The Old Boy

Buddy… just a few days ago.

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Nearly 13 years old, his age is definitely catching up with him. He has nearly lost all his hearing, and his eyes are smokey with age.  He has Geriatric Onset Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy (link) and not only is it visible in his unsteady gait, but even at rest the the wasting of his muscle mass in his hind end and odd twist of his paws are clearly evident.  He often drags his knuckles when he walks.  He no longer tries to sit – he just can’t trust his hind legs – and getting into a prone position is a slow process – painful for those of us observing, but not to him, thankfully.  Ever watch an old person navigate a chair? That’ll give you a good idea of the care with which he lays his body down.  He is not in any pain, he’s just getting weaker.

He is still as loving and devoted to us as ever.

And we to him.

Buddy in the Backyard

The old boy is still hanging in there!  Meds are helping his arthritis, but he’s definitely slowing down. We’ve finally pinned down what is wrong with him: Geriatric Onset Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy (GOLPP).

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Buddy at Dusk

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The sun was just about down when I slipped into the yard to capture my big boy with his usual worried face. He really does worry too much, but I don’t think there is any changing it at this stage of his life.