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MY BELOVED BROWNIE
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3 September 2019 - 9:05 pm
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Oh good boy brownie!!! He’s just adorable! i cant decide what i love more the wagging tail or the bounce! ❤❤❤🐾

❤ Bev, Roane & nurse Moe

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Not a good morning. When I woke up this morning Brownie was not on his bed. He was hiding in the corner and wouldn’t come out. When I walked out of the bedroom I knew why. He didn’t make it to the doggie door in time and he felt ashamed.  I googled bowl issues in senior dogs (I know I shouldn’t do that) but it’s a sign their body is shutting down due to age. So we are going to make an vet appoint tomorrow.

Brownie gets excited three times a day. Breakfast, dinner and 7;00 treat time. The rest of the time he sleeps. I know we don’t go by statics but a labs life span is 10-14 years, but for some reason choc labs is 10-12, something with the breeding. Brownie is 12.5 years and I can tell his age is really starting to affect him. Mostly in the last week. But I’m not going to stress! We will wait and see what the vet says. I always thought Brownie would be with me forever…

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8 September 2019 - 1:00 pm
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Poor sweet brownie, watching them get old is so hard.  I always felt so bad when gypsy would get “embarrassed” 

Hopefully the vet has some good input. Try not to stress, brownie loves you and knows how much you love him and thats all that matters ❤ 

Roane and i will be sending you lots of love and good vibes for your check up with the vet.

Big Hugs,

❤ Bev, Roane & nurse Moe

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Yeah, getting older does feel like a disease sometimes. Ugh!  I call it ‘senioritis”.

I really,  really, really wouldn’t  be too concerned.   I think as dogs afe rhey fet less and less “notice” sometimes from their bladder and bowels telling them they need to go..NOW!  . I have one senior gal now (rescue…approximately 14-15?) Who is 99% dead.  So when she sleeps, she sleeps hard.  Nothing wakes her up sound wise. So yeah, lots of sleeping thru rhe  “gotta pee” signals.   You mentioned  Brownie is really getting jard of hearing, so he probably  sleeps very soundly too.  I was owned by another sweet senior (approx 15..rescue) who did start having poop accidents also.  The first couple of times I think she was frustrated that she couldn’t  make it outside.  Once I assured her she was a good girl with lots of praise and just laughed the incidents off, she was over it being an “issue” and happily watched me clean up after her whenever it happened.  😎

Obvioisly if there is some underlying issue, the Vet will pinpoint it and address it.  And, again, I really think that this is not anything. major at all.  It may happen again on ocassion is it is “senioritis”. Everyone has a random tummy upset every now and then that comes on “quickly”.

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8 September 2019 - 3:18 pm
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Sometimes I think he sleeps so much is because we are still in a heat wave. In my area we have had 10 minutes 0f rain in 9 weeks. It’s horrible, and Brownie has always hated the heat. So we haven’t been able to go to the park, car ride or anything. All 3 of them are bored but Max and Sassy will play inside, but Brownie just wants to sleep and only get up for breakfast and dinner. But every night at 7:00 He hops over to me to let me know “Hey, it’s cookie time”. After that it’s back to sleep.

Before me, when Brownie was on a chain the man would only clean his area once a week. So Brownie was living in his own fecies. So when I got him he would always go to the very back of the property to take care of business. He is the type of dog that will walk around a pile of poo instead if stepping in it. So I really think it bothers him. When he first came out of the bedroom this morning he put his nose in the air and took a big sniff. I think he wanted to make sure it was gone. I tell him it’s okay. I mean let’s get serious, when we  get to a certain age we all have done it. Yes, I mean humans.

Such a lovely conversation….

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8 September 2019 - 4:43 pm
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Nancy, I’m sorry that you are experiencing this worry. It’s not easy navigating through the ups and downs of a geriatric dog, but I couldn’t agree more with Sally’s input. Know that his lack of control is probably nothing more serious than “senioritis” and also that Brownie has probably already forgotten about it by now.

Stay off the Google. Clear your mind as best you can, look into his eyes and know that right at this moment, that’s all that counts. Focus on how relaxed and overall healthy he is, how grateful, how happy he is to have found you after such a ruff start in life. A little poopicon here and there probably doesn’t mean he’s leaving you anytime soon. After all, that’s why doggie diapers were invented!

Let us know how tomorrow unfolds. We are thinking of you!

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8 September 2019 - 7:45 pm
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Oh goodness,  I’m sorry im late,  just pop in and then back out without proper words. 

After everything we went through with Mitchell, this is really,  truly a small event.  It may very likely be an isolated event.  

He has had some dietary issues,  yes? As they age there are changes,  accidents,  etc… 

By no means does this mean the end.  Just as we age,  so do they.  I applaud the fact that he even knew he did “wrong “.

Keep loving him,  watch his diet, see what happens.  He is a lot more spry than Mitchell was.  Just goes to show how individual we all are.  

Sending you hugs,  get in touch any time.  And don’t forget to breathe ❤❤❤

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Brownie had a better morning. No accidents. After he ate he even went outside to bark at the neighbors dog for about 10 minutes and then back to sleep. That wore him out. Most activity I have seen in awhile without giving a treat.  

I guess as we age we all have good and bad days!

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9 September 2019 - 8:36 am
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OH GOOD! I k ow thst did you a world of good to see brownie give thaneighbor’s dog a piece of his mind!

Haha, my dogs have me trained to give them a treat pretty much before they will do anything I ask!!! And some of my requests require a higher value number of treats.  Just one will not do it!…..especially  if I’m  trying to have them move over some I  the bed so I can find some tiny leftover corner to sleep in!😎

So glad Brow ie is better today!  Yep, good days, some less good days. That’s  how “maturity” rolls!

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WHEW!

Yep, sounds like it was just one of those days for him. We all have ’em and animals are no exception. Here’s to more barking and romping!

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just wanted to share a couple of photos.  This is the day before Brownie’s surgery (amputation).  We met up with Grizzly at their favorite park.

I SEE GRIZZLY!!!

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I SEE GRIZZLY AND HIS DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Brownie is wearing a bandage to keep his pain patch in place.  But as soon as we got there he jumped into the water, and got it wet!

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Awwww, I love this 😊😊

Have Brownie and Grizzy met up with each other since the amputation?  

Brownie is such a handsome fella’  Always love seeing his pictures😎

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Helloooooo neighbor dogs lol glad brownie is having a good day ❤ i use to scold roane for barking now i look forward to it 😉 

Beautiful pics of brownie and grizzly! His face says “oh mom look its fun time!”

❤ Bev, Roane & nurse Moe

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Now those are two happy dawgs! Crazy Brownie, guess you just can’t keep a Lab away from water eh?

Yeah I’m curious if they’ve met up since. I always imagine that dogs notice when another is missing a leg but the reality is they just don’t seem to in our experience.

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