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Old 02-15-2008, 10:58 PM   #113
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Back to the topic of what we will do for our pets, Chester, our old Dalmatian, has been having a lot more trouble walking. He has had an accident in the house almost every day this week because he can't get up and get to the doggie door in time. Then when he gets to the doggie door, he has trouble stepping up to go through it. When you install the door you are supposed to put it at chest height, which was fine 6 years ago, but the old man just can't get through it anymore.

A couple days ago we bought a giant doggie door and installed it as low to the ground as we could get it, so he can just about walk straight out without lifting up at all. There's about a three inch step to go out.

So this morning he wakes me up struggling to get out the door. Now it's not the doggie door, it's the step down outside the door to the ground that's stopping him. Although there are concrete brick steps, they are about 8 inches tall, and that's too much for him too. He fell over twice trying to get back up them! I felt terrible for him!

So today we added a wide ramp with a easy angle. It goes out about 5 foot before it hits the ground and is made of 2x4s and leftover deck scraps. He tried that and sure enough he could walk all the way to the end of it and be on the ground, and then walked back up it to come back in. What a relief! Hopefully we won't have any more accidents and I won't get woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of him tipping over trying to get in and out.

It stinks seeing your pets get old and incapacitated!
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Stephanie, if it helps, we're sharing a problem for our pets at this time. Our old Wally, Weimaraner, 14 years old, also is having a terrible time getting up on his hind legs, and when he stands, he is constantly shifting weight on his front legs, his "elbows" sticking out at sharp angles. He gets aspirin twice a day in a bit of cheese and relishes it. We too periodically have the wetting at night, though I'm not sure if it's our GSP pup just being lazy and lifting his leg or if it's old Wally. I guess we're both close to the point of asking ourselves if life is now good enough for these older boys, but Wally still gets excited about food or strange dogs or just a big hug. Sometimes he'll take off across the yard at a funny wobbling trot. How do you know when the time has come? It doesn't feel right here, yet. Our sympathy for Chester and admiration for you at your solution of the door and ramp. ~G
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Wally sounds just like Chester. Chester used to be a pretty handsome boy, but now he is gangly and lumpy and sore. He is still happy though, so that's what really matters. Sometimes we take treats right to his pillow so he doesn't have to struggle to get up. He has gone downhill really quickly. Two summers ago he went to the silver falls rally with us and was trotting around playing with the kids. Great Pumpkin's kids took him off in the woods and built a little fort and stuck him in it and called it Fort Chester But now he can't even get up and down the steps to get in the trailer so he has to stay home

I guess we'll just play it as it comes. I feel for you though, it's hard to see them getting old.
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This is the tough time when your pets are on the verge of age taking over. It is so sad to see them at this part of their lives - it hurts to know that your active dog is on the downside of life.

For me, this is the time when our ability to pay back all the love we've had from them. We do all the extra things we can to give them as much time as we can, and then we make the very tough decision that they are no longer having an enjoyable life. That could be through pain, or just knowing that this critter that was able to do the normal things is now struggling to just carry out the basics.

Our hearts go out to all of you with pets at this stage.

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And now there is 1. We had done all that could be done Our Mini-Schauzer AMANDA who was 14 Surcomed to Cancer on Feb 14 2008 at 12:15am
She will be missed.
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Sorry to hear about Amanda. I'm sure you gave her a great life.
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sorry to hear the news Mike. At least you know she had a life filled with as much love as she gave back.

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Mike, I'm so sorry about Amanda. I hope you can take at least a small bit of comfort in the knowledge that you did all you could for her.
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And now there is 1. We had done all that could be done Our Mini-Schauzer AMANDA who was 14 Surcomed to Cancer on Feb 14 2008 at 12:15am
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Hey Guys, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Hang in there and remember you are not alone and it gets better. Amanda was an awesome pooch.

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Lost Anna

We are dealing with a loss as well we lost our Border Collie Anna. We have had her 13 years she died of a brain tumor. It feels like our world came to an end. We sure will miss her. She would have been 13 March 22
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So sorry to hear about Anna. They're with us for such a short time and give so much. I like to think that she is waiting for you at the bridge, free from pain. You have my sincerest sympathy.
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So sorry to hear about Anna. 13 years is a good run for a dog, but not nearly long enough to those who love them. Hang in there ...
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Thank You All for the warm response. We picked Anna up today in Houston we had her cremated. In a while we plan to take her to the beach in her picture and let her chase birds for eternity. She was to very happy there chasing birds. This has been tough and we struggle to do anything right now. I only hope that we are to be reunited again with her one day. We miss her so very much.
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