Lazy Puppy Syndrome

Ben was only six months old, but he would collapse during a walk.  He had to be carried home.  Our much older dogs were able to complete the walk, so I assumed something was wrong with my poor little puppy.

I took Ben to the local veterinarian, but they could not determine what was going on with him.  The doctor thought it could be a genetic heart condition.

Ben was sent to the animal cardiologist in Birmingham, Alabama.  We were sitting in the waiting room and Ben fell asleep.  When our named was called, I had a hard time getting Ben to stand up, so I started to slide him across the floor.  Eventually, Ben stood up and walked into the examining room.

The doctor wanted to do an ultrasound of Ben’s heart.  Several workers came in to help get Ben ready for the test.  Even though Ben was only six months old, he was already close to 70 pounds and picking him up was a chore.

The workers picked up Ben, flipped him upside-down, and put him into a v-shaped brace.  Then they put the jelly stuff on his chest and started the ultrasound.  I expected a puppy to resist or at least have something to say about all this.  However, Ben just stretched out and went to sleep.

After all the test were completed and the doctor reviewed the results she told me, “Ben is a very sweet and handsome boy, but he appears to suffer from LPS (Lazy Puppy Syndrome).  There is nothing wrong with Ben, but he is the laziest dog I have ever seen.”

Today is Ben’s 4th birthday, so I thought it would be appropriate to share pictures of Ben participating in his favorite activity.

Australian Cattle Dog by Hilary Lewis

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Hilary Lewis describes Australian Cattle Dogs as loyal, tenacious, intelligent, independent, active, hard working, protective, courageous, possessive, suspicious of strangers, aloof, stubborn, and as having a dominate personality streak.

Australian Cattle dogs are great, but before you decide to adopt one you need to know what to expect.  They are not easy dogs.  Without proper training, an Australian Cattle Dog can wreak havoc in your life.

If you are considering adopting an Australian Cattle Dog, I highly recommend this book.

I have an Australian Cattle Dog, so I was laughing and shacking my head the whole time I was reading it.