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Old 08-23-2012, 03:32 PM
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Illll have to go back tommorrrrow and take a video.,I don't think I can get a vet in there. Maybe he was swaying because he had been in hisskennel all day. Anyone guess an age?
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He should have had some sortof check at the shelter. Someone correct me if I am wrong or being naive....as an unknown with regard to contagious diseases and vaccines, he should have been quarantined until they could check titers or give the mandated vaccines (or however they resolve those issues) at the least (rabies e.g.) and checked for worms and fleas, etc and assessed for symptoms of contagions. I'm not saying they would or could spend lots of $ and time on a complete health exam but a once over should have been given. Also...ask the volunteers and employees at the shelter about him. See how their answers compare.

Teeth are the best way to judge age. There are ones that show up at certain times and marks and edges that wear off at rates that indicate age as well as Tartar buildup. Check out a wiki or other site for some good rules of thumb.

Maybe they would let you take him home for a few days...a weekend perhaps...and see.

I am NOT trying to talk you out of this dog I only want you to be informed so you CAN adopt him with full understanding. Genetically disabled and ill dogs should not be bred but that is a far cry from unadoptability or unnecessary euthanasia.

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Old 08-23-2012, 03:34 PM
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Go with your gut.

In contrast to bathedinshadow, I adopted a dog that was not into people during the visit at the shelter, and I thought he was just scared of the environment; he ended up being a very independent dog (i.e. not a people pleaser at all). Not saying dogs don't act different in a stressful environment, because they do, just pointing out there can be subtle signs to watch for in certain personalities in a dog.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:29 PM
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I'm going to have to disagree in that I don't think you can necessarily tell by the way they behave in the shelter. I'm not saying that it's never an indicator. But there is no way to know if it is and I've never met a dog in the shelter that I then saw later and was the same dog. My dad got a dog from the shelter that was full of energy and just wanted our attention while we were there. He got him home, and after a week or so, totally mellow and independent. Still a good dog, but nothing like the one we met. Nervous energy was masked as excitement and interest. My first dog was exactly the opposite. She was so calm and wouldn't even look at us. But I just loved her. We got her home and she was extremely playful and always wanted to be around people her entire life.

Like I said, I'm not saying it's never an indicator, but in the 5 dogs I've known, it really hasn't been. So to base your decision on that wouldn't be what I personally would do. If you can't stop thinking about him, maybe he already won you over. Now you need to win him over. Or maybe you want a dog that is more social right away. It's totally up to you.

As for the checkups at the shelters, I'm pretty sure the regulations differ from state to state. Probably even from county to county. But even if he did get looked over - hip/spinal issues often don't present themselves all the time. And unless somebody told the vet "I noticed some wobbling," he/she probably wouldn't have even looked. DM can be tested through DNA. But there's no way they would have done that at the shelter. Something I personally would do is ask the people that work there if he often wobbles. But like another person said, I don't even know what this wobbling looked like. Did it look like his legs were getting crossed up in the back?
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:36 PM
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I agree, shelter environment is very stressful. The picture also looks like they flashed him right in the eyes, so that probably contributes to him looking uneasy. The shelter dogs see lots of strange people all the time and have no idea who's "important" and who isn't, so it doesn't mean that they won't become affectionate after they're adopted.

My first dog acted like a crazy hog on leash when he was at the shelter and took no notice of whoever was at the end of the leash for at least the first 30min of his walks (despite the fact that I came to walk him at least twice a week for half a year before adopting). He was the most bonded one-person dog another half a year after adopting.

The swaying might mean something, and might not. If you are really not sure if you should go ahead, maybe you can find a rescue in your area that will pull him from the shelter for you in a foster-to-adopt kind of deal. That way, you'd have 2 weeks or so to get him checked thoroughly by a vet and then decide if you think you can handle it or not (and if you decide not to, maybe keep fostering him until he finds a new home).
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Also, at least mild HD is usually pretty decently manageable with joint supplements and careful excercise / muscle building. It doesn't have to be a rule out criteria right away.
But then everyone needs to decide for themselves what they're comfortable with and what they aren't.
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Thanks to everyone who has posted i'm going to go see him tommorrow and hopefully bring him home we will see and I will keep everybody updated. Hopefully with a picture of he and I!
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:11 PM
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a little update i did ask my girlfriend who was with me when we looked at him and she said every once in a while his legs would kind of cross in the back but not enough for me to notice. Also his tail was down the whole time. could this just be from stress? also he does have a wound on his butt up on top of his rear leg maybe that could be causing it? i want him now lol
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Tail down could absolutely be due to stress. The leg crossing thing may be concerning but again without at least a video hard to say. Not sure I could connect it to a wound like what you're describing.
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Tail down could absolutely be due to stress. The leg crossing thing may be concerning but again without at least a video hard to say. Not sure I could connect it to a wound like what you're describing.
ok thanks, ill def at least get a video tommorrow morning if not he will be here on the couch with me
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Here is a picture of a part of his back? what is it? he did flinch when i tapped on his back and he bite his tail once but never itched it while we were there for 30 minutes. he acts ALOOOOOT better with me now
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