Getting on a bit

I mentioned a little while ago that Maggie was now 12.
Taking into account that’s 84 in doggie years, bless her she’s getting on a bit.
maggie chairThis picture was taken shortly after we moved into the cottage, where she’d made herself comfy in the (new) armchair close to the radiator. We gave up trying to keep her off the furniture and ended up having throwovers.
Her coat has always been glossy, even now, but around her muzzle and eyes more grey is appearing reflecting her age.

For somewhere to go today, we went to the park behind the hospital so that she could be let off lead and have a run if she wanted to.
And she did!
After doing the business, she saw a couple of seagulls on the green and checking behind her as if asking our permission, was off like a shot.
It was lovely to see her in hot pursuit, but like us all, she’s hasn’t got the speed or stamina now, so it was pretty short-lived. She did have another go, this time after the crows, but they too were soon out of reach, so she came back to us.

She’s paying for it now though.
One of her back legs has stiffened up having overstretched herself for the chase, so we are sitting here quietly having given her some muscle relaxant medication we sometimes use sparingly on such occasions.
maggie-jan-2017 exhausted-maggie
She had no interest in going out for her penultimate wee at 7pm this evening, so we are letting her sleep until 9 – 10 ish when she will want to go out last thing as normal.
Tonight no doubt she will snuggle in to me to keep warm, as she too benefits from my power surges in the small hours! It’s going to be cold again with minus temperatures, so I shall be quite content to keep my Loves warm.

Another picture from the cottage.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to Getting on a bit

  1. Ritu says:

    Aw poor Maggie!

  2. The Hook says:

    Maggie rocks.

    • Have just got back (10.30) and she has plodded her way slowly but carefully to do her business, bless her.

      • She’s such a good dog.

      • She is that. OK, she winds us up sometimes (don’t all our pets at one time or another) but overall, she is a good dog. We’ve had no problems with chewing or destruction indoors, no accidents after the cheeky radiator squat, and if she’s not feeling well and about to puke, she tries to give us plenty of notice to get up and dressed to take her out, even if it is the early hours. We have been very lucky with her.

  3. The perils of aging. Choppy isn’t yet to the point where she misses a chance to go out, but you can see there is some stiffness there when she first gets up that wasn’t there at one time. I saw a video of her earlier this week when she was about 2, and it was incredible to see how much energy she had then, compared to now!

  4. scifihammy says:

    Aw little thing. The spirit is still willing! Lots of rubs and keeping warm and I’m sure she’ll bounce right back. Dogs are amazing. πŸ™‚

  5. lbeth1950 says:

    I just love Maggie stories.

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