Paddy will be 10 years old in October. He has extensive arthritis in his spine and rear ankles. Lately when I give him his dinner he likes to remain laying on the floor to eat. This is a new thing, just about three or four months ago since he began doing it . He doesn't do this every night, but a few times a week he just doesn't want to stand up to eat his meal.
Afterward he goes about his RHG moseying and regular old boy routines, no problem. But when he remains down to eat his meal my heart clutches a little bit.
I'm sure some of you have similar experiences with your oldsters?
Seamus and Flynn
My dobie use to do it when she was older and she didn't have arthritis.
I think sometimes her back was stiff and it was easier than hanging head down.
Skippy is only 6 years old and he started laying down to eat many months ago. Unfortunately that puts him right in the doorway from the kitchen to the back hall. I kept thinkng that maybe I should get a raised bowl for him, but have decided it's not the bending over that gets him - it's the standing up. He has never stood if he could sit, and never sat if he could lay down. He doesn't appeart to be arthritic yet - but I can't imagine what he'll be like when he gets older.
O Paddy 'O, sweet boy Pad, the man, the main man, the Pad man, the Padster. You melt me, Everytime your mama mentions you, you just melt me. Loves ya Pad, loves ya.
It's such an "awwww" moment when we realize our pupsters are getting up there in age.
I'm sure he has many, many great years ahead of him.
Linda and Zoë, the Umlaut
Do you have his bowl raised? I just recently put Tank's up on a wine crate and he likes it lots better that way.
Sandie, Tank 5/25/1998 - 07/08/2011, Orson & Sully
Our golden retriever Casey started to lay down and eat his food when his arthritis would bother him. His food dish was raised but he would lay and stretch his neck so we started putting it on the ground for him.
~Abby, Molly, and Penny (the honorary lab)
Poor Paddy. It's so hard to watch them age. Hope he's back to his old self soon.
Eiderdowns That's My Buddy
CDX, RE, WC, CGC, TDInc.
Getting old is a bummer. Mitzi will be 7 in December. She always expects her meal to be served to her while she is lying on her bed. I don't know if it's arthritis or if she's just being a princess.