Doodle Daze – A blog about a labradoodle

The Old Man
January 10, 2019, 12:15 pm
Filed under: health, labradoodle | Tags: , ,

Barney’s 12th birthday is in 6 days. And he has definitely reached the grumpy old man phase of his life.

Grumpy: he has begun barking whenever he feels that he needs more attention than we’re giving him. Closed a door to meet up with a client – barking for a lot longer than before. Going to bed and he wants attention (cause he can no longer go up the stairs to our bedroom) – barking. He’s in another room then you are – barking (and no, he doesn’t actively think that he could come join us unless we call him in).  He also does this cute growly thing to get your attention if he’s in the room and wants something (like a walk or just attention). Grumpy!

Old: he wants to lie on the hardwood floors because they are either warmer or cooler than his bed but he also struggles to get up from the floor because of his bad hind quarters. Guess who likes to lie on the floor in the middle of the night but then tries to move and can’t? Guess what he does at 4am when he’s frustrated with this? Yup, bark. He also is starting to need to pee early am. He’s been so good since we got him about being able to hold his pee for hours and hours. It’s not surprising that he’s hitting an age where he needs to go in the middle of the night (heck, I’m there too). So, 4:30am this morning – barking. Bah.

Despite the old grumpy stage, we’re still so happy to have him in our lives. He’s gotten a bit cuddlier and definitely loves his belly rubs. His tummy seems to be doing okay and we’re trying to manage his arthritis.  We see the vet today for a blood test and to talk about his hind quarters as he’s struggling a bit with one of his legs (he doesn’t seem to be able to hold his weight on it and hops at times so as to not use it).

He still does doodle dashes once in a grand while though I try to discourage it as his legs will often give out in the midst of a turn and he struggles afterwards with soreness. At 12, he’s a grumpy old man who wants to be a puppy.

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