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Older Dogs and their Health

Hi there, I’m back after a long layoff from this blog for no better reason than I just have been too busy with other projects that pay the bills and allow me to earn my living online. Anyhow, that’s of no real concern here, this is a blog about dogs and not about money, although you do need some to ensure your dogs are kept in the best of health. And that sort of leads me onto what I wanted to write about here. not so much the health of your dog, but more on their health as they get older.

Chelsea was the ripe old age of 11 when she died, which I’m told is not bad for a German Shepherd, although I’m sure that there were probably things I could have done to prolong that life a little longer. But would it have been wise? She was already feeling her age and with arthritis causing her pain in her hips, would it have been cruel to keep her going for longer? Tough question and there is probably no right answer. It would be down to personal feelings. Given the choice, I probably would have done – but I didn’t have the choice. I can console myself that she had an amazing life while she was here, growing up in England and then spending the last few years of her life on a beautiful mountain farm in southern Spain, free to run around and no one to threaten her (or me) because of social changes in the attitude towards large dogs.

So we move on a few years and you probably already know (if you have been reading this blog) that I have sort of inherited two Yorkies of advancing age. The girl, Daisy is 14 now and the boy, Ronnie (who is a cross and was a rescue dog) is estimated to be 13. They are both in reasonably good health for their age (Yorkies generally live longer than German Shepherds), although Daisy is less keen to go for walks now and sleeps a lot more. Ronnie is a total loco – he doesn’t know he’s old and still bounds around like a puppy. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not. I like to think that it is, because we all know you are only as old as you think you ar, and the same must go for dogs.

So what has kept them so healthy?

Well, the standard answer applies here. They have always eaten decent food, very little “human” snacks, they have always had plenty of exercise and live in a calm, happy home.

In fact, I believe a lot of a dog’s health has to do with its environment. When a dog lives in a home where there are always arguments, stress and a tense, negative atmosphere, the dog gets stressed too. Stress is a killer and if it doesn’t kill right away, it is a catalyst for a slow degenerative state of health. On the flip side, a dog in a loving, happy home where people are always laughing and the atmosphere is always calm, relaxed, peaceful and positive then they will enjoy better health, just like we do.

So aside from the regular visits to the vet to get their jabs, a regular de-parasiting and being fed well, I believe if your dog(s) live in a happy home, they will live longer, healthier lives. I think it probably also helps to be a little loco too…

Terry Didcott
For Dogs

The Dangers of Walking a Dog Without a Leash

Hi everyone, I’m back on another mini crusade here at For Dogs when it comes to the way some people treat their dogs, be it with love and kindness or with arrogance and neglect. And those who don’t know the difference.

This post, as you probably got from the title is all about the dangers of walking a dog without a leash anywhere that might place that dog’s life at risk. For all the PC brigade who were ready to jump on this because they think that this was going to be a post about how a dog not on a leash might be a danger to people, sorry to disappoint. When I see an idiot walking along the street with an apparently obedient dog trotting alongside without a leash I want to go over and brain them to knock some sense into their thick skulls.

Never mind the danger to people. That’s for another post. This one is purely about the danger to the dog!

This is something plenty of people just don’t think of because they’re so wrapped up in the current trend of being scared shitless whenever they see a dog because they immediately think its going to bite them or their kids. The reality is that it happens less often than the media hype is out to make you believe, but as I said, that’s a topic for another post.

Back to the dog’s safety for a minute. Here’s a thing that maybe you might not be aware of. Or you probably do, but anyone who walks a dog without a leash in a street obviously does not. That is a dog does not understand what a car is. Shall I repeat that for all you morons who think otherwise?

A dog does not understand what a car is.

A dog does not understand that if it sees another dog on the other side of the street and runs across to say hi and a car happens to intercept it that it will be seriously injured or could die. We know this, but a dog does not. A dog cannot comprehend that a piece of metal cruising along the street weighing over a ton and traveling at even a moderate speed is a potentially lethal object that can maim or kill it.

Now, all those supposed dog lovers who think they are loving and kind to their dogs and believe that their dogs are so obedient that they will never in a million years run in front of a car, you are arrogant beyond belief and you will likely get your dog killed and than you will get mad and blame the car driver or blame the local authority for not putting up a fence or you will blame the guy across the street who is innocently walking his dog (who, incidentally IS on a leash and is still alive). You will blame everyone but yourself because you cannot comprehend that your dog just did that. Why? Because he’s never done that before?

You can’t get through to these people. I come across them every day and when I open my mouth and mention that they should really have their dog on a leash for its own safety I get reactions ranging from total apathy to, “its not a dangerous breed” right up to incensed rage that how dare I presume to tell them how to walk their damn dog!

Well how dare they be so arrogant and so moronic to believe that they know what is best for their dog? No one can predict what a dog will do in a certain situation. Even the best trained police dogs will have an unpredictable moment every now and again.

Dogs are dogs, they’re not humans and they don’t think like us.

The sooner these arrogant bastards wake up to that fact, the better I’ll feel when I take mine for their walk, suitably tethered I might add. There are too many dogs injured or killed by cars when it could have been so easily prevented by a short length of chain or leather and an attitude of sensibility and understanding.

Ok, end of crusade. I doubt if anyone will take a whole load of notice, at least not anyone who is willing to make a difference. Those that will never listen probably wouldn’t be reading this anyway.

Terry Didcott
For Dogs