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  1. I just read about how he replaced Martyn Ashton in a film after Martyn broke his back. Here's a video of Ashton on a customized bike for the first time since he was paralysed: what courage! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX_hn3Xf90g
  2. Make sure there's enough fat in the diet. Dogs on low fat diets seem to be more prone to dry/cracked pads. Especially in winter when their feet are often wet and cold. Just like we can suffer from cracked finger tips in cold, wet weather, so do dogs sometimes have issues with their pads.
  3. Made me laugh, that. Common sense at last .... oh dear, seems that most folks nowadays are sadly lacking in that rather essential trait.
  4. We did a massive bank on the edge of an old brick pit, once. 12 ferrets, stop and long nets. After a couple of hours the ferrets were knackered, the dogs too, from running escapees across the floor of the pit. I think we ended up with around 18 rabbits, and there must have been dozens more.
  5. I think those sort of places should be renamed rabbit cities: never seen anything remotely like that down here.Incredible.
  6. Nature is so incredible: our imaginations cannot even conceive of such a wealth of diversity and beauty. Imagine seeing a vast flotilla of these in the open water. It's easy to see how ancient mariners came up with tales of monsters and such like emerging from the depths.
  7. Yes, a sickening reminder of what we have lost. Still angry after all these years. But great to see these dogs in action. Are their coursing rules similar or the same to ours?
  8. Very often, unless you see a small dog with a rabbit, you don't realise quite how small it is! Great photos of a smashing looking dog. Signed: a bit green with envy LOL
  9. Yes, the same thing happened to me and my OH: his dog must have broken her neck only 50 yards from where we were, but couldn't see her as she was lying in a tiny dip in the ground. Like you, went back and found her at first light. At least it was quick.
  10. Horrible thing to happen, even worse when you spend hours looking for them only to find them dead. So sorry to hear this.
  11. Because some people have more money than sense.
  12. Plaque off, available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ProDen-Plaque-Off-Food-Supplement/dp/B0047VWPNI/ref=sr_1_5?adgrpid=55685782240&dchild=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjwtsv7BRCmARIsANu-CQdioM0ctfYW6BDlhYhS5pXgOYny5bkjPoh75FBpykrV1SGvv8NMNzMaAvO9EALw_wcB&hvadid=259001158452&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9044886&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=17308973695246673279&hvtargid=kwd-295851421390&hydadcr=18068_1769632&keywords=plaque+off+for+dogs&qid=1601366601&sr=8-5&tag=googhydr-21 I first heard of this when I saw a 12 year old Collie with immaculate teeth, and it really doe
  13. It's always a hard call to make: go to the vet or wait and see. I recently had a similar situation where one of my lurchers presented with exactly the same symptoms as a dog I had years ago which swallowed a pebble which then got stuck in her small intestine: wouldn't eat, throwing up even water, very uncomfortable etc. The recent one seemed the same, but, like yours, an x ray showed nothing inside her that shouldn't have been there: just a nasty bug which could have been picked up anywhere, with classic signs of nausea (drooling, hiccuping in her throat, swallowing constantly) . Bloody dogs,
  14. You may not have that much time: kebab sticks can skewer this stomach, perforate it, which usually only has one outcome. Get him to an emergency vet asap: like, now.
  15. Never feed just before running a dog. Can cause bloat and at the least the dog won't run well if it's full of food: especially dangerous if you feed dry food which expands in the stomach and draws vital fluids from the rest of the body in order to digest it. If you must feed before running, you need to feed at least 3 hours before, but I have never fed before running a dog. Canines are designed to work on an empty stomach, and even if the food has left the stomach it is still being absorbed in the intestines and would make the dog very uncomfortable.
  16. nice stamp of dog, and fabulous feet.
  17. Respect doesn't even begin to cover what I feel for your dedication to that dog. I've had dogs break their necks in the past and had them put down, partly because the vet said there was no hope of recovery, and partly because I've been too scared to try, and then fail despite my best efforts and partly because I can't stand seeing my dogs suffer. But sometimes it's a question of temperament too and he must have a fantastic temperament to have wanted to play even when he couldn't stand. You, sir, have just proved that recovery is possible even in the most hopeless of situations. Hats off
  18. that's absolutely correct. I had an incompetent vet, a proper greyhound vet at that, who put a cast on one of my lurcher's legs all wrong: when she seemed to be in even more pain I went to my own, not a running dog vet, but very good, and she said the cast was actually pulling the break open even more. It's scary how much damage incompetence can do, and yes, this pup did get sores, from the new cast as the leg then had to be completely immobilised, but they healed in the end. If you can keep the pup quiet enough then nature will probably be the best course to take, and better a cracked bone th
  19. As this thread was supposed to be about a dog, albeit one with a name that conjures up a certain person, I'll simply say good looking dog, and congrats for getting it up and running again.
  20. Something I've been using for cramps and restless legs is magnesium oil. You massage it into your calf and thigh muscles. I've found it helps a lot, and quite often magnesium deficiency is what causes cramp. Get it from a health food shop or online.
  21. I'm 5'6" and if I walk fast my 24" lurchers have to trot to keep up, but if I walk slowly, they amble. So, it depends on how tall you are and how fast you walk as to whether or not the dog has to trot. I would say that a spaniel would have to trot if you are average height and walk fast. I'm guessing your'e just wanting to keep the dog ticking over in this warm weather: but warning: if the dog is overweight or very unfit, even half an hour's brisk trot will cause it to overheat in this weather, so I'd walk it very early morning or if not, then go somewhere where the dog can get in the water to
  22. Road walking is good for maintenance purposes, keeps feet etc toned, but it needs to be a brisk walking pace, so the dog is trotting at your side, rather than ambling along like a camel, which moves both legs on each side at the same time. That is a very energy saving pace and many larger or unfit or older dogs try to do it to save their joints.
  23. Not really got anything useful to say, so I'll just send you a hug and be thinking of you in all the best possible ways.
  24. Ah, hadn't seen that. I would say there's Collie in there too, but you never can be sure. Nice dog.
  25. Great looking pup. Be interesting to see him once he's full grown and fleshed out. I love his eyes: really intelligent and he looks very sane as well.
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