Hunter - well, we have had three sunny days and it will rain tomorrow and every day until next week.
Maisie, they will let you know when it is time in most cases.
We have two very elderly dogs here - well, more that two as Milly's two terriers are 13 this year.
Tweed a very elderly Lab is the one that at times we think will go at any moment. He is in need of hearing aids and bifocals. Not stiff at all but a bit wobbly on his legs. He has lumps and bumps all over him. He no longer goes on walks but he still runs around, is first to remind me it is feed time and is perfectly happy and, as long as he is then he will remain here.
The next oldest is a JR terrier, 17 this year, he is also deaf but still goes for a long walk every day. Last week he did something and had a big fluid lump on his side. I didn't like the feel of it as I could feel something inside the fluid. Off to the vet, they thought it was a hernia. Reluctant to operate because of his age but they did. He had a ruptured hernia and his guts were through into it.
He was at the vets for 24 hrs and home. They couldn't believe how well he had healed and how perky he is. Stitches out later this week.
Pepper, 13, another terrier, went to ground and got bitten by a badger. She had a hole in her side just behind her elbow. When we washed the mud off her to see how bad it was we found another deep bite by her anus.
Em took her to the vet. I get a call to ask permission to put her to sleep. I said no way, but to give her a chance. Arguments about operating because of her age. When they opened her up she had three broken ribs through which her lung was poking.
She survived and was up for going for a walk way before the stitches were out.
I took her in for her final check up and the vet remarked ay how fit she was and what goos condition she was in for an elderly dog. She asked what I fed and when I told her "Only raw." I get a lecture on how imbalanced that diet was.
I just laughed and said "Excuse me, you were remarking on how fit and what good condition she is in and now tell me she is on an imbalanced diet."
That made her jaw drop down!
Em had to have one of her terriers PTS earlier this year. She was riddled with cancer. Only 9 years and I swear it was because for most of her life she was fed cheap dry food. She wasn't particularly well when she first came here but perked up for a few months and then went downhill fast.
Unfortunately our pets go after too short a life. The best thing we can do is to give them a good life and a good death.