Shadow is almost 9. While that is older for a GSD it is hardly ancient. But she is my baby, my heart and soul, my best friend, and the one constant in my life over the past nine years. Yesterday seemed just like any other day....everything was normal. All of a sudden, seriously in like 10 minutes, Shad's back legs did not want to move. She laid there whinning and struggling. I panic, of course....and I call the vet. He was leaving for the day, but said he would meet me at the clinic. Off we went. Bloodwork checked out fine, he said considering her age, she is is in excellent health...liver, lungs kidneys, and heart all going suprisingly strong. Her white count was elevated, so she is on antibiotics. Shadow has had pretty mild arthritis in the past, and by the time we got there, she was walking....all be it a little weak and uncoordinated (at least thats how it looked to me). She is acting ashamed of herself, like she is in trouble. I reassure her she is not, but I don't think it is helping. Vet suggested putting her on Gluco-Flex III or a human grade Glucossamine, which we have started, and putting her on daily NSAID. Metacam or ?? (I can't remember), I had some metacam that we had at home that we used for her flare ups (her bad days when she was a little stiff), so we went with that. We also discussed Adequin injections. She walked out of the vet's office. This morning, it happening again, she can't get up and when she struggles up to a sit, she whines and can't get up any further. My baby is in pain and I do not know how to help her. I am just in tears. For those of you with arthritic dogs, does this sound normal....do you think it will get better? What can I do to help her? I am not even wanting to consider the alternative, although I do not want her sufferring to last forever. I am really beside myself. My family and my baby need a miracle and we need prayers and happy helaing vibes. I am turning to you guys for advice, reassurance, and someone to talk to about all of this. I am sorry this post is so very long and I thank those of you who have made it this far. PLEASE respond with anything...suggestions, experiences, well wishes, etc.