Yesterday, when the sun was shining, I was feeling dark and ready to give up on Thor. By the end of the day, he was being so demanding that I started to think he must be in pain. He was drinking large amounts of water and wanting more. I started to think about bloat, but it didn't fit with what I knew about bloat.
I once saw a dog die of bloat. I was at an agility trial that was part of a larger canine fair. There were two agility trials (USDAA & CPE) going on, a flyball competition, demonstrations and exhibits throughout large fairgrounds in New Hampshire. Quite a few people had brought dogs that were not competing. This was one of those dogs. He was a large mixed breed. When I saw him (and offered my cell phone to call a veterinarian), he was lying on his side and breathing heavily. A veterinarian was reached and someone else offered to drive so the owner could ride with the dog. I heard later that the dog had died. I wasn't surprised. He really had looked awful.
No bloat for Thor. Not this time. But knowing that it is a risk in the weimaraner breed is just one more reason that I would not have chosen to own this dog.
Today, grey and rainy, looks much brighter. Thor has seemed happier and calmer. And back to drinking a normal amount.
We had our first successful walk to the mailbox! With a front-clip harness on. I used the Walk-Your-Dog-With-Love Harness because that is the one I had prepared by soaking it overnight in Bitter Apple (thnks Amy! I now have a replacement Easy Walk as well but need to buy more bitter apple). Although Thor walked well with the WYDWL harness, I was not impressed. The leash never tightened; as a result, there was never any pressure on Thor's chest. Instead, the harness seemed to work via its action behind the front legs. I expect I'll be mostly using the Easy Walk. I like the fit and action of the EW better. :-)
Thor and I have been playing lots of Recall and Stay games. Will plan to write about each of those next...