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I know she is 14...what type of dog is she? Have you brought her to the vet?
Our old dog Carrie just turned 14 in December and is really going down hill. She has been losing wait recently, has lost 90% of her hearing, doesn't see well, and has frequent accidents. Now she is arthritic and the baby aspirin doesn't help much. She spends most of her days in our heated garage dog door access to a secure side yard but she wants to come in the house less and less... I think because she can't control her bowls and feels really bad about her accidents. Starting at the first of the year, when she does come inside, she won't curl up somewhere like she used to but instead roams from room to room and we find her in random places just staring at the wall.
I know she's getting old but I'm having a hard time coming to terms with how to decide it's time to put her to sleep. She has been a part of our family for almost 14 years. She was here to welcome our children, warm our first house, and keep us safe and happy for all these years. It seems wrong to just get rid of her because she's old or inconvenient. It also is wrong for our good girl to suffer needlessly... I guess I just don't know where that line is.
Does anyone who has BTDT have any advice for me? Even just a hug would be good tonight!
She was always a jumper and could escape any fence we built. We finally securred our side yard with a 10 foot fence with cement blocks all the way around... we call it doggy Alcatraz. I wish I still had that problem to deal with.