I think my pug, Bubba, may be losing his hearing. As I mentioned the other day, he seems out of sorts lately, drifting off for long stretches as if deep in thought, no longer bounding into the kitchen at the merest sound of the refrigerator door opening. Today, he exhibited atypically calm behavior in the face of two things that always used to rile him up in the past: 1. A barking dog, and 2. Sara Jessica Parker. We were out for a walk when we happened by the home of one of his neighborhood enemies, a yappy yorkie who went absolutely berserk as we strolled along. For his part, Bubba was oblivious. Granted, we were across the street, but in the past he would have reacted. And then, later today while Akemi was watching her DVD’s and the theme to Sex and the City came on, Bubba didn’t even notice. A month ago, the opening notes would have set him off, barking and howling at the t.v., his canine fury rising at the onscreen sight of Sara Jessica Parker in her pink tutu. Today – nothing.
Okay, he IS an older dog (11 this September) but the change in him has been sudden and dramatic.
My other, older pug, Jelly, meanwhile, has problems of her own. She is almost certainly deaf (has been for quite some time) and her hip dysplasia makes it very difficult for her to get around, so I’ll often find myself chauffeuring her up and down the stairs, onto and off the bed, out to and in from the back yard. Despite her obvious discomfort walking, she’s in very good spirits, vocal and waggy – but she was decidedly less so the other night. She was sitting on her usual perch atop the pillow beside me when she decided to turn around and get comfy. She shifted, obviously misjudged the room she had, and ended up tumbling off the side of the bed. Fortunately – or not – instead of hitting the floor, she ended up getting wedged, upside down, between the mattress and the night table, crying out until I was able to rescue her.
Clearly, my dogs are getting old.
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