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Throwback Thursday: Life With Missing Parts

Both of the dogs have decided that life is more fun without all of their organs intact.  It was an expensive & traumatic decision for them to make.

In 2012, Tucker had a tumor on his spleen that ruptured.  It was incredibly traumatic, sending him into surgery not knowing if he would come back out alive.  We were fortunate, not only that he survived the surgery, but also that the tumor ended up to be benign (non-cancerous)!

Last year, our veterinarians found a liver mass on Emmit.  After going through the trauma with Tucker, we felt surgery was necessary, so we sent him to a surgeon to have a liver lobe removed.  Suprise, his was ALSO benign. Prior to surgery, Emmit had some pretty awful liver values.  As of right now, the tumor has not returned & his values look good.

Here’s to a LONG life with missing parts & amazing veterinarians who make it possible!


Exercise for Old Dogs

When you have two really old dogs (and it’s 90 degrees outside), long walks are out of the question.  It is my responsibility to find other ways to entertain these guys.  We spend lots of time outside in early morning and late evening smelling things, and hanging on our deck watching the wildlife (we live along a river).

When we are stuck inside because of the heat, it’s a good time to practice our obedience.  We use dog food or treats (sometimes they have hidden pills) to perfect manners & even learn new tricks.  I sometimes pull out food-dispensing toys to keep old brains active & working out a puzzle to find dinner.  By the evening time, these old pups are always worn out!

We may no longer be going for jogs around the park, but it doesn’t mean we aren’t having any fun!

About Me (seniordogmom)

My dogs may see me as “Mom”, but I actually have an extensive dog-related resume going back over fifteen years.  I have worked at one of the largest animal shelters in the country; been an APDT-certified dog-trainer; managed/worked at Veterinary clinics; and even worked in research to help get a pain reliever for dogs to clinical trials.  I have fostered over 50 dogs, and I hope to be able to foster again someday.  Basically, I know enough to be dangerous.

Over a year ago, I made the difficult decision to leave my job.  My husband works crazy hours & our lives were falling apart.  We realized that life is short & sometimes time is more valuable than income.  Now I have the time to enjoy these small moments with my boys (both human and canine).

In addition to hanging out with my little family, I love to travel.  It is important  for me to explore my city, my country, and even the world.  I’m always ready for an adventure!

All spelling and grammar mistakes are my own.

About Emmit

Emmit is an 11-year old Newfoundland Chow mix. He was surrendered to the animal shelter where I was working as a five pound, five-week old puppy because he was “too big.”   I took him home as a foster puppy & he never left.  We expected he’d be a giant Newfoundland, but he’s only 65 lbs.

Emmit has been our healthy dog until the last year or so.  He’s showing his age with tons of lumps and bumps (all but one have been benign).  He also has terrible hips & we now have a list of daily meds to keep him happy and comfortable.

We just started an Instagram account for Emmit: https://instagram.com/old_dog_emmit/


Welcome!  I’ve decided to start a blog to document the ‘golden years’ of my two dogs.  They are both senior dogs and I realize they won’t be around forever.  I am attempting to capture the wonderful, little moments that make them both amazing.  I know that with two senior dogs there will certainly be lots of challenges along the way.  I also hope to make some new friends on our journey.  Care to join me?