This is where Jackie’s story begins. My tales of Jackie and me will hopefully provide you with tips and knowledge of what having a true best friend is all about, not to mention lessons I have learned. Living with a dog of Jackie’s caliber has been some of the best times of my life.
The Golden Years
The golden years are some of the best years you will have with your dog! They are very comfortable with you and their surroundings. Your best friend and you will come to know each other so well; there won’t be any need for words. Enjoy the golden years together!
I recount the time before our Jackie passed hoping that many our readers will find some comfort in helping them make the right decision when the time comes.
On January 29 I woke up to an immobile Jackie. Every time she tried to get up she just splayed on all fours. She just wanted to lay down and be left alone. Every time someone came close it was like she couldn’t bear the sight of them and would twist her head so far away. She wouldn’t eat anything and only drank small sips of water. It was completely heart wrenching to see my Jackie in such bad shape. We immediately called our vet Dr. Suzie. What we found out was she had something called “Old Dog” Syndrome or Vestibular Disease. This saved her life!
Your senior pet may be getting slower and have arthritis, but that doesn’t mean she or he should stay at home once it starts snowing. Our senior pets benefit tremendously from regular safe exercise. During the winter season, this means we owners need to make sure our pets are ready to go outside before that door opens!