Stop bouncin'!

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Stop bouncin'!

Post by Captain Chaos » 17 May 2010, 22:05

Tula is not a young lady anymore (no one tell her) and is rapidly heading to 9 years old. I give her a human glucosamine chondritin every day with her meal, but I have noticed over the last 6 months she has slowed down a teeny bit. Nothing I am scared about - if Minxster manages to catch a rabbit then Tula manages to chase after Minx to try to steal it... (sick) so she can up the pace if she wants, but chooses to spend a little less time at break neck speed.
The problem is Minxster catapults herself off sandunes etc and happily leaps a 5ft drop and hits the floor running to continue. Occasionally Tula tries to copy and I have my heart in my mouth in case she hurts herself - she just isn't built to be as boingy as Minx, who is 3. I have tried "STOP!" but she jumps and then stops. Duh. Old dog - new tricks etc. Any thoughts??? Am I just panicing? She is landing on sand rather than a concrete surface.
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Post by Joni » 17 May 2010, 22:17

I've noticed when I walk with Riisinis dogs, occasionally Layla (who is fond of Archie) will try and lure him to play - he does but only a few runs, so perhaps they do what they want!

A bit of a rubbish answer, i just wanted to post in the new section.

I guess she will work it out for herself though, hopefully if she is stiff in the morning = she will remember that the next time!
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Post by riiseni » 17 May 2010, 22:28

Missing my cinnamon buns..??
I wouldn't worry too much about her, I think she will only do what she feels like doing. She has a wise, old'ish [don't tell her I said that] head on her shoulders so I'm sure she knows her limits. Lizzie does some serious dune diving and because she has arthritis I sometimes worry about her but it doesn't seem to bother her.
I think I should have called Archie Fonzie (sleazy) , cause all females fancy him, human and canine.
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Post by Eddie » 17 May 2010, 22:30

Sorry I can't contribute but I'm glad the new section is useful.
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Post by Mitch » 18 May 2010, 00:49

can we have piccies of the oldies (bigthumbs)

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Post by dannie_kl » 18 May 2010, 07:46

maybe lia its the same as people, sometimes you see an 80 year old woman and you are amazed she gets around and doesn't even look 80 and then later that day you can see a 60 year women who looks like she is back from the grave and barely able to walk etc, we are all different and age doesn't always dictate what we can/can't should/shouldn't be doing. I guess Tula will know when she has pushed herself too far like humans do-sorry not sure this answer is much help either but it was another chance to waffle so hapapy days!

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Post by Pottydottie » 20 May 2010, 12:35

I think a lot of it is the mind set as your mind still thinks its young while your body says no i'm old and you can not do that any more.
I would increase the calcium level and do what you are doing with the glucosamine chondritin.
My old westey was allways jumping right up to the day we had to put her to sleep.They do slow down but its very slow process all you can do is use somthing she is more intrested in to disract her. But saying that on how she isit means that she is very happy and healthy. Sorry I could not be much help
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Post by Cam2 » 24 May 2010, 20:00

Captain Chaos wrote:Tula is not a young lady anymore (no one tell her) and is rapidly heading to 9 years old. I give her a human glucosamine chondritin every day with her meal.
I have been thinking about giving zack (9yr in June) glucosamine, what sort of dosage do you give?
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Post by Captain Chaos » 25 May 2010, 17:37

I give the Tula Bear 500mg glucosamine sulphate 400mg chondritin. And a bonio :-D
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Post by Caramomo » 25 May 2010, 18:01

Just remember Cam2 Tula is a fair bit bigger than Zak!
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Post by Cam2 » 25 May 2010, 19:47

Caramomo wrote:Just remember Cam2 Tula is a fair bit bigger than Zak!
thats true - good point thanks (bigthumbs)
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Post by Grovelea » 04 Jun 2010, 09:28

I have a 15 and half year old mini called River, who is very very wibbly wobbly, extremly skinny and fraill but, will not miss a chance of a walk, still clean in the house etc etc, sadly at times when the others run past too quickly she falls over, but, stands up quickly brushes herself down looks behind her and then trots after the youngsters!
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Post by Captain Chaos » 04 Jun 2010, 09:58

Aw!! Smaller dogs seem to cope with being wibbly more than larger ones. Fifteen is an amazing age....oooh, I can feel a new thread coming on.....
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