Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Spud on tour


Did Spud the dog enjoy touring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way? (Well, the small part we managed, so much to see, do, and enjoy, we’ll be returning). Yes he did.

Spud beach

It’s twelve months now, since he broke his elbow in three places.  You can see his stance in this photo, it’s not perfect


Spud ball.jpg

but he can steam around with all the enthusiasm you’d expect from a Springer, his mobility is far better than we could have ever imagined at the time of his accident. Surprisingly (to us, at least) his biggest issue from his accident has been his hip, which causes him some discomfort, we’d noticed just before his accident that he’s been running with a bunny hop and seemed to find stairs difficult, we discussed only days before that we perhaps ought to be taking him to the vets.  As it happen we’ve been to the vets a lot since then!

Spud has hip dysplasia, as do so many dogs. After his accident and surgery he had to have ‘crate rest’ for six weeks, and many months of little or no exercise, during this time he lost quite a bit muscle tone, and he’s struggles to use his leg as he should and keep its mobility. ‘Use it or lose it’ doesn’t really work for a dog, so he has physiotherapy and hydro-therapy, he’s less keen on the latter, He occasionally falls asleep during his physio sessions though, once the ‘uncomfortable’ bits are done. He’s a model patient.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “Spud on tour

  1. Like Spud I have had to have physiotherapy and hydro-therapy. It worked for me so I hope it works for him.

  2. Bless his heart — I always feel so for animals that have to cope with various disabilities. On the other hand, they do cope,and sometimes much better than humans. I hope his therapies help. He certainy is a handsome land, and that photo of him with the tennis ball is a classic. Well, so’s the sand on his nose.

  3. It’s good to know and see that he’s okay and recovered well. That first picture is delightful and had me smiling. xx

  4. I’m so sorry about Spud’s broken elbow, I missed that AWOL post. It’s great to see he’s doing much better, I love his playfulness. 🙂
    Our springer Coffee has hip dsyplasia, too. We’ve been using a supplement called Cosequin, recommended by our vet (we have to order it from the US though). Maybe you can ask yours and could be of help if you’re not already using it. Coffee is a senior dog now, at least 11 or 12 yrs old (we don’t know for sure since he’s an adopted dog from the shelter) and that supplement really does work.

  5. I’m very pleased to hear of his recovery.
    May he have many more adventures, it’s just a shame you can’t tell dogs to slow down a bit or take it easy.

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