The dog lay on the floor, his blond owner smiling hard and caressing his head. It will be soon, she told him. There aren’t too many people yet in line. She reached inside her purse. Here, your tennis ball. The dog looked at the ball and turned his face towards hers. She held on to his leash. The big sign on it said Do Not Pet. Please get up, dear. The dog tried hard, but his hind legs were stubborn. The owner grabbed the back of his body and pushed him up. See, you can still do it. When the line moved again, she pushed him up a second time. The dog’s eyes shone. Once he rested his body against her legs, his paws in the air. The vet’s assistant called out: Next! The dog looked at his owner and got up by himself.
Another dog, another German shepherd, had similar hind leg problems. He couldn’t move. He gave up trying to walk.