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We've had Tucker for four weeks now! He's gained 4 pounds so far and it up to 18lbs now. If you recall, the humane society was told that Tucker was a lab/beagle mix. I've always doubted the beagle part. The first time we went to the vet, she thought we might be lab/doberman. She told us to put him on large breed puppy food because he was going to be a big boy. However, more recently another vet estimated his age to be 4.5 months already and says he'll probably not be more than 30 lbs. I don't know what to believe. <shrug><br><br>
He's been through a lot already. About 2.5 weeks ago, he started shaking a lot, seemed very sensitive to the cold outside, became lethargic, and was getting several pustles in his ears. We went to the vet and he was diagnosed with puppy pyoderma. It's basically an autoimmune disease that affects puppies because their immune system isn't fully developed. We were pretty bummed about that because our last dog, Buster (seen in my avatar) lived for years with a different autoimmune disease, and we didn't want to see our new puppy have the same fate. The vet said all of his shaking was because he was in so much pain. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> Tucker was put on some antibiotics and pain medicine for a week, and now he's doing great!! Since this disease is only a puppy thing, he should make a fine recovery.<br><br>
Last weekend he went for his first "run". He can't exactly keep up yet - 1.5 miles in 25 minutes. But regardless, he did really well!<br><br><img alt="" src="http://lh6.google.com/cmckelvey/R89kNB8u6uI/AAAAAAAADas/c-7puQ8wF3A/s800/DSC_0058-2.JPG" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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What a beautiful puppy!! Those eyes!! Glad to hear Tucker is feeling better on the meds!<br>
Looks like you'll have an up to par running partner in no time.
 

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He's a sweetie! Glad he's feeling better. Pretty good puppy too laying with those tasty running shoes right next to him <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Looks like he'll turn into a great running partner.<br>
Glad he's feeling better.
 

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The rug and your shoes are intact-are you sure he's not 8 years old? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I'm glad Tucker is feeling better, poor little thing.<br><br><br>
Lilly is up to 3 miles of running now and I love it because she falls asleep for about 10 hours after. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> We got her at 25lbs. and she know weighs 36lbs. <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif">
 

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Tucker is a cutie!
 

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Sure you can! I'm sure soon he'll be too fast for me! Come over sometime and I'll let you borrow him. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Cute dawg. We got a mostly black, mostly lab mutt from the rescue league that has a similar face (and similarly questionable heredity). Take it easy on the runs until he gets a little older. Remember, dogs don't know any better and are really eager to please - so they'll run themselves into all kinds of injuries before they'll complain. Most of the guidelines I've seen say wait until they're at least a year old. But he'll be a good running partner for sure! (Ours routinely runs, always on leash, showing proper etiquette in a group of runners, up to 7 or so miles at ~8:30 pace.)
 
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