You know - for years we have listened to Mom complaining about being "old" and how her knees or back hurt after a long walk - but now WE understand. Getting old is no fun at all. I the Reilly dog have jippy feet (and I can't even wear my boots anymore ) and I have bad arthritis in my spine and back hips. The last time Mom took me for a 'real' walk I only got about a 1/4 mile and flopped on the ground and couldn't move. Thankfully by big human sister was with us and was able to carry me back to the car. Then on the weekend Mom and Dad took us to the beach - and before Dad could pick me up to carry me down the steps I tried to go down them myself and my back legs gave way and I tumbled down 4 steps. Needless to say I scared the bejeebers out of the folks but I was actually okay - just my dignity was a little hurt. Mom will now only take me places with no steps and a flat surface so she can put me in my wheelie cart (which I HATE) but it is better than nothing. I do enjoy my bike cart though - it is fun watching Dad huff and puff and do all the hard work :)
Now we also have had some scary news about my Dweeb brother the Denny. At his last yearly physical a few weeks ago - his blood tests showed his kidneys were not working properly and his liver function was a little high. They decided to repeat the test one month later to make sure it wasn't just a faulty reading - and sadly the numbers came back slightly worse. So yesterday the Dweeb went off to the vets and had his belly shaved so they could do an ultra sound of his kidneys and sadly they showed he has "significant" kidney disease. He hasn't been showing any symptoms of anything being wrong. We are still waiting for some more tests to come back to see what kind of disease - and hopefully it can be treated with medications and a special diet - that will as the vet optimistically said - "keep him going a few more years"
It's so nice to see you again! We sure miss your posts about your expeditions to the beach and the big ships. Sorry to hear about your ailments. Ghostwriter heartily agrees that getting old sucks!ReplyDelete
It's good to hear from you boys. We're sorry to hear about your health issues but will be crossing our paws and sending all the POTP we can to help you feel better.ReplyDelete
Hi there Reilly and Denny,ReplyDelete
It's good to hear from you, even though the 'getting old sucks' news about health worries is not so good. We do hope the vet can help with Denny's kidney problems. And Gail is pleased that Reilly enjoys the bike cart. Both of us are fans of undocked tails, although Gail says that ones held high on the back like mine are less inclined to give their housemates bruises.
G'day Rielly and Denny! It is so good to hear from you - though it be with not the brightest news. I shall add you both to my POTP list, as every little thought helps, right?! Having your own space back will certainly be fun, but am sure it will also feel a little strange not have that tail-wag around all the time! Sending Love of the capital 'ell' variety, hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx
How wonderful to hear from you handsome fellasReplyDelete
I luffs your carriage...what a great way to go walkies and survey YOUR Parks
Waggie tails do cause untold but FUNS mischiefs.
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx
Hi to our special friends in Florida. We are sorry to hear about you, Reilly, and your aging problems. But you are so lucky to have good parents to take care of you. Enjoy that wagon and bike cart. We hope you find something to help you feel better. And poor Denny, so sorry to hear about your kidneys. Hopefully you can find a tasty kidney diet to keep you going for a long time. Hugs to you and your Mom. We miss all of you on the blogs.ReplyDelete
Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber
Oh Denny!!! My the tears are just hitting me. Your little one. I know it is hard when the old ones start to fail, but man when the younger one has something serious like this first wow I'm sorry there just aren't words. I'm sitting here looking at my girls and am just blown away.ReplyDelete
Lots of good vibes for Reilly and Denny that you can find ways for both of them to be able to manage their challenges.
We were just thinking about you the other day. Yeah, getting old isn't for wimps. Glad you're still getting out and about! Paws crossed for Denny.ReplyDelete
Glad to see you guys back in the blog world again. Tough news about Denny and your arthritis, Reilly. I know what you mean about getting old though, while Beckett and Keltic are fine, I was diagnosed with diabetes last year. It has been stressful but we're coping.ReplyDelete
Yes, growing old is tough and sometimes keeping dignity is even harder! We are so sorry you are struggling but that looks like a cool no walking wagon and the bike cart is even more cool! We are so sorry to hear your brother is having kidney troubles and we send POTP that the dogtur can help him feel better.ReplyDelete
Keep Calm & Bark On!
Murphy & Stanley
glad to see you posting but feel so bad about Denny, praying with different food things will be under control. I think the little cart you have is just adorable. You are right though, getting old sucks. DakotasDenReplyDelete
Oh poor Denny! Ruby is sending him big hugs!ReplyDelete
POTP for Denny!ReplyDelete
Hello! Sending lots of POTP for both of youReplyDelete
Hazel & Mabel
how great to hear from you... all paws are crossed and we send lots of potp to you... and we hope that the results bring good news to your bro ...ReplyDelete
How nice to hear from you but the news is not so nice. You look very happy in your fancy wheels, Reilly. We are sending you and Denny lots of AireZen and POTP. We hope the vet can help you out with the kidney disease, Denny.ReplyDelete
You two boys still look happy and beautifully handsome. Denny, please ask your Mom to read about the raw diet at dogsnaturallmagazine.com. It could be what helps your kidneys better than anything. Oh, and your vet probably won't approve, unless he/she is holistic.ReplyDelete
It's great to see you guys again! Yes it sucks getting old and I'm sorry to hear about your ailments. But it sounds like you are getting the best of care and your mom does everything possible to maintain your quality of life. Don't be a stranger! Love DollyReplyDelete
Good to see an update from you guys! Getting old is still better than the alternative!ReplyDelete
Hi you guys. Been thinking about you every day. Hope your folks have figured out your diet Denny and hope Reilly you can be as happy as possible in your wagon!ReplyDelete
I'm sorry to hear that you are having old age issues. POTP for you both. I applaud your mom and dad for helping you get outside and continue to enjoy life.ReplyDelete
Katie says she hopes a visit will make the boys smile.ReplyDelete