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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-19-2017, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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When you're dog is a senior....

But you're having a hard time realizing it. Like, Molly is 9 going on 10 next month, and its hard to wrap my head around. I swear it seems like she was 3 years old yesterday. She is in good health and can maneuver around really well still and has a lot of spunk in her still.

I love old dogs, they are so cute.

It's like where did all the time go!
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I was just talking about this today. My oldest is almost 12.5. She sleeps a lot and snores too. I have to get her up to go out, then she refuses to come in. She has spurts where she plays with the other dogs and even keep away with me. She has done this in the middle of the night in the snow and I don't get mad, time is precious, so we play. It's hard, very hard. She moves slower, but her sight and hearing is great. She eats good, gets excited for food and I give her whatever she wants(as long as it will not hurt her). I want her around as long as possible so I try my best to spoil her, keep her moving, and healthy.

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Rocky will be eleven this year ... and at this point ... that is one year better than my bullies (American Band Dawg, APBT/Boxers and Boxers) have managed to do. With "Rocky" at least at some point he got grey whiskers ... "White Boxers" never appear to age.
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I say treasure this time. Seniors are so special.
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Yes, every moment is precious when they are old. Once they become very old, in my eyes they can do no wrong - never never never scold them for potty accidents or anything. A couple of my old dogs became demented, and one was simply too frail to get up to pee. Poor baby was horrified, as I could tell by his expression. He never never never was scolded. Only love.
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Yes, every moment is precious when they are old. Once they become very old, in my eyes they can do no wrong - never never never scold them for potty accidents or anything. A couple of my old dogs became demented, and one was simply too frail to get up to pee. Poor baby was horrified, as I could tell by his expression. He never never never was scolded. Only love.
Agree. Misty can pretty much do anything and I let it go. I can not get mad at her or scold her, I just can't. If she wants to play at 2 am, we play. I go to work some days half asleep because I'm outside with her in the middle of the night, I love her so much. The other day she peed and as she was walking she was still peeing, so now I'm watching to make sure bladder control is ok. I told my friend today that I have no issues getting her diapers. Thankfully Misty is not one of those dogs that will be sad about losing control of her bladder, it won't phase her, so pride isn't a huge issue. She had gotten used to me helping her jump on the couch, but she still does it on her own most of the gime. That's ok, I got stairs to go up to the couch..

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Suki is going to be nine this spring - is she considered a senior at this point?

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When we adopted our dog, the rescue estimated that he was 2-3 years old. He was lively, bright, lots of energy so they figured he was pretty young. Fast foward to our vet appt and the vet points out that he has an eye condition that starts to appear around 6. His estimate is that the dog is 6-8 years old.

So now we've had him about 18months and it's not lost on me that we might not have him near as long as i thought.

So I just try to enjoy every day and hope that we have as much time as possible.
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I hear ya, my girl is ten. She thinks she is 3. But I can tell when we have had a busy day she doesn't bounce back quite like she used to, needs extra sleep.

I look back over our live together and can hardly believe it has flown by like it has, since that little puppy camd out of the crate at the airport so long ago.

I try to make her happy however I can, practicing ob or nosework or take her for a sniffy walk in the park. At her age you never know. I hope she lives to be old and blind and need a ramp to get in and out of the house, but I try to just enjoy every day with her because I have learned you never know when they will have to go.
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My dog of 11 almost 12 passed 5 months ago....At about 10 years of age I just decided to spoil the **** out of him( he was so mellow at that stage)
Want hand outs at the table? No problem He still had to sit for it though... Dont wanna sit to go outside? No problem Super delicious treats all the time? No problem. Belly rubs ( of course) actually I think belly rubs have always chilled me out more than my dog .... Wanna go in wanna go out all the time ( no bother) enjoy those precious times in your dogs last years ...all they have ever really want is to be by your side 24/7 anyway ...the more time you can spend with them the better...oh and praise them positively for every fricking little thing they do( bark, paw, command, etc). Cause they cant work like they use to but in their heart of hearts that's what they live and breathe to do for you.
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