My dog is getting old. Sure, he tries to keep up with the young pups, but there tends to be consequences. He’s part German shepherd and we all know the hip issues they have. Oddly, he’s okay in the back hips, but he had arthritis really bad in his front shoulder.
So much so, that after watching our grand doggies, he wasn’t able to make it through the park. In fact, he stopped walking about 1/4 of the way through.
After two days of the hubbinator walking home and coming back with the car to chauffeur him home, we decided to do two things.
First, was his morning walks were cut in about 1/3.
Second, we bought a wagon big enough to hold him. To be fair, we can use the cart for other things, especially in our backyard garden. But mostly, we planned to use it to haul the dog the rest of the walk, so he still got his outdoor time.
Unfortunately, the dog has other ideas.
On the first night out, we made it roughly halfway around the park before lifting him up and putting him into the wagon.
Apparently, he couldn’t even look at me, he was so humiliated.
We got him sitting down then took off. About halfway across the park, he pushed out, butt first, then rolled onto the grass and started walking again. He was quite proud of himself. Until we reached the exit of the park and was limping so badly he had to go into the cart again.
This time, he made it to the last block then planned to go over the side and jump out. Instead, we stopped and helped him out the back again, making sure he didn’t fall.
The next day, he made it all the way around the park. Same with the following day. Apparently, the dog has no intention of using the wagon. EVER.