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She does look a bit better in this video, but the way she hunches her back still would concern me greatly!
 

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Here is a different video. Not the best again but she obviously doesn't like being filmed 馃檮lol won't let me get decent photos or vids. Will definitely consider x-rays but like I said that first video seems misleading. She is awkward but I didn't realize it was giving the impression she couldn't walk at all
While it does look somewhat "better" it's still a very serious problem, her spine seems to take a curve down so it's tucking her hips under her, she's definitely still doing an odd squat walk, I doubt she can move very fast? Definitely get her checked out asap to see what they can do for her, this is Charlie at 3 ish months, their back should be straight for the most part and they should be able to stretch out completely, I doubt she can stretch her back legs out at a full run like this? Not good at all :( I wish you lots of luck and im sorry you have to go through this, but I also thank you for giving her home and taking her away from the other one.
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While it does look somewhat "better" it's still a very serious problem, her spine seems to take a curve down so it's tucking her hips under her, she's definitely still doing an odd squat walk, I doubt she can move very fast? Definitely get her checked out asap to see what they can do for her, this is Charlie at 3 ish months, their back should be straight for the most part and they should be able to stretch out completely, I doubt she can stretch her back legs out at a full run like this? Not good at all :( I wish you lots of luck and im sorry you have to go through this, but I also thank you for giving her home and taking her away from the other one. View attachment 580522
Yeah she only bunny hops when running 馃槙 I'll deal with whatever it is honestly because it's better than the latter. Do you have pet insurance suggestions? If you have it
 

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Yeah she only bunny hops when running 馃槙 I'll deal with whatever it is honestly because it's better than the latter. Do you have pet insurance suggestions? If you have it
I figured as much, hopefully all these replies didn't get you too down, we're just trying to help! I'm deeply sorry you were wrongfully done by these people and I'm sure you'll find a good vet for your sweet girl and and work out what's wrong. As for pet insurance, I don't currently have it but I've heard some very good things about Pets Best, and "Spot", another option is Care Credit, I set that up for my little girl when she broke her leg, its like a credit card for vet visits, you have to apply and have good credit of course, I only used mine once and then paid it off, don't like credit cards much but it definitely helps in emergency!
 

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I don鈥檛 see any pet insurance covering this.
Shame on that woman.
She knew darned well the dog is crippled.
I would return the dog.
The issue is I couldn't in my own heart return the dog because I just know what would happen. She'd either end up being put down or maybe something worse if the wrong person ended up with her. It's honestly not as bad as it seems though, the puppy is happy and not in pain and otherwise normal, whether she can run properly is the only way it effects her so it's really not a huge deal to me, rather have her with me at least.
 

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I figured as much, hopefully all these replies didn't get you too down, we're just trying to help! I'm deeply sorry you were wrongfully done by these people and I'm sure you'll find a good vet for your sweet girl and and work out what's wrong. As for pet insurance, I don't currently have it but I've heard some very good things about Pets Best, and "Spot", another option is Care Credit, I set that up for my little girl when she broke her leg, its like a credit card for vet visits, you have to apply and have good credit of course, I only used mine once and then paid it off, don't like credit cards much but it definitely helps in emergency!
Yeah I hope so. Like I said it doesn't seem to bother her at all so at the worst I'll just have a dog that runs weird lol. She isn't in any pain and is happy and can walk good so it is what it is. I don't even know what to call the issue though so Google isn't returning any results on what I can expect 馃
 

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Yeah I hope so. Like I said it doesn't seem to bother her at all so at the worst I'll just have a dog that runs weird lol. She isn't in any pain and is happy and can walk good so it is what it is. I don't even know what to call the issue though so Google isn't returning any results on what I can expect 馃
I'm not sure either, but I'd be more worried about her future and how it might affect her later in life, it may not be just "running weird", although for both of your sake I hope it is.

As for Google I wouldn't pry too much on there, it can send you down quite the rabbit hole
 

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Dogs, even when they are pups, can have an incredibly high tolerance for pain. Not trying to scare you but you need to move forward with an open mind. Take her to a specialist and get a diagnosis and prognosis first before you make any decisions.
You are obviously attached to her and it is admirable that you want to do what is best for her. German shepherds are generally very active dogs. I've only had working line breeds but mine would go crazy without the stress release that comes from exercise and running around. Yours may have a much more laid back demeanor but all of these factors should be considered.
 

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As the others have recommended, you need to go see what it is, and make a decision from there.

If you gave this woman money, she just got away with selling a dog that is obviously malformed. Keeping this dog encourages unethical people like this to keep making puppies and selling them. Even if you did not pay anything for the dog, if she told you the pup would grow out of it, it was a lie. If this happened because the dog was caged during a critical time in its development, this woman needs to be reported and be put out of business.

If it were me, I would not let her get away with this.
 

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Dogs, even when they are pups, can have an incredibly high tolerance for pain. Not trying to scare you but you need to move forward with an open mind. Take her to a specialist and get a diagnosis and prognosis first before you make any decisions.
You are obviously attached to her and it is admirable that you want to do what is best for her. German shepherds are generally very active dogs. I've only had working line breeds but mine would go crazy without the stress release that comes from exercise and running around. Yours may have a much more laid back demeanor but all of these factors should be considered.
To be honest, her spine doesn't even look curved in person and I've had no comments on it from anyone, even vets. So this is all a lot to me either way. Don't know if it's just the angles on the videos combined with her posture but I can feel her hip bones up top and where her spine is as well (I felt for them after this post brought attention to it) so it just has confused me more I believe. I'll look into taking her to a different vet anyways for a professional opinion but I've never seen that her spine is curved
Dogs, even when they are pups, can have an incredibly high tolerance for pain. Not trying to scare you but you need to move forward with an open mind. Take her to a specialist and get a diagnosis and prognosis first before you make any decisions.
You are obviously attached to her and it is admirable that you want to do what is best for her. German shepherds are generally very active dogs. I've only had working line breeds but mine would go crazy without the stress release that comes from exercise and running around. Yours may have a much more laid back demeanor but all of these factors should be considered.
To be honest, her spine doesn't even look curved in person and I can feel where her hip bones/spine are. Plus I've had no comments about her spine from anyone, vets, family, friends, even strangers until this post. Not sure if it's just the angles of the videos I'm taking combined w her posture or what but this has only further confused me 馃槄 will look into seeing a new vet to get a professional opinion.
 

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I never said that lol. My post was about her bunny hopping and posture, never her spine.
So while I agree she may have some issue, I can't say I've noticed any issue with a her spine, nor has anyone else that has been around her. I'm trying my best to see all viewpoints on it but it just isn't something I've ever noticed or even thought of so I don't know what to think of it since I can't feel or see a notable curvature with my own eyes when I look at her, as I can see her in person. Can't help but think it might be my cruddy filming skills combined with her posture. I might be wrong but I don't know, the spine talk came as a shock to me frankly.
 

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So while I agree she may have some issue, I can't say I've noticed any issue with a her spine, nor has anyone else that has been around her. I'm trying my best to see all viewpoints on it but it just isn't something I've ever noticed or even thought of so I don't know what to think of it since I can't feel or see a notable curvature with my own eyes when I look at her, as I can see her in person. Can't help but think it might be my cruddy filming skills combined with her posture. I might be wrong but I don't know, the spine talk came as a shock to me frankly.
Theres no amount of filming error that could cause such a posture as hers. I know you're original post was about bunny hopping and it can be a bit of a shock to hear such responses but her spine is the REASON she bunny hops, I'm not sure what people you're around all the time but they have to be legally blind because it doesn't take more than a glance to see she is crippled in some way. They're good at hiding their pain, and even if she's doing fine now, it could be a BIG problem in the future, I don't know how anyone took a look at this dog and thought she was completely normal. Her bottom is literally curling up underneath her, she's walking around like she's going poop, I know you may be shocked but all these people on this forum are very knowledgeable and know what they're talking about, especially Sunflowers, she needs to be checked out for sure, just because people you know haven't seen a problem doesn't mean there isn't one, they're not vets.

As I said, another sample picture of what a normal pup should look like standing there, she looking nothing like this and holds herself in an almost squatting position.
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I know the pictures aren't the best but there's still a very obvious difference, we're not trying to work you up at all, we want to help!
 
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