lefty's random dog thread. - Page 251
This Sunday, the Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade was held at a park near our house. It is a bizarre event where in people and dogs in all manner of costumes march along a 180-yard bikeway. Some of the dog costumes are rather amusing, but I think there is something degrading to the inherent dignity of the dog when you behold a Rottweiler in a tutu! Many of the participants parked on our street and came by with their dogs. This evidently excited the Weimaraner so much that he contrived to escape from his yard and went racing over to the park, bounding wildly about amongst the participants and spectators. Although I was present at the event, I did not witness this. Fortunately, a kindly man caught the Weimaraner, who was only wearing his choke collar (without any ID). Another man offered the captor $500 for the dog, but fortunately he refused and began taking the dog door-to-door in our neighborhood. The dog's owners were elsewhere: The son was off surfing, the mother was at a yoga retreat--only in California! However, their next-door neighbors immediately recognized the dog and restored him to his yard.
A friend of the dog's owner had purchased a litter sister of the dog in question. A witness to the event told this woman about it and claimed that it was entirely the result of the dog's not having been neutered. (Apparently neutered dogs never get out or run around and play!) So adamant was she on the subject that she even volunteered to pay for the dog's castration herself! Bear in mind, she did not even know the owners of the dog.
All of this story I have repeated merely to illustrate the depth of fanaticism of these people who are obsessed with mutilating dogs. I can understand some of this sentiment arising from the plight of pet overpopulation. However, as we have said elsewhere, responsible people don't let their dogs run around breeding promiscuously, and irresponsible people won't give a damn about spay-neuter.
Oh, and I did help the dog's owner attach an ID tag to his collar yesterday.
I have to say, owning an 11 month old unneutered dog really teaches you what adolescent sexual obsession is all about when it is completely uninhibited by society.
Well, I know that on humans for many years there has been an operation that pulls the undescended testicle down to the scrotum, giving the erstwhile monorchid two testicles normally positioned. The term for this is "orchidopexy."
I think if you can go in early enough the testicle can be moved into position and secured to the scrotum ensuring it doesn't move up again. There were always rumours of show dogs that had this done. In N's case at 11 months the retained testicle is probably tiny and out of position so I doubt it's saveable, but I don't see why they can't leave the descended teste in place.
Cool story when your friends come over.