Date: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 5:41 AM
Subject: Re: Oakly
Oakly continues to do well in our hospice program. He has a great appetite and has now started coming to the kitchen at meal times to make sure I don't forget him. The turkey meatballs I use for his meds are probably the main draw!
His energy level has improved 100%, possibly due to the arthritis supplements we're using as well as pain management. He loves to be in the yard on these warm days and will sometimes stay out for 30 minutes just strolling or laying in the sun.
He now allows me to pet him, rub his ears and give him butt scratches. He's still very head shy and we still struggle w/the eye drops but the fact that he actually comes up to me and asks for attention is a huge breakthrough as far as I'm concerned.
Now that he's feeling somewhat better I plan to take him to our vet for a prelim exam and possible bloodwork. I want to see how rapidly the kidney disease is progressing and we also want to look at his foot which has completely closed up and is no longer oozing.
I'm allowing Oakly to do what he wants. He does sleep a good part of the day which is to be expected but he's much more interested in what the other dogs are doing and gets up and goes outside on his own. Strangely enough he is completely housetrained which I didn't expect. Sometimes when I look at him I wish I had known him in his younger days. My guess is that he was a very handsome playful dog.
So, baby steps for Oakly every day but he's doing well. I believe he's comfortable and as pain free as possible. SDRO will do everything it can to give Oakly a high quality of life for as long as possible.
Thanks for your support!
Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon