Having trained as a dance teacher, I have run a school for the last 28 years, instructing both children and adults, ranging in age from 3 to 70+ years. As well as a passion for dance, I also have a passion for rescue dogs and our 4th rescue was Bruce, a Husky/GSD, who had many behavioural issues which led me to complete a canine behaviour qualification to put alongside my dancing ones. We always take on large breed, high energy dogs as they suit our lifestyle, and we tend to canicross &/or bikejor with them as exercise for both them and us. As part of my dance teaching qualifications, I had to undertake study in human anatomy & physiology to fully understand how the body moves and how to avoid injury in dance. Movement/body mechanics fascinates me, and it wasn’t long after completing the canine behaviour course that I decided to embark on a canine anatomy & physiology course as well. It was then, on observation, I noticed our beautiful, athletic, Bruce wasn’t moving quite as ‘fluidly’ as he should be.
It was some 3 months later in October 2017 that he was eventually given the presumed diagnosis of Degenerative Myelopathy at around 8 years old. I was devastated, but my way forward was to research all I could and then do everything possible to ensure Bruce enjoyed a quality life for as long as he could which all told, with the help of wheels, he did for another 2 ½ years.