Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Beautiful Raja

I found all the videos I could with My Beautiful Raja playing soccer and put them together. I did try to play with her sometimes, but she was so agile that she could nip at me and still maintain possession of the ball! Raja was only three and a half years old when she had to go take her forever nap. It makes me sad...

Note from Mom -
Raja developed hip dysplasia at a very early age and by the time she was a year old, she was already having difficulty getting around. We treated her with various pain medications. Sometimes they worked and sometimes they didn't. Eventually, nothing worked and it often took Raja several minutes to hoist her backend up. The muscles in her legs started to atrophy and she lost a lot of mobility. You can see in some of the clips how her topline was kind of hunched up in the rear and her gait is stiff and awkward.

These clips are from the summer of 2006 and even though it looks like she's getting around OK, off the soccer field she would sometimes drag her backend from one side of the room to the other because when she tried to get up her legs would fail her. When winter came that year, I think the cold weather accelerated her deterioration.

Even so, she always loved to play soccer. I think it gave her such a rush that when she played soccer that she didn't feel the pain in her legs (but she sometimes paid the price for it later). Although hip replacement is available for dogs, we decided, in consultation with our vet, that on such a big girl (190 pounds) the outcome was, at best, questionable and the recovery would be long and painful. When Raja was in too much pain even to play with her ball, we decided it was time to let her go.


Amber-Mae said...

Oh my, that is such a sad story about Raja. It made me tear up...I know how it feels to have bad hip dysplasia. I have a bit but it's not really HD. I still can walk, run, jump, pretty much everything! She was a bootiful lady...I bet you all miss her sooo much.

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Sophie Brador said...

Aw! Raja was a beauty ... and a blondie. Funny how those two things go hand in hand ... or paw in paw.


Frasier said...

That is very sad.It always tears us up to hear of any dogs passing.She was beautiful

Peanut said...

Raja was very beautiful We are sorry she left you so early.

Maggie & Mitch said...

Raja is so beautiful! She sure did love to push that soccer ball!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Moco said...

She was such a good soccer player. I bet she was better than that guy from England that got huge amounts of cash. We are all sorry here that her time was so short.

The Zoo Crew said...

Mama read this with tears in her eyes. My big brother, Kai, has torn ACLs in both knees and after consultation with three orthopedic surgeons, it was agreed upon that he was absolutely not a candidate for something mom called "TPLO surgery." Kai's back legs fail him often and he is in more pain now with the cold weather. Sometimes I sleep next to my Kai-Kai, hoping it will help him feel better. Raja was such a beautiful gentle giant....

Peace + Paws,

Lucy Lu