A few days ago, Mom decided to take a special outing with just Katie. You may have heard through the grapevine that Katie isn’t doing very well. Mom thought it would be a fun idea to take her to a place where she enjoys walking. She brought along a lot of treats, and they took lots of photos, like this silly selfie!
Katie has had trouble walking for a couple years now, but recently her ability has really taken a turn for the worse. She no longer goes any further than about 100 yards on walks, and that far, only once a day. Her balance is way off, and her legs simply don’t work like they should. Not only does she have osteoarthritis, but she has some neurological issues especially in her back end. Last fall Mom took Katie to this same lake and she was able to walk around the entire thing, about two miles.
Mom wanted to spend some time with Katie in a place she enjoys going to, and she was hoping it might motivate Katie to walk a little bit more. Katie was thrilled to be at the lake she used to walk around all the time, but she didn’t have the energy to walk much more than her usual 100 yards. About fourteen months ago, Mom took all three of us to this lake for a walk and photos. It was the last walk we ever took all together. It became just to hard for Katie to keep up. Three dogs, three speeds and one human is too much.
The biggest problem right now is Katie isn’t eating. Her appetite has declined and she has lost a lot of weight. These days she only will eat a few bites of food at mealtime. She is getting thin and weak. Mom has tried so many tricks including changing food, adding wet food, adding treat crumbs, adding real meat, but nothing works anymore. She does still drink water which is a good thing. Katie always has room for treats, and she really was happy Mom brought along a lot of different treats to give her on their little trip.
Katie is now about 80% deaf which just adds to her troubles. She doesn’t like to be out in the yard with us anymore. We think she might be feeling vulnerable outside, not being able to move and not being able to hear. At least her eyes and nose are still in good working order.
Mom and Katie both admit they are lousy at taking selfies, but they sure had a blast trying! The time together what made the special outing so special, but the photos they took will be wonderful for memories. We don’t know how much longer Katie will hang on, but we are all enjoying every day we have with her. She still seems pretty happy which is the most important thing. Katie goes into her slumps and comes back out, but the slumps are more frequent and longer lasting every time, and the not eating isn’t changing. She is the best big sister ever, and we all love her!