|Barked: Sat Oct 8, '11 7:05am PST |
|Ok, I'm not really getting younger, but I have more freedom to go on longer hikes and outings than I used to back when the Sankster was in his prime.
I find myself more often than not leaving Sanka at home while Kato and I go out for a long trek. I feel so bad doing it, but ...Sanka just can't do it.
Well, he could, just at a snails pace and after about 1500 breaks...taking a 2 hours hike and turning it into a 5 hour hike.
I knew this would happen. It's a big reason why I got Kato...so I could have that hiking buddy to accompany me on these long hikes. But man, it really weighs on my mind.
I have to fill a kong, place it in a direction facing away from the door, then either sneak away or bolt like heck for the door so Sanka doesn't notice me leaving without him. It just feels...mean? I don't know.
And when he does notice...those barks of betrayal really hurt. Like "how could you! Take me too!"
Ok, ok...that's humanizing a bit much but I can't help it.
Is anybody else going through the same thing? Older dog and a younger dog?
What do you do with your older dog? I'll still take Sanka on hikes with me. He's not totally shut out. But there are days where my hikes are longer...so he doesn't get to go out.
His legs still work. He's got all the ambition in the world to trek for miles and miles. But he just tires quickly. I did overdo it with him once. He'll just keep trekking. As long as their is unexplored land in front of him, he'll keep going. But he totally suffered after I overdid it with him. Walking with a limp. His brain was happy...his legs, not so much.
Ugh..ok. I'm going to stop talking now.
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