My nine year old Golden Retriever Elsa ruptured her cruciate ligament chasing a squirrel last October. The day after her xrays a day before surgery she forgot she was in pain tried to jump into the car and partially ruptured the other one. She had surgery to similiar to tplo last October and has had a really long recovery involving two more operations one to replace a loose screw at six weeks which then came out three days later and two months after this she broke two more so had to have another operation to put two more back in. At the last xray the bottom screws are now broken but thankfully we are five months down the line so the bone suprisingly has completely healed. We were really careful with her crating her and only allowed out on a lead for wees and poos etc but the surgeon said this had probably happened because her other leg had gone as well and whereas most dogs would hop around on three legs she couldn't. She was also overweight at the time but this due to a strict diet has been sorted. Last Tuesday she went in for her second major operation in five months to sort out the other leg. Her meniscus was completely wrecked by this stage and was clicking horribly. The cruciate was hanging on by a thread. Anyway I am fairly optimistic this time four days after she came home she can now extend on the floor her operated leg and is doing really well. I am sleeping on the floor next to her pen where I have been since October and sit with her most of the day so she doesn't get bored. If anyone is interested in hearing about her progress I would be happy to reply.