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      Achilles 15? year check-up

      A not so short introduction for newer board members.

      Achilles aka Chill Dog is an honourary Lab Board member. He’s possibly ACD, probably Aussie, who knows what else? One of the wonderful, educational things about a shelter dog is you don’t really know what its make-up is.

      I adopted him in May 2006. The shelter’s best guess was that he was 6 years old. We have decided that while it’s possible he was probably closer to 2 or 3. Which would make him around 15. Though he could be 19.

      We don’t care how old he is. Every day is a gift.
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      Chili recently had his annual exam. He’s doing OK. We do not worry about bloodwork at his age since there have been no ongoing or recent concerns. His stenosis is still present, of course. The vet and I agree that continuing to manage pain is paramount. I have tried to walk a line between keeping him comfortable and over medicating. It’s up me and Faye to judge what he needs. It seems that 37 mg of Deramaxx once daily and 200 mg of gabapentin twice daily works for now.

      Chili still wants to eat. I hold his bowl out for him to sniff and he licks his chops. Eats every scrap. He still wants to go out and on less cold days spends time laying down on a cushy bed at the gate to watch the world go by. Still wants to walk.

      Sometimes he runs up to the deck after taking a dump (ahhh that felt good!) Sometimes he engages Fitzi or Lucy in a bit pf play.

      So while Achilles is quite senior he’s still our Really Chill Dog!
      Last edited by Mr Kleb; 02-03-2019 at 07:26 PM.
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      Sounds like he's doing really well, especially when you consider just how old he might be. He's got a good life...that's a big part of it. Glad his exam was so positive.
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      What a great check up for Achilles. Sure admire his spunk. Keep loving life buddy!
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      Way to go Achilles! I hope you continue to do well! Running at 15, amazing!

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      You GO, Chili. You make me smile.

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      Awwwww! Good boy and happy birthday!!!

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      Great checkup and a good many more to come to you, Chilli Dog!!
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      Sounds like Achillis had a great checkup for an old guy. Happy Birthday and continue to enjoy watching the world go by from your comfy perch.

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      Great check up Happy Birthday

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      SunDance, thanks! He’s doing OK and definitely lets us know when it’s time to eat!

      Fran we are so pleased at how well he’s doing.

      Berna, sometimes he has to ‘rrrrof!’ and romp and play, telling Fitzi and Lucy ‘don’t count me out yet!’

      Snowshoe, he always makes me smile. Sometimes I want to beam him to someone having a hard day so they can smile.

      Barry, thank you. He is a good boy. Given how old he could be, every day is a gift.

      BlackBoy98, we certainly hope so.

      JackX, it was a good checkup. The vet met my eye and said ‘I depend on you to be sure his pain is managed well.’ I think we’re doing OK.

      Jollymolly, thanks!

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