You are not the only one that plays musical doors all day, lol. When they get older, just like people, they get grumpy and demanding. That is made worse if they are hurting and we don't know it. I know our elder black lab Sabbath, loves to lay in the hot sun. It concerns me that she may have a heat stroke, but the heat must help her arthritis. She is an excellent watchdog, but would never bite anyone, she just sniffs them. I thought I had found a fellow Kansan, I probably have, but you just moved. I am originally from TX, want to go back, but my wife of 27 years won't move as all of her huge family are here. Kansas is not a bad place to live, it's just that the taxes are very high and the roads are horrible.
Soon after I got Puff at 9 weeks age, I took her to K-State's CollVetMed
Small Animal Clinic for a physical exam and recommendations. She was
first examined by a couple of 4th year VetMed students before the licensed
veterinarian conducted the official exam.
I remember them remarking at that time, "She has a really small bladder!"
That was never a problem for many years. We went out together often and
Puff had opportunities to pee-pee and potty many times during typical days.
BUT NOW that Puff is an octogenerian (actual dog years = 12 times 7, to
make her equivalent to human age, = 84) it IS getting to be a factor.
Many -- most? -- nights, she wakes me at least once, but often a couple
times, to be escorted out. The first time is usually around 2 AM, and the
second, when it occurs, is 2-3 hours later. I've experimented and find that
when I take her out around 11 PM just before my bedding down and, when
I can get her to pee-pee then, sometimes I can sleep the whole night long
without her giving me any Nose Nudgies (and, if those fail, her standing
over me and licking my face until I wake and honor her request).
But she's worth it -- I'll miss her so very much when she's no longer around
to do that for. Her companionship does so much for me during each and
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":