Today would have been Roxie’s 7th birthday. Happy Birthday Roxie.
Roxie was our Saint Bernard Labrador Mix aka Labranard and she was born with severe hip dysplasia. When she was 6 months old, the vet told us to put her down because she would never walk. Well, she walked and ran and did everything she wanted for almost 7 years.
Earlier this month we had to euthanize her as she was to the point where you could see that every movement was causing her pain.
We miss you Roxie but we know you are no longer in pain.
Here are pictures of Roxie our Saint Bernard/Labrador Mix breed dog. She just turned 4 years old on March 23, 2009 and it’s hard to believe she has been with us this long.
I hope you enjoy them!
Roxie the Saint Bernard Labrador mix has been gracing us with her presence for almost 2 years now. She’s become one heck of a great dog, especially around the munchkin. Some of you may recall that Roxie has grade 4 hip dysplasia and thus she basically has no hips. Well, I’m happy to say that she’s a happy active dog that runs, climbs stairs and does almost everything she wants. We haven’t been doing anything special for her with respect to the hip dysplasia as she’s been quite good all summer. We’ll see how the colder weather treats her as she may have a flare up of arthritis like symptoms. Then we’ll probably get her back on the glucosamine, chondroitin, methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM) and vitamin C. This combination seems to have helped her get this far.
Anyhoo, she’s about 110 pounds now. Yeah, 110 pounds! She’s quite lean and tall which is good and bad. She’s lean and reasonable muscular which helps a lot with her hip dysplasia (less weight for her to carry is good and more muscle is better). She’s tall enough now that we have to be careful what we leave on the kitchen counter tops as she has been caught a few times trying to snag a bite of something.
She is a very social dog and it’s unfortunate that many people are intimidated by her size as all she wants to do is greet them. Often when we go out for a walk (and she’s great going for reasonable length walks now) people will cross the street or otherwise avoid her. Not something that she really understands as a lot of people would pay great attention to her when she was a little 20lbs puppy.
There are advantages to her size though. We’ve had a few repair people in over the last couple months and it’s always nice to hear from The Boss about the reactions some of these burly repair men have to Roxie. She’ll come bounding along and apparently the repair people can become quite fearful until The Boss tells them that Roxie is friendly. Heck, if I saw a 110lbs dog heading towards me with it’s mouth open I might have to think for a few seconds. ;)
We’ll see how she is over the coming years with the munchkin but I doubt we’ll have anything to worry about. She’s already demonstrated a couple times that she is protective of the munchkin. Nothing too serious and probably nothing that was noticed by anyone other than myself and The Boss. Saints are known for being good with children and Labs are big goof balls so hopefully Roxie will remain a goof ball that’s good with kids. ;)
Here’s a little Roxie Update.
We’ve had Roxie (our Saint Bernard – Labrador mix) on a bit of a diet since she was spayed because the vet told us she had a pretty decent layer of fat on her already. That was a couple months ago. We weighed her last night (differential weighing is getting difficult!) and she came in at a whoping 92lbs. 9 months and 92lbs. Not bad! She’s about half my weight now.
She looks really good right now – leaner and taller than before she was spayed. She hasn’t actually lost any weight but we think she’s lost fat. Her belly isn’t rounded as much and we can sort of feel ribs again. That’s a good thing because with her grade 4 hip dysplasia, we don’t want her to have too much extra weight to carry. She’s been quite active recently too. Maybe part of it is due to losing some extra fat and gaining some new muscle. What ever it was, she’s bouncing around in the snow and even running for short distances when we are outside.
If you’re thinking of getting a large breed puppy, make sure you factor in the cost of pet insurance for at least the first 18 months of their life. We opted out of the pet insurance as it seemed so expensive at the time and now we’re kicking ourselves. We have a St Bernard Labrador mix and both breeds are known to have hip dysplasia. We gambled and lost as our Roxie at 6 months has grade 4 hip dysplasia – as bad as it can get.
Once your dog gets to be full grown, if it’s in good health and has no signs of major things like hip dysplasia, you can probably stop the insurance. We know better now. If and when we have another large breed dog, we’ll be getting insurance for at least the first 18 months. Too bad for Roxie no one really told us to get insurance and why. If we had insurance then it wouldn’t be such a big deal to consider $12,000 in major surgery to help fix Roxie’s hips. It also wouldn’t be such a big deal to have her on medications costing about $3/day.
Oh well, you live, you learn. We still have a healthy, happy dog, she just has no hips.
Heck, it’s only money.