Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Stouffville Ontario Canada
Helping them up & down stairs
Hope this isn't the wrong spot, dearest Dynamo is catching frisbees & cat whispering in that Big Giant Dog Park in the Sky. Like our other shepherds before her, she got to the point where she couldn't get up and down stairs on her own, my own attempts where clumsy and awkward. I used an H harness, but still, not great on her last days, and I had to drag her across a lawn on a towel because I couldn't lift her when she collapsed. Luckilly, when it started to rain, she had enough strength to stand so I could hoist her up the stairs with the harness, or towel (towels twisted over the rib cage work too). I've been through this 3 times,
Soooooo...my thoughts is that I should never get a dog over 50 lbs again, which means saying goodbye not only to Dynamo but to the last German Shepherd I will ever own, but so many people have big or even huge dogs, I just wonder, what do you do? Are you stronger or live in a house with less stairs? My house has stairs to get into both entrances (8 & 6, main entrance & basement)
I figure while I wait for the right time to get another dog (March, I think) I can take some time to research. I'm scratching my brains out trying to figure out what dogs are like shepherds but half the size, and I would have another shepherd in a heart beat if I knew how to handle those last days (which can be a whole lot of days).
After 3 dogs it's impossible not to think of the last days even before the first days, I know how things will go now.
SONIC (Potcake+BC) DOB JL 2014, Mine Jan 12 2016
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Cats: Riker, Simba, Batman
Angels: Dynamo GSD, Zandor GSD Mix, Misha GSD
Me: Artist, geeked out on dog training