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RE: Determining a dogs age

It's pretty easy to tell up to about 1-2 years. Permanent Teeth have a pretty "fixed" eruption date, though it does vary a little. Adult teeth are all in and fully grown by a year. Wear starts at that point and varies greatly by diet and chewing habits. General health, diet genetics and habits cause so much variation that any guess at that point is just that - a guess. Doug, DVM Thanks, Dr. Doug. My DH will be thrilled to be vindicated, LOL. And I am happy because we might be able to enjoy this little doggy for longer than we thought.
Chock Full o' Nuts 08/11/19 12:37pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Determining a dogs age

Aren't poodles and Bichons breeds that tend to live longer? My Aussiepoo is 11 and still silly and playful in spite of losing his sight to diabetes (he still insists on playing fetch!) And having a white muzzle - you don't see the graying that tends to give away some dogs' ages. Clearly, you've done a great job of rehabbing your dog!! I think little dogs generally do live longer. Some Bichons live well into their mid-to-late teens. And with them being white, you just don't see them graying.
Chock Full o' Nuts 08/11/19 12:28pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Determining a dogs age

I picked up a stray and took it to a Vet. The dog had a chip in him and he said the dog was 15 years. Find a vet who can check if the dog is chipped. No, no chip other than the one I had placed.
Chock Full o' Nuts 08/11/19 12:27pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Determining a dogs age

We had two black Standard Poodles. Sadie lived to almost seventeen and her boy almost fifteen. They never turned gray and looked like they did when they were five right up to about a year or two before they died. They age quickly and start losing weight when it’s time. Our last dog was an 80-lb black Standard Poodle. Smartest dog in the world, so regal and stately. Sadly, he only lived to 11yrs old. As you said, when they start aging it can escalate quickly. He was frail for about a year and had multiple injuries due to arthritic joints. And then one day, he just started failing. We propped him up with meds and IV fluids a couple times, but within the week it was clear his time was up.
Chock Full o' Nuts 08/11/19 12:26pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Got bad news

I agree with the others. If you can still camp, but can't drive, the answer is to set it up at a campground and visit it as often as you can. Five years ago, DH and I decided we could no longer tow, due to health. We found a campground that would let us store our rig when we weren't there. They brought it out and set it on a site whenever we liked. We found that we actually camped MORE this way. Go figure! DH can no longer drive at all and his health is poor, but he has the best attitude. He says, "I can be sick in the city or in the mountains. I choose the mountains." Now we live in in it full-time at the campground.
Chock Full o' Nuts 08/10/19 02:17pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
Determining a dogs age

We've had our little Bichon-poodle, Tiki, for 6 years. We rescued him from a kill shelter and almost literally raised him from the dead. Some intensive nursing on our part brought him back to life. At the time, the vet estimated that he was about 5yrs old, based on his teeth. Now, my DH is questioning whether he is indeed an 11yr old dog. Tiki doesn't have the "look" of an elderly dog at all.He's not frail, has all of his teeth, is very healthy. But then again, Bichons look like teddy bears until they are well into their teens. I tend to agree with the vet, that he was probably about 5 when we got him and 6 years later he would be 11. DH thinks his birthdate is off by 4-5 years (yes, I realize that would make Tiki a newborn when we got him, but there's no reasoning with this man!) Sooo, how does a vet determine a dog's age?
Chock Full o' Nuts 08/10/19 02:03pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Advice for first time RV rental and experience

LOL! I loved the compassion for the Gerbil! Did it get a full funeral back at home? LOL, we actually did. You have to get the whole picture, though. My 14yo daughter had raised gerbils from the age of 5. She made little clothes for them. They wore Barbie crowns and rode around in the Barbie car. When we went on our 60-day tour of the US, we couldn't find anyone willing to take the 9 gerbils, so we packed them into two cages, Boys Dorm and Girls Dorm, and transported them around the country in the shower tub. When Devereaux died unexpectedly, Daughter was devastated. Her dad so compassionately dug a hole right there in the Grand Tetons, to which my daughter was completely horrified--No way was she putting her precious gerbil in the ground for wolves to dig up! So, I ended up wrapping him up in plastic and storing him next to the popsicles. For YEARS the joke in our family was "Don't eat anything in Mom's freezer!" We buried him in our "gerbil graveyard" when we got home.
Chock Full o' Nuts 07/05/19 11:28am Beginning RVing
RE: Advice for first time RV rental and experience

The RV part must be perfect and flawless so that we can then repeat the experience and improve on the holiday aspects that were not perfect (Park access, long waits, bad food, bad attractions, etc.). Bwahahahaha. "RV" "privacy" and "perfect/flawless" do not belong in the same sentence. RVing is all about adventures, the ones you planned and the ones you hadn't planned. Half the fun of RVing is the little (and sometimes big) situations that inevitably arise. If everyone can remain flexible, resilient, kind, cool, and friendly you'll have a great time. If one or more of you are high maintenance, I foresee an uncomfortable experience. As for privacy, divest yourselves of that notion. There is NO privacy aboard an RV. Make peace with hearing, seeing, and smelling your friends' every pee, poop, fart, kiss, cuddle, and disagreement. If you can go along and pretend that these things are not happening within 20-feet of where you're sitting, you'll be fine. Cultivate a very broad sense of humor for this trip, cuz you're gonna need it. ETA: Here are some highlights of our years of RVing: *Ear infection, burst eardrum *Hit a building, tore off half the roof ($3,000) *Ran out of diapers in Yellowstone *Gerbil died in Grand Tetons, transported home in the freezer *Vomiting & diarrhea x 2 days *Cornea abrasion *Bashed the front of the camper ($6,000) *Nearly ran out of gas in the desert *Got lost in the Big Horn Mountains *Buffalo peed on our campsite (5-ft in diameter pool of pee!) *Lightning strike 10 feet from the camper, made our ears ring *Life-threatening pneumonia *Wind tore off the awning ($1,000) *Rolled our rig & tow vehicle
Chock Full o' Nuts 07/03/19 10:18am Beginning RVing
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