met him many times. He's a friendly puppy who loves to learn and obey. He's a very humble dog too. He's got the "cookies and cream" coat markings, and huge floppy ears. A good dog.

    We met Zander and his family walking in the neighborhood last night and heard some bad news. He's started stumbling around some in the house, and dragging his paws under him as he walks forward. I looked at his paws and the knuckles had a slight bit of "road rash" on them, where the skin was broken and red. They told us that they took him to the vet a couple of days ago, and the vet thinks he has a neurological disorder, and will only get worse over time, ultimately causing paralysis. As we were talking to them, I saw it happen... saw him drag his front knuckles under him while he was casually walking forward.

    Poor guy. The breed is already plagued with challenges, but he probably won't make it out of adolescence. Strong heart. Super disposition. I hope it's just "phase" and he grows out of it quickly.
     
  2. schmee

    schmee Poster Extraordinaire

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    That thing is going around, I forget what it is called but it effects kids also. Last I heard there was some hope for a cure.
     
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    No kidding? I had no idea. Interesting.
     
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    Yeah I've seen it on the news a few times. Poor dogs can't walk. Kids totally paralyzed. Wish I could remember what it's called.
     
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    That's what the panthers in Florida are doing.
     
  6. Toto'sDad

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    I'm sorry for Zander, those big old dogs are just so cool!. When I was a kid, a guy who had a little car repair shop on the way to my school had a Dane he called Tige. All the kids would stop and pet him in the morning, and in the afternoon to and from school. He was a gentle giant. Maybe some help will become available for Zander before he gets too bad to go on.
     
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    Can they take Zander to a veterinary neurologist? It sounds like cervical instability -- a condition that is fairly common in giant breeds. Getting a proper diagnosis is the first step...
     
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    That's so sad. A family we know who lives just a block or so from us has a Great Dane (a grey coat) named Tinkerbell. She is just a wonderful, super well-adjusted girl. It's a shame they live such short lives in the first place. I hope they can find some way to help Zander.
     
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    I hope they find some treatment!
     
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    Not to be too self-righteous, but....

    At some point, hyper-inbreeding animals because we want a custom-cute result becomes pretty cruel, when doing so ensures serious debility and suffering in the resulting animals.

    It would be far better to adopt one of many deserving, otherwise-doomed, individual mutts in shelters and with agencies than to customize animaldom to get the leash-candy we declare ourselves deserving.

    Wow, I got pretty self-righteous, anyway.
     
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  12. TheGoodTexan

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    I hear ya... and don’t disagree fundamentally.

    But these folks adopt from a shelter that fosters Danes that are surrendered by their owners. They don’t get new puppies from a breeder.

    But I’m the big picture, you have a strong point.
     
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    With you 100%.... I blurred that point as I read your OP.
     
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    poor guy.....hope he can be treated.
     
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    I like Dawgs for that very reason.
     
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