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Why Does My Old Dog Follow Me From Room to Room All Day? — 6 Comments

  1. I cried reading this. It’s emotionally striking thinking there will come a time when you already have to let go. Memories of lost flashed back at me.

  2. Tina, my LarryDog is about a month older than your boy and he is half Blue Heeler!

    I have had two dogs who did just fall asleep and not wake up, and that is my wish for LarryDog whenever it happens. I think your comments make perfect sense! Thanks for writing.

  3. My Blue Heeler boy is 15 years and 9 months and does the same. nearly deaf, vision better but not as it used to be and he does follow me a lot – if he isn’t asleep and doesn’t hear me at all passing him. He can walk up the stairs but has problems getting down again on his own as he walks faster then he can handle, though it is no problem if I am there and control his speed – but we must be aware as soon as we go upstairs – or to the basement – he has to come immediately with us or be blocked from getting on the stairs.
    In general he is doing still great, we have 3 younger smaller terrier girls who interact with him, he  has slowed down 8especially if it is warm) but definitely has quality of life! I will be the first who will stopp him from any suffering once he is that far. Best would be to find just the point befor he is in pain… sometimes I do hope he would fall asleep one day and not wake up again… And I try to live like this could happen any moment and I wouldn’t have any regrets… Does that make sense?
    Tina in Germany

  4. Interesting.
    My Belgian Sheperd (Laekenois) has been doing that all his life (14.5years) as part of his breed.
    But for an older dog to start –that is fascinating, and endearing.

  5. I agree, Martyn, and it’s becoming more evident even since writing that post. I talked it over with our veterinarian last week and she has seen this in older dogs from time to time.

  6. “A lot of people wouldn’t go for that idea” … but I would. I suspect that, like all of us when it happens, he is aware that his capabilities are beginning to fall away; the realisation of that gives rise to anxiety, and he deals with it by more frequent affirmation of the stable things in his life, notably your presence. That would be my reading, at any rate.

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