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    Dodge is starting to show her age now She is 8 years old at the moment, turning 9 in November. She's still very active and happy
    But i've noticed the last few days that her fur is thinning a lot (which is not normal for winter, she usually gets a thick coat in winter) and she has lost weight recently and she just looks older... she's been wearing her warm jacket almost permenantly because she gets so cold outside and my family refuse to let her inside
    Its been 9 years since i have had an old dog around (my old BC X, Oscar who died at age 10), and even then, i wasent the one who looked after him. So i'm just wondering if anyone has any tips for keeping Dodge comfy and healthy as she ages. Any tips to keep her warm at night and also nutrition, to keep her fur nice and just help her feel good! She's still my little puppy, so i want to do anything i can to help her age comfortably


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    A sheepskin in her kennel would be nice for her.
    I was very lucky and found two at Lifeline.
    That is such a sweet photo, she is a darling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    A sheepskin in her kennel would be nice for her.
    I was very lucky and found two at Lifeline.
    That is such a sweet photo, she is a darling.
    Thats a good idea!
    We were also thinking of converting an old freezer into a kennel so its all insulated and warm!

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    you'd have to some how make the old freezer - ventilated otherwise it might get a bit damp and mouldy in there too. And take the door off... I'm thinking a hammock bed with memory foam and the sheep skin would be nice - and then a sort of hut kennel with insulated walls - that is breathable for water vapour... like wood and even bricks are and plastic and metal aren't.

    I was also considering building a sort of igloo out of fencing wire and canvas for my dog. A heavy duty canvas lid is very warm. But it can trap condensation so you want to organise it so the water vapour can escape or get absorbed into something that wicks it away.

    I'd so be sneaking her into my room tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    you'd have to some how make the old freezer - ventilated otherwise it might get a bit damp and mouldy in there too. And take the door off... I'm thinking a hammock bed with memory foam and the sheep skin would be nice - and then a sort of hut kennel with insulated walls - that is breathable for water vapour... like wood and even bricks are and plastic and metal aren't.

    I was also considering building a sort of igloo out of fencing wire and canvas for my dog. A heavy duty canvas lid is very warm. But it can trap condensation so you want to organise it so the water vapour can escape or get absorbed into something that wicks it away.

    I'd so be sneaking her into my room tho.
    Its easy for us to do those things to a freezer because my dad works in scrap metal so he does that kind of stuff all the time! (we did a similar thing to make my mum's veggie garden out of old fridges)

    In terms of sneaking her into my room.. i've been tempted with both the dogs... but everyone would hate me :/ I tried to convince the family once again this afternoon... i failed yet again... they wont change their mind for some reason... i convinced them with the cats, and when i was younger, my rabbits, and even now my ferrets get let inside more often than the dogs do!!

    Do you reckon an egg a day would be good as extra nutrition as she gets older?

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    Get a big blanket...cut 2 eye holes in it and throw it over the old Dodgster. Then just casually walk inside making sure the hidden blanket dog walks in quietly behind you. No one will be any the wiser he's now sleeping under your bed everynight. If your family is as addicted to Home and Away as mine wait till its on TV then you'll be able to sneak a bloody elephant into your room without them noticing.

    My old boy Scooby (outside dog)... would get a hot water bottle tucked in his blanket everynight on dark with his meal then i'd refill it again just before i went to bed. Yeah it was a bit of effort but all old dogs are extra special and worth the effort.

    Ever heard the song 'Old dogs, children and watermelon wine' by Tom T Hall.....its pretty neat and this thread and Dodges picture reminds me off it. Give the old boy a belly rub from me please.


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    Pssst Sean...

    Mad Dodge the dog is a she... Or are you refering to your own dogs (won't the snoring give them away?)...

    So I reckon with MadDogDodge - sneak her inside - and as long she's quiet all night and you're up and out first... you could get away with it for some time and when you get caught - say you've been doing it for months and what took them so long to notice if it's so bad? Ie sometimes better to seek forgiveness after than permission up front.

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    Oops...sorry Dodgey and MDD !!
    I'm a shocker for that. I've always had boys and my mind just assumes every pooch is a boy.
    Teaches me right for not paying attention to your thread MDD.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Pssst Sean...
    So I reckon with MadDogDodge - sneak her inside - and as long she's quiet all night and you're up and out first... you could get away with it for some time and when you get caught - say you've been doing it for months and what took them so long to notice if it's so bad? Ie sometimes better to seek forgiveness after than permission up front.
    I would... but i dont like to cause conflict in the house i mean... to get away with it... she'd only be inside for like 4 hours... cause people in my house go to bed at like 12:00 - 1:00 and get up at like 5:00 On top of this... she would hate being locked in one room... she'd scratch at the door and probably bark, knowing her!
    Besides, its not 'my' house... so i should obey the rules. When i have my own house the dogs will have free run of wherever they wish to be, inside or out. I can just imagine, at night Koda wouldn't be seen anywhere else but next to me on my bed... Dodge on the other hand is more solitary.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Oops...sorry Dodgey and MDD !!
    I'm a shocker for that. I've always had boys and my mind just assumes every pooch is a boy.
    Teaches me right for not paying attention to your thread MDD.
    i'm well and truly used to it Sean, people always think Dodge is a boy

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    So I guess getting Dodge a personal lap dog to keep her warm at night is out of the question.

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