I only brought my cell phone with me so the pictures aren't great - and she was moving so fast sometimes there was no way the image would be clear.
So after our woods romp we headed for home. In the home stretch I could tell the dogs were ready to go home, although you wouldn't know it when we got there as Vegas didn't really settle down for a while. She was still trying to play and have zoomies in the house. I fully expected her to be limping at some point that evening; I hadn't given her any pain medication or anti-inflammatories at all.
Later Sunday night, I got a call from Rachel. She'd received a response back from the doctor and her assessment was greatly different than what was reported by the previous referral. The OSU doc didn't think her pain was from the bone spurs. I don't have the report in front of me and when I do I'll post it, but she felt more diagnostics needed to take place including more complete x-rays, and that there was something else that caused the lameness. Great. Granted, those two doctors had not seen Vegas and were pretty much going blind but for the x-rays, but let's just say the whole "issue" got more confusing than ever. Fast forward to Monday morning, Vegas wasn't limping. Monday evening, Vegas wasn't limping. She has not favored that leg at all since Saturday. I don't understand it at all and am completely torn as to what to think. Hence the hair pulling.
Tonight I took Leo to agility practice and she was BESIDE HERSELF when I left. I knew I was going to have my hands full when I got home. And I did. She was demanding, obnoxious, pushy, and all too full of energy. This is what happens when you have a dog used to a high level of activity. Loafing around does not suit them. We did some heel position work, nothing too strenuous, and she settled down some. An hour later, she was up and down and whining and bugging me, hovering, standing there staring at me, nudging me, generally being a nuisance. By that time it was 9:30 pm and 31 degrees. So, we did some obedience stuff, heel position, rally moves, worked on our kick-line/shake we'll use for our drill team routine, and then used our hallway into my bedroom for sit/stay to recall to front moves. She was all over it. Still not limping.
So as of right now, if I can still run her this weekend in the trial, I'm going to try. I'm going to cancel the specialist appointment and wait her out and see. Perhaps it was a fluke and the bone spurs were always there. I just don't know. But living with her and forcing an inactivity isn't happening. And she is telling me she's fine. If Vegas were a dog that was stoic, I would probably respond differently. But she's not. She tells me when she hurts and can't do something. Right now, she's tell me "full steam ahead." So that is what we'll do for now. But damn if the whole "not knowing" isn't frustrating.