We’ve recently adopted another dog (total: 2). Like many owners of rescue dogs, what I’d most like to hear from my new friend is what happened before he came to live with us.
I’d like my dogs to be able to tell me when they’re feeling poorly or in pain. They can be such stoic creatures until they’re overwhelmed and then, often, it’s too late to intervene. The only sign I can see in Scooter that he’s hurting is that his eyes acquire a dull filmy appearance and he looks vaguely anxious (also, past testing at the vets – stenosis of a vertebrae in his low back, plus mitral valve disease) That’s when I take out the prednisone for three days of dosing. The proof is in seeing his eyes return to dark shiny brown and that furrow in his brow smoothes out. It’s not much of a nursing system and I could hope for better.