Java, JRT, is 9 tomorrow. He is a young 9 and still likes a long walk (the longer the better), chasing balls, playing (anyone or anything will do) and generally being busy. He is such a terrier.
Lulu, KCC, is 9 in January. She is an old 9 and likes to eat and sleep. A small walk will do - but, yes, we do have days when Lu thinks the lounge looks better than a walk. She has arthritis and has suffered a dislocated hip. She cannot keep up on long walks and drags on the lead even though she has regular injections for arthritis and is on Joint Guard. I have had to carry her a few times or call the husband.
The odd couple comes to mind. They are certainly mismatched in every thing from energy levels to temperament.
As a rule I walk them both to my son's school in the morning and sometimes again in the afternoon. This is more than enough exercise for Lulu but poor Java does not fair well with such a short walk. He then gets into mischief at home - such as pulling the stuffing out of pillows or ratting a doona or he strips his tennis balls. Bad dog!!
Because of this I now take Java for an extra long walk sometime throughout the day minus Lulu. Talk about getting a dirty look off Lulu, she gets really upset and anxious about being left alone - she then gets huffy with me upon my return! I have tried giving her treats (long lasting ones) and even sneaking out unnoticed.
I tried the dog park - fail. Lulu hated it so much she salivated. All those dogs running around was just too overwhelming for her (princess, yes).
The guilt is eating away at me - even though I know I am doing the right thing (cruel to be kind). She just can't keep up and would more than likely not even enjoy it but she feels so excluded when I go without her. Yet I don't want Java to miss out because of her behaviour.
Do I want to be one of those people pushing her dog in a pram - NO, NO, NO. (Would only consider this if I could wear a disguise - maybe even just a full face balaclava.)
Anyone have any suggestions?