I would like everyone to believe that Chuleta and I spend our days hiking the beautiful Hudson Valley and our evenings snuggled together in the bed, but that would be an outright lie. The truth is that having a senior dog often comes with a myriad of issues that owners need to accommodate in order to make sure that their pup not only remains healthy, but also remains happy.
I mentioned in an earlier post that Chuleta has become incontinent, which means she is peeing constantly. (It also means that she is no longer allowed on the bed unless being closely monitored!) It hasn’t reached the point of being completely beyond control, yet. Thankfully, Chuleta has taken to peeing on the Wee Wee pads, for the most part.
When I was fifteen, I spent the entire summer training Chuleta to go to the bathroom, outside, like a normal dog. Because my mother had been so ill, Chuleta had only been trained to go to the bathroom inside, in a doggy-style litter box. After my mother passed away, I couldn’t help but feel that Chuleta needed to behave more like a normal dog and took it upon myself to outdoor train her.
It took a great deal of diligence to train this toy dog to go to the bathroom, outside. I know that none of this is her fault and I’ve done what I can to rectify the problem, but I think of it in human terms, which is where the problem lies. Sometimes it feels as if she pees out of spite and even though I am sure that is not the case, it doesn’t make constantly having to clean up after her, any less frustrating.
Does your senior dog do something that annoys you? Something he/she cannot control? Let me know, so I feel like less of a horrible pet parent!