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  1. #11
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    I think you have done the right thing in giving him a home. At least he won't be picked on..not fair for a 14 year old. We have to look after the oldies, they are special.
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    Hi All,
    Just thought I'd pop in and update on how my lil ol man is doing.

    It's been about 4 weeks now since he moved in with me and he has settled in pretty well. We've got a bit of a routine going whereby i come home from work, feed him and we go for a quick walk. He is usually tired after the walk and after some pats and a chat with me he goes to bed in his kennel.

    My parents come visit him regularly and dad once or twice a week comes over and walks him whilst im at work. He does get a bit upset when they leave though but hasnt done anything like tried to get out.

    He loves being able to have bones now (without the other 2 dogs trying to take them) so hes had some big ones! he was a bit of a guts the other night and was sick from overeating (note to self to buy a smaller bone..) but was right as rain the next day. He has taken to 'landscaping' my yard by digging holes to bury his various bones in. I try to get rid of them on bin night, but i think he senses me wanting to throw them out and then hides them again. Cheeky thing! He also likes leaving them by the door I think just to annoy me (i dont eat meat)

    But anyway he seems to be going well. There was talk of next weekend when working on the house whether bringing the other family dog down to play with him would be a good idea. On one side, they lived together for 8 yrs so would they be happy to play? or would my dog get territorial of his new home and get nasty? or would it just upset him too much? Those two never had any issues until my brothers dog was bought into the picture. Just wondering what people think?

    Thanks in advance

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    hello everyone,

    hello babybeau,

    well, i don't think there would be a problem bringing the other family dog down to play with him since you said that they never had any issues before....it will actually be the best time for him to play around and have some fun

    i hope everything would be fine, best of luck

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    Hello everyone.
    Its been a long time since my last post. you gave me great advice last time and I think I am in need of it again.

    babybeau has recently turned 15 and is not so well these days. Hes lost about 15 kgs since earlier this year. He has a tumour the size of a tennis ball under his leg which are getting noticeably bigger in recent weeks. Arthritis has taken over and his legs are weak.... some days he cant walk for half an hour, like his legs totally buckled and then hes fine after. Other days he runs like mad and is so cheeky he wont come inside!

    The thing that got to me was today. Its very hot here today and I've been checking on him regularly, sprinkling him with the hose to keep him cool etc, and i decided to have a nap. When i went to check on him about an hour later he was sitting on the path and had diahrea'd basically all over his backside and tail and the footpath. My guess is he was too weak to get up to go to the grass. This has been becoming a fairly regular occurrence (diahrea and messing his bed and his backside) but with todays heat it really got to me cos there were just flies everywhere and cos id been napping i dont know how long he had been like that (less than an hour but still). I had to hose him at the back and he wasnt too thrilled about it.

    I guess my question is... I know we're on a downhill slope but when do you know he is no longer happy?? Clearly, he wouldnt enjoy sitting in his own mess and wetting his bed like he regularly does., Hes a border collie and they are such smart dogs, so i know some days how embarrassed he is when ive come home at night and hes diahrea'd his bed. He gets so embarrassed he doesnt even get up to greet me. But then I also see the other side where hes having a good day and we play and he has a little run. I feel so guilty I cant be around more for him and I cant help but wonder what if something happens when im not home.
    Any advice - i want what is best for him I just dont know what it is and am struggling with my emotions also. We will be visiting the vet in the next week.

    (Ps. we've had regular vet visits, injections for the arthritis, sashas blend etc. Hes a special diet due to a bunch of food allergies, so ive been doing my best to ensure his quality of life is the best - i think its all not assisting him now)

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    I think you have done everything correct in ensuring he has a happy retirement, and as hard as it is, once a dog can't go to the toilet, IMO, quality of life is over.
    Im a vet nurse, and you wouldn't believe how many people keep their dog alive purely for themself, and its very selfish.
    Go and visit your vet, tell them how you feel, and maybe they can give you some advice.

    Thanks for coming back and updating us
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    I very much agree with Myf and also thanyou very much for updating us
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    thank you both for responding. Today was not much better. Its heartbreaking and I cant let him suffer anymore.
    thank you.

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    Just hug and love him all you can and remember that when the time has come,the time has come.No letting him linger.....remember you are doing the very highest act of respect and love by setting him free of pain.

    Thinking of you..


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    I have to agree.... There is only so much anyone can do and I'm sure that had he been human, he would understand... We had a family friend who lost her husband and dog within about a month of each other... Trixie had many complications too.. Big hug to both of you...

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