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I'm posting my experience in hope of helping other doodle owners avoid going through the same thing. My healthy, rambunctious 2 yr old doodle's favourite activity was ball retrieving and swimming in the lake; we did this almost daily. To use a Canadian metaphor, he went full tilt and then slammed on the brakes like Sydney Crosby. One day (Dec 29) when chasing the ball, he wimpered, went down and couldn't get up. The diagnosis: a ruptured cruceate ligament. The surgery required to fix this knee problem is expensive with a L O N G recovery period - no stairs, no running, short controlled walks, heat and cold applications, massaging, manual manipulation of the joint etc. Farley is now doing therapy on an underwater treadmill which will hopefully speed up the recovery process. I'm posting this as a precaution to owners. Don't let your dog overdo the exercise - they are retrievers after all - and will chase a ball as long as you throw it. And if your dog begins to limp. don't assume he/she's just tired; he might have damaged this ligament and needs to see a vet. I've learned it's not that rare an injury in large dogs and the worst part is, once it happens in 1 leg, there's a one in four chance it'll happen in the other!