The old man

12 Apr

We have an 18 year old rat terrier now (happy birthday, Banyan!). He has a bad back that is steadily getting worse, and sometimes his back legs fail him. A while ago we got him a dog stroller, thinking he would love going for walks with us again, but he hates it and whines and hollers the whole time. After a week of pushing through the complaining we gave up. Stubborn dog, sigh. This means he hardly ever leaves the boat, and we can be in a new spot for weeks before folks realize we have another dog. We don’t have that problem with Max, he enthusiastically makes his presence known.

We were watching a Nova the other day about disabled animals, and got inspired to try again to give Banyan more mobility. First we tried a scarf, gently holding up his back legs. He responded well, and even began running! Motivated now, we walked up to the hardware store and got supplies to build him a rear end wheelchair.


Parts ready for assembly

While he’s still deciding if he likes it or not, early results seem positive (once we get him in the dang thing…boy is he a stubborn old man!)


2 Responses to “The old man”

  1. haanli April 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    Banyan is a wonder dog.

  2. Jenna Robertson April 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Aw 🙂

    Jenna ☯


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