I don't want this to be an All Dogs All The Time blog ('specially for blackbird's sake), but right now it's either that or moan about my job (34 more excruciating days of school) and my parents (wait 'til you hear the new plan). Let's run with the dogs instead. Except we can't exactly run. It will be more of a hobble due to April's arthritis.
Have I mentioned that she is 16 years old? But you saw her on that video, right? She still loves to go on a walk, she still greets us happily. I don't think it's time yet, if you get my drift.
April is being treated with
- daily doses of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
- injections of Adequan
As I mentioned in video #1, she is a little off her feed at times so I am always cooking up some burger or scrambling some eggs to encourage her to eat.
For the last week, her appetite has been horrible. She ate nothing at all for 2 days in a row and we were wringing our hands in despair. NOOOOOOOOO! WE'RE NOT READY FOR THIS!
April refusing warm, freshly-cooked burger.
But Maureen in Alaska (Hi Maureen!) left a helpful hint in the comments that baby food might tempt her appetite. I picked some up yesterday and it was like a miracle drug. I only gave her half of her usual dry food, and then mixed in chicken with gravy and some "chicken sticks" and damn if she didn't eat every single bit of it. With gusto!
Later on, I took her out for a very short leash walk, only 2 blocks so as not to inflame her joints, and I walked as slowly as she wanted to, and waited patiently while she meticulously sniffed every blade of grass on the way. She didn't get overly tired and her legs weren't collapsing when we got back home.
She even took up her usual place in the kitchen when I did the dishes.
And this morning she ate her full ration of dry food along with the baby food. I am encouraged.
It would be fantastic if she could have a really happy, mostly pain-free summer, and then die unexpectedly in her sleep one night right before we go on vacation.
So, whoever's in charge of that shit, could you please arrange it?