Blame it on the Old Dog….Or am I Slowing Down Too?

My dog Finn is almost 13 years old. Hard to believe that he has been my sidekick for almost 9 years. He came up lame several weeks ago, which resulted in Old Human throwing out her neck carrying him to the eVet (he’s 50lbs, if you were wondering whether I was a wimp getting injured carrying a 5lb Chihuahua in the streets of Manhattan) and pain meds, anti-inflammatories and crate rest for the Old Guy.

Poor Lucy (my “puppy” who is no longer a spring chicken @ almost 7 years old) has had to deal with limited exercise as well since the Old Human doesn’t have enough energy to do too many separate exercise sessions. (Although the neck thing may have been due to our frisbee throwing session for what seemed to be HOURS. I’m going with the Carrying Finn Through the Streets of Manhattan story though.)

Aging just isn’t pretty, is it? In my head, I can still hike for hours, run top speed without warming up, and generally compete with my dogs for activity level. In reality, I have had to pace myself. I can still hike for hours but in cool temperature and my pace has slowed. (Finn’s fault). I can still run top speed without warming up but my top speed is now at a snail’s pace and I risk serious injury. And I now compete with my dogs for their inactivity level (they must sleep 20 hours a day) and relish my naps on the weekends.

I am blaming my Old Dog….but it really does sound suspiciously that the Human is getting old as well, doesn’t it?

On the good news front — Finn is off of crate rest, we got a couple hour window without rain in the mountains, and the three of us went for a nice amble on one of our favorite hikes. It took longer than it normally takes us, but I got to hunt for mushrooms, Lucy got to nose at all the critter holes along the hike and Finn was just happy to be out — as evidenced below!

  1. Nancy Charlton-Venezia said:

    We (the four-legged and two-legged people here) hear you. Our Willow is a 12 year old, arthritic lab who needs to be carried downstairs – she weights 60+ lbs. It’s tough to get old for all of us, but especially for our four-legged family members. He sure looks happy. Just keep up the good work with him.

    • It take so little for them to be happy, but it’s hard to see a dog that used to require a 5 mile run every day getting so tired by the end of the hike he’s ambling next to me. (Lucy, on the other hand, acts like a 1 year old. More on her soon.)

  2. Judy said:

    Yay for hiking whatever the speed and just for being outdoors! Finn does look happy, how much better can it get?

    • It is true! He really was happy to be out and about after being crated for 2 weeks!!

  3. jillian said:

    that is THE most adorable doggy smile! glad finn is feeling better 🙂

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