That's a shame how that happened. I'm so glad we don't have neighbors close by and live out in the country. Yea, it seems like those ACL tears always happen in a split second.Hi Val,
Our dog Sasha is a lab/border collie mix. Very gentle disposition and a very loving dog. Unsure how she hurt her first knee, however a big GSD that belongs to a neighbor came running up to our fence and spooked Sasha. She twisted to avoid possible contact with the charging GSD and yelped and that took out the other knee. Sheesh...
Sounds like you are a dog expert with showing and breeding Labs. They are great dogs. Good thing you held on to the Merc too!
I got out of showing about 12 years ago. Don't really miss it.... it became too much of a professional handler's sport for the most part in my opinion. Less and less owner/handlers in the ring showing. Only part I real enjoyed was the Labrador "Specialty" shows where it was all Labradors being shown and judges were Labrador breeder judges (vs. what we called "all rounder judges", meaning they were approved to judge several breeds but they weren't Labrador breeders)... not so much "politics" and "pro handler face recognition" at those and it was great to get away 3 or 4 days with the dogs and meet up with breeder friends from all over America. Was much more prestige in placing at a large Labrador specialty show under a well respected Labrador breeder judge.
Hope your doggie rehabs just fine. Mine eventually did but she had to go back for a second surgery when she got an infection at the incision site. Turns out she was allergic to what ever rope/wire they used in the procedure and doc had to go back in to take it out. By then though, he felt she had enough scar tissue formed that the knee was stable. She was retired from showing.