My dog is now a senior

Nitro is 9 years old now. Oh my god! 9! How did he get here?

I rang his vet this morning. I wanted to check when his next check up is due.

She told me to bring him in in april. He gets a check up every six months. She said if I am worried about him to bring him in sooner.

She asked me if he’s losing weight, I said, no, quite the opposite. I think he’s gained some weight.

I’m not actually worried about him at all. He does have a little lump on his ear, its like a wart, but the last time he was at the vets I got her to check it. She said it was nothing and if he was ever under anastetic she’d remove it then.

He’s in good health. I think he’s getting a touch of artheritis though poor guy. He can still run around though, and he can still jump on the bed, so I don’t think its that bad.

I hope he is going to live for at least another 5 years. All going well, he should. I just cannot imagine my life without him in it and I hope I don’t have too for a very long time.

He’s still holding on

Biggie is still holding on. He’s a little brighter, although our dad is refusing to take him to the vet. I am absolutely appauled at our dad but he wont do it, he says its because he doesnt have the money for vet bills, but to me, if your dog is ill, then you do all you can to help him, and not let him suffer. To me that is what I would do. You would get the money even if you have to borrow it. I wouldnt have minded paying some of the costs to take biggie to the vets. Instead my dad is giving him painkillers, that you’d give to a human. Which I feel he shouldnt do. But I am not saying anything, because I’ll only land myself in a lot of trouble and it will only cause a lot of disagreement. Biggie has eaten a few bits of kibble, and a little bit of cooked ham, but thats it. He is drinking though. He’s still very weak. He’s just laying down a lot. For now he’s holding his own but for how long I dont know. I hope if he does go it will be in his sleep…he is 13.5 and its probably getting close to his time to go. He’s not whimpering or howling or anything but every now and then he’s panting and I think thats because he’s in pain. Please continue to send up prayers for him and for my dad too, even though he is making me so angry at the moment. My dad does love biggie very much. He literally saved my dads life, when my dad quit drinking for a few years, he threw all of his energy into caring for biggie, who was much younger at the time. He’d walk him every day and it kept him busy and kept him from thinking about alcohol. So he has a lot to thank biggie for. I just wish he’d do the right thing and bring him in to the vets to see what is wrong with him.

nitros vet visit and weight loss success

this morning has been super busy. kristen came and we went to the vet with Nitro. he had to get his kennel cough vaccination and he had to get his ear drops repeated. the vet said his ears still look like there is a lot of gunk in them but she said we can wait and see if the drops will work and if not i can bring him back and she will get me oral antibiotic drops for him. it cost me 60 euro today at the vets. it was cheaper than i anticipated because I thought it would be around 80 euros. the kennel cough vaccination went up his nose, trying to hold him steady while she put it up was hell. he did not want to stand still! it must be an awful sensation putting something up his nose. he was kind of stressed when we were at the vet, panting and shaking a lot. when he’s stressed out he shakes himself a lot. there were two other dogs at the vets, a labradoodle and a black lab. they were barkers and poor nitro was just like what are they doing! he didnt bark or whine at them.

I also saw Karen my nutritionist this morning. she weighed me and i was only down by half a pound. but i guess thats better than nothing. i just need to concentrate on the upcoming week and keep working on the weight loss goals i set myself. which are to lose a pound or two, drink more water, eat more fruit and vegetables, exercise five times, and keep an eye on my energy levels.

we came home then and i ate breakfast, except it wasnt really breakfast food that i ate. I had toasted cheese sandwiches. Kristen is cleaning now. She cleaned out my fridge and presses where I store my food. She also stripped my bed and remade it with clean sheets. Then she washed the bed covers. I love having clean sheets, it feels really good to climb in bed and sleep with clean sheets. I’m going to the basement club for the afternoon. Looking forward to seeing everyone down there.

carol anne