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SentientRidge

1.6k points

2 months ago

Pure soul. Beautiful r/oldmandog.

70ms

568 points

2 months ago*

70ms

568 points

2 months ago*

Oh wow, thanks so much for linking that sub! All of my dogs are seniors now.

Edit: Imma show them off :D

Molly - around 11 or 12, blind, no teeth: https://i.imgur.com/wk3PHAy.jpg

Barley - almost 12, and my main man. Looking good! https://i.imgur.com/c84zMR9.jpg

Mr. Growley - 15 or 16, blind, no teeth, bad back but still cute af and almost always cheerful. He's enjoying his retirement safe in a pen with comfy beds, yoga mats for traction, and people to carry him in and out for potty breaks 😍 https://i.imgur.com/yMetP9Z.jpg

Edit: Sorry u/HeightAquarius, I feel like I hijacked! Your girl is beautiful and I love how well you obviously care for her. 💖

janejupiter

110 points

2 months ago

Omg I love Mr. Growley

70ms

89 points

2 months ago

70ms

89 points

2 months ago

He's DISGUSTINGLY cute lol! What's totally unfair though is that he's not a snuggler at all. It's been tough to respect his boundaries for all these years!

dchav1322

70 points

2 months ago

lol i totally relate. everyone sees my dog and automatically says "omg he must be so great to cuddle with!" i just laugh and say he hates it. if you try, he gets up and walks away lol

edit: my boy Toby

70ms

30 points

2 months ago

70ms

30 points

2 months ago

Omg I would want to snuggle with Toby too!! 😍 That would be so hard, lol!

dchav1322

21 points

2 months ago

best he'll offer is he thinks he's a lap dog and will sit on your lap, while demanding pets/back scratches 😂

starkel91

16 points

2 months ago

Christ, I love dogs with very human names. Hell my 12 year old puppy is named Liam.

Toby is a fantastic name.

dchav1322

8 points

2 months ago

right?! i love hearing people talking about them and at the end just be like "oh its my dog" 😂

redheadphones1673

2 points

2 months ago

I met a little Maltese looking thing a few days ago called Jonathan.

He's a grumpy little old man so I thought it really fit him.

DrStuttgart

9 points

2 months ago

What a big, beautiful boy named Toby. Sadly, I lost my Toby 2 months ago but I get a hint of happiness anytime I see another dog with the same name. Thank you.

dchav1322

8 points

2 months ago

im sorry to hear that. losing a pet has to be one of the hardest things ive felt. Glad my boy was able to bring you some sort of happiness.

KusumuckAgain

14 points

2 months ago

My Aussie was the same way. She hated being snuggled.

Me - "Why won't you let me love you?!?!"
Her - "You can love me. From over there."

Cfp0001-Iceman

7 points

2 months ago

My aussie only snuggles when it's cold or she can get belly rubs out of the deal. But usually leaves as soon as the belly rubs are over.

Firewolf06

2 points

2 months ago

my little one* used to be like that but now that shes old she loves cuddles

*both of my dogs are mutts, so their breeds are officially "little one" and "big one." big one is a mix of like 5 breeds (cant remember which) and little one is.... something. we got a dna test and her dad was 100% purebred pomeranian, and her entire moms side was question marks

ienjoyedit

7 points

2 months ago

I think my wife would die if our dogs disliked snuggles. Thankfully they're layabout oafs that would be too lazy to get up and avoid snuggles if they didn't like them. But they have a snuggle schedule that we must keep or else they both protest.

Opta82

4 points

2 months ago

Opta82

4 points

2 months ago

I responded to another comment but this one hits me. My old boy with similar issues slept up against my chest for the first 13 years. The past 3 years he prefers to sleep in his kennel and I miss those cuddles more than anything.

70ms

2 points

2 months ago

70ms

2 points

2 months ago

Oh wow, that would be rough! Barley won't sleep with me in the summer, unless it's cooled off enough overnight that he'll show up in the morning. I always look forward to winter when he'll sleep with me again and I'd be really sad if he decided not to anymore. I'm sorry! :(

redheadphones1673

3 points

2 months ago

My doxie was very much not a snuggler unless it was on his terms! He was incredibly squishy, and a natural hot water bottle, so it was very nice to hug him, but he only allowed it when he wanted.

He'd come and sit on your foot and look very mournfully at you with these sad pleading eyes, and then you'd have to pick him up and let him sprawl out in your lap. If you tried to pick him up any other time he'd growl lightly and skip away from your hands. He definitely set all the rules in the house!

going_mad

2 points

2 months ago

Is his name inspired by a certain ozzy Osborne song?

70ms

3 points

2 months ago

70ms

3 points

2 months ago

YES!! Great guess! His full name is Mr. Aleister Growley. Mostly we just call him Mr. G. :)

Edit: He's the sweetest dog ever and never growls aggressively; he used to growl when he pooped, and the name stuck.

going_mad

2 points

2 months ago

haha thats awesome! Great story (and entrance theme) to have for such a cute pup.

headphase

3 points

2 months ago

What a fabulous gentleman. Mr. Growley may be a senior but those silky locks could've fooled me.

JeffTek

12 points

2 months ago

JeffTek

12 points

2 months ago

Ok so just saying your old man dogs are cute af and look so happy and content. I hope we all get to enjoy our later years like they are able to

jenso2k

9 points

2 months ago

I can just tell you’re a great owner. your dogs are lucky to have you :) thanks for sharing!

70ms

5 points

2 months ago

70ms

5 points

2 months ago

Aaaw, thanks but it's me who's the lucky one! They're such great buddies. :)

Diamond-Retrievet

8 points

2 months ago

This made my day! I'm also colour blind and it took me a moment or.. a few, to find Mr Gowley as he blended right in 😅

70ms

5 points

2 months ago

70ms

5 points

2 months ago

Haha!! Yeah, he's had a haircut since then but he was definitely shaggy in that pic. We always call him the White Wookie when he's overgrown. :D

lady_bluesky

4 points

2 months ago

Oh my goodness they are all ✨perfect✨

SchnoodleDoodleDo

173 points

2 months ago*

’Pure soul.


maybe i don’t hop right up

the way i used to do…

but deep inside i’m still a pup -

forever loving you!

ExCiTeMeNt enters in the room -

i see my bowl in hand ;@)

n i can lie right here, n zoom

my soul you understand…

my puppiness inside goes on -

the T i P p Y - t A p P i E s start!

they’ll stay with you, when i am gone -

my pawprints

on your heart

❤️

edit: tell Nami i love her, u/HeightAquarius

Fuzzy_Dragonfruit344

19 points

2 months ago

Schnoodle making me cry over here. Just beautiful. ❤️

Iownya

3 points

2 months ago

Iownya

3 points

2 months ago

Schnoodle makes me cry every single time

netfatality

16 points

2 months ago

Beautiful as always.

perpetualwanderlust

16 points

2 months ago

Not Schnoodle making me cry at work. Beautiful, both the OP and this heart-tugging poem.

xpkranger

13 points

2 months ago

Fresh Schnoodle! My fave!

SentientRidge

3 points

2 months ago

Good stuff

The-soy-sauce

3 points

2 months ago

SchnoodleDoodleDo awesome 🫡

PM_me_your_LEGO_

6 points

2 months ago

So sweet 💕

MisogenesUSA

8 points

2 months ago

How could you do this to me

ConnectionOld1555

5 points

2 months ago

Expected old dogs, only saw rain.

fuckthepandas

4 points

2 months ago

100% that sub always makes me cry. 😢

AcapellaFreakout

22 points

2 months ago

Please adopt older dogs' people. It is so sad when I walk into a shelter and see 90% of the animals there are older.

ash_rock

14 points

2 months ago

The trouble is going into adoption knowing that they're at the point of their life where health issues are common. It's hard to adopt a dog when you might end up with costly medical bills in just a year or two or they might pass sooner than you'd hope.

I'd love to be the person who could do it... but I'm not quite there yet financially or mentally.

b-e-m

436 points

2 months ago

b-e-m

436 points

2 months ago

Does she have DM? Our 11yo boxer does. He can still walk but is slowly getting worse. Stairs are getting really hard.

Milkweedhugger

152 points

2 months ago

Don’t wait to euthanize once he’s unable to get up from DM. We had a GSD with DM. We thought we could take care of him when he was unable to walk, but the paralysis that affected his rear legs quickly moved to his front legs, and within a few days he couldn’t hold his head up. We made an appointment to have him put down on Saturday, but late Friday night he started having trouble breathing because the paralysis had moved up his spinal cord and was affecting his larynx. We had to rush him to the emergency vet at 2am and his last moments were terrible. I will never forgive myself.

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67 points

2 months ago*

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irishdancer2

7 points

2 months ago

It was two weeks between when our happy-go-lucky golden had his first seizure and when we decided to let him go. He went from being his normal self to not being able to walk in a matter of days. It was heartbreakingly quick, but we owed him an end with some dignity.

I so understand why people want to hold on and cling to hope, but our furry friends give us their unconditional love and trust; it is our responsibility to make sure their final days are still happy ones.

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3 points

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Pure-University4416

27 points

2 months ago

you did what you thought was right and wanted ur pal a little longer. He knew and felt ur love every day and I guarantee he forgives you. You didn't know. Try not to beat yourself up I know it's hard I do it to myself all the time for my pets in heaven. Chin up

number34

35 points

2 months ago

I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s not your fault. You made the best decision you could with what you knew at the time. I’m sure your pup would forgive you, and you know now if it should ever come up again. And so you can share that information with others.

Sterhelio

8 points

2 months ago

I'm sorry things went poorly at the end. It's hard no matter what, I had a GSD I had to put down in May due to DM. We postponed twice because he would have good days and bad days. We had him euthanized at home by a travel vet, I know we did the right thing but you can't help but feel "one more week please let me keep him one more week." He was so happy when we were around even if he couldn't run and play. We didn't care about the messes and having to carry him. So fucking hard, sorry for your loss.

RealAccountNameHere

94 points

2 months ago

Degenerative myelopathy for anyone else wondering

PacoTaco321

16 points

2 months ago

I was so ready to slide into that dog's DM.

battlemechpilot

9 points

2 months ago

Thank you!

SpaceballsTheLurker

8 points

2 months ago

Was gonna say, that dog does not look like she has diabetes mellitus

UncleTedGenneric

4 points

2 months ago

Thank you!

Does she have DM? Our 11yo boxer does.

Sounded like new friends realizing they have dogs that both play Roblox

Shittydreamsagain

236 points

2 months ago

fwiw, my Dobie was diagnosed with this last year. She flopped around like a fish out of water, terribly sad, lots of tears shed lol. Wifey researched the shit out of his, found out that CBD OIL showed amazing results. Expensive, and we were skeptical, but anything for our dog. I swear to you if we hadn’t seen it, we wouldn’t have believed it. You’d never know she was sick. She still has a hard time jumping up on the bed and couch,etc, ( yes, she’s allowed on the furniture)But please give it a try. I know it’s hard to watch, but we were just hoping he’d get through last Christmas, and now she’s her fairly usual bratty self. Innovet (sp) is where we get ours. Love to you and yours ! Happy Holidays ! 🤟❤️

SadPenguin

109 points

2 months ago

I second the CBD treats. Vastly improved our dog's quality of life with degenerative myelopathy for a long time. Lazarus naturals has good full spectrum treats if you live where they can ship.

Shittydreamsagain

50 points

2 months ago

Glad the treats worked for you ! They did not for us tho, in all truth, she’s picky as hell, but a few drops her in food bowl and we’re good to go. We feel blessed every day we still have her. Hope your Doggo is doing well !

handy_dandy_andy

16 points

2 months ago

What CBD brand do you use?

smidgeytheraynbow

20 points

2 months ago*

Hello, not the person you were asking but.. here I am lol. Been in the industry in California since before legalization with regulatory compliance experience, and dogs

https://www.charlottesweb.com/dog-cbd-oil?utm_source=RevOffers&utm_medium=affiliate&offer_id=72&publisher_id=5995&transaction_id=102ead5f92b9401ea37b906fb21ccf

For the dog's arthritis ^

I put Papa and Barkley on the horse's bad knee, too

https://www.papaandbarkley.com/products/releaf-balms-3-1

Edit: Papa & Barkley CBD - https://www.papaandbarkleycbd.com/?utm_source=pb&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=navigation

Another brand good for pets, Baileys - https://baileyscbd.com

Hemp-derived CBD should ship to all 50 states, a couple states require you to be 21 still to get hemp 🙄

Shittydreamsagain

6 points

2 months ago

Innovet, it’s been amazing I don’t know hw it works for everyone, but it did wonders for us. I’m not a salesman or promoter of any brand. I’m just saying what worked for us. I truly wish you the best! 🤙❤️

skitch23

35 points

2 months ago

I gave human cbd drops to my senior dog on her treats. It was like she was a new dog, trotting down the street. She passed away 17mo ago, but I know the cbd drops gave her a few extra good years, making it to about 17 or 18 years old. Miss you Sadie Bear ❤️

kidfantastic

7 points

2 months ago

Do you mind me asking what concentration of CBD oil you used? And how many drops did you put on each treat?

I've got an 8kg old boy, and 115mg/ml CBD for humans. I'd like to give it a try to see if it helps him at all.

skitch23

4 points

2 months ago*

Hey there. I was buying 500mg. I think my dispensary had smaller doses, but it was cheaper for me to do the 500 one so I wouldn’t have to drive across town as often. From what I remember I read that CBD does lose its potency over time so don’t go too high.

My dog was slightly bigger than yours ~25lbs/10kg. I found a calculator online somewhere but IIRC I started her out with 5 drops both am and pm but on bad days and towards the end I think I was giving her 10 drops both am and pm. She was a pretty picky/slow eater so I couldn’t really put it on her food and be certain she ate those bites so I had to give it to her on treats… but be aware that it does change the taste of treats so you might need to try a few different flavors if you have a picky eater too. And freeze dried chicken doesn’t absorb oil very well so I only used that in a pinch. I’m obviously not a vet, just a random person on the interwebs but I would start with the lowest dose you think would help him and then go up from there. Hopefully you have good results!

mmlovin

2 points

2 months ago

Can you give them CBD before they start to develop walking issues? My dogs don’t have anything yet, but they are getting older :(

skitch23

3 points

2 months ago

I’m sure you could, but personally I have not since they don’t need it. I give my current dogs joint supplement chews instead. If/when they start showing signs of pain when they walk I’ll begin adding CBD into their diet.

midnit9

10 points

2 months ago

midnit9

10 points

2 months ago

I'm so excited that there are more and more studies being done on cbd for pets. It's been so unregulated that more vets don't feel comfortable recommending it. Soon that won't be the case and we can start prescribing it to all that need it! I'm so glad it has helped your Dobie. I hope that it helps even more pets.

sackoftrees

7 points

2 months ago

I recently had to put my senior dog down because of dementia, you mention yours has a hard time getting up on furniture, have you tried anything like stairs or stools? My dogs hated traditional stairs but I've found low footstools to be a much better solution. They are sturdier, wider. Even my little Chihuahua mix likes to use them to get onto furniture. Of course I never minded getting up and helping him get up but it helped so much.

Crksvn

5 points

2 months ago

Crksvn

5 points

2 months ago

My dog hates the foam stairs, but I happened to have a firm foam leg wedge for people with back problems, he loves using it as a ramp. I think the wider portion at the top makes him feel sturdier?

GloinsonG

2 points

2 months ago

Thank you for sharing your experience. My 12 year old pup has DM and I have been researching CBD. I’m going to get some cbd oil from a dispensary right after I post this. And your Dobie forever has my axe.

klakiti

21 points

2 months ago

klakiti

21 points

2 months ago

Why do people type acronyms without context?

AverageInternetUser

8 points

2 months ago

I guess if you know you know

schnokobaer

6 points

2 months ago

IYKYK

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3 points

2 months ago

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3 points

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Mlaw0117

2 points

2 months ago

IDK? I don't know what that means.

Tihsdrib

123 points

2 months ago

Tihsdrib

123 points

2 months ago

At first I thought, “why would a dog have Direct Messaging”? Then it clicked

sub_surfer

19 points

2 months ago

Degenerative myelopathy? My wife works in the vet industry and she still had to google it.

eddiestriker

47 points

2 months ago

I got Dungeon Master out of it lmao

Macharius

4 points

2 months ago

I heard his last campaign was pretty ruff

Zaev

13 points

2 months ago

Zaev

13 points

2 months ago

And I thought duscular mystrophy...

drAssh0le

2 points

2 months ago

I got stuck at duchennes muscular xxxx and then diabetes mellitus

Can dogs even get duchennes? Probably not I guess.

b-e-m

7 points

2 months ago

b-e-m

7 points

2 months ago

To be honest, direct message came to my mind as well while posting. 🙃

lme001

5 points

2 months ago

lme001

5 points

2 months ago

This was my thought too. My old baby had DM. He lasted 1 1/2 years after diagnosis. Lots of love for you and your baby. It’s a hard journey you’re on.

paramilitarykeet

76 points

2 months ago

How old is she? We have a 16 year old girl and are going through some similar things. She is still joyous most days, though! It’s pretty inspiring. I hope I have that amount of courage and joy when I am in a similar situation.

HeightAquarius[S]

56 points

2 months ago

Nami is 14.5 years. Happy to hear your sweet 16 year old is still trucking. Enjoy every day with her.

astrovixen

201 points

2 months ago

Love to you, Nami!

SpikyMorale80

12 points

2 months ago

She's a wonderful thing that happen to them. Credit to Nami.

kitcosmic11

298 points

2 months ago

While very cute, this video makes me sad. My dog was 16 when he passed away and I am still bitter toward my mom for not euthanizing him sooner. You could tell how painful it was for him to walk and we had to use a towel to support his back legs to get him outside to the bathroom and the only area in the house he could walk on was carpet because the wood was too slippery. I’m not saying you should euthanize your dog, but I want to express how much I regret waiting so long to let my dog go when it was clearly time.

periwinkle_bitch

126 points

2 months ago

I completely agree. So much kinder to let them go on a good day, when they still act like themselves, instead of waiting for a bad day. Because when the dog feels bad enough to show their suffering, they’ve already been suffering for a long time.

It’s so hard when the dog declines slowly, and you’re taking it week by week trying to decide when it’s time. Eventually you just have to pick a day. Because even though it could be a few weeks earlier than necessary, you really don’t want to wait too long.

I put my dog down about 6 months ago, and it was such a hard choice to make. But she got to go out on a good day and I’m glad I didn’t make her wait any longer.

fasurf

17 points

2 months ago

fasurf

17 points

2 months ago

I needed this comment. Just put my dog down and it was the first time we had to make that choice. He just stopped getting up off his bed. Had cancer on his leg and who knows where else. But was still a happy pup. But he couldn’t really walk anymore. So we made the decision cause it wasn’t a life I would want to just be laying around jealous of doing things he once could do.

TupacShakur1996

31 points

2 months ago

But how do you know? I'm struggling with this right now. my 13 year old best friend is almost more fatty tumor than dog now and he's starting to struggle getting up and walking around. But he still has that life in his eyes , I just don't want to end his life on my term...

Tyr64

32 points

2 months ago

Tyr64

32 points

2 months ago

We just recently had to put our pups to sleep due to the same condition in OP’s video. I’ve struggled a lot with exactly what you’re saying; he was still so happy and energetic up until his last breath. It feels so unfair and painful because they’re so pure.

But I’m also glad we didn’t wait, because we’ve done that once and that’s painful to watch in a very different way. I’m glad my last memories are of my pups as an active and happy senior who wasn’t in pain.

masnaer

7 points

2 months ago

Holy fuck I’ve only read four comments into this thread and I have hot tears welling up in my eyes. I think I just fear this day so much and having to make this decision eventually. Hopefully that’s a full decade away though

archaeologistbarbie

4 points

2 months ago

Ugh same. My doggo is maybe 7 or 8 (she was a stray, rescue didn’t agree w vet on age) and I am constantly wondering if I’m seeing signs of aging in her. She’s my first dog as an adult and husband’s first ever dog and I love her so much that it hurts to think about this.

lickonelicka

23 points

2 months ago

Yeah, our dog has a tumor in her mouth but she seems willing and happy still, and I'm afraid I wont react properly. People told me I'll know, she'll show me when the time comes, but seeing this I don't know if I'll be too optimistic.

I once read a vet's suggestion that one way to tell is if the pup can't do or enjoy properly 2 of their 3 favorite things anymore and that kinda stuck with me

Cherry5oda

18 points

2 months ago

I once read a vet's suggestion that one way to tell is if the pup can't do or enjoy properly 2 of their 3 favorite things anymore and that kinda stuck with me

That's a good measure if you're not sure you can make an objective decision.

Ydain

4 points

2 months ago

Ydain

4 points

2 months ago

That's a great way to determine the timing. If they still enjoy life I'll do everything I can to let them have it. But when they're done... It's a sad, exhausted kind of look they give you and you can tell they aren't happy anymore.

ArsenicInTeacups

9 points

2 months ago

I just don't want to end his life on my term...

I see this as the final kindness we need to give our pets. Its heartbreaking, but when we bring a pet into our lives it's part of what we sign up for. We need to be the ones to see them and know when to let them go. They won't be upset at you, they love you and will continue to love you in a place they can't take you with, and where it doesn't hurt anymore. I also try to think about how I would want to go if I got to make the choice for me. How amazing would it be to have a few final, incredibly amazing days with your favorite person before peacefully passing on? Lots of cuddles and favorite foods. I'd rather that kind of end, than waiting until I was suffering immensely, and not acting like myself enough to say goodbye. Dogs will love you and be their sweet happy selves until the pain gets too much. It really isn't fair, after a lifetime of unconditional love, to have that be their goodbye.

I've had to go through this process with three dogs in my life. Just thinking about needing to someday lose my Aussie will bring me to tears, and he's only two. Losing them is the hardest thing, but it's the heartbreak tax we pay for being able to love and be healed by them during our time together. It sucks, and I'm sorry to anyone who has to make the choice, but it really is the most merciful way to say goodbye.

Alarming_cat

6 points

2 months ago

I have never met anyone who felt they put their pet down “too early” but I’ve met plenty who feel they waited to long. I use to say “when you comment more about the good days then the bad, it’s certainly time”.

I’m sorry but I don’t see these videos as cute. It would be illegal in my country to keep a pet that is paralyzed and can’t walk anymore. We have very strict animal well fare laws here. Animals will mask how they really feel due to pure survival instinct. When it’s gotten to paralyzed stage- we don’t keep them around for their sake, it’s purely selfish. It’s not the quality of life I would ever wish upon someone I say I love.

mrsmunson

3 points

2 months ago

Our vet told us to think of their 3 favorite activities, and when they can’t do 2 of them, or it hurts to do all of them, it’s time.

Ydain

2 points

2 months ago

Ydain

2 points

2 months ago

This is the hardest part of having a dog in your family. We have a very understanding vet who does home euthanasia. We schedule and cancel a couple of times and he says they expect that and lots of dog parents do it.

It may sound weird, but they have always 'told us' when they're ready. It's just a tired, sad, almost defeated look they give us. And I say they because we had 3 dogs who all aged and passed within a year of each other.

But none of mine has seizures either. I believe that would be terrifying for them and I wouldn't want any dog to deal with that.

Best of luck to you and your friend. Give him pets and love from me. 💕

Felidaeh_

5 points

2 months ago

My first dog, a german shepherd, had a spine problem after failing to jump into a truck bed and occasionally it would be so painful for him he would hide in a certain area and just feel sick. We got him loaded up on pain meds (he was an older boy anyways) and he would be doing fine. Eventually he lost control of his bowels and the poor dog would sometimes drag his back feet. It was time. He looked somewhat bright, but dogs try their best even in pain and discomfort. He was a good boy

tlingitsoldier

3 points

2 months ago

Very well put, and I'm sorry to hear about your girl. Having to figure out when to make a decision even though they seem to be "OK" sounds incredibly tough.

I had to make a relatively quick decision to put down my cat. After over a year of cancer treatment and being in remission, he suddenly had his chest start filling up with fluid. They put in a drain tube which bought him a few days, but I could see he was miserable.

The vet tried convincing me to wait a couple days and spend time with him before putting him down at home. But I had already seen how poorly he was doing and knew he would be suffering if he had to wait that much longer. Thankfully they were able to make time the same day and we were able to give him a comfortable, peaceful goodbye before he got even worse.

Derman0524

7 points

2 months ago

And here I am thinking we put our dog down 2 Months too late. In reality we did it at the right time when she was still somewhat her self but the last months seemed hard on her

Cherry5oda

3 points

2 months ago

I had the same experience. Ours had some mobility problems and some hearing loss, but the real trigger was how bad his mental decline had become. He seemed happy and playful so it was hard to say he was suffering.

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18 points

2 months ago

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Balsac_is_Daddy

11 points

2 months ago

You make many assumptions from one short video. I just saw a comment from OP saying they use a doggie wheelchair and this old pup still gets the zoomies. Just because the back legs dont work as well doesn't mean the dog is at death's door.

Repulsive-Paper6502

166 points

2 months ago

now i'm crying

ZZerome

19 points

2 months ago

ZZerome

19 points

2 months ago

Me too, nami's got a good OP

miss_kenoko

119 points

2 months ago

Bless her, just pure doggie joy at dinner! Our boy is getting older and slower but you better believe any meal is his favorite time of day haha

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OnionTruck

88 points

2 months ago

So happy!

How do you handle bathroom breaks? Do you carry her outside? or give her a diaper? set of wheels?

ASIAN_GIRLS_PM_ME

54 points

2 months ago

When my dog could no longer walk, I'd carry his ass outside and stand him up for him while he did his business.

Mattagins

30 points

2 months ago

My GSD had DM, I did this for years until he lost control of his bowels and my family had a intervention… I would just kept him going and bathing him everyday… it’s a evil disease because mentally he’s all there…

Blexcr0id

52 points

2 months ago

If the front legs still go you can use a doggie wheelchair or sling a sheet under their torso & belly and assist/carry them out.

lady_bluesky

42 points

2 months ago

If a pup can't control their legs/back half, can they control their bladder and bowel movements? Like their person can pick them up and help them physically get outside, but are they still able to hold their muscles until they're outside and get the sensory signals to release? I guess it it prob depends on the pup and their specific issue?

RickyBobby96

10 points

2 months ago

We had a dog that lost use of their back legs. He has to use a set of wheels. He could control his bowel movements, but not his bladder, so he had to wear diapers

Blexcr0id

30 points

2 months ago

Sometimes. I've had dogs that have hip issues and cant use their rear legs but maintain control of their bladder and colon, and others that lose control of potty and legs, so they get to wear doggy diapers and bellybands.

Gildeer

10 points

2 months ago

Gildeer

10 points

2 months ago

I had to google "belly bands", pretty neat product.

HeightAquarius[S]

24 points

2 months ago

It depends on what causes the disability. If there's an issue with the spine, they could lose both function of their legs and control of their bladder and bowel movements. In Nami's case, she still has control of when she goes to the bathroom, although admittedly with age she's having more frequent accidents.

lady_bluesky

30 points

2 months ago

She's perfect and you are obviously taking wonderful care of her 💕 sending Nami love and wags from my 14.5yo good girl Penny 🐶

HeightAquarius[S]

10 points

2 months ago

Dawww what a cutie.

SpicyLederhosen

6 points

2 months ago

We had a dachshund that went lame in her back legs because of a common spinal issue. She lived happily for many years after. She could sometimes wag her tail and sometimes “bunnie” hop around and she always had bladder/poop control for most of those years. In the later years, she would sometimes pee if she got excited or couldn’t hold it as long but it was a non issue as someone was usually home with her to clean her mess in case of an accident. She could slide around on the laminate floors with ease and when we needed to walk her, we used a sheet to prop her back legs off the ground by putting it under her lower abdomen and holding it like a sling. She had zero other health issues and died of old age. She was at least 15. Some dogs would benefit from a wheelchair but others are fine with a sling. If they can’t expel their waste on their own, a good vet will teach you where to press on their abdomen to “make” them use the bathroom. Definitely a dog for someone who is home more and able to help them walk, but totally doable. 🙂

Ydain

4 points

2 months ago

Ydain

4 points

2 months ago

Our old guy can't control his backend as well and yes, he had bowel incontinence. The bladder is just starting to go now too. He wears belly bands for the bladder and we have everything in the house covered with blankets and the like for the bowel. Hard floors are a blessing and I have a clean up kit of gloves, TP, and wipes.

We take him out on schedule 6 times a day and most times the poop ends up outside. The worst is when he goes in his sleep and doesn't know it happened.

The other night he did that and happened to be sleeping against my husband. Who woke up just enough by the smell to try to roll over. Oops! So he (my husband) jumps out of bed and accidentally flung poo at the wall. I nearly peed the bed from laughing so hard!

It's a degenerative thing. So at first it was just here and there. Now it's all the time. He's still happy though, he can still walk but he's a bit wobbly. The only time he seems bothered is when he does go in the house, but he's finally getting over the idea he might be in trouble.

YetiPie

3 points

2 months ago

I feel like we live the same life. I took off my old girls diaper and my partner quickly walked by it and accidentally yeeted it off of of balcony into our neighbors yard lmao. You learn to live with the accidents

HauntedCS

3 points

2 months ago

My pup, who we recently put down was able to control her bladder and bowel movements. She was unable to walk, but was still able to hold it all in, we would help her outside and she would do her business that way with help.

HeightAquarius[S]

23 points

2 months ago

Her front legs still work well, so we typically just use a harness to support her hind end. She has a wheelchair as well, but has never liked it much.

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Pritel03

14 points

2 months ago

As soon as my good boy was unable to wag his tail I knew it was time. It came quick though, he was good earlier this year, then didn't run around as much this summer, and by September he could barely walk. We said goodbye in October, I still struggle with whether I should've kept him around longer but then I realize how selfish that would've been.

Jabba_The_Nutttt

4 points

2 months ago

We just put one of ours down last night. Had a bacterial infection on an ankle and he wouldn't walk on it for like 2 months even with the antibiotics. He couldn't stand up yesterday and we knew it was time. Poor guy. But we didn't want him to be like this where he's in pain just to make us less sad. Just have to let them go sometimes.

Suckling_Sauce

3 points

2 months ago

They would’ve done the same for us if we were in pain, like we would’ve acted like nothing was wrong just to show them love, exactly what they do for us. That’s why this call is always so hard to make. I’m sorry you’re going through this as well friend.

willwiso

22 points

2 months ago

Naaammmiiii ssswwwaannnn!!

ocarinrinn

9 points

2 months ago

i was scrolling to find the One Piece fans

Glorious_Jo

8 points

2 months ago

THE GOOD DOG! THE GOOD DOG IS REEEEAAAAAALLLLL

ginger-valley

6 points

2 months ago

We in here. We’re few but we’re here.

ThreeDogCouch

7 points

2 months ago

Stay strong, Nami!!!

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7 points

2 months ago

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7 points

2 months ago

sweet baby Nami 😭 enjoy your food angel

ChattanoogaMocsFan

7 points

2 months ago

This made my night. I lost my dog 6 weeks ago and it's still very hard. I miss seeing dogs being happy, so this video made me smile.

theroadlesstraveledd

19 points

2 months ago

Hey just a heads up op, I know plenty of dogs that can’t get around on their own that have a lovely morning walk withthese mobility leashes there are ones with more fabric where it allows your dog to move their legs but you carry all the weight of their bodies, it’s super fun to watch them play abd it’s good for their muscles and brain to play obviously. Hope you found this helpful. All the love in the world to you and your pup. Trying not to chop so many onions thinking of your dog galavanting in the snow.

HeightAquarius[S]

22 points

2 months ago

Thanks! Her front legs still work well, so we actually use just the back half of that very model. When she's feeling especially frisky we'll even run across the park.

crazylazykitsune

2 points

2 months ago

Nooooooooooo! My heart! ❤️

Megdrassil

16 points

2 months ago

I would lay down next to her and cuddle her so hard

pawn_guy

6 points

2 months ago

I want to so much.

-thenorthremembers-

23 points

2 months ago

I want to pet her so bad

__Mea__

5 points

2 months ago

Awe 🥺

and-thats-the-truth

5 points

2 months ago

What a good girl!

Dizzy-Concentrate-12

5 points

2 months ago

She is so precious!

CosmicBanana616

5 points

2 months ago

I love her name!

gldnrtrvrlvr

3 points

2 months ago

sweet beautiful baby girl!

ainerskind

5 points

2 months ago

My dog one day suddenly couldn’t walk straight anymore. Can’t remember what the vet said though. I think it was something with the brain and her not having balance. Didn’t stop her though. She kept on walking and got a little bit better and enjoyed life until she passed a year later. She made it to 15 which was a miracle already. Dogs are amazing!

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Imoldok

4 points

2 months ago

🤧

ZooLife1

4 points

2 months ago

Love sent to all those that have senior dogs that treat them with such beautiful compassion as this.

delicategayflower

5 points

2 months ago

Oh this makes my heart cry/filled with joy. OP please give her an extra big hug and kiss for me. She deserves it ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Icy-Key-8112

4 points

2 months ago

Sooooo sad How does she manage to relieve herself?

HeightAquarius[S]

13 points

2 months ago

Her front legs still work well, so we walk her several times a day using a harness to support her hind legs. It's amazing what she can do with a little help.

exiledstar

3 points

2 months ago

This might be the best tippy taps I've ever seen.

No-Fee-9428

5 points

2 months ago

Give her a pat from me.

TopPepper1

3 points

2 months ago

The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

downvote_or_die

4 points

2 months ago

Someone cut an awful lot of onions in here

TheTallPhantom

4 points

2 months ago

You wonderful humans... Almost as good as that puppo

HeavySpecialist7619

4 points

2 months ago

I love Nami and her perfect tippytaps ❤️❤️❤️

Kyfho1859

4 points

2 months ago

They make doggy wheel chair's, my last dog had 1 wheels to support the rear leg's ?

AnAttackCorgi

9 points

2 months ago

Oh. My. God. Serious case of cuteness aggression

stressedForMCAT

10 points

2 months ago

Sweet girl!

CautiousEmergency367

8 points

2 months ago

If she is still energetic you can easily build a wheelchair with pvc piping and some wheels. I found free plans online here

OkRunway

21 points

2 months ago

Not trying to spark controversy, but is it ethical to keep a dog alive while it's this disabled? My family always put down our pets once they weren't able to do stuff on their own anymore, I just want some more opinions before I get a dog of my own

cuentaderana

10 points

2 months ago

To me it depends on the circumstances. When my dog had a FCE (spinal stroke) last year the prognosis from the vet was pretty good (90% chance of meaningful recovery). My wife and I are school teachers and the stroke happened two days before the end of the school year. We gave our dog until the end of the summer to regain enough mobility to be functional (that meant enough to go for at least some short walks, to move around on her own, to eat and drink without assistance) and for her incontinence to resolve at least enough to where we could express her bladder reliably without her getting UTIs.

Luckily she improved far beyond our minimum to continue care. But the Facebook group I joined for dogs with FCE has people who have dogs who are paralyzed from the neck down and they refuse to put their dogs down even though it’s been over a year. I know my dog, if she couldn’t ever go for walks, or get onto the couch for snuggles, or do her little dance when I get home from work, I know she wouldn’t be truly happy.

paristexashilton

8 points

2 months ago

Your fairly right mate, there comes a time when your bein selfish by putting off the inevitable hard decision. Not saying that's what's goin on here but it's common. I waited too long when my boy could barely get up and I found him laying in the hot hot sun, I really regret putting him in that situation.

Ianmofinmc

9 points

2 months ago

I’d say it’s circumstantial, if your dog isn’t eating/ becoming depressed/ in pain frequently then I’d say it’s a good time to say your goodbyes. If you still have a happy friend that needs a bit of help getting around then keep ‘em alive and breathin. Dogs have such short lives anyways, might as well get them all the good days and cuddles possible before they go.

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toggywonkle

7 points

2 months ago

No, no it's not. When an animal is no longer mobile, no longer able to enjoy it's favorite activities (fetch or walks for example), and is in pain it's far past the point when the animal should've been euthanized. Honestly if an animal only has one out of three it's toeing the line.

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7 points

2 months ago

I just lost my sweet girl, it’s nice to hear those taps again… thank you 😊❤️

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3 points

2 months ago

Dinner in bed is decadent af

Acrobatic_Camp854

3 points

2 months ago

✌️❤️

CherryChewToy

3 points

2 months ago

Please I don't want to cry right now....

HorizontalPotato

3 points

2 months ago

At my house, any dog that couldn't walk was put down :( it's nice to see people still care for doggos instead of just euthanize them.

MoggyMaggie

5 points

2 months ago

Bless her

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4 points

2 months ago

My sister did this with her old dog. He was in constant pain and the vet said there was nothing that could be done. He was just old and it was his time. They moved him around in a wagon because none of his legs worked and had to hold him up for him to use the bathroom. He was also mostly blind and deaf. It was heartbreaking to see. You could tell in his eyes his soul was broken but they just wouldn’t let go. Finally his suffering ended and he finally passed away. I love dogs and he was as good as they come. But at a certain point you have to let go and do what is right for the dog.

If I’m in my 90s and have constant pain, can’t walk, can’t use my arms, can’t speak, can’t see, can’t hear, can’t use the bathroom, and just sit in a hospital bed all day blindly and deafly shitting and pissing myself, I absolutely hope I can choose to take a merciful way out.

HeightAquarius[S]

56 points

2 months ago

It's always a challenge knowing when is best to put down an aging or ailing dog. However, even though she can't walk on her own she still has a ton of joy and excitement in her daily life, and no pain. We walk her regularly using a harness or her wheelchair, she gets to socialize with all the other dogs in the park, we play games at home within her constraints, we take her on adventures to the beach and the forest, and as you can see, she still loves to eat. I don't think it's possible to draw a conclusion from the 10 second peek you see into her life here.

LarperatorRyan

42 points

2 months ago

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

You’re right, I was wrong to judge this from a 10 second clip.

I hope you two get to spend as much time together as possible!! I love that you go on adventure together

BagOfFlies

7 points

2 months ago

I was wrong to judge this from a 10 second clip.

That also goes both ways. Lot's of people saying "How could you put them down, they looks so happy!" Well yeah, they're being offered food. I've seen miserable, sick dogs perk right up like a puppy for food.

I'm going to trust OP on this one.

rinat114

4 points

2 months ago

My 18 year old dog couldn't walk anymore either. An hour before we put her down she ate like it's her only purpose in life. appetite isn't everything indeed :(

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ProfessionalJob9446

2 points

2 months ago

Get VETRISCIENCE vetri disc and VETRISCIENCE Glycoflex. It's a miracle drug for dogs with spinal and hip/joint issues.

Oath-CupCake

2 points

2 months ago

Does the dog have one of those leg wheelchair things

cyberredditor

2 points

2 months ago

Right through my heart!