My eldest dog, Glenna, (she's thirteen now), has got to that stage in life when getting up the stairs is becoming difficult for her. It takes her a long time to climb them and from the look on her face it seems each step causes her great pain. However, this is only when I tell her to go upstairs when she doesn't want to. Otherwise she runs up and down them like a puppy.

I've also noticed that she is finding it very painful to "get off the furniture!" when I tell her to. But apparently, it causes her no pain whatsoever to get on the furniture when I'm not in the room.

It's a bit like the intermittent, profound deafness that married men develop as they get older.


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  1. I have an elderly cat that likes to beg me to lift him up to the counter to eat (he does need extra food so he goes on the counter to keep the other cats out of his food) But if I don’t do that he manages to get up there. I think I am going to get him a stepping chair though.

  2. Oh yes, Pastor Joelle. We have had that conversation about cats here before. And from what I can remember it was shown that such behaviour has absolutely nothing to do with the age or condition of the cat and everything to do with the fact that they expect you to wait on them hand and foot (paw and paw).

  3. My father (who is a vet) defined an older dog as one that can’t hear a whistle at three inches but can hear a biscuit tin lid at three hundred yards. From that point of view (and that only!) our dogs all aged astoundingly quickly!

  4. It’s even more complex than that even, Doctor. I have discovered by watching the reaction of my dogs over the last fifty years that the noise a fridge door makes when you open it to take out the cheese is, to a dog’s ears, completely different to the noise it makes when you open it to take out some cabbage or a bottle of milk.

  5. My beautiful gold and white collie, Jock, never got on the furniture or showed any interest in doing such a forbidden thing. But I noticed that one arm of the couch was getting soiled and I couldn’t understand why One morning I came downstairs earlier than usual and found Jock stretched out,with his head resting on the arm of the couch, drooling ever so slightly, ergo, dirty couch. The look of alarm when I woke him was priceless!
    dogs do figure things out >)

  6. Aw, Glenna.

    “the noise a fridge door makes when you open it to take out the cheese”: also known as “scent of cheese”.

    When my brother and I were on our recent Colorado trip, the expressions of his Golden, Bailey, when caught sleeping on my bed was similar. Simultaneously “I didn’t want to be caught!” and “I want to keep doing this!”

    One of my last memories of my Lab mix, Mitzi, was that no matter how slow and infirm she appeared generally, when she was at the sliding glass door asking to be let back in, she barked and wagged looked in her prime-of-life again.

    I love dogs: have I mentioned that lately? [JCF anticipates another great hike w/ Buster this week. <3]