Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by LauraLeigh, May 1, 2012.
So do I! I can hardly believe she's not about 5 years and Mia's not 1 year or so.
I officially have 2 oldies now. Peewee who is 14 1/2 and Ivan who is now 7.
King and Molly are just about 13.5 now. Molly has major hip issues at this point, some sort of neuropathy going on in her back legs, and has the "old scrawny lady" look. She gets around ok, but occasionally has an "accident" and suddenly drops a bomb, usually at the worst times. Once, she plopped one on the back seat. King practically jumped into the front seat of the car to get away from it. She was mortified.
King gets around fine, at least until yesterday. I don't really know what happened, but I was about to leave for work and was giving him his Cushing's meds, and he did the "I'm dead" routine, which is pretty normal, but afterwards, he refused to eat his frosted mini wheats, his "bribe" for taking his pills without a huge hassle. Him refusing food was a shock, it's been a long time since he has done that, and mini wheats are a lifetime favorite. It was a common thing in the past to refuse food at times though. When I came home in the morning, he was eating, but there was none of the grabbing that he's been doing for the last 3 years or so. He was better tonight, grabbing mini wheats out of my hand, but he's still not acting right. He's acting like something hurts somewhere, walking kind of slow and stiffly. If he's still "meh" in the morning, it's off to the vet. I just rang up a $400 bill for their vaccines, his Cushing's test, and heartworm testing. I can't get a break lately.
I'm just realizing that mine are getting up there. At the vet last year they called Boomer a senior! He can't be a senior already! He will be 9 this August. He is getting grey in the face and he's a little stiff in the hips already. It makes me worry about how he'll get around in a couple years if he's already having trouble. Other than that he still has tons of energy though and acts the same as ever. When I take him on long trail rides we get back and the dogs half his age are exhausted and he's pestering me to go swimming or throw the ball before I can even get off my horse!
Preston will be 12 this year and he is slowing down some. We've had Duke now for 6 years and we thought he was only 1 or 2 when we got him. Now I'm thinking he may have been a little older. He's started slowing down in the last year a lot. I'm guessing he's closer to Boomers age. What scares me is that all three of them are so close in age. I'm afraid we will lose all of them around the same time and that will be really difficult.
My Yorkie, Rocky, will be 13 next month. He isn't in terribly bad shape for his age but it is noticeable that he's starting to slow down. He can still play like a puppy but tends to sleep more than he used to. He's also not able to jump as high as he could when he was younger. I swear that in his younger years he had springs for legs.
Baxter turned 6 this year. He's calmed down a lot from when he was a puppy but is still very active.
The funny thing is that everyone always thinks that Baxter is the older of the two, which I guess is a compliment for Rocky because Baxter doesn't look old at all.
We like to joke in our house that Rocky has been prematurely grey since he was young (since he went from black and tan as a puppy to blue and tan as an adult) and that it runs in the family because my dad has been grey since he was in his early 20's!