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    Hey there,
    Im hoping for some independent thoughts or advice on my situation.

    I have a 14 yr old purebred male short haired border collie. He has been our family pet since we got him as a pup. We also have another family dog who is a 6 y/o mixed breed female.

    Anyway, my brother moved home with his 1 year old male bulldog a few months ago. Things were ok between the 2 family dogs and the new bulldog until now. The bulldog and the 2nd family dog have started bullying the 14 year old and earlier this week it got very vicious and the 14yr old was hurt. As a result the 14yr old has come to live with me.

    Firstly -I dont have a big yard by which i feel bad about...however due to his age he sleeps a lot and has arthritis in his legs so cannot walk too far without getting too tired. He cant sit, he has to lie down. We got him a brand new kennel, he has a doona and cushions in it and so far he seems to love his kennel which is good. I find him sleeping in there every morning which is good. He seems to have settled in okay so far.

    Anyway, Have we done the right thing by moving him out of his family home of 14 yrs? The thought behind moving him out was at his age he deserves peace, not put up with bullying and we dont want him getting hurt again. However will the transition of having the company of 2 other dogs 24 hrs a day, and going down to no company at all be hard? I work full time the usual 40 hrs a week so its a big change.

    Thoughts would be appreciated

    Thanks

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    Dogs deal with change pretty well. I've got two here who came to me at around 8 years of age and they're fine.

    Just in regards to his arthritis - if you haven't already I suggest that you speak to the vet about cartrophen injections AND metacam as well as adding glucosamine to his diet to help his joints.

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    Thanks Occy. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

    He does seem to be taking to the change ok - plus its not like hes with a stranger, he is with me who he has known for 14 yrs however i cant help but feel like he might be sad or lonely when im not around. Thats my main concern.

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    Just make sure you teach him the routine of your life and that he has plenty to do. Old dogs still like to do "stuff"

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    Can't really add anything much to Occy's wise words.

    Even if he is old and arthritic he will still enjoy a short walk just for a change of scenery.

    Our 16 year old Pug still loves going for a walk. She can't walk very far, certainly no further than the length of 4 or 5 houses but she enjoys a change of scene and sniffing the pee-mail left by other dogs. Her little tail nearly wags itself off her body when she sees her collar and lead.

    Good luck with the old gentleman. There is something very special about the oldies.

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    thanks to you as well deerhound.

    oh definitely - whilst i know he wont be able to do the big walks i do on weekends, i am thinking ill take him to the corner and back...couple hundred metres or so. I introduced him to the neighbours yesterday (mutual love there!) and have let him explore the front yard on and off the lead
    He hasnt been interested in toys for years, I might go get some bones for him to chew on and eat. Any other ideas on stuff for older dogs to keep them occupied?? he also has a 'day bed' in the sun for lazy sun sleeps.

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    I often think that dogs are much more attached to their people, and most don't much care about places. He ceratinly sounds happy. I'm sure he'd love some bones - lamb flaps wouldn't be too hard for his old teeth! I think you'll find he loves peace and quiet and your company when you are about. Like old humans tehy sleep more and more, so he won't really worry about you being at work too much.
    Good on you for ensuring his peaceful old age and dignity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybeau View Post
    thanks to you as well deerhound.

    oh definitely - whilst i know he wont be able to do the big walks i do on weekends, i am thinking ill take him to the corner and back...couple hundred metres or so. I introduced him to the neighbours yesterday (mutual love there!) and have let him explore the front yard on and off the lead
    He hasnt been interested in toys for years, I might go get some bones for him to chew on and eat. Any other ideas on stuff for older dogs to keep them occupied?? he also has a 'day bed' in the sun for lazy sun sleeps.
    Mine like toys - perhaps a soft squeaky toy would reinvigorate his interest? or a treat toy?

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    How about one of the snuggle puppy things or a kong Wubba snugga? just thinking something soft and cuddely to remind him sleeping with his doggy mates, as would double as a toy if he choose to play with it.

    He sounds like he is doing fine in himself, he will sleep alot of the day anyway in his old age so I wouldnt worry to much about the change in situation/you working full time, he sounds like he is just fine. Actually sounds like he is enjoying the quite time in his twighlight years and is just what the doctor ordered

    Perhaps just visits back at his old home on the weekends, just so he can interect with the other dogs and your family and to keep him somewhat spirtly, if you know what i mean?

    I do love the oldies, lots of hugs and kisses to your lovely old man

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    Thanks Natty & Leo for your input also.

    Leo i've never heard of either of those things. I'll have to have a look next time i'm out and about shopping. I bought him some tennis balls to play with and i might try a squeeky toy again. He usually just rips them apart though to try get the squeeky thing inside but hes older now so he may not do that.

    Well my mom and dad visited on Sunday so he got to see them then and my dad today came over and took him for a walk and a play in the park whilst I was at work. I usually know in advance when i have long days ahead of me so on those days one of them will come to feed him so he is getting to see the other family members which is good.

    He seems to be ok still. Loves his kennel! I got him a big juicy bone which he has promptly eaten and has since disappeared... i suspect its under a big pile of dirt that seems to have also appeared next to his kennel.

    anyway thanks again for your input. I feel better about the situation as the days go on, so hopefully he feels the same

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