(Closed) Old Fur Babies

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

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 # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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.  ๐Ÿ™ 

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 # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lazybuttalented:  Oh no ๐Ÿ™ 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.

HUGS 

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