As I've eluded to, we're designing a canine therapy product and I've been looking for guinea pigs. And right on cue, Pork Chop, our 8 year old English Bully is starting to show a little hitch in her giddy up - it's either her shoulder or elbow, but it's a little arthritic limp. If you aren't familiar with bulldogs, eight years old is long in the tooth. As an example, two of our other bullies passed at 8 and 8.5.
We decided to start treating her for just thirty minutes to see if we can notice a difference in a week or so. But before I tell you how she acted this morning, I'll tell you her morning routine for the last year as she's started to slow down.
She usually wakes up between 5:30 - 6:00 a.m. We'll feed her, give her her medications and then she'll go find her dog bed or the couch and lay back down until it's time to go to work.
This morning mostly the same. She woke up at 5:30 and I fed her, then jumped in the shower. After I turned the shower off, I heard growling, which is unusual. That's how Pork Chop plays - she's extremely verbal and sounds like she's mauling a Caribou when she's playing. At first I thought my wife was imitating her, which she does well. But it was Pork Chop, growling. A series of loud thumps followed and my wife told me that Lola (AKA PChop) had found a ball and had jumped up onto the bed and was demanding that someone play with her. She then, in her exhuberant state, pitched off of the side of the bed, jumped back up, then jumped off again. She was feeling pretty spirited. After that outburst, she sauntered back into the living room and waited to go to work.
Perhaps coincidental that she behaved this way after her thirty minute inflammation treatment the night before. But based on my experience, it isn't coincidental. We'll continue with her once -a-night 30 minute treatment and see if she continues to maintain or improve her quality of life.
Below is a representation of how she reacted to her treatment. From going to napping on her boyfriend pillow to playing way to early. We'll get updated pictures as we make it part of a routine to treat her. This last paragraph is really unnecessary but it gives me a chance to post gratuitous pictures of my daughter. Guilty as charged.