May 17, 2012
My eye sight is going, I need to lose weight, my hips sway when I walk, doing stairs is tricky... man it's tough getting old. Oh wait, I am supposed to be talking about Buddy the 10 year old senior Golden, not myself.
Ten year old Buddy joined our household last Friday. He is a purebred GR, now UTD, and approximately 110 pounds of sheer love. He has the typical senior white face, lots and lots of beautiful fur streaked with gray, and although 30 pounds overweight is in really good health for a senior dog.. Buddy was an outdoor dog used to being on a tie up, although he did sleep indoors. He has adjusted to indoor life with very little effort. He is allowed to free roam when I am gone and he is completely house broken. He sleeps in the kitchen at night, I have tried to bring him into my room, or let him free roam, but he is very restless. . . when confined in the kitchen he settles right down and I don't hear a peep all night. He understands sit and come, and loves to chase my stuffed Frisbee. He absolutely can't wait for our daily walks and after just one day, I let him walk on his own with a trailing leash on, (just in case). We go over to RDs favorite dog field and they run, and smell, and run and smell and then Buddy walks and smells, and walks and smells... He does need a little work to get back into shape, but appears more than willing to put in the effort. A good inspiration for FM, I must say!
His vet check went very well, he was a trooper and put up with all the poking and prodding and all his labs came back showing a healthy dog. He does have typical Golden ears, so they are being treated, and we are going to put him on some thyroid meds to help with his weight loss. He also has the start of cataracts in both eyes, but nothing to be concerned about at this point. He is getting groomed on Friday, and I am going to get him a very short summer cut, his coat is so thick and he is already warm in it.
I have to confess, I fell in love with this boy the moment I laid eyes on him. He is a sweet, sweet boy. I think he would fit well in just about any type of household, he just wants love and attention. Note: I have a new kitten in my household and we are having to keep him separated. He is so interested in her, he just can't help himself. He is not threatening, just very curious, and his sheer size is a little too much for baby kitty. I think a cat used to bossing dogs around would do just fine.
Well, Mr. Buddy has been so busy these past two weeks, that FM feels like his personal assistant. First, his groom. All his feathers are gone, he smells good, and the heavy layers were brushed out. He is so handsome now! His follow up vet check went well, although his ears were still gunky and FM continues cleaning them and putting in drops.
He has started on thyroid meds and is now micro chipped. He is such a good boy at the vet, although he really doesn’t like anyone fussing with his ears. I have to sneak the cleaning and drops in while I give him loves and hugs.
The kitty chaos has definitely calmed down in the house, with RD, FD and RC all living in peace and harmony. Okay, maybe not exactly that, LOL, but they have worked out a play schedule that works for them. This morning RC wanted to try going outside for the first time, so the three of them hung out together while FM supervised. It went surprisingly well, no one chased Ms. Kitty and in fact both RD and FD played with her. Can you say ADORABLE? Buddy now calmly accepts kitty kisses and does not participate in the undignified chasing that goes on between RD and RC.
Eating continues to be a bit of a challenge, he doesn’t particularly care for kibble, but neither does RD, so I am making lamb stew and adding it to their kibble. It is all natural with lamb, water, carrots, celery and potatoes. He loves it and eats all his veggies like a good boy! He does love treats, I put his thyroid tab in a little piece of cheese or hot dog, and he sits patiently for it and takes it very gently.
I discovered that Buddy definitely misses his teenage peeps. I had my niece and a friend with me last weekend and he just could not get enough attention from them. They, of course, were happy to give it. When it was time for bed, they each took one of my couches in the living room and when I told Buddy it was time to go to the kitchen to sleep, he simply refused. He looked right at me, laid down right on the floor in between the couches and simply would not get up. WHO COULD FIGHT THAT?
Last, but not least, we took our first trip to the lake over Memorial weekend. Buddy enjoyed the water by walking back and forth in it, but fetching or swimming did not seem to interest him. He was very content to hang out wherever the action was happening. Both dogs slept well all the home and most of the next day!
Buddy is an amazing companion and will make his forever family very happy. Come meet him, I guarantee love at first sight!
I am pleased to say that Buddy has been adopted.
We have been meaning to send an update on Buddy. He has settled well in to our family in Fargo ND!
We had to put our 15 year old Standard Pomeranian down about 3 weeks after adopting Buddy. His kidneys were failing and he had not been doing well for the past year. He was also Buddy so for a short time we had Little Buddy and Big Buddy.
Big Buddy is walked at least three times a day and we have gotten his weight down. He is doing really well and no one would guess that he is 10 years old. He takes trips to the dog park and runs and plays with the other dogs. He is so calm and gentle and gets a lot of love in our home. We are hoping that Big Buddy's final years are the best of his life.
Here are a couple of pics of Buddy - one chilling on the patio at the lake and the other resting after a busy afternoon at the dog park.
Thank you for bringing such a special friend in to our lives.
The A Family