Duffy is now 13. He has been a great pet and friend but I am concerned we are getting to the end. While his appetite and overall health seems okay.....I see the following:
1. His back spin nerves are very sensitive. If I pet him anywhere below the shoulders, his back legs react - usually collapsing him to the floor. This has been the case for a year or two.
2. He has a harder time going up and down stairs. I do help him up the stairs by pushing him from his back side and downstairs I hold his collar for balance. I also just carry him.
3. His standing strength is weakening and he does stumble a bit.
#3 seems to be my biggest issue. Other than the Fountain of Youth what can I do? He has never liked walking but I suppose I need to really get him out walking?
I know once I was at the vet and a woman brought her dog walking with the assistance of an under-belly harness. After about 45 minutes she left without the dog crying so I envision this is my Duffydawg's future fate....