For those who knew we were headed to the vets this am our results were not good. His right elbow has extensive degenerative changes with a medial fragment. He will need to go on supplements and NSAIDS. The vet is sending the x rays out for a radiological consult.
At this point Kona's competetive career is done. If he is able I will enter him in veteran's obedience when it's offered at a show that I go to with Bo. I may still go ahead with tracking with him. He also can start back visiting the nursing home for therapy visits. After looking at the x rays I am scared to do any jumping or running with him.
My goals right now for him is to walk with significantly less pain and to be able to do do short fun retrieves. I will have him retrieve in our pool again before we close it this year.
This does shift my emphasis on training over to the youngster, Bo, both in obedience and field. Just not the way I wanted to retire Kona ..... just need to wrap my brain around this new direction and look for the positives that can happen for both dogs.
"In moments of joy all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag." W. H. Auden
Linda, Kona and Bo