The road most traveled these days seems to be to the vets office. For the 3rd Saturday in a row, that's where we were, bright and early--Why do I always take the 8 AM appointment?
Today the appointment was for Josh. Late Thursday evening he was standing with his head down low, and turned toward his back-leg, and he wouldn't/couldn't stand straight--And when he walked, he walked in very slow circles, like a twirl. He wouldn't move his head, so I knew it was his neck and of course I was worried that he may have slipped a disc. To make it all the more worrisome, he wouldn't lay down, and just stood there, looking at me. I gave Josh a pain-pill, and we went to bed hoping he'd finally lay down and get some rest. I woke up a couple of hours later to Josh's whining, and his still standing in about the same place. Of course I became even more concerned, but eventually he did find a place to lay down. By morning there was a slight improvement. Once at work, I did a search on the internet which took me to a site that told about someone's dog who'd sprained their neck--I had no idea that was possible, did you? A lot of my worry about Josh left when he was wagging his tail and was definitely better by Friday afternoon. But just to be sure it was a sprained neck, I made an appointment for him to see the vet who confirmed what I thought. He's now on a muscle relaxer and rimadyl. He's still holding his head to his left a little, but he's moving it more, standing straighter and is no longer 'twirling' when he walks. Josh will be fine (I hope) in a few more days. But until he is, no tugging the frisbee with Sheba. Sheba is okay with that, and in the photo below you can see her on the right showing off to Josh on the other side of the fence that she has the frisbee all to herself!