The old man

12 Apr

We have an 18 year old rat terrier now (happy birthday, Banyan!). He has a bad back that is steadily getting worse, and sometimes his back legs fail him. A while ago we got him a dog stroller, thinking he would love going for walks with us again, but he hates it and whines and hollers the whole time. After a week of pushing through the complaining we gave up. Stubborn dog, sigh. This means he hardly ever leaves the boat, and we can be in a new spot for weeks before folks realize we have another dog. We don’t have that problem with Max, he enthusiastically makes his presence known.

We were watching a Nova the other day about disabled animals, and got inspired to try again to give Banyan more mobility. First we tried a scarf, gently holding up his back legs. He responded well, and even began running! Motivated now, we walked up to the hardware store and got supplies to build him a rear end wheelchair.

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Parts ready for assembly

While he’s still deciding if he likes it or not, early results seem positive (once we get him in the dang thing…boy is he a stubborn old man!)
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2 Responses to “The old man”

  1. haanli April 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    Banyan is a wonder dog.

  2. Jenna Robertson April 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Aw 🙂

    Jenna ☯

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