Aging doggos

The puppies are getting older.  Nala will be 14 soon, and Simba will be 13 next year.  Pretty respectable ages for Labradors.

Boop the snoot
Boop the snoot

We don’t go on too many long walks now.  It’s more like I’m pulling them along rather than them pulling me down the street these days.  We go for short walks, or just play in the back yard.

Both dogs have slowed down in activity level over the past few years, but Simba’s starting to show more signs of old age than Nala is.  He’s showing signs of some osteoarthritis and has a bit of muscle atrophy in his hind quarters as a result.  He still runs around in the yard a bit but not as much as he used to, and he’s a little slower to get up these days.

Car ride!

They’re both still happy and content dogs, and I think they’ll be around for a few more birthdays.

So long Mischief

Today we said goodbye to Mischief.  She was a sweet little kitty (although Simba might not have thought so).

Mischief would happily sit on the chairs, sofas, tables, generally wherever you wanted to sit, and swat at the dogs if they got too close.  She eventually learned to tolerate Nala’s affectionate licking, but Simba always kept his distance.

When Mischief demanded attention, you’d hear the most pitiful, sad, and dramatic meows coming from her.

Many years ago, Mischief overheard the vet telling Connie that Mischief was perfect.  Ever since then, Mischief always made sure that we knew she was perfect.

Rest easy, Mischief.  Now you can go tell everyone else how perfect you are.

Mischief the DX Cat, courtesy of The Noiseblankers.
Mischief the DX Cat, courtesy of The Noiseblankers.

Cat scan

Mischief went in for her annual checkup today and ended up getting an x-ray just to make sure a spot on her leg she’s been bothering and licking hair off wasn’t being caused by anything internal.

Vet said Mischief looks good, although has some arthritis in her knees.

Cat scan
Cat scan

We’re trying her on some NSAIDs to see if it will help with any discomfort or pain she might be having. She’s still jumping up and down from things, but we’ve noticed her walking seems to be a little bit stiffer. Maybe this will help.

As for the spot on her leg she’s been taking the fur off of, maybe she’s not taking too well to the new food we’ve put her on. Something we’ll have to look into.