Bear after a day of work. River after a day without him.
Bear had settled in nicely while I was working. He found a spot on the floor and was napping. I was deep in a pile of work, focused – not paying attention to him.
It wasn’t long after lunch that I heard a co-worker exclaim, “Bear – where you going?”
I looked around. He was gone.
I had my suspicions. Evie must be around.
Sure enough, I found Bear. He had heard/smelled Evie and went wandering until he found her.
They get along great, and this time was no exception. They had a few minutes of play time before we broke them up so we could get back to work.
But that didn’t mean Bear didn’t go wandering a bit later until he found her. But this time, she was contained. And, fortunately, she is still too young to figure out how to leap over her barricade.
I almost didn’t notice.
But it has been six months.
Six months since Bear spent the weekend in the doggie ER.
Six months since he was at his worst and I didn’t know if I’d see him again.
Thankfully, he recovered. With flying colors.
And that weekend ended up being a turning point for him.
He started to walk again without wobbling.
He started to knuckle less.
He started to enjoy life again.
Every day, when I see him run in the backyard, I’m grateful.
Every day, when he bounds up the steps, I’m grateful.
Every day, when he greets me in the morning and cuddles up next to me, I’m grateful.
Every day, when he’s at the office and folks compliment his sweet disposition, I’m grateful.
Senior dogs deserve all the chances in the world.
Bear proves that.
When it was warm outside, Bear had no trouble joining me for lunch at our local Chipotle – they have outdoor seating. But once it got cold, we resorted to getting our food to go and eating it in “Center Court”.
What’s “Center Court”? At my company, it is this awesome place to just chill. Lots of tables and areas to socialize with co-workers.
To River – it is scary.
To Bear – it is a very empty place.
These days, he joins us as we eat lunch at one of the booths. And, sometimes, he sits quietly watching us, hoping we’ll toss him a scrap.
Other times, he is sniffing around all the other tables. Or saying hi to everyone else to see if they want to share their lunch.
Unlike River, these floors don’t scare him.
He likes it.
And my co-workers all seem to like it.
In fact, today, a co-worker, Leo, stopped by pretty early, just to say hi to Bear.
“I walk by everyday, just to see if he’s here,” he said.
Bear – bringing happiness to everyone.
Last Friday was a bit rough for some co-workers. So, I brought Bear to help ease the pain of the day.
Then Evie showed up.
Let’s just say, fun was had by all.
(Seriously – I think senior Bear really likes this puppy).
It’s been awhile since I updated on Bear’s progress.
As a reminder, back in October, he could barely walk. He was walking on his knuckles, stumbling and falling over. Overall, he was extremely wobbly.
After a month of treatment, I posted about his progress and my conclusions about the treatments he was undergoing.
Here we are, 5 months after he started treatment. How is he doing? Better than he’s been in a long time.
He actively runs around and jumps up when he gets excited.
He fights off River when she tries to pummel him.
He bounds up the deck steps, two at a time.
He trots up a full flight of stairs, trying to race me up them.
He is feeling so good, that at this week’s laser treatment, the vet tech told me he didn’t want to sit still, he wanted to explore.
I’m amazed at his progress. I routinely sit back and watch him as he runs arounds – appreciating how special it is.
So, 5 months later, what do I think helped him most? Well, he hasn’t had an Adequan injection since November. And he is back on Novox instead of Prednisone. But we’ve been keeping up with his laser treatments. Once a week, we visit the vet and he gets his treatment.
I don’t understand it, and I had my doubts it was doing anything. But my dog can walk, and run, and jump, and he looks happy. It is doing a pure miracle to make my old dog feel young again.
Twelve years after I bought my first couch, it finally wore out and I upgraded. I got a nice sectional leather couch. Josie found her spot easily on the new couch – usually next to me.
Bear was different. He was never much of a couch dog, so he never had a regular spot. But one day he was a bit adventurous. He picked a spot and stuck with it – no matter how uncomfortable it looked.
Seems to be puppy fever at the office. Shortly after Bear met Lulu, he met Evie.
Turns out, Evie is the same age as Lulu. Amazing the difference breed makes.
Bear and her had a good sniff session. Lots of sniffing.
She’s come back to the office for more visits. So far, she enjoys the antler. It seems to be popular among the dogs.