Between Winnie’s Wish and the pouring on of foster kittens recently, there hasn’t been a mention of a dog. Usually in December I end up with dog and puppy fosters. But not so far this year. Still – it’s time for a Dose of Dogs.
I don’t know how long I have left with my Rocky dog. He’s the next oldest here (well we really have no idea how old Rube is). Rocky is 14 ½ years old (which is really old for a dog Rocky’s size). We found him and his sister (Carmel) as tiny puppies on the riverbank all those years ago. I was able to find a home for Carmel. But Rocky has lived here his whole life. For years he was Bouzzer’s best friend. Bouzzer had seizure disorder and even with medication twice daily, he still had seizures. Rocky sounded the alarm EVERY time. When Bouzzer was gone, Rocky became best friends with Annabelle. She died this past Spring at a VERY old age.
Several months ago, Rocky started having trouble using one of his back legs. This was followed by trouble with the other back leg. He had to move to my kennel where there are no steps. His condition has progressed and I now carry him out to the kennel side yard and back in again. He’s such a champ – never grumbles, never fights me. He just lets me hoist him up, take him outside, and hold him in place while he “does his business.” He has a huge orthopedic bed in his run, a raised feeder/waterer to make it easier to eat and drink, and an outside run that he is slowly losing the ability to get to. I keep a blanket wrapped around his bed (that can be changed out) because he is incontinent part of the time now. But he’s still happy. He loves to be talked to and petted. He loves to eat his senior food and he even loves his medications because they are in tasty pill pockets. And his favorite thing of all is a new bone. So he’s been getting one quite regularly these days. I have no idea how much longer I’ll have Rocky around. But I’m going to make him as comfortable and as happy as I can for however long that is.
See you tomorrow.