You know you’re a crazy dog lady when…

You know you’re a crazy dog lady when… You bring your dogs stool sample to work.

by Maureen Pelisson

I set off for work, with my laptop, breakfast and yes, my dogs stool sample. Wow, I’m definitely becoming a crazy dog lady or let’s face it – I’m already there. Maddie had me up at 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. with an upset stomach, I will leave out the disgusting details, I’m sure you can conjure up images in your own head.

The point of this post is that not only do I have a sick dog, but a sick, senior dog. Now, every illness makes me worry is it something bigger, does she have cancer? The thoughts swirl in my head as I watch her laid-out on her bed, clearly not feeling well.

She’s only eight, but she was officially declared a senior last year at the vets office and she’s a big dog, weighs 110+ pounds. And, I can’t imagine my life without her. I know it’s inevitable, but every time she gets sick I worry “is this it?”

Caring for a senior dog is so very different than carrying for a young dog; it’s another moment on the journey of caring for my first “adult,” dog, each experience brings a new challenge and a better understanding and appreciation for the bond and love of a beloved pet.

It breaks my heart to think that people give up on their senior dogs when they are no longer their youthful selves, dumping them at shelters, rescues or worse to fend for themselves, during the their time of need.

One thing Maddie never has to worry about is being dumped. She’s my companion for life and that’s how she will be treated, with the love and respect she gives without question – something she deserves in return.

So, if you’re going to get that cute puppy in the window, don’t forget that they do grow old, like we all do. And, they deserve to live the best life they can with their best friend by their side until the bitter end. Pets are a lifetime commitment – not an accessory!

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