Today I took some pictures of my 14 year old German Shepherd. I was so happy and proud about how good he looks. Then I made the mistake of reading some stories about having to put your dog down. I just had to go through this with my dog last year. He had cancer. I also have a dog now that has cancer. I have for dogs in total. I made the mistake of getting them all very close in age. Now they're just kind of dying off one after the other. I am especially close to my oldest German Shepherd. These pictures are bittersweet. he looks pretty good for his age but yet they still remind me that he is very old. He has a little bit of trouble climbing the back stairs but he can still do it. he still jumps in the car to go for a ride. He can jump up on the bed,but sometimes he needs a little bit a help. If someone knocks on the door it's like he's two again. he Springs up from the couch and runs straight to the door barking. He doesn't like to run around and play much anymore. But he does like to play with our little puggle. he can lay down and play with the puggle using only his mouth and paws. He still likes to patrol the backyard and bark.The only real thing that I've seen that is troubling to me is that occasionally when he tries to jump into the car his back legs give out and he falls. this absolutely breaks my heart. But it does not happen often. And sometimes now I give is butt a little boost up to help him out.he groans sometimes when he gets up and down. But then so do I
I'm not really sure why I decided to write this. I guess I just needed to talk to someone about it.
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