|Barked: Tue Nov 20, '12 11:29am PST |
|@ Wizzie, I know it is hard, but sometimes we need to sort of "grow" with our loved ones as they change. I know that my mom, who I lost last year, was this totally amazing woman who ran a publishing house, traveled the world, was a matriarchal sort of a leader who could make everyone laugh with all of her quirk and charm....just this awesome and able person. And then she got Parkinsons and wasn't the same anymore. She had social anxiety, was more impatient, no longer able to have her grand adventures that in so many parts were such a definition of her. She was more into the simple things she could connect with, such as sun bathing, watching birds, enjoying her regular restaurant. It was more about seeing what she still could enjoy and accepting these other changes.
Dogs can be a lot the same as they age. They change. I think a part of it is that it's only human to miss what's not there anymore, to feel a little dismayed by the newer versions. But it sounds to me as if he still has a life. Do your best to love that life, and to do what you can to make it easier. It may be not so much a point of training, but managing, and somewhere inside embracing who he is. It's only human to really miss what is not there. But one day he'll really be gone, and then you'll miss all of him, in all measures. So do what you can to enjoy him in the now. It will make it a lot better when you do let him go that this wasn't some big downer. That through it all, you gave him a great life, he was happy and part of your family.
I totally get it about why you can't leave food down It's nice that he still has that food love I am pretty confident what you are seeing is that he's just using his nose more. So make the adjustments, in support of him just so it is not disruptive to your family harmony. Stay a family....the boys, Wizzie and all, while supporting him.
I also think by talking to the boys, it's a good life's lesson, a good preparation for a day to come at some point that he won't be there anymore. If they can love him through this, see some way they are supporting and making life easier, that's just very healthy.
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