Growing Older Together

Photo by Angela Kirk

Who would have guessed that an 8am knock on the door would lead to an emergency veterinarian visit in the late afternoon? But that is exactly what happened in a round about way, all because of a broken air conditioner.

The three installers arrived promptly in the early morning to replace Doc’s dying air conditioner.  I liked all of the men right away especially after they told Doc what a handsome dog I was.  As they busily went to work, they were nice enough to let me come down in the basement to watch and that was much more interesting than being with Doc while she worked upstairs. They were quick with the installation and within two and a half hours they were done. In fact, they were done so quickly that they had time to play with me before they went to their next job. Let me tell you, I haven’t had that much fun in a long time. They played ball with me, wrestled and chased me in the yard. By the time they left I was pooped, so I got on to Doc’s bed and took a nap.

It was afternoon when Doc woke me up. When I got out of bed I noticed that I had a pain in my leg but nothing too serious.  I followed Doc out the door to take our usual walk when she suddenly looked down and asked, “Grover are you limping?” In fact she was right, I did have a slight limp, so much to my disappointment we turned around and came home. Thinking all I needed to do was rest my leg, Doc put me back to bed.

At around 5pm she woke me up to give me supper and we were both shocked that I could now hardly bear any weight on my leg at all and it was painful. ” That’s it, Doc said with concern, we are going to the vet”. She helped me into the back of the car and off we went.

When we got to the office we texted them that we had arrived and what my symptoms were. Bless all the workers at the veterinarians  office, in about 10 minutes the doctor and the vet tech came out to the car and started to examine my leg. They lifted me out of the car and on to the pavement and had me walk  around.  Much to Doc’s relief I did not have a broken leg, but both of us were surprised by the diagnosis. Dr. Ritchie looked at us and said ” Grover has arthritis and all the playing and running around this morning caused a flair up. Now that he is an older dog this may happen from time to time. We will give him some anti-inflammatories and he can go home and rest. No jumping or running around for a few days Grover.”

After we got back in the car I  said to Doc that when Dr. Richie had referred to me as an older dog and I was surprised because I had not thought about myself that way. ” It just kind of sneaks up on you Grover, she responded. But the good thing is we all have choices about self care as we age, so what are you going to choose my sweet puppy?”

This morning when I woke up my leg was feeling a little better and I started thinking about what it means to get older and decided that it’s ok. I am going to choose to take good care of myself, keep moving and of course continue working as a therapy dog. One thing I do know is that as long as I have Doc, we can have fun getting older together.

  • Rebecca Harris
    April 28, 2021

    you are a very smart dog Grover,because of my chosen lifestyle for so many years I am just starting to do those things,taking care of myself and getting a dr. for myself. thanks for the reminder that I have stay with my plan to stay healthy

  • Joe
    April 29, 2021

    I can relate, Grover. Glad you’re going to be OK. Please take care of yourself because you are needed to keep Doc in line.

    • Grover
      April 29, 2021

      Thank you for your warm wishes. I am feeling well enough to keep my eye on Doc again.
      Take care,

  • Abby K
    April 29, 2021

    Hi Grover, once again, thank you for the post. I’m only 2 1/2 years old so I haven’t thought about getting older either. I guess it’s never to soon to start taking care of ourselves. Thanks again Grover and I’m very happy to hear you’re doing well and the leg wasn’t anything too serious. Take care of yourself and Doc.

    Abby the Jack Russell

    • Grover
      April 29, 2021

      Thank you for your kind thoughts Abby

  • connie siegle
    April 29, 2021

    Dear Grover, a post that is practically close to my heart. I too am getting older and sometimes do not do it gracefully, lol. I seem to learn a new lesson a few times a week which tells me that I am not as wise as I think I am so I will just put one foot in front of the other and enjoy life no matter how old I get.