Kiera, Graidy, Wink and Me

Life with Geriatric Animals

So. Life in the very slow lane. What does that look like?

Graidy is 18ish, Finn is 15 and Wink is 12. All are still going strong-ish.

But all now have heart problems. And Finn’s about to go get nuked with a radioactive shot to the tune of $3k to kill a benign tumor that’s making him hyperthyroid.

I know. It’s nuts. But I’m pathological. I can’t not do it, because Finn isn’t ready to go yet. These animals have been together all of their lives. They are their own family.

They move as one unit. Wherever I go, they all go.

So we have dog beds in every room because their old bones have a hard […]

By |2020-02-23T09:45:57-05:00February 29th, 2020|.My Dogs and Me, Life|0 Comments

17

This is what 17 looks like at our house.

Graidy, our white BC mix, is 17ish–we don’t know his age exactly since he came to us as a stray at about 1 yo.

He still runs around like a puppy. Nobody can believe he’s that old when they meet him.

Wink, our Cavelier is 11. Finn, our Maine Coon cat is 14. All going strong.

I think there’s longevity in the water here. (That and lots of love, high-quality food, and plenty of exercise.)

And, of course, good genes don’t hurt.

By |2019-04-19T11:35:43-04:00March 14th, 2019|.My Dogs and Me|0 Comments

Finding a Dog Sitter

Black dog with leash over noseI don’t know about you, but I’ve never felt comfortable leaving my dogs with anyone else. I tried a couple of dog boarding places over the years with mixed experiences.

One (a veterinarian boarding facility) was the worst experience of all. Another, a woman who had a great setup on her farm, was great for several years, but she closed up shop a few years ago.

And there’s one woman who has come to our house to sit–who is fabulous–but you have to book her months in advance. We never know what we’re doing next week, nevermind months in advance.  All of this has meant that Andrew and I […]

By |2018-11-12T10:14:34-05:00November 30th, 2018|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|0 Comments

It’s Official – Lyme Season Has Begun

Just pulled four dear ticks, the carriers of Lyme disease, off of Wink today — in March. Let the Lyme wars begin! :(

I’m too bummed to explain our Lyme protocol for you today, but I will give a refresher soon. Until then, you can review here where I have a photo of what a Lyme bulls-eye looks like, and here where I outline various options for tackling Lyme.

By |2018-02-27T15:27:55-05:00March 28th, 2018|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|0 Comments

Mind Meld

Several times a day, Graidy comes and sits on my lap, and then gently presses his forehead to my forehead, with his nose to my nose. He does this with deliberate precision, until we are staring eye-to-eye. Then he closes his eyes and breathes his warm breath on my face. I feel his body relax. We stay like this, merged, for several seconds.

I wonder, is he trying to read my mind? I’ve no doubt that if he could climb into my skin, he would; he loves me that much. Maybe he just needs to feel my breath on his face. I try to read his mind. I decide that I’m his touchstone […]

By |2018-02-27T14:53:22-05:00March 8th, 2018|.My Dogs and Me|0 Comments
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