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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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How well put together is Athena?

Athena is 2 years old now and spayed if that makes any difference. It was suggested by the vet to have someone who really knew the breed look at her.

I'm just curious if there is anything that might be a sign of future problems. I've been reading through past posts and trying to understand how they are supposed to look. She is a pet and giving me it straight won't hurt my feelings.

I can't get her to sit still and learn the stacking. She thinks I want her to sit when I try and move her legs for some reason. So it was the best I've been able to get. I'm sorry for the quality.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 11:22 AM
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It might just be a trick of the photo, but she looks like she might be just a tad overweight... judging by the size of her head and legs, her body looks disproportionately large. Her chest looks like it might have a little fat pad on it and her body looks very deep. Again, could just be the photo or her positioning. My only comment is to say that it's a good idea to keep her nice and lean, maybe lose a few pounds if she needs to. When looking at her from above, does she have an indentation where her waist should be? Can you easily feel her ribs when you pet her?
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 12:11 PM
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Hehe. It's hard to get a picture of Zeus where he isn't laying down, but he's an Australian Shepherd x Australian Cattle Dog cross. He was born tailless, though some of his siblings had them.

I manhandled Athena much to her delight. I didn't know about a fat pad on the chest. I can feel her ribs, but yes, she feels like she needs to lose a few pounds. I think she put on some weight since the last vet visit. I think she's eating Zeus' food.

Here is another picture.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 03:34 PM
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Pretty girl! Out of curiosity, how old was she when she was spayed?

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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She was 7 months. If I knew the what I know now, I'd have waited until she was a year old at least. We have had unfixed roaming male dogs from people down the road and really didn't want puppies.
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very pretty girl like the aussie mix too.
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 10:24 AM
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Stack her after she has exercised. That usually gets better results. She doesn't have much rear angulation and her topline is level so I would give her the benefit of the doubt by stacking up slightly uphill and stretching her out some.

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