The first age-related loss I noted was that I could no longer hear the crackle of a packet of dog treats being opened. Then when Mum and I went to the beach. The waves crashed silently and seagulls whispered. Mum watches me trying to find her in the house by using my nose and looking in rooms and under the bed since before I’d never hesitate to come rushing to wherever she was. I’m amazed that peak hour traffic down our street is now purely a visual experience.
This loss is normal and cannot be prevented. No-one is yet making doggie hearing aids so I guess this is my life from now on. I asked Mum “why, if they can replace people’s worn out legs with artificial ones why can’t they give me a new ear?” Mum replied,” It is much more complicated KoKo, the ear has millions of little-specialised cells which can’t be easily imitated.
The second kind of loss hit my bouncy jumping. I now take a moment to assess the height of something I am jumping u or down from. My elbows a bit arthritic but nothing too bad yet. The vet can help with tablets while an animal physio could help with hydrotherapy or special joint exercises.
Staying warm and cosy during the colder months
Please Protect our older elbows and haunches by providing us mature dog with a comfortable bed in a protected area. A good bed makes it easier to get out of in the morning.
Making dinner time easy
Elevated feeders or pet bowls make eating and drinking more comfortable if I have a sore back or hips.
Stepping it up with ease
Are steps becoming a problem at your place? Consider installing a ramp or adding middle steps. There are various DIY products which can assist and are not necessarily expensive. If your pet is a regular car traveller you can also purchase ready-made pet ramps which simply hook on to the rear of a car (wagon) when required.
I have been staying with my doggie mates at Mandurah again. Bro and Bonnie kept me company on walks in the park and down to the cafe every morning. Of course John and Alison, their humans, had to hold our leads.
“Spill the Beans” Cafe at Seacrest is very popular with the local dogs as the cafe sells tasty treats for us. We are lucky dogs.
At night us “Three Amigos” play “Musical Beds”, thinking that someone else’s bed is likely to be more comfortable. Some nights I creep out of my bed and lay on the floor nearer to John. He is surprised to find me in this spot in the mornings.
I always race back speedily to John when he calls me at the park, as he has an endless supply of doggie treats in his pocket.
Even though I enjoy staying with my mates nothing beats the joy of seeing my Human Mum at the door. All three of us leap over her as she arrives at the door. We slather her with kisses. I let out a sharp bark and run to our car. I stand next to the door barking loudly to ensure Mum knows I want to go back to my home in Subiaco.
Thank you John and Alison for your care and cuddles. Woofs from KoKo