I'm doing the right thing by my dog.
Lily has developed some anxiety. When we're in a new situation or location, she starts trembling all over. She pants heavily and develops a little froth on her lower lip. This is a dog who always loved meeting new people and other dogs, but now? Well, she turned 8 in November, which is very senior for a bulldog, and I have had to make the decision to retire her from Wags for Hope before we even get started.
This is the best thing; I know it. I won't do anything that compromises her happiness, not for one second. She's been the best dog we've ever had, and though I'd love to share her with others, she has made it quite clear that she wants to live out her sunset years with a daily walk, a lot of naps, and no new experiences.
I'll continue working with Bodhi to get him fully trained, and maybe someday I'll get him evaluated to see if he would be right for the program. None of this will stop me from volunteering with Hospice, but I will miss having my dog with me. I hope that Bodhi will be able to join me at some point.
Meanwhile, I need to give Lily a little nudge. Her snoring is a bit like a chainsaw right now! I feel like I need protective ear plugs!
Peace - D