This morning Clipper was wedged up between my bed and wall. It was about 4 am. They always used to come up beside the bed to wake me up.the last 2 nites he can't hardly get up to go outside. The bottoms up leash helped some, but he has to struggle to get his front of body up and has to lay down immediately after we do get out or back in. He still enjoys his food, so getting his meds down is easy for him. I haven't really seen him asleep. He lays with his head up and is panting. That probably drys his mouth out, he drinks a lot of water. I upped the tramadol to 4. I got up with him and tried laying on his nite,nite with him to try and settle him, but went ahead and helped him out, he made it to the door, but peed right there,, we went on out and he layed in the grass, I cleaned up, and then we just sit out for a little while in the cool air listening to the birds wake up. He sniffed the air and seemed to like that. He had his breakfast with his meds, a little early, usually has at 6 or so, but he needed it. I will call the vet and see if I can up his meds a little more and start making arrangements. He has been such a good boy. He loved his yard and home, I have been blessed to have such wonderful companions for me and my family. I see he is starting to suffer now. It is hard, because like with Cody, his mind is all there, he is all Clipper, this old earthly body is just giving out on him. He has used it well, ran and played, gave comfort and love. My baby. I guess he wanted to come and wake me like he used to, I don't really know how he managed to get there, but he did, he came to me. I think that was probably the last time he'll do that. I miss having a lick on the face or a paw on my arm to wake up.