Friday, August 18, 2017

Candle Ceremony for Scout

On Monday nights there is a pet loss candle ceremony.  When Scout's ashes came home, we participated in the ceremony.  It has been a month now since Scout crossed the bridge.  He is greatly missed and thought of often.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Litany of Lasts...

We've come to the very difficult decision that we need to release Scout from our care back into the hands of his Creator.  And so with a very heavy heart we being the litany of lasts:

  • last massage to ease his muscles and arthritis
  • last Saturday walk at the rec. center
  • last awkward gallop across the wood floor to the backdoor to go outside
  • last dinner
  • last Bison pot roast leftovers
  • last before bed walk
  • last bedtime treats
  • last Pawbender icecream
  • last pills / medicine
  • last large head in my hands
  • last soft fur in my fingers
Rest now my pup.  Run on again with strong legs and a playful trot.  Enjoy all the smells and take your time.  There will be lots of wagging tails at the Rainbow Bridge.

You were a good boy Scout...  Rest in peace. You are home.





Sunday, June 4, 2017

Feeding An Old Dog

Scout turned 14 in May.  He has been eating less - it seems like he forgets or loses his focus.  I was worried about him making it thru the month - but he continues on into July.    Over the year, he has lost about 10 pounds, which is a lot for a dog.  Other than his mobility issues and "doggie dementia", his blood work is good and he maintains a happy, interested attitude.



He pretty much gave up on his kibble, so I used a blender to grind the kibble into a "powder" and mixed that with some of his canned food.  That was successful for a while, but nothing is consistent for too long.  Much like being a caretaker for a human with dementia, patience and flexibility is required.  It varies from day to day what he will agree to eat.




My goal is to somehow include some dog food to try and keep a quality diet.   We've learned not to stress about when he eats.  2 out of the 4 times we offer his food, he will eat - so he is taking in calories and quality protein.  I wish it were more - but he only maintains his interest in eating for so long and then he wanders off.  Trying to tempting with more or different food is useless at that point. I will change up where we put his bowl and I will include treats with his dish.   That can help entice him.



This is one of his favorite flavors but I have 4 or 5 others on hand for when he loses interest in this one.   Science Diet ID Chicken Stew has also proven interesting to him.

Sometimes, he wants an Arbys roast beef sandwich (hold the bun) or a Firehouse Turkey & Cheese sub (minus the bun)

We are doing whatever it takes to help him eat for as long as he wants to be around on this planet.   Sometimes that means feeding him by hand.