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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-14-2020, 08:25 AM
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We LOVE having Boo here!!! We have had several "elder states-dogs" here over the years, including other 17 year olds. It is so much fun to see them loving life and doing well! <3 Kodi's grandmother lived to be that age, and loved running with the other dogs to "chase" balls that she couldn't see or hear. Kodi is almost 11 now, and I sure hope he is still with us at that age!!!
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Hi everyone! I used to be more active with my sweet Bentley but have been busy the past few years and have not been on this forum. My havanese, Bentley, will be 14 years in a few months. He is doing ok aside from being blind in his right eye from an accident when a lab head bumped him 6 years ago at a dog park. He has adapted very well until recently as he is loosing his site now in his left eye. Aside from medication in his right eye 3 times a day (Neo poly dex) he gets around pretty well (no stairs). His hearing not very good anymore and I cannot let him jump off the sofa, etc. He usually waits for me to help him down. He is the sweetest dog and so full of love. I cannot even imagine what life will be like when he is gone. We got him from a breeder when he was about 5 months old. I feed him dinner around 4:30 pm because he loves to eat and my schedule works for that. It always worked but in the last 6 weeks he has been waking up between 4:30 and 5:00 am to eat breakfast. It is so strange. He sleeps in our bed and just sits up and does a small whine then lays down for 5 minutes and repeats the cycle (the whine gets louder). I have been getting up with him and feeding him and then going outside with him. After that he goes back to sleep until we get up at 7:00 am. I wish there was a way I could stop this cycle but I think it is old age as he never did this before even if I fed him at 4pm (if we were going out, etc). Bentley is obsessed with his 2 meals a day and has never missed a meal. Other than the recent developments with eating.... he is an awesome dog and companion for our family. Below is his photo from a few weeks ago.
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I just love photos of Havanese, young and old! Thanks for posting the photos and for caring for these dear old dogs!

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Bentley looks like a sweetheart! I guess in old age both dogs and humans are entitled to a few “quirks”! Wonder if feeding him his dinner a bit later might help him last longer until breakfast? Or what about a small snack before bed? Just a thought so that you would not have to get up earlier just to give him his breakfast.
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That is a great idea about feeding him a small snack before bed. I am going to try it tomorrow night. This all started when we came back to Rhode Island from Texas (we live part-time in both states). I usually go over to my daughter's house around 4:30 to help her with her small children (3 grandchildren under 4 years old) at dinnertime. Her husband works in Boston and gets home late. I do not get home until 7:30-8pm. That is when I started feeding Bentley at 4:30/5 so he wouldn't get stressed out waiting for me. He loves to eat and has never missed a meal. I will definitely try doing a small snack tomorrow night and see if that gets him through until 7:00 am again. I hate to think of him being so hungry he has to let out a small cry at 5:00am. After he eats he is so happy so I know it is not a medical issue.
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