The Aging Pup

Our elderly dog Ellie sleeps on her dog bed

When I got back from a two day trip to the coast you would have thought I had been gone two months by the warm welcome I got from our aging pup. Ellie shadowed me everywhere I went, brushing up against me, even following me up and down the stairs on her arthritic legs. I took some time to shower her with affection to let her know I was happy to be reunited too. Time continues to take its toll on her, her blood pressure is up again and so is the protein in her urine, so she’s getting more medicine and a kidney-friendly dog food. She’s also getting anti-inflammatory pills since the arthritis is getting worse, so there’s now a whole army of pills she gets each morning and evening. She gets tired easily and takes a lot longer to recover after a walk, but she still gave me a 45-minute walk today on a sunny but cool fall morning.

She’s probably about fourteen years old, so all things considered she’s doing rather well, and I’m thankful for every day we get with her.

3 thoughts on “The Aging Pup

  1. Your Ellie is gorgeous. I had my last dog, a pit bull mix, for 13 years. I wished it was much longer but I do appreciate the time we had together. Because of that, I may be biased when I say that there is something extra special, tender, loving, and pure about senior dogs. I love dogs, period, but senior dogs hold a very special place in my heart. The best to you and Ellie.

    • I agree, the old pups are special and it’s a privilege to give them a loving home and the extra help they need. I met a couple a few years ago at the dog park who only adopt elderly dogs even knowing their time with them will be relatively short, such was their love for the senior dogs who needed a home.

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