The way Rocky runs, swims and navigates stairs, you would never know he has hip dysplasia. He gets 50 mg of Novox in the morning and evening. Our vet suggested keeping him below 93 pounds so we’ve reduced his food a bit and added canned string beans (which he loves!) for bulk. (He was just a couple of pounds over the vet’s recommendation.)
His favorite outdoor activity is to play with TWO partially inflated soccer balls. This year he swims well without having to use last year’s life-preserver! He stays on our property and walks reliably along the shoulder of the road with us without his leash. Rocky comes on the first command and is the smartest, best-behaved of the four yellow labs we have rescued over the past 30 years!
He can be a bit of a devil though, occasionally sneaking into our “dog hair free bedroom zone” and emptying the waste basket, shredding up tissues.
Rocky has made two road trips to Philadelphia to visit his yellow lab cousin. Both times he was a good traveler and adapted well once he arrived.
Rocky’s vocabulary includes the following: sit, stay, come, ball, toy, walk, go, “eh-eh” (means “no”), swim (either in the lake or pond), pool (as in his plastic wading pool), food, no more, dinner, peanut butter, go out, go in, go to your bed, go to the den,we’ll be back, good boy!, let’s get the mail.