Monday, February 9, 2009

Retired Already

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

16 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

Yes, you seem to be making the proper choice for the baby. They do get settled into their own routines...much like old folks. They don't care for change.
Such a lovie. Enjoy!

Moannie said...

That picture is so moving. Poor sweet Lily.Hugs for you, Milou is seven this year and not quite the eager pup. I do know how you must feel.

Mental P Mama said...

Sweet Lily. She will be waiting, happily, when you and Bodhi return;)

Liara Covert said...

Animal psychiatrists are very busy professionals!

Syd said...

It sounds like you made the right decision. I hope that Lily will enjoy each day without stress.

Lorna said...

Doris, you are a good Dog Mom. You are doing what you think Lily would be happiest with. I like that.
~Lorna

Maggie May said...

Oh that's sad. Never mind, her well being is more important. Hope you manage to get Bhodi trained for action.

Akelamalu said...

When our pets get older it's only fair to them to let them retire and live the what time they've got doing the things they enjoy. :)

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

A daily walk and lots of naps. I think I'm good with that for my twilight years, too! :)

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

DOnt fret all will be well...

saz xx

((hugs))

Hilary said...

Aww disappointing, but you're a good momma who takes her cues from her behavior.

Cloudia said...

I commend you. After a bit over a year of weekly hospice visits I decided that it was enough (for now). Thanks for all you do. aloha-

tysdaddy said...

We have a pug named Shadow that is going on 11 years old. Very old for a pug. And she's much like your dear bulldog . . . not really up for much anymore. Yet she is my hero in so many ways . . .

Sleep well, Lily.

ConverseMomma said...

Oh sweet puppy. How lucky to have someone like you taking care.

Jay said...

That's very disappointing but I'm absolutely sure you made the right choice. Therapy dogs need to be completely happy in what they do. Every week, every single week, I assessed The Princess to make sure she was still happy to jump into the car (she knew her special collars and where she was going), jump out at the other end, AND trot happily into the buildings. If she had begun to baulk, she would have been retired.

It's a shame, but you are doing right by Lily. If she still continues to be anxious, try the Comfort Zone plug-in. It doesn't always work for all dogs, but we have found it very useful.

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