I’m going to my brother’s house next week to stay for a few days. It should be interesting as I’m going to be dog sitting his almost 14 year old dog and also his cat. I don’t mind because they’ve been generous to me, but I”m not used to dog sitting, especially when his dog is not doing well. I get it that they don’t want to leave him with just someone coming in to visit, but that they want a care giver there 24/7. And I’m happy to oblige. But I’m a little nervous that the dog will (like some people do), finally allow himself to pass away in my care.
Because the dog has been failing for about a year. HIs back legs and hips sometimes just collapse due to the retriever genes (and his age). He’s getting confused and goes in and out of the house about 50 times a day. And barks for no reason for long periods of time. Not to mention his wife told me that Fido’s incontinent so that I should expect occasional poop accidents. Oh joy.
Family is family so I’m going. And I have a huge soft spot for animals so it’s a no brainer. I’ll be there. And I’ll take care of Fido and Mr. Kitty. But I’m really hoping that Fido hangs on until they return and doesn’t pass away while I’m in charge. Not that they would blame me. I know they wouldn’t. But I have to really keep an eye on Fido considering he goes on walkabouts now that he’s starting dementia and doesn’t listen to instructions. It’s going to be like having a toddler that can’t tell you what’s wrong.
Their hearts won’t let them put Fido down yet even though they all admit the time is near. I wonder if they’re secretly hoping that they won’t have to make that difficult decision because something will happen while I’m there. Either Fido passes away naturally of his own volition or that I am forced to take him to the vet. I can handle it. I’ll spoil Fido while I’m there. I like him. He’s a good dog and just wants love. As for Mr. Kitty, he’s a bit cranky so we’ll just hang out when he wants and I’ll make sure I feed him on time (because his wife said the cat attacks when hungry)!
I’m sure I’ll have stories to tell next week. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy my quiet home! LOL Hope you’re having a great weekend!