|Barked: Sat Jun 25, '11 8:52am PST |
|Age seems to have really caught up with the Sankster this year.
I've been noticing a lot of little things.
He has a really hard time catching treats I toss to him. He can't seem to see them very well. He's taken to just guessing. He'll see my hand move like I'm tossing the treat, and he'll just open his mouth wide and close it in the hopes he caught something.
He needs breaks on walks. He's usually the energizer bunny, but now he's actually just stopping walking and standing there to take a break. Even moreso, he'll actually sit or lay down! This is totally from the norm for Sanka. Outside the house, him laying down is a rarity.
He makes wide circles to turn around. Sanka needs plenty of space to turn around now. He's like a semi...wide turns.
He can't remember which food bowl is his. I've been feeding him from the same spot for 11 years. 2 years ago, I added Kato. Kato's bowel is about 4 feet to the right of Sanka's bowl. For the first year and a half, there were no problems. Sanka ate from his bowl, and left Kato's alone. Sanka will now eat out of his bowl, get a drink, and then walk over to Kato's bowl to finish what he thinks he had started. When I go to divert him from eating Kato's food, he freezes as if I'm going to scold him or something. I guide him over to his bowl, and it's like a little light clicks on. "Oh yeah, this is my bowl. Thanks!"
There are a few more little things, but, I think you get the picture.
What are some little things you're noticing from your senior dog?
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