Our dogs begin to slow down as they age, but we do everything we can to ensure they are happy and comfortable in their good times.
A couple in Yorkshire is familiar with their dog taking up the entire bed. Since they first adopted Spike, their English springer spaniel, they have slept next to each other every night.
But as he gets older, the family has made compromises to ensure he never has to spend a night alone.
Spike, an English springer spaniel, is 14 years old. Like many older dogs, he has trouble moving about.
He recently experienced a second stroke, making it challenging for him to climb and descend stairs.
Unfortunately, this meant Spike couldn’t do one of his favorite things: lie in bed with his family, which he’s done since he was a puppy.
“We shut the stair gate the first night we got him and went to bed, “The Dodo was informed by Spike’s owner Catherine Morris. He whimpered for a while before leaping over the fence in the dark and trotting into my parents’ room, where he jumped up immediately onto the bed!” And from that point forward, he slept there.”
Spike couldn’t get to his favorite area because their bedroom was on the second floor. Despite his precarious position, he persisted in his attempt, to the point where his family had to close the stairs to prevent him from continuing.
Instead, they came up with a sweet plan: if Spike couldn’t join them upstairs for bed, they would go downstairs and sleep with him!
To keep Spike company, family members now arrange the pull-out couch and spend the night downstairs on a rotating basis.
Catherine returned from university to find her parents’ new sleeping arrangements, which surprised her because they’ve always had a tight relationship with Spike.
“They’re inseparable,” Catherine told The Dodo. “My dad calls him an “old bean,” and they’re always chatting away.”
“My dad will also bring Spike’s water and food to the sofa and feed him by hand to ensure he gets his medicines and keeps his strength up.”
Spike may not be the young pup he once was, but one thing remains constant: his family’s care for him.
With this selfless effort, they make it clear that they will go to whatever great lengths are necessary to make Spike’s final years as wonderful as possible.
“We love our old boy so much and are so glad to have him in our lives,” Catherine said. “Hopefully, we have made up for his not-so-good start in life by providing all the love in the world.”
It’s incredible how far some people will go to please their dogs. I appreciate this family caring for their elderly dog.
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