As many of you know, I have a beautiful terrier-mix named Cali…
I have to say that Cali is the “love of my life.” She was rescued from a local humane society at six weeks old in October of 2001. That means she was most likely born about this time of year which makes her fifteen years old.
Not to be sappy and/or syrupy, but having Cali has changed me – for the better. She’s been a loving and stabilizing force in my life.
However, she’s an “old girl” now…
She’s a picky eater, has arthritis that affects her hips, and sleeps much of the time. I know that she always won’t be with me, but in her “senior years” I want to make her as comfortable (and happy) as possible.
Therefore, I want to share some things I’ve discovered and tried to assist her in the aging process.
After the “big C” scare two years ago, I switched her food to Blue Buffalo for Senior Dogs. I wanted to “up the game” and try and feed her a more nutritious food. Previously, she had eaten Purina One and loved it. Apparently, Cali felt that Blue Buffalo didn’t taste “delicious.” I hand fed her, mixed the kibble with wet food, etc… She would only eat it when she was “starving.” Stupid me, I finally switched her back to Purina One for Senior Dogs.
In my house I have saltillo tile floors and laminate flooring in the master bedroom. Due to her arthritis and basic instability, Cali would “slip and slide” on the floors. Again, stupid me. I put throw rugs near her bed and feeding bowl. Problem solved. Tonight at Dollar Tree I found some baby socks with tread dots in the soles. Score! They really help Cali with slipping on the tile/laminate floors. They fit “perfectly” on her feet!
When you have an older dog, the primary goal is to make them comfortable but allow for some “easy” exercise. There’s a very nice park near my house and I try to do an a.m. and p.m short walk with Cali. I know her hips are very arthritic now, and I “almost” bought something for her until I saw this video on YouTube. (Sorry for the buzzing sound at the beginning of the video, but it goes away later.)
This is an easy “harness” to make out of a reusable grocery bag to support your dog’s hips. I have to say I was quite surprised that it “worked like a charm!” A woman actually stopped her car on the street and remarked that she had done the same for her aging dog. 🙂
Yes, I know that Cali won’t live forever.
However, with a little know-how and inspiration I’ll be able to keep my “best girl” comfortable and loved in her senior years…