Great age comes to us all…if we’re lucky…

I just opened a brand-new can of Spam, and Ghost slept through it.

That has never happened before.
Can’t jump up onto platforms any more, either. Has to take the stairs into the Lair, can’t get into the back of a pickup.

I guess if your biggest problems come from getting old you don’t really have any problems worth the bother of complaint, but it’s still a little sad to see. Ol’ hellraising Ghost, an old man napping through the day.

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13 Responses to Great age comes to us all…if we’re lucky…

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    It’s hard to watch that happening… It’s much harder to live with it yourself, of course. At least we can sympathize with the old dogs and never let them suffer. Ghost looks as if he’s got a lot of time left… just at a much slower pace.

  2. Joel says:

    Oh, sure. He’s in great health, but he’s paying for an active youth. His joints hurt him noticeably sometimes, and he’s not a dog who advertises his hurts.

  3. MamaLiberty says:

    I’m sorry to hear he is in pain. Dogs don’t generally complain about that… of course, you just notice the effects of it such as not being willing to do the jumping and movement they used to enjoy. Maybe FurryDoc can suggest something for the pain. I don’t know if there is a dog safe chemical anti-inflammatory, but it’s probably expensive.

    Turmeric and cayenne pepper are known anti-inflammatory herbs, but I don’t know if a dog would/could take enough of either or both to do much good. I can’t take a lot of them at any given time, and certainly not often enough to prevent pain – even though I do try sometimes. When I’m having a bad pain day, I take capsules of both and it does seem to help, but it’s too much for my digestive system to handle very often.

    Don’t have a good answer, really. Just try to keep him warm when it gets really cold. The best thing I can do for my pain is not to get chilled, and sometimes I wander around here with three or four layers of clothes. He’s got a fur coat, of course, but it might not be enough, especially for legs and hips.

    Pat him for me, Joel. This reminds me sadly of watching my old dog Rascal go down this road. We can only do our best for our furry friends.

  4. Wolfman says:

    I feel ye… I finally admitted it and started calling my dog Ol’ Timer these days. He just turned 12, and all of a sudden he’s feeling all dozen of those years. Getting good and deaf these days, and having trouble bounding up on the bed, trouble in and out of the back of the pickup, when he used to not even wait for the tailgate to go down, in or out.

    They don’t last forever, but sometimes they last long enough.

  5. Judy says:

    Dad used Absorbine Jr. on his old hunting dog, as well as baby aspirin, after a trip to the vet to discuss what could be done to improve her mobility. She enjoyed three more years of hunting with Dad rubbing her down 3-4 times a day while they were out in the field.

  6. Ben says:

    Glucosamine isn’t cheap stuff, but I’ve heard success stories.

  7. M Ryan says:

    And then there will be one last perfect day…

    It’s a sad thing to watch and I feel for you. I know there will be more good days but Ghost has started on that slippery slope. On the plus side you have done well by Ghost and LB, better than a lot of folks would have.

  8. IM Jones says:

    If you can get dry MM leaves, which I think are usually tossed, you can crumble them up on his food. I know a lot of dogs in Alaska who are pain free from having M leaves in their kibble.

  9. R says:

    If Ghost is aging perhaps he should start some daily meds in liver flavored chew-able form. A glucosimine supplement plus Rimidal or the generic equivalent (a NSAID like Ibuprofin for humans).

  10. Mike says:

    When you get to be my age and have had dogs all your life, you’ve seen several go down this road. You’d think it would get easier but it actually seems to get more difficult. Each time the sense of loss has stung a lot more. Unfortunately, there’s no good answer.

  11. Mark Matis says:


    You’ll need a vet to give you a scrip for Ghost. Any vets among your readership? Of course, Ghost’s owner should take care of that. I think the standard dosage is 1 mg per pound of dog per day, although it wouldn’t hurt to start at a lower dosage. And you give it every day, not just when he’s in pain.

  12. coloradohermit says:

    It looks like those other people are wearing him out and he must come to your house to rest. And you just can’t compare a can of spam with the sausage you say he gets elsewhere. 😉

  13. wyowanderer says:

    I think I’d give up a year of life to have a dog that would live as long as I do.

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