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It does sound like Penny's feeling a little stiff and having a bit of pain. This sounds like Tee pre-Sashas Blend. I can always tell if she's overdone it playing ball when she can't jump on my bed or into the car, too, but she is no longer regulary stiff.
Did your vet check Penny's legs? Manipulate them to check for early signs of arthritis? I know when I described Tesia's stiffness and limp to my vet, she did some manual check of all her legs, moving them around, pulling them back and forwards, and could tell that there was a little less mobility and flexibility in her right front leg - the one she limps on - an early sign of some arthritis there.
Tee had been on glucosamine already for 4-5 years, but instead of a drug, my vet recommended the Sashas, which has been wonderful. We did talk about the arthritis and she said let's see how she does, and when you feel the pain is affecting her enjoyment of life, come see me and we'll talk pain control. I liked her slower approach to drug therapy - but I tend to be the kind of person who doesn't like to take drugs unless absolutely necessary. I know NSAIDs can also be hard on a human's stomach - I assume on a dog's, too (though I don't know if the drug your vet gave you is an NSAID..?)