Monday, October 2, 2017

When He's Not Sure He Wants to Come In

When Jim's been out in the yard for a while, and I call him to come in......


Just a little peak around the corner so maybe I won't see him.....

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Prince and the Pea

We are down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on our usual September trip after the summer rental season ends. It is our chance to enjoy a less busy beach and also clean up after a summer of not-always-so-kind-to-our-condo renters. There is always wear and tear, lots of sand, wall scuffs, you name it messes that need an owner's attention to detail. This year the bedroom carpet was ready to be replaced. A cleaning just wasn't going to cut it so we decided to go with a permanent solution, and have the bedroom tiled. This was the only area with carpet and it was where Jimmy and Wilson would hang out, enjoying the softer floor. We knew tiling in there would mean needing to bring dog beds. I had thrown a few in the hallway while vacuuming up the never ending sand. (I love the beach but not the sand crunching under foot in the condo!)

Here's what I saw when I turned around.....

My Prince!

Now, of course this tile job meant emptying the room of everything. Not only is tile work a hideously dirty job, it takes more than one day to complete. So we had to pile everything from the bedroom into the kitchen/dining room/living room area. The condo isn't big and it was quite the frustrating mess, but once again, Prince Wilson took it in stride.....


Jimmy was loudly demanding breakfast and Wilson was hoping for breakfast in bed.

We've been so busy working around the condo (since the bedroom was empty, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to paint it. Sounds like a great "vacation", doesn't it? LOL!) so I have barely so much as booted up my laptop this past week. I know I missed Wordless Wednesday and have no new ideas for this week either. Gasp! I guess my "W" brain is taking a vacation, too!

Owning a beach condo can be a lot of work but I never get tired of waking up to this.....



Or watching the day end out the back window either, for that matter.....


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Walking on the Eggshells of Old Age

My blog is about the journey I am taking with my two wonderful dogs. Unfortunately, the path doesn't always lead me in the direction I would prefer....

This week I took Wilson, who is now 14 and 4 months, to the vet for a senior check-up. I had noticed he was having trouble chewing a beef tendon he had been eating fine for years. I thought we might find a cracked tooth. Because Wilson takes an anti-inflammatory for his arthritis, I asked for a blood test also. Those drugs can be hard on the liver.

Well, his mouth checked out just fine, a bit of gingivitis being the only problem. What I wasn't expecting was the bad news we received on his blood work. His kidney values are all well past high-normal which indicates he is in the beginning phases of kidney failure! This really caught me off guard, as his last blood test was in February and all was perfect. My vet called us back in for a blood pressure test as kidney problems and high blood pressure go hand in hand, sort of a chicken or the egg relationship. Well, his blood pressure was on the moon!

So overnight I went from thinking I had a healthy old man to one that has started his decline. Kidney failure, when chronic, isn't an immediate death sentence, but a more gradual slide into bad health. It is also very common in older dogs. For now I am treating the high blood pressure with drugs, adding a supplement called Azodyl to his food to help remove the toxins his kidneys are no longer cleaning out, and another supplement to reduce the amount of phosphorus his body absorbs. Unfortunately, he can no longer take his arthritis medicine regularly anymore as it is hard on the organs. Hopefully he won't be too uncomfortable. My vet recommended I switch his diet to the prescription version of Science Diet or Royal Canin. Not gonna happen! I will do my research and find a higher quality food. FaceBook friends recommended a prescription diet from Darwin's that sounds like a much better choice. This is all new to me, so an education is in order. Hopefully it will all come together to slow the speed of Wilson's decline. There's a very good chance he will still be here this time next year, fingers, toes and all four paws crossed!

Here's my sweet old man on a recent morning.....

He's worried about where his breakfast is,
 and that's a very good thing
for a kidney patient!




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