|Barked: Sun Apr 10, '11 10:54am PST |
|Sometime ago one of the posts asked people to introduce their senior dog, and as I saw the various ages of the dogs being posted, quite honestly my initial reaction was that Kodie was not yet a senior. He will be nine in June, but I just hadn't considered him a senior yet.
A month ago my 20 year old brother was home for spring break and towards the end he mentioned to me that Kodie seemed to be sleeping quite a bit, and that in general he was slowing down. Today I talked with my dad on the phone and he mentioned that he has noticed Kodie's stamina for fetching has been going down. Not that there seems to be something wrong with him, but as he said, "Kod just seems to be slowing down." Of course then I thought back to when I adopted my precious boy three years ago, come June, and realized that he does appear to just be mellowing out, and slowly slowing down. He still plays, he still runs, but the evidence is their that my precious boy is getting older.
Has any one ever had this realization, and wanted to scream at the unfairness in it? I only adopted Kodie three years ago. My Kodie was born into a hoarders home, had a good first home, and then was passed around to dog knows how many neglectful homes, until he was picked up by a good sam and brought to the shelter I was vol. at. I have always said those years now don't matter, esp after the first year of rehab turned him back into a dog, but now I'm upset at all those lost years! It seems unfair. Alas, I know, life isn't fair.
Also, I've always taken some comfort in that knowledge that poodles supposedly don't slow down per se. They tend to be fine and energetic, till six months or so before they pass away, and the fact that Kodie is gradually slowing down scares me. His teeth are in great condition, but he was born into a hoarding house, with a mess of genetics, and has had some med. issues. Lit. seems to give a huge variation on standard poodles. Anywhere from 11-14, to just saying, "be grateful for anything over 10." It makes me nervous that what with his genetics, the neglect, and his breed I have nothing to gage it on. I know that sounds illogical.
I had to put down my last poodle 2.5 years ago at age 18, and she followed the 6 month pattern. I had expected Kodie to follow that too, but I just feel lost now. Darn it, I know I could have years left with him but I already feel like yelling to the powers that be, that he is too young to slow down. Anyone ever felt this or dealt with these feelings? Or am I just going nuts, haha, which is poss.
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