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Journal Entry: Thu Feb 7, 2013, 9:37 AM

Sorry I've been a little bit absent lately. Long story short, my geriatric dog has been out of shape lately and requires a lot of attention and care. He is 17 and a half years old, according to the vet he would be around 110 years in human years. Last week he fell down the stairs at 3 am, woke us up screaming and got hurt kinda bad... he's getting better, but he needs a lot of love and painkillers. As with any old body, recovery is slow.

On the bright side, we now have a funny safety door blocking the stairs, and my cats have been having lots of fun playing with it :slow:

My doggy has been with us since I was super little and we spent many hours playing together every day. We grew up together. He has been with me in every situation I can think of, and he means the world to me. The vet always mentions that he is in an extraordinary shape for his old age, all his organs are functioning normally, he doesn't need any medication, he still has all his teeth, etc. All the special care he needs is some help with the stairs and a diet full of fiber and low on fat. He has some minor arthritis, but he still walks and plays with my cats. Actually he has never had any major health issues, he has always been healthy... all of the troubles he's ever had have been caused by falls, this and one broken ankle years ago when we were playing fetch. The vet was actually surprised he could still play fetch :giggle:

He's partly at fault that we have so many cats... he likes cats, but he absolutely hates dogs. So we never had any other dogs, but cats kept coming in every few years. My goal is to make sure he gets to 20 years old still in great shape, and one day beat the record for the oldest dog alive (I think the current record is over 29 years).

Oh and I also got a small cold, but luckily that came and went rather quickly.

So I'm going to play catch up with my notes and comments, and finish all the things I want to do for Artisan Crafts week at projecteducate. I think I haven't submitted anything in over a week, I have a huge backlog but I don't like submitting too many things at once, I feel like I'm spamming your inboxes x.x I'm a tiny bit low on DDs so they would be very much appreciated! I'm also sorry to the people waiting for their commissions, I'm going to work extra hard this weekend to finish as many as possible :(

I dunno if I should write more personal or craft blogs like this, today I felt like it to vent some of the stress I've been having worrying over my doggy. I'm not sure if they would be interesting at all :stupidme:

and I'm still so angry that the Ravens won :shakefist:

Everything will be all right in the end. If it's not all right, then it's not the end.
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marwa15 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaa i really hope ur dog feels better dear :giggle:
MayEbony Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gosh, what a horrible experience for you and your darling doggy :iconchibispainplz: I'm so pleased that he's coming through it - and that you have a kiddie gate to keep him safe now. We've had 2 dogs live to be 18 and one of them got into the fish pond when we were out. She was very blind and doddery (unstable on her feet) and it seems she couldn't get out and she drowned, it was heart-breaking. We never dreamed she would fall in there and if she'd turned in the right direction she could easily have walked out.
:iconssaattr: I think everyone here is happy to support you in anything you need to vent about. You're a person with feelings as well as a wonderful CV :iconssaattr:
claremanson Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow what a great dog! My dog was on heart meds by 12 years old, gone by 14. You must have taken amazing care of him over the years for him to be going so strong.
Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your dog must be WonderDog or something, to still be in that good of shape at such an age. I hope he'll recover and live many, many more years. And I love that he loves your cats. That's my kind of dog right there. I approve. :giggle:

Haha, you and my mom are kindred spirits: she was rooting for the '49ers, too and was soooo bummed when they lost. I gave her a hard time about it 'cause I was voting for the Ravens. :giggle:
Talty Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! He really is, he's amazing :D and yup, he saw all my cats come and he's welcomed them all :D

aaaah you XD your poor mom, I understand her feelings! Luckily, or unluckily, we all rooted for the 49ers here, so we were all sad but no one gave us a hard time.
Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! Not too many dogs are like that. At least, from what little knowledge I have about dogs. I've always been a cat person. :heart:

Hehehe. She was ribbing me about how the '49ers were going to have roasted bird for dinner or whatever, so I didn't feel too bad when I got to poke fun at her when her team ended up getting whipped by said birds instead. :giggle: But who knows, maybe the '49ers will make it to the super bowl again next year. :D
madgabber Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
That's a really impressive age! It's a hard thing to go through, but I'm glad your baby is still in pretty good shape. My husband's two dogs that he's had since he was little aren't doing too well, and it's a really sad thing to watch, seeing them in the shape they're in, compared to how they used to be. But we're just glad to still have them. (: Take care of that sweet puppy! :heart:
Talty Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I know exactly what you mean, he's been feeling down lately and I can't help but remember the little doggy that used to run around the house with me all day long, or out in the park for hours until we were exhausted. He's been having troubles standing for too long since this happened, so it's kinda sad even tho I know he will get better once this is over. I understand what you guys feel and I wish your dogs the best too! :huggle:
waterdancer Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
aw, i hope your dog feels better! :<
Talty Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :huggle: me too :slow:
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