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Old 08-17-2015, 07:38 PM
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I LOVE senior dogs. They are just so trusting and sweet. They need you to love them and take care of them and they will give you all of their heart. Senior dogs are special souls.

My Bella need a lot of special care her last years on this earth. She was nearly blind, fully deaf, had incontinence. She was diabetic, had a special diet, had to be closely monitored 24/7 but I would not have given up those memories, all the extra care she needed, for anything. Every day I wish I had her back so I could care for her some more.
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I LOVE senior dogs. They are just so trusting and sweet. They need you to love them and take care of them and they will give you all of their heart. Senior dogs are special souls.

My Bella need a lot of special care her last years on this earth. She was nearly blind, fully deaf, had incontinence. She was diabetic, had a special diet, had to be closely monitored 24/7 but I would not have given up those memories, all the extra care she needed, for anything. Every day I wish I had her back so I could care for her some more.
Aww what a beautiful sentiment. It sounds like Bella was very lucky to have you and you her. I am still grieving Flute, my Chi x who passed at 2 weeks off 16yrs. I feel blessed to have had a long happy life with her. Old dogs are something special.

Thanks for sharing this article and the others you share Meoshia, they always give me food for thought.
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Nice article. I wake up every morning and am thrilled when Zarita starts greeting me. She coughs so badly when she gets excited, I try to be just smiley, and cool when greeting her. She takes 3 meds now. I hope she dies in her sleep, and I don't have to make 'that' decision.
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Nice article. I wake up every morning and am thrilled when Zarita starts greeting me. She coughs so badly when she gets excited, I try to be just smiley, and cool when greeting her. She takes 3 meds now. I hope she dies in her sleep, and I don't have to make 'that' decision.
I had that hope, too. What a wonderful way to go......curled up, warm and cozy, near your human.

I wished beyond hope for that as well but it wasn't meant to be.

I hope Zarita finds peace that way. My heart goes out to you. Just keep loving her while you can.
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Thanks ladies. My babies are still fairly young, with the youngest approaching 2 and oldest approaching 5...this arrive gave me something to think about.
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Thanks ladies. My babies are still fairly young, with the youngest approaching 2 and oldest approaching 5...this arrive gave me something to think about.
When they become seniors and have specific problems you'll just know and you'll figure out ways to help them live a full life.

I know with Bella, when she went deaf we would talk into her head. I know that sounds crazy but it worked for her. We would hold her head against our lips and talk loudly to her. I think much of it was her understanding the familiar ups and downs of the sounds of she heard her whole life. Things you say a lot like, "wanna go for a walk", "car ride", "go outside for a pee-pee", or "I love you". I don't know exactly how it worked but I KNOW she understood us when we did that.

And when she was going blind we would put lavender scent on the top and bottom stair. We would put a contrasting coloured rug at the bottom of the stairs so she could make out the bottom of the stair case even if just shadows. etc.

There are soooo many things you can do to help them.
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Nice article.

I have had 4 senior chihuahua dog-ters who passed away. They were much loved and cared for to the very end. I still missed them all so much.

Lina was 10 years old when she died suddenly from an illness in October 2014. We adopted her when she was 3 years old from Kristin.

Bella will be 10 years old this year, a senior dog with gray fur growing around her head and neck area. I still remember the day we brought her home as a puppy.
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