Post # 1
We have a 16yr old border collie that my FI has had since he was a kid. She has bad arthritis and cataracts on her eyes and limps when she is walking. However she is generally happy. There is just one problem she is always trying to get out. She has broken two latches on the gate. She always comes back but I can’t figure out why she does this? Is it boredom. She is pretty vague sometimes and I am concerned that one day she just won’t remember where her home is or worse get run over. Does anyone else have this problem with their older dog? Any advice?
Post # 3
We had a 16 year old basset hound that eventually went sort of senile. He was completely blind and deaf. He used to love to be touched, for example he would lay at anybody’s feet just to feel and make sure someone was there. Once he got older he would do this but then all of a sudden get up, walk around the house crying as if he “forgot” he wasn’t home alone. We’d walk over to him, gently touch him and get him to follow us back to wherwere were. He’d be fine for a few but then get up and do it again. He was SUCH a happy dog, and was not in pain so we could never bring ourselves to put him down or anything, he was just going a little nuts. The only advice I have it to just be patient, yes it can frustrating, even annoying, but I’d remember that she may not have much time left with you. Eventually our dog stopped eating and was vomiting blood and not moving as much so we knew it was his time to go as we couldn’t stand to see him in pain. Sorry I don’t have better advice, hope you figure out how to keep her safe 🙂