I didn't say much about it, but the Cotton Dog wasn't doing so well this fall. He couldn't seem to settle down, and and kept popping up every few minutes to rearrange himself in another position. He stopped lying on one side entirely, and often seemed stiff and sore. I've been worried about arthritis, so I've cut down on his activities.
What that means is that the Dude doesn't go for nightly walks anymore. Or, to be more specific, the Dude doesn't walk when we go out anymore. He gets a free ride. This isn't unusual in the winter, but I suspect that it'll be a permanent arrangement. I think Cotton's days of long walks are over.
Now, when we go for walks, he hangs out inside of a baby sling that I wear it under my coat. You'd think that he'd want down on the ground to sniff and explore, but he's as happy as a clam. Even better, he hasn't seemed nearly as uncomfortable since he stopped walking.
Obviously, I want to keep him as comfortable as I can for as long as possible. I'm still experimenting with doggie massage, and will inquire about medication if necessary. I'm hoping, though, that it'll be little changes like this that will help him out the most.
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