D'Elle Posted April 22, 2018 Report Share Posted April 22, 2018 My Kit turned 16 in December, so now she is approaching 16.5 years old. I marvel at how well she is doing. She actually runs around the back yard first thing in the morning (I am talking 5AM, still cool outside), and invites Boo to play with her and he does. She runs for the first 50 feet or so of a walk, although soon after than she wants to walk slowly back to the house. She is eating well these days. She comes to me every morning without fail while I am having coffee and roo roo's at me until I put down the coffee and go play tug with her. And she is surprisingly strong still, still has long endurance for the game, although of course I am not as vigorous with her as I used to be. Her hind legs are going downhill. It is harder for her to get up the steps but she still does it without help. I was at the vet 6 months ago she said she thought Kit looked as if she did not feel good at all. I agree she looked that way, but since she had been fine that morning, and was fine afterward, I attribute her demeanor at the vet to the fact that she has always hated going to the vet, and she finds the slippery floor scary and difficult. She slipped on the floor and almost went down, and the vet said she was having trouble walking. Now, I really like this vet. But she told me I probably shouldn't wait much longer before euthanizing Kit. She did not believe me when I said Kit is different at home. I didn't know what to say to her. She said "don't wait until she can't get up to do it". But what other criteria would I have? She, like my Jester, has heart that will never quit. She is still enjoying her life, and I think that she will continue to enjoy it right up to the day that she cannot walk any longer. She is somewhat incontinent and I have to get up two or more times in the night to let her out. Sometimes she wets her bed. But she has never shown that she is upset by this and neither am I. What I am trying to say is that vets mean well but do not know the dog as well as we do. I am around Kit more hours each week than I am away from her, and she has been with me 10 years. I hate to feel my vet will criticize me, but don't know how to convince her that Kit is enjoying her life too much, still, for it to be time to let her go. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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