Post # 1
Hi Everyone! New here but long time lurker in the shadows. I wanted to see how moms to older dogs deal.
Little background, my grandparents had a cocker spaniel (Pepe) that they always said belonged to my brothers and I. Well, when they both sadly passed in 2008 he came home with us. Pepe was already an adult by that time and always has been an outside dog. Now, we keep his hair short and he has a fully covered deck with a fan outside for him. He’s super spoiled.
Here’s where I get emotional.
He somewhat lost his eyesight because he bumps into things, has gray hair and I think he’s actually starting to lose hair too. I always feel guilty that I don’t play with him enough but whenever I try he kinda just ignores me. Haha. I already came to the conculsion he rather just sit peacefully outside with my family and eat his snacks.
Is this normal for older dogs? Was it hard for you to accept the fact your baby is just getting old? I cry when I think about I won’t have him forever he is the only part of my grandparents I still have. 🙁
Post # 3
Its normal. My baby is 13 now, he’s lost a lot of his eyesight and is almost completely deaf. He gets around ok because he’s lived here for so long, but he’ll sometimes get spooked easily. If he’s sleeping and I have to wake him up, I have to gently nudge whatever he’s laying on to ease him out of sleep, or he’ll jump up, completely terrified.
He’s a jack russell terrier though, so he’s still got plenty of feist still in him. He’ll try to run and play with the bigger dogs, and I always have to intervene because they’ll get too rough and he cant keep up.
Somedays are worse than others and he’ll pretty much sleep the entire day through.
I cry about it at least once a week. Whenever he has his bad days, I pretty much just sit around with him curled up on my chest and just cuddle with him. I’ve had him since I was 10, so he’s seriously my baby.
Post # 4
I don’t have a dog, but we have an old cat. She will be 16 in a couple weeks. We got a pair of kittens when we were young, one for my sister and I. My girl passed away in 2006 but my sister’s is still around. We think she is going deaf because she always used to be terrified of the vacuum but lately doesn’t care unless it’s right beside her. She is a lot slower than she used to be and can’t jump as much but we just want to pamper her for the rest of her days. She has a myriad of health problems, all treatable with medications daily but we know it won’t last. It is definitely very sad because we basically grew up with her. It was awful when my Squirt died because it was the same way with her, but that was 6 years ago so we are even closer to Snowy because of that time.
It’s totally reasonable to cry and be sad, pets are such an important part of the family – no different than anyone else in our family.
Post # 5
@allyfally: This actually made me cry 🙁 Mine sleeps alot too. When I go outside to look for him and I call him if he doesn’t pop up instantly I start to panic.
Post # 6
It’s so hard having older pets. I had a sweet boy that lived to be 17. He was fairly perky for about 15 of those years but he didn’t play much because he was old and tired. He vision started to go a few years before but right before I had to have him put down he started losing his hearing too. He was a special soul and it tore my heart out when his life was over. 🙁
Even though I know it’s impossible not to worry just try to enjoy him. He sounds happy and content and I’m sure you’re grandparents are smiling down on all of you all.
Post # 7
Well.. Monday he passed away…
My little brother came to my room in the morning and said, “Pepe passed away.”
I got up from bed and was like..are you sure?! He said yes that he wasnt breathing.
I went outside and sure enough he was there. I started to cry and called my dad and told him. It was the worst when he said well just wrap him in his blanket and put him in his dog house.
It felt so ugly to be picking up his little cold body and put him in his house..I told him I loved him and petted his head. My dad came home early and picked him up and took him to my grandparents to bury him there.
My backyard feels so quiet and lonely now. I keep crying and crying. He is with my grandparents now.
Well, there is my update. :'(
Post # 8
@lazybuttalented: Oh no 🙁 I am so, so sorry about Pepe.
It is always so incredibly hard to lose a pet. My childhood dog passed away 4 years ago and I still think of him all the time, and still cry sometimes. He was 13, I’d had him since I was 7.