We got Cody about 7 yrs ago from the shelter. He's an 80 pound mix. When we got him he was 5 or 6 and was put it the shelter because of a divorce. He's been AMAZING w/ the kids, even letting our youngest use his ears as a teething ring. So he's around 12 or 13 now.
So here's the thing, he's getting impossible to take care of. I'm pretty sure he's getting senile, since he's getting more and more bothered by ppl walking past our house, he has barked at walls on occasion(he rarely ever barks in the house). His bathroom habits are getting frustrating. He refuses to go during the day if I stop home quick to let him out. But once we are home it's an every 20 min ordeal. Our nights have been like this, J comes home he goes out, does his business & comes back in. I come home about 20 min later & repeat. It's now 4:30. News comes on at 5 back outside. Hubby home around 5:30 out again. He only eats when we're home, and usually only when we eat. Then right after it's right back out. Repeat this a few more times until we go to bed.
He's also become very stubborn about sleeping in our beds when we aren't home. Even though he has his own. He's broken the latch on our bedroom door past the point of repair (it's an antique knob). He will dump a wash basket of clothes & sleep on the clothes. He takes blankets out of the basket. The problem w/ this is he chews on buttons & zippers. So it's getting expensive just to replace all those items he's chewed.
He has now started taking the kids toys out of their toyboxes and destroying them. I've caught him twice this morning! I've made sure he has plenty of bones (he likes the nylabones) but won't even touch them now, he just chews on toys.
He also has very bad arthritis & is going blind. Because he's active, the vet doesn't think it's actually bothering him all that much, even though he has a hard time w/ stairs.
He's never been crated before, so I can't do that. I think it's time to pts, but the vet said it's not time yet. He said there was an issue with one of his teeth, but would cost quite a bit of $$ to fix, and it was no guarantee the chewing would stop. I love Cody to pieces, but his chewing is getting out of hand and I can't justify the $$ on an older dog when it probably won't solve the problem. He's on arthritis supplements, but the vet thinks we should try adequin, I think it's to late.
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