This is our Buster. He has been in our family for well over 15 years.
We estimate that he is about 17-18 years old.
He is so devoted to Pat. He has been a "good old dog".
We are perplexed to say the least.
With his old age has come some problems.
Once the best housebroke dog ever,
now he's incontinent and needs forever let out.
He's near deaf, so we have to keep him in the yard.
He likes to sleep under the lilac shrub and once there
you would have to go and shake him to get him up.
Sometimes even in his dog crate, during the middle
of the day when I come home to let them out,
I have to touch him to wake him.
The dilemma here.
We haven't had a good night's sleep for quite awhile.
Buster seems to sleep sound from about
10 pm til early am, then it's up and down.
He barks to go out, we let him out.
He wanders around outside for about an hour.
I go back to bed and figure when he barks to
come back in, either I'll wake up again or Pat will.
This goes on til we finally both are up and start our regular day.
So, today we are working on an insulated heated dog house.
We have an enclosure in the yard to contain him away from
the back door, lest he continues to bark to get in.
It will be a temporary measure, until outside temperatures
get really down.
But maybe we can get a few good nights sleep.
Neither of us feel it's time to say goodbye to the old dog.
Any in all honesty, I pray this one will die a natural death.
Good ole' Buster Brown!
You've given us some funny stories.