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Posted by laurie on June 23, 2014


Camp is in full swing with Buttercup and Tootsie staying here for a few days while Courtney and Mike take the kids to Chincoteague, Virginia. That’s the island with the wild ponies. The girls always settle in right away. Courtney said that Buttercup might have a little dementia and that sometimes instead of eating her supper she’ll just bark at it. I tried some chicken broth on her kibble and that did the trick. She still knows how to eat like a beagle.

14 Responses to “Buttercup”

  1. Joan said

    Our beagle/harrier mix, Sammie, had dementia toward the end of his life. He would seem to get lost at times in the living room. It breaks your heart.

  2. harperlea said

    Aww how pretty Buttercup is!
    She looks so sweet and soft .
    It sounds like you can reengage her with the smell of the broth… Great idea!

  3. Karen S. said

    My Holly had that also. Would get “stuck” in corners. She always recognized me, though.

  4. Susan in DE said

    Hooray for Buttercup and Tootie! You have to love the seniors. If you’re on Facebook, check out a page called “Crone Dog Army”. It’s a woman in Tennessee who fosters (mostly) senior ladies, aka “crones” (It’s an affectionate term, encompassing wisdome, beauty and experience). She refers to the old fellas as “coots”.

    Josie is definitely a crone. She has some navigation issues, but it’s not dementia. Her eyesight isn’t great, and her hind end is getting weak and arthritic. She accidentally gets into a spot, and then just doesn’t have the physical ability to turn around and/or back out and gets “stuck”. She’ll just stand, sit or lie there until someone does something. :->

  5. Sue - Barney, Jodi & Huggy's Mom said

    Awww, we are entering into this part of life with our Barney. We don’t really know how old he seems to be older than originally thought. We still love him no matter what and he still loves us. His hearing is waning and his eyes too.

    Gotta love those special folks that have a heart for the oldsters.

    Crones and Coots, love that 🙂

  6. Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

    The last time I was at the vet she gave Gomez a noogie and called him an old man. It’s true – both Lily and Gomez are getting up there.

  7. Gypsy & Trents dad said

    Yep. Gypsy is getting there too. The other day she started barking at her own reflection in the door glass. We’ve been carrying her up and down the steps to go out and to bed since it takes a lot out of her to do it herself. She will do it, but she gets real tuckered out from it. That and she can also slip back down on her own.
    She still eats well and manages to get around, but we have her on metacam daily and occasionally a dose of tramadol when she is really limping..
    She will “dive” off the sofa if she thinks food is involved, but she prefers to stay up there all day sometimes.
    We think she’ll be 17 in November!

    • Susan in DE said

      Wow, 17 is ANCIENT!! Good girl, Gypsy!! Jordan made it to 16, Josie is about 14 now and also needs carrying up and down the steps (and you need to drape a wee wee pad over your arm, and scoop between her hind legs … otherwise, you and the carpet might get a dribbly surprise!). She gave up jumping on and off furniture over a year ago, good thing she always preferred her dog beds. Lady is a young whipper-snapper of 10.

      • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

        Henry used to jump on the sofa when we first adopted him (it will be four years on July 4), but he no longer can jump up by himself. I don’t put him on the sofa or on my bed anymore, because I’m afraid he might hurt himself jumping down. He’s happy just lying on a doggie bed.

  8. Kate (Gandolf's mom) said

    Oh, how sweet she is. !

  9. Lynne said

    Aww bless Buttercup’s heart. Gotta love those seniors.

  10. Kaye - Bode's mum said

    It’s always nice to see old friends!

  11. Jake had dementia for the last year…unfortunately if I left for more than a day, he would forget me so after the diagnosis I never left him except to got to work. The positive about his dementia, he forgot he was afraid of thunderstorms and would just chill when we would get a doozy outside.

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