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My aging Havanese

I have noticed over the past couple of weeks that my wonderful dog is getting old. He's 11 1/2 but all his medical conditions have aged him even more. He can no longer go up certain stairs in our home and hesitates on the others. It's never an issue for me to carry him up a flight of stairs. I am always hopeful that one day he will surprise me and run up the stairs like he use to.

He whines a lot and is more clingy. He sleeps all day, sometimes so soundly I have to check on him to make sure he is breathing! He has lost a bit of his hearing, not such a bad thing during storms or the 4th of July. His eyes don't look as bright but there are times when he looks at me like he did when he was a puppy. He stops and stares at nothing for seconds at a time.

He still has energy in the morning and can't wait to go for his walk at 6:00 a.m. He loves car rides and afternoon walks when it's not too hot outside. His walking time is not as long as it use to be but you say the word "walk" and he's downstairs waiting for you by the door. He gets little spurts of energy and brings his toy to you to play and the most important, he has a great appetite!

I don't know how long he will be with us, I try not to thing about it, my goal of course is to keep him as happy, safe and content as possible while he is here. I don't know what's ahead as he continues to age but I am hoping I will be able to pick up on all the signs.
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Yes. I can't imagine life without pets, but it is very hard to see them aging.

It was sweet to read about Django and a bit of his day.

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This bittersweet post brought tears to my eyes.

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I have noticed over the past couple of weeks that my wonderful dog is getting old. He's 11 1/2 but all his medical conditions have aged him even more. He can no longer go up certain stairs in our home and hesitates on the others. It's never an issue for me to carry him up a flight of stairs. I am always hopeful that one day he will surprise me and run up the stairs like he use to.

He whines a lot and is more clingy. He sleeps all day, sometimes so soundly I have to check on him to make sure he is breathing! He has lost a bit of his hearing, not such a bad thing during storms or the 4th of July. His eyes don't look as bright but there are times when he looks at me like he did when he was a puppy. He stops and stares at nothing for seconds at a time.

He still has energy in the morning and can't wait to go for his walk at 6:00 a.m. He loves car rides and afternoon walks when it's not too hot outside. His walking time is not as long as it use to be but you say the word "walk" and he's downstairs waiting for you by the door. He gets little spurts of energy and brings his toy to you to play and the most important, he has a great appetite!

I don't know how long he will be with us, I try not to thing about it, my goal of course is to keep him as happy, safe and content as possible while he is here. I don't know what's ahead as he continues to age but I am hoping I will be able to pick up on all the signs.
Your post certainly brought back memories and tears as well. I can relate to all of it, as it sounds so much like Tyler and his issues as he aged. Just love and comfort him as you are doing and I know you will be able to keep on top of things. It's a very difficult stage but keep you chin up and enjoy him. Hugs from me to you and Django.


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yeah it's tough , enjoy him as much as you can/ and spoil him a little more often.

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This post brought tears to my eyes, too. I try to stay focused on this moment because that is all that any of us really have anyway, so just enjoy your time in this moment and savor every second that you have (which I know that you are already doing).
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Your observations certainly rang true with me as I have outlived a few beloved pets in my lifetime. Now having this little one only a year old you have reminded me to enjoy every minute with him, because time goes by so quickly. Thank you for doing that and making us realize how precious time is with these wonderful companions no matter what age they are. Obviously you do that everyday with Django and he has a loving home and family that cares about him deeply. Enjoy your golden years little buddy.







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