Ugh so frustrating, and it HAD to coincide with the arrival of a new puppy. I am SO mad at myself.
Background- I usually do a 6 mile walk with fun fetch and OB incorporated on a mostly daily basis. Valor LOVES it and our OB has become so much more snappier. I'm learning, he is more enthused as I get more confident. Anyway, we are pretty urban here but there is this high tension wire field that dissects my town in half. It is about 50 to 75 ft wide, 2 miles long, bordered on either side by people's backyards and most have planted a pretty good bush/brush border. It is privately owned by the power company and I called and they said no problem with dog off lead as long he is under my control and I clean up after him. No problem! What a gem of an opportunity for urban living! It also has hills. Workouts for all!
Well, 2 weeks ago we were doing our usual. Valor's shoulders were really coming up nicely from 2 ball on the gentle grass hills. Very buff. My friend came one day and was able to throw the Gappay ball WAY farther than I could and Valor lit up! So wanting to give him the same sprint distance I figured hey, great place to use a Chuck It. I used it with an extra large Gappy ball instead of the tennis ball it came with. Tennis balls are a choking hazard for a dog Valor's size.
So I jammed the Gappay Ball in the Chuck It. Whipped it. It went straight up in the air (and here folks is where a smarter person would have tweaked the sheer distance achieved) and it took forever to come down. Both of us looking all around for a few seconds before it hit the ground. So I reset and change my angle to avoid the early release.
It took off like a missile. My brain had time to say " too far" but my mouth didn't PLATZ him. I am SO mad at myself. He took off SO in drive ...he was full sprinting as the ball soared 100 yards away (yes, 100) still not hitting the ground. Of course he had to catch up to it so he was motoring. There was a big tire rut in the ground I didn't see far away and he hit it hard.
He rolled over like at LEAST 3 times. Then he kept running after the ball, was hunting for it since he could not find it. Found it!! And came sprinting back looking just fine. So I figure ok maybe we came out of this OK.
Next day, no issue whatsoever. However on the 2nd day, very pronounced limp. Nothing obvious at the vet with moving stuff around and pressing. So, just crate rest and overall rest. That was 2 weeks ago. Every time it gets a little better he perks up ..and then he overdoes it and is limping again.
He is definitely getting very bummed too. I am worried this will be a long rest and something that haunts us whenever he does strenuous work. My fingers are crossed that isn't the case. It sounds muscular maybe since it took 2 days to stiffen up? If it isn't better in a few days I will have it xrayed. UGH!
Anyway posting here because looking for feedback/experience on being on the DL list but then being able to return to IPO.