Fri Oct 19
Yoshi Krusi Park
It's Friday and the park was nearly empty.
I used the webmaster harness and the Ginger Lead. After we got all the way across I took the GL off and just let him go with just pulling up on the harness using a lead. (He was warmed up by then). He is losing function in his left rear but we still got all the way across the park and then back with breaks.
Thu Oct 18
Yoshi Lincoln Park
Krusi Park was too busy so we went over to Lincoln which was 3/4 full of young children practicing soccer. There was a spot near the baseball infield that was open so I carried him to it. He wore the Ruffwear Webmaster harness and I used the Ginger Lead to get him started. Once he was walking ok I was able to stop using the GL and just carry it and let him walk around with just the harness.
Wed Oct 17
Yoshi acupuncture with Jorge.
He worked more on his rear left foot to help with the proprioception.
Tue Oct 16
Yoshi Krusi Park
He's having a harder time getting his left rear leg to work so this time I put him in his light harness and the walkabout rear sling He can walk fine in it for about half the field then just stops. i took him out of the walkabout and just let him struggle with the harness itself but it's not as robust as the Ruffwear Webmaster so it was not an easy time. i finally put him back in the walkabout and we were able to walk out of the park. Not the best time but he did get some exercise.
Mon Oct 15
He had an open sore on his foot so we skipped hydro though he does need it. Just did cold laser today.
I had Dana watch him walk in his cart. She encourages I warm him up more perhaps with a warm compress. That would be hard to do but anything that gets close would be a good thing.
Yoshi Krusi Park.
He's less coordinated so it takes longer to get his going, but with his harness and breaks he can get across the park and on the way back can mostly get his left rear foot underneath him.Sun Oct 14
Yoshi cart evening walk
He's having more trouble swinging his left rear leg forward in the cart. i need to see if I can get a Dewey's Wheels for him instead of the K9 Kart. He does walk ok in spite of it though he's still much better on grass.Sat Oct 13
Yoshi did not get a Park walk but his skin between his legs has healed enough that he can now walk in his cart again. He is not getting his left rear pulling forward that well and does better on the lawn outside of the cart once he gets started, but on the sidewalk the cart is much better.
Thu Oct 11
Yoshi Krusi Park
He wasn't walking well today at all. We did have a dog run up named Bailey, but I picked Yoshi up and he went away. I think he was a Tibetan Terrier. He was bummed that Yoshi didn't want to play. We got to the center and struggled on for a bit sitting fairly often, then we turned around.
Had him on that front lawn later with similar issues. i hope he is healed enough to go back to his cart soon.
Wed Oct 10
Yoshi to see Jorge. The freeway on ramps are all messed up around up due to construction so even though we have finally gotten near the on ramp the traffic was all stopped so we actually went back into Alameda and drove up and dealt with the usually tube traffic. We got there late but he was able to take us. After acupuncture he always seems to walk better.
Yoshi to see Ziji. She's really impressed with his strength in his legs. He is able to push back with his left rear leg strongly. She showed us that we can fully fold up his rear leg to keep his flexibility. Have him seated and then put a treat in front of him and encourage him to push up from his rear legs.
She says he's doing surprisingly well.Tue Oct 9
Yoshi Krusi Park
We did a slightly different patch. We went across and then in the middle, we went to the side a little and then finished going across. Coming back at the center we turned and walked to the side fence then went back to the center and headed out. While it walks a while to get him going he's still walking no too bad
Mon Oct 8
Yoshi Krusi Park
It took starting and stopping until we were in the center of the park
then he was pretty much able to move on his down with me just pulling up
on the lead attached to the harness, which helps his get his left rear
leg underneath him - that's the leg with the worse proprioception. Got
all the way across and back and then we wandered around closer to the
center for a while. His moving is much more impaired, but he loves
moving. You get him going and he doesn't want to stop.
He has a recovering skin infection between his legs, so I'm not using
his cart. Tried the ginger lead which is good only for about 1/2 a
block. I think the pressure on his belly gets to him. But he wanted to
keep moving without it so we let him wander on the lawn briefly. I think
next time i'll just use his webmaster harness.
Just walked Yoshi around in the yard today. No park walk.
Sat Oct 6
Yoshi Krusi Park
He got all the way across and back and then back to the middle again.
He was just in his webmaster harness with just a lead attached to the
middle metal ring. Once he finally got started me was walking pretty
well. Canine Rehab tells me the harness gives him more neral input which
helps his nerves fire and function better.
Thu Oct 4
Yoshi is having diarrhea. He had a could of accidents in the house and I
took him out onto the front yard to walk around and finish up. It was
dark which implies some internal bleeding. I think it's from the
antibiotics he started for the skin infection between his rear legs. i
called Park Centre to get a replacement for the antibiotics. They're
going to give him a shot tomorrow that won't have GI issues. I'll donate
the meds back to them. the antibiotic was Simplicef 100mg which is
something he's never had before. He had one last evening. His infected
area is looking better though it's getting dirty on the edges because of
cream that we treat the surface with.
He didn't have a walk. At 8pm, I just put his webmaster harness on with a
second leash to help hold him up and we walked about 15 loops around
the front yard which worked surprisingly well.
Wed Oct 3
has a nasty looking, oozing, red rub spot at the base of his penis
likely where the cart goes in between his legs. It was probably from
being wet and from Chlorine. He is going to see Dr. Scullin at 3:30pm. I
have a phone interview at 3pm so Terri will likely have to take him.
did and I took the Prius when I was done, so she saw the tech for the
first part and we both saw Dr. Scullin. He has a pronounced skin
infection. They cleaned it up and trimmed back the fur which is better
than Terri and I wielding kid's scissors at midnight. they gave us
topical and oral antibiotics. the oral one is once a day and the topical
is a thin layer on the red spot twice a day or as needed.
I rescheduled his acupuncture to next week at the same time (8:30am).
Ironically, I had to cancel next weeks hydro and make it laser only.
Tue Oct 2
Yoshi has been granted a one time exception for the treadmill. Now we just have to go to the park before his session.
Mon Oct 1
Yoshi didn't finish pooping right before he went into the hydrotreadmill
take and had an accident. I'm appealing him being banned from doing it
I should have stopped them the second I saw little bit of poop just before they put him in.
Yoshi Krusi Park
He was very slow to get started. Just wanted to sit there for a while. I
would start him by picking up the harness handle and he would take a
step and sit back down He had his webmaster harness on so if I were to
loop something through the strap that would probably be enough. That
would be less invasive to him than the Ginger Lead. We finally got going
with fewer sits and after we crossed the center he was able to get the
rest of the way across. He also got back without having to stop much. -
even added an extra circle at the end.
His evening walk was slower than he usually goes, but this might be the new normal.
Sun Sep 30
Bill and Diane were kind enough to let Yoshi out while we were at
Monterey Aquarium. He just went out in his cart and just stood there.
Diane got him to walk around using treats but still no pee. He did not
have an accident either but he did pee copiously when we got back.
Sat Sep 29
Yoshi Krusi Park
He didn't want to get started - just wanted to sit there. I would pick him up from his midsection which usually gets him started and he would take a step and then site back down. Repeated this a few times. Tried semi-dragging him by the harness (just the lighter one this time). Then he saw a dog to bark at which got him started for a few feet then sat back down. Saw another dog and got going for real until he reached the center and sat back down. We rested for a while and then were able to start again and we reached the fence. The return trip only had one stop.
I'm wondering if a help 'em up harness would help but I think it would just get in his way. He doesn't much like the webmaster harness and that's much less cumbersome.
Fri Sep 28
Yoshi Krusi Park
Park was quiet save for one off leash dog who stayed with his/her people
and didn't notice us. Yoshi got across the park with frequent sit
breaks. He did want to walk so we just went at a pace he wanted. Coming
back was easier probably because he was warmed up.
Evening walk in his cart was tougher. He would move and then stop move
and stop. He never got really going though he did the whole block. I had
him wearing the webmaster harness which he's ok with, but I think he
finds it confining.
Thu Sep 27
Yoshi Krusi Park
Going right after 5pm is awkward as all the fields are in use and I'm
not that comfortable cutting through with that much activity. So we
walked on the area behind the backstop over where the swings are, and
then we went around the tennis courts. it's harder because I have to
carry him over the asphalt pathways because I don't want his feet torn
up. He's having a harder time walking and it's easier if he's just on an
open field. If I went at 6pm it might be easier, but it's starting to
get dark sooner but right around 5:50pm might just be fine.
Wed Sep 26
Yoshi Krusi Park
It took awhile to get him started walking and once he finally did, he
would sit occasionally, but then he got going and still made it all the
way across. There was a dog playing fetch and he didn't want to go near
the dog which was fine, but an atypical choice for him. We went to the
side to avoid the now two dogs playing in the center and seeing them
play did get him moving more. i'm wondering if he should wear his
webmaster harness, but it is warmer and heavier and I don't want his
movements restricted on the grass.
Tue Sep 25
Yoshi Krusi Park
He's having a harder time holding his rear up, but he got all the way
across and we slowly wandered back. He enjoyed it regardless.
Evening walk. He was walking very slowly and didn't seem to enjoy it
much but we got through the whole block. Using the webmaster harness and
Mon Sep 24
He got through it ok. I said he seems to get tired more easily, yet when he was home he walked in circles in the yard again and again about 10 times.
I later took him to Krusi Park to see if he wanted to do anything. At
first he just sat there for a while until he saw a dog running around
and then he wanted to move some. We walked to the center of the park,
stopping occasionally. Then we walked back and he seemed to catch a
second wind so we turned around and walked part of the way back before
turning around and heading back.
Evening walk. He needs more harness support now
when on leash so I put him in the Webmaster harness which during the day
is usually too hot for him. I can help him walk around the lawn with it
at night and it will fit into his cart too. At the park during the day
he can still walk on his own for now.
Yoshi was up for over an hour late at night pacing
around. I was up late working on the computer and it didn't seem to
matter that I was there. I'm usually trying to sleep when he's doing
this and it's completely annoying. It's useful to know that my presence
doesn't make much of a difference in this compulsion. He did finally
Sun Sep 23
I took him on a walk right at 6pm.
One dog to steer around owner finally carried him away. got across slowly an indirect way.
Fri Sep 21
Yoshi Krusi Park
Except for one dog who soon left and one family playing a little soccer,
we had the place to ourselves (typical of Friday afternoon.). Got all
the way across with a couple of breaks then walked diagonally towards
the tennis court tree, then we turned and angled back to the car. Walked
up and down the fence there once jus watching how wobbly his left rear
foot is (it rolls to the left) and then we went home. He is a happy
Evening walk went well. He kept trying to turn around but I insisted he walk to the corner and then he was fine.
Thu Sep 20
Yoshi Krusi Park. Went just after 5pm and all the fields were in
use so we just walked in circles on the lawn in front of the tennis
courts. Not that satisfying, but he got some exercise.
Evening cart walk. Evelyn is back and we walked up and down the block
partially a couple of times. I let him turn around whenever he chose to.
Wed Sep 19
Yoshi Acupuncture with Jorge. Terri gave him a pet ease tablet and
it helped a lot. He didn't shake his head at all and he got
through it fine. He's crash at 2pm but that's his normal nap time.
Mon Sep 17
PT appt this morning. I asked about his ankle stiffness when I put him
in his cart (I brought it to show them). Dana suggested a warm up with a
heating pad. I said this is probably the last thing I want to do at
9:30pm and she suggested the leg massage that I showed her. If I squeeze
the area just behind and below his knee that seems to loosen it up. I
should do this before I put him in his cart. His session went well.
Yoshi Krusi Park
He had already had a PT "walk" so he really didn't need to go, but I
took him anyway just to look around and get a few sniffs. I just let him
wander to the center (sitting occasionally) and then a little to the
side and then we rounded back to the car.
Sun Sep 16
Yoshi Krusi Park
We got to the park late after 7pm, but there was still light out and there was a late evening soccer game going on. No dogs roaming around which was disconcerting as I kept expecting one to suddenly emerge from the evening gloom but it never happened. We got all the way across with only one sit-down break, and all the way back without much issue. I did use a headlamp, but it really wasn't necessary.
Sat Sep 15
Yoshi Krusi Park
Two dogs playing fetch. I asked one if we could cross the park and back and he said he's send his dog in the other direction. the other one was on the edge of the park. Having the dogs around sped Yoshi's crossing up though he did stop to rest about three times. On the way back we V'd over to the side to walk a little more. Stopped to say hello to the first person I spoke to so he could say hi to Yoshi who I was carrying by this point.
Evening walk. Again he decided to stop after we did the 1/2 block out and back. Went a little past our house then turned around.
Fri Sep 14
Yoshi Krusi Park.
We had the place almost entirely to ourselves which was very nice. He
got across ok with the occasional sit break. Came back in an S curve.
He's doing ok but gets tired more easily.
Evening walk went well.
Thu Sep 13
Yoshi Krusi Park
This time I didn't have a coach hitting softballs to far. This time is
was a player but hitting the ball on a stick like in Tee ball. It was
still fairly easy to steer around but I had to pay attention. Yoshi
seemed to have a good time regardless. He still can get all the way
across and back and still has a bounce in his step, but he's
coordination is getting worse. His right leg which was the good one is
having more trouble holding his weight up. He's ok for now but the clock
is ticking. Hopefully it will be a while as he's relatively healthy
Evening cart walk. He did fine. Not his chariot-like sprint but ok. He stopped after 1/2 a block out and back.
Tue Sep 11
Yoshi was pacing around last night driving me
crazy. I got up and put him on his bed and massaged him for 5 min or so.
Then he suddenly relaxed and went to sleep. I sat with him for another 5
min to make sure he was settled. He stayed on his bed nearly all night.
Yoshi Krusi Park. We went in a semi diagonal pattern to avoid softball
traffic. He was walking slower today but he got all the way across and
was able to go back in a sort of S pattern. He was very tired afterward
even though before the car he wanted to do more, but I could tell it was
time to stop.
Tonight instead of walking him on the sidewalk I'm just going to put him
in the backyard with his cart. He does get stuck at times, but other
than that he is able to manage ok.
Mon Sep 10
Went well. He is having more trouble getting his right leg underneath
him because his left leg isn't strong enough to hold himself up long
enough to move his right leg fully into position.
Yoshi Krusi Park
He had already had PT today so I wasn't going to ask him to do very
much. Sure enough he was very slow and sat often. Then he found some
energy and we walked the park in a L out and back pattern. He
seemed to have a nice time.
I did take him out to poop at night and then he definitely didn't want to move even though he needed to.
Sun Sep 9
Yoshi Krusi Park
Had to steer around an overly-enthusiastic coach who was hitting the
ball a little far at times, but it was pretty easy to swing wide. We
went on a diagnonal and then swung around their field almost all the way
over to the side and then headed back to the car and went back and
forth along the fence. When we got back to the starting fence, he would
get tired and drag his hip and then suddenly would want to go again.
Brief rests do help him.
Sat Sep 8
Yoshi Krusi Park.
More activity that yesterday but still quiet. We got all the way across
and found a tennis ball so we walked over to the tennis courts to give
it to the people on the courts. Then we walked diagonally over to the
car. Pretty much a back-and-forth-plus equivalent.
Fri Sep 7
Yoshi Krusi Park
Friday afternoon and we had the place entirely to ourselves except for a
leash Shiba Inu who walked across the corner of the park. Yoshi of
course barked at them. No other issues. We went all the way across the
park then went diagonally to one of the side trees and headed back in
the direction of the other side tree but 2/3 of the way there he got
tires and started to drag his hip which is a sign that he's too tired to
hold himself up. We rested there for a bit and then walked straight
back to the car which he was fine about doing. He's collapsed now in a
Thu Sep 6
Yoshi Krusi Park
All four fields were going to it felt enough like a shooting gallery
that we went along behind the backstop and into the main part of the
part and walked in a large circle there. We considered walking back
through the softball fields but decided not to and them went all the way
around the backstop again.
Wed Sep 5
Yoshi Krusi Park
Going at 7pm is starting to get dark. Not too bad yet, but I should go at 5 or 6 instead.
He got all the way across the park but he stops more often to rest. Then
two small dogs went across the middle of the park and if made him
grumpy enough that he was able to charge back across the park then (they
did move when I asked them to.)
Tue Sep 4
11am Yoshi has a PT appt.
Mon Sep 3
Yoshi Krusi Park
We had to come in a different entrance, but still make the same length
of walk across the park. I was able to get a good video of it.
Did his nails, groomed him, and gave him a bath.
Sat Sep 1
Yoshi Crab Cove
Park was very busy - it's Labor Day Weekend but it was 4:30pm so winding down.
We walked back and forth a couple of times on the grass. No big goals
this time just getting him out walking in a different place than Krusi
Fri Aug 31
Yoshi Krusi Park
Thu Aug 30
Yoshi Krusi Park
It was after 6pm and we're back to softball practices which are easier
to steer around. We got across the park and back and then walked back
and forth a few times in the area between the fence and the backstop. He
does not use a cart for the on grass walks
Evening walk. Terri and Rick joined Evelyn and I. We wound up doing 3
block lengths. Yoshi uses a cart for this walks on the sidewalk.
Even with that Yoshi is restless and seems very frustrated. His legs
aren't doing what he wants them to do. I gave him a couple of Pet Ease
in hopes that would calm him down.
Wed Aug 29
Yoshi Krusi Park
Baseball practice has begun. We were there at 5:15 which is earlier that
we were before but things before were over run with softball and now
it's just the baseball team which in time will take over all the space.
This time we were able to get across the entire field by giving them a
lot of space on their field and on return we actually left the fields
and went around the other side of the backstop.
Yoshi did ok, but was noticeably tired. It might have been from his
adequan shot today. I'll know more tomorrow as he's usually dramatically
better the day after his shot. The supplement is expired by three
months, but we've never noticed a difference yet.
He was too tired for me to feel comfortable dragging him out for his
usual evening walk (I usually regret this), so I gave him the night off
and just let him walk around the backyard. Let's see if he paces all
Tue Aug 28
Yoshi Krusi Park. Software practice has begun and
we have a lot to steer around now. With effort we got all the way
across, but it's not going to be easy now and we might want to go around
the tennis courts instead.
Evening walk did 1 1/2 blocks. He had a lot of energy.
Mon Aug 27
Yoshi PT. It went well. He's not showing any degeneration from last week. He's holding stable.
Setn off his PT claim to Trupanion.
His evening walk went well. He had a lot of energy (because he didn't
have an evening walk since he had PT today), and did the entire block
Sun Aug 26
Yoshi Krusi Park. Mobbed initially by three small children and then we made it across the park and back without incident.
He was in good spirits for his evening walk.
Sat Aug 25
Yoshi Krusi Park
Some dogs to steer around, but we got all the way across and back
without incident. Yoshi is not very fast, so a dog could come right up
to him and all he would be able to do is bark really loud. When we got
back across, he still had a bounce in his step so we walked in some
circles closer to the car and then we headed back.
That evening it took a while to wake him up for his evening walk but when he did get out there he walked the block 1 1/2 times.
Fri Aug 24
Yoshi Krusi Park. He seemed tired today, so I wasn't sure how he'd do,
but he got all the way across and back. He did seem to struggle a little
so we didn't do anything extra. He certainly wants to do more but his
body isn't doing along with the plan. Acupuncture certainly appears to
slow the degeneration down, but it can't cure things. He is happy at
Evening walk. He had a surprising amount of energy once he got
going. I put a bootie on his right foot also because there is a small
sore on that foot, but I'm not sure if it helps and his foot placement
is much worse.
Thu Aug 23
Yoshi Krusi Park
There were three small dogs in the spot we usually walk towards and
another dog to the side. Hmphf. We walked to the left side and then out
and around the tennis counts then the dogs had moved on so we walked
half of the distance. You can tell he's tired when he can't hold him
self up really and drags himself along half sitting.
Evening walk. Started slow and then got moving. Just did the block once.
Wed Aug 2
Yoshi to see Jorge. He was very restless even with a Pet Calm. He go through it and was walking ok afterwards.
Late afternoon: Yoshi Krusi Park
He did great! All the way across and then walked to the right side, and
then angled back, and then a little more. He's quite tired now.
Tue Aug 21
Yoshi is not pacing at night I'm concerned it's because walking is too difficult now.
Yoshi Krusi Park
He did great. Charged across the park barking at the occasional crow and then we went back in a gentle S curve. He wanted to do more, but I didn't want him to over-do it. He moves so well on the grass even with his instabilities.
I alternate between worrying about him and then not at all. I figure we have about three months of him walking if we're lucky.
Mon Aug 20
Yoshi PT. He did well. They did notice his weight loss. Dana and Jenn said just feed him normally for a bit before increasing it. I always forget to account for incidental treats throughout the day when I write out his boarding instructions though they did feed him all the cheese we gave them.
Evening walk. He was still revved up to go at 9:30pm. We did 1 1/2 blocks. Hope he sleeps tonight. (He did.)
Ordered more Senilife for Yoshi from Chewy. 27.55.
Sat Aug 18
We are back from the UK and have picked Yoshi up from Park Centre . He seems to have coped pretty well. He's lost weight because I forget to account for incidental treats that he gets and the stress of being kenneled. We paid extra for 15 min of playtime a day which was time in the yard or walking out on the street. I can't decide whether to set up his red soft crate that he had there. He might be looking for it. I set i up and he didn't seem much to care so I put it back in the living room
Yoshi Krusi Park
I wasn't sure how well he'd so, but he sailed across and back with energy to spare. We walked a little more but I didn't want to trash him so we stopped then. He did lose weight when kenneled and this may not have been a bad thing.
We were in the UK and Yoshi boarded at Park Centre.
Tue Aug 7
Yoshi Krusi Park Walk
He got all the way across and back without much issue. The occasional
pause, but that was about it. There was one dog off-leash who was with
his/her people and paid no attention to us at all.
Mon Aug 6
He's still doing the 10 min sessions which I like because it gives him a good workout but doesn't thrash him.
Evening: He walked a block. Very slow at first but sped up later.
Sun Aug 5
Yoshi Krusi Park. At 5:30pm, we had the place to ourselves. We
walked all the way across with only an occasional pause. Coming back we
just cam straight back because I didn't want to exhaust him, but after
we got back he still wanted to walk a little more so we walked in a
could of small circles at the park entrance. Then I carried him back to
At 9pm he went for a cart walk and walked a block. I had to help him
flex his ankle which seemed stuck at first but it seemed to loosen up.
Sat Aug 4
Yoshi Krusi Park
He did great. Walked all the across and then took an arched way back. He
did get tired when he reached the final edge of a field and was
dragging himself more than walking so I carried him to the car.
9:30pm evening walk. He still had energy for a cart walk. He walked 1 1/2 blocks.
Fri Aug 3
Yoshi slept all night in this small crate, so it's definitely going to Park Centre with him.
Krusi Park 7pm. We went around behind the backstop and when the fields
calmed down we went back towards the center steering around an ultimate
frisbee game (which looked fun). We got all the way across the park and I
walked him on the dirt of a field for a bit so I could see his foot/leg
drag which is very pronounced. I was concerned about his foot dragging
so much in the dirt, that after a little while I carried him back to the
grass and he was able to walk all the way back to the gate on his own.
When we get to the sidewalk that leads to the car I carry him.
Thu Aug 2
Yoshi walk. A little earlier at 8:40pm. Used his cart this time as he's better about it than the Ginger Lead.
Wed Aug 1
did a lot of pacing and panting last night, so I didn't sleep well. He
kept lying down on the cool floor which is very difficult for him to get
Yoshi acupuncture. Went well. Jorge thinks he seems to be doing better
with acupuncture and in general (I agree). We talked about herbs to
raise his "Yin" which should help his kidneys and pacing and panting. It
can cause loose stools so we'll try it after we get back from the UK.
Met with a passel of Park Centre techs to talk about Yoshi and now to
put him in his cart and use the Ginger Lead and put his bootie on. They
also gave him his Adequan injection. After some demo they felt more
comfortable with the Ginger Lead so I think we will be giving them them
it and the dremel to do his nails halfway though his stay, and instead
of a crate we will just be giving them lots of bedding as the kennels
feel like crates - you can't see out the sides. They know to walk him
once a day or more .
Yoshi Krusi Park. No wheels this time. Just us. We got all the way
across the park without issue steering around a rugby practice and then
taking a non-direct route back. I think we won't bring the wheels to the
Evening walk. Tried using just the Ginger Lead he has limited patience with it. Got half a block and he wouldn't walk any further with it.
Tue Jul 31
Yoshi Krusi Park
He walk all the way across it with no cart needed at all then walked
back just fine. Walking back he didn't want to go straight back so we
wanders off to the side and let his lope around in a sort of circle. He
really enjoyed himself. He obviously don't need a cart when he's on
grass and won't for a while now. Tonight he's tired enough he probably
doesn't need an evening walk.
He is walking much better. He seems stronger even though he is less
coordinated. I don't know if the cart is helping him, but it's not
hurting him. Pt helps too and tomorrow he'll get another acupuncture
treatment and we should ask about herbs for pain management.
Mon Jul 31
PT. 10 min hydro session which gives him good exercise, but doesn't
thrash him like 14 min did. He seems happy this morning. Was walking
around enthusiastically before his session.
He slept most of the day and I let him sleep too much in the evening which means he might be up pacing a lot.
He did go on a walk at 9:30pm. Did the full block.
Sat Jul 28
Happy 15th Birthday to Yoshi!!!
It's all been a little amazing.
Yoshi walk 6pm. We went around the block! His knee was hung up on the
leg ring at first so I had to bend and unbend his left knee some to get
it moving. Then he was great.
Earlier I did his nails. It has only been a week since I last did them,
so he was a little sensitive about it, but we go through it using the
slow speed at times and not going directly to the end of the nail
sometimes, but doing the top of the nail and working around to the end.
9:30 evening walk. 1/2 a block this time.
Fri Jul 27
Yoshi walk. Just the evening walk this time as he crashed most of the
day. I didn't take the time to keep him awake in the early evening, so
he might start pacing later tonight. We just did the full block walk
with the small addition of walking Evelyn back to her house.
Thu Jul 26
We went to Krusi Park and slowly walked all the way across and back. He
struggles some in the grass and his cart hits his knee some until he
gets going. his ankle gets very stiff sometimes. He is tired but will
need to go out again for a little while tonight.
Later one got the grooming table out and pulled a lot of undercoat off
him. He looks much nicer. I'll have to do his nails again tomorrow.
Evening walk, once he finally woke up again. Surprisingly he walked a block and a half.
Wed Jul 25
4pm took Yoshi on a half block walk. He was moving slowly.
9:45pm took him out again with Evelyn and he did much better in the cool
air. Still slow but moving ok though kept going off the sidewalk. Sped
right up on his way home. His meds are inside of pill pockets and his
Tylenol is in yogurt, so he looks forward to them.
Tue Jul 24
Yoshi evening walk. Off to a slow start, but he started to speed up after a little while.
I need to get him to a park without sidewalks so he can wander off to the side without issue.
Mon Jul 23
Yoshi has PT at 9:30 this morning. this time they shortened his hydro from 14 min to 10 min and we'll see if that thrashes him.
I took him on his evening walk and he was happy enough to walk so I think less worked well.
Sun Jul 22
Did Yoshi's nails. I did them normally
then put the pet dremel on low and worked closer to the quick. You have
to use indirect angles to get closer and use a lot of treats. I also
have to make sure I don't put him on his left side as side pressure on
that knee bothers him.
Took him on a walk at 4pm. Moving slowly because it was still warm. Just went to Court and back.
Later on at 9:30pm he was happily moving along because it was nice and cool though barking at ghosts.
Later tonight at 11pm he is stressing out and pacing around acting
distressed, but I think it's not physical pain as he had some Tylenol
tonight. He keeps getting stuck on slick parts of the floor. I moved the
yoga mats some which is helping.
He also likes to sleep directly on the floor or yoga mat instead of one of the many beds which is odd but he may just be warm.
Fri Jul 20
Yoshi walk. I used his cart right at the beginning and it seems to help.
Much later he was panting really hard and would settle only if I put my hands on him. I woke Terri who suggested I feed him a little. I did give him 4 bites of string cheese and he settled down. He did have Tylenol not too long ago so I was worried that it wasn't helping.
On his walk, Amy H and her daughter Audrey came out to talk to Evelyn and I about the Cooper's Hawks who seem to be especially active this year. They are certainly having a good time. They're learning to hunt and they can't help but call out before they go chasing after a bird who just flies away. They're terrible hunters right now. They eventually learn.
Thu Jul 19
Yoshi is pacing and panting. He's obviously in pain and it's killing me. It's 2pm and I called his rehab vet asking what to do because his Tylenol doses are supposed to be spaced 12 hours apart. He had been only getting it at night because it's just not very practical to time 12 hour spacing if you're waiting until he needs the medication. The person (Cynthia) I spoke to said she'd talk to Dr. Troy, but suggested I just give it to him now and then stay up if necessary which works for me. She's going to check to see if the doses can be closer than every 12 hours. [later] Dr. Troy says yes it has to be every 12 hours. So we will be doing it at 9:30am/pm starting tomorrow.
Dr Applegate (his regular vet) will call us on Tues about pain control. i want to ask about Amantadine.
Controlling Yoshi's pain level is our line in the sand above everything else. If we can't control it then we should say goodbye. I think we are going to give him some in the morning now as well as the evening and not wait for incidental need.
In the afternoon I took him on a short cart walk. He wanders off the sidewalk and gets stuck which means that we probably should be in a park or on a bike path. i probably should shift into going to the park mode like I did with Trek.
Wed Jul 18
Yoshi acupuncture at 8:30am
He did ok. He never likes it, but it's not invasive and doesn't hurt him.
Later in the afternoon. Yoshi walk in his cart. He's having a hard enough time walking now that for longer walks, he should use a cart or a ginger lead.
Though I sometimes start him out on his own four feet like I did later in the evening, but I did eventually put him in his cart.
Heard back from Canine Rehab about Yoshi's restless night. They offered to skip the hydro, but because he's already improving I asked that we just have a shorter hydrosession. They said ok.
or course right now he's pacing around. I need to do his nails. Done.
Mon Jul 16
What a difference. Managing Yoshi's pain is paying off. He's not stress panting and sleeping at night. He still gets up in the middle of the night and paces, but he's not doing that "ouch, ouch" panting. His stool is still a little loose, but not watery. We are adding a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt to see if that helps. I accidentally fed him twice this morning, but he let us pick it up before he completely finished.
Yoshi PT went well. He is less stable so Dana added an inch of water to make it 9". He goes for
just under 15 min.
Evening. He's completely passed out in his crate and needs to take his evening meds. He was in pain earlier and I gave him his evening Rimadyl which helped.
This may have been too much for him. He did wake up and I gave him his evening meds but it didn't stop his stress panting or packing.
Ordered more food for Yoshi via Chewy.Sun Jul 15
Last night Yoshi work up and 3am and paced till 4:30am Terri took him out I didn't notice. they he settled down and slept till 10am.
He was in good spirits all day but didn't seem to want to go on a walk.
Yoshi evening walk. He didn't need his cart. Home->Court->Gibbons->Home. He lists off the sidewalk, but not too terrible. I carry his cart in case he needs it, though he walked well tonight.
I did order more Senilife which is cheaper via Chewy.Sat Jul 14
Yoshi kept me up for part of the night pacing and panting. Then he went into the living room and got stuck on a bare path of floor. He couldn't stand up and was biting at his knee. I helped him back to the carpet but we should keep him out of the living room at night.
Took him to the vet for a blood pressure test (normal!), and another Adaquan shot.
They suggested calling Dr Cheryl Schwartz about his chronic pain but are also forwarding to Dr. Applegate my request about Amantadine.
Yoshi Krusi Park
Sort of back to what I did with Trek.
Grass was a little long but we worked our way to the center of the park but Yoshi isn't the fetch fiend that Trek was so we just walked around and played recalls to my hand (nose touch - reward). He had fun and the park was nearly empty at 7pm. He is tired and crashed for the evening and didn't seem to need to go out for another walk at 9:30pm though Terri took him out to pee at 10:30pm.
At 11:45pm he was panting so, I gave him 4ml of children's Tylenol in hopes that it reduces his pain. 30 minutes later he was still panting, but 1 hour later he wasn't. Now we also moved his Rimadyl dosage to later as well.
Thu Jul 12
Yoshi walk. Terri came and helped with using the Ginger Lead which I used the leash. We got all the way to Fountain and turned around. The Ginger Lead helps him get more exercise.
Tue Jul 10
Yoshi kept me up part of the night with his pacing. I crated him and then he just kept panting. I finally kicked him out of the bedroom. Terri is back from vacation and she can deal with him now. His Prairie Salmon came in and he eats it readily. Today he weighs 23.4 pounds and we have to figure out how much to feed him to keep him from losing muscle, but without gaining fat. He is already feeling much better than he was when he was on the K/D.
Mon Jul 9
Yoshi did well during his PT though he got tired easy. He is having more trouble with his right leg which was his good leg.
The trip back had a side adventure.
Can't shoot 'em dept. (I don't like guns anyway.)
Coming back from Yoshi's physical therapy trip (it's a 45 min trip), We were getting closer to home and were stuck in a traffic slowdown. Yoshi started whining, and then he started ratcheting it up in obvious distress. I took the next exit I could and pulled over and let him out. Nothing. No pee. No poop. Able to walk. "Are you ok?" He looks around in that "Where are we?" sense. "Do you need water? Two sips. He gives me that "Can we go now?" look.
I was so relieved that I didn't call him an impatient dwarf twit even though he deserved it.
He had misinterpreted the car slowing down as meaning we were nearly home. Sigh.
Sun Jul 8
Yoshi woke me up at 2am, and then at 6am, then he let me sleep to nearly 10am where I fed him. I gave him 1/4 c of Prairie Salmon and 1/4c of Wellness Chicken. I don't have enough Salmon to last till Tues, but lots of the Wellness. I gave it to him separately to test his appetite. After an initial hesitation, he readily ate both dry. I didn't put in water in case he wouldn't eat it but he usually gets water. The fat in the salmon will have to be cut with pumpkin, but for now I just want him eating. He is 23.2 pounds right now.
I let him pace around the yard. He will come to the base of the stairs, hesitate and then pace around again. He could get a fair amount of exercise this way.
Later on during his evening walk he was moving well. He hasn't needed a cart in a couple of days. He ate his dinner of 1/2 salmon and 1/2 chicken without issue. It's only been two days back on full salmon and chicken and he's already walking much better. Right now he's doing a lot of pacing. He was just out, but he could go out again.
Sat Jul 7
Yoshi is having trouble standing this morning after pacing and pacing last night. I gave him some more food and he settled down last night but he is losing a lot of muscle mass in his hips. The obvious suspect in this is the reduced protein in the Hills K/D. I wrote to his vets saying that I'd like to switch him back to Prairie Salmon and just do his blood retest in 2-3 weeks.
I've ordered a small bag of Prairie Salmon ($21 out the door). Too bad there isn't a canned version, but the form factor of it is small and he has no trouble eating it. I gave him a 1/4 cup of it this morning along with some K/D. I only have about 3/4 c left of the salmon and the bag won't get here till next Tue so I'm going to have to cut it with the wellness chicken (also has 25% protein).Thu Jul 5
Yoshi walk at 7pm. Went down to Fountain. Put him in his cart at Court.
Walk at 9pm. Just to Court and back on his feet.
Wed Jul 4
Yoshi woke me up at 3am with his panting and kept me awake till 4:30am. I took him outside, then fed him some cheese,and moved him on to bed in the office. He wouldn't go into his crate by the bed. He'd start to walk towards it and then suddenly turn around as best as he could like there was a forcefield around it. I hate that Terri is out of cell range right now though she did call me around noon. so I told her all about Yoshi's X-Ray dental evaluation.
I did his nails. He's more panicky about it because I put him in a position that hurt his leg. I repositioned him and just fed him for a while and then he let me dremel his nails.
Then I took him on a short walk at 7pm. I usually walk him at 9pm but it's going to be noisy tonight, so I'm hoping we can just go in the backyard. At 9:30 I tried to give him his medication but he wouldn't eat. He did have a big dinner
Tue Jul 3
Yoshi Crab Cove walk. The Rimadyl appears to be helping him he was able to walk almost all the way to the duck pond before I put him in his cart. Went over the bridge and then looped back. We mostly stayed on the grass except when we were over at the pond.
Dr Applegate called. She said the dentist saw indications of bone loss in Yoshi's X-Rays and would take out several of his teeth. Given that he didn't really need any immediate extractions during his dental, doesn't have any abscesses, doesn't appear to be in terrible pain, and that he's nearly 15, Dr. Applegate and I have decided to pass on that. We will switch him to mostly canned food. I'm going to try a few flavors to see which one doesn't give him such nasty breath.
He was tired from Crab Cove so he shortened his evening walk all on his own.
Mon Jul 2
This morning "I chase dogs away" Yoshi couldn't stand up on his own. Once we figured out that's what his thrashing around in his open door crate meant, we got him on his feet and he struggled around the house. After a phone call and some consideration, I took him to his regularly scheduled acupuncture appt where Jorge got him walking decently. Then we went over to his physical therapy appt. They decided to skip the hydro treadmill and just do joint manipulation and cold laser treatment and they counseled he see his regular vet who he had just seen. (Yoshi is pacing all around the office in his usual slightly broken wind-up toy manner.
After talking with Park Centre they decided we would just go ahead with a Rimadyl trial that we were talking about anyway. I pick those up at 3pm
Sun Jul 1
Last night, my idiot dog (who is fine) and who is partially disabled, before I got his leash on, took off and ran all the way across his front lawn (30'-35') and 5' into the street before I could catch him (and I'm not slow.) Yes, there was a dog across the street that neither of us had seen at first. I now carry his cart with us and I was juggling him, leash, and cart and I had just put him on the lawn. Poor other dog's owner had to listen to me yelling "STOP!!" to Yoshi. We are fine and I just have to get used to working the cart into our routine. Argh.
Sat Jun 30
Sad day for a friend who had to make the decision to say goodbye to her dog who was in the hospital. I went along as I'm quite ok with asking hard questions though the lesson was that we needed to ask even more pointed questions. Fortunately the vet eventually volunteered the information on her own. The question is "Is this dog dying? (Yes) Does she have any chance of recovery?" (Almost none). Vet's opinion: If we did nothing she would likely die on her own in a couple of days. That sealed the deal and we said goodbye. The other lesson is that you do need to wait for the vet as the nurse will only talk in generalities.
Yoshi walk. This time for both walks I carried the cart and when he got tired, I put him in the cart, so he could get some real exercise. He had a walk at 7pm and 9:30pm. He actually ate the Hills K/D with a little Prairie Salmon with me just holding the bowl a little higher for him. I didn't have to hand feed him this time.
Fri Jun 29
Yoshi walk. I've started having him walk using the cart. He can poop in it and he gets more exercise though I worry if his gait isn't thrown off from it.
Yoshi's kidney values are elevated so we're trying to switch him to Hill's K/D dry and he won't eat it with out some Prairie Salmon mixed in and hand feeding it to him. He likes the canned K/D better, but it gives him terrible breath and nearly black stools.
Tue Jun 26Yoshi had his teeth cleaned today. He has gingival hyperplasia, but fortunately didn't need any teeth extracted. Dr. Applegate is consulting with Katrina Hall-Essoe who is a canine dentist in Walnut Creek.
I'm so short-sighted sometimes. I've been putting off getting Yoshi's teeth cleaned for a few years because I don't like putting under anesthesia even though he's never had a problem with it. (One of his brothers passed away during a dental resulting in some significant adjustments in how Yoshi's drugs are handled.)
He just had his teeth cleaned today because he's been having trouble eating and I/we were worried about his teeth. The good news is that no teeth needed to be extracted. The bad news is he has gingival hyperplasia, which is where the tissue in the gums starts to grow and swell in reaction to gingivitis. Cleaning his teeth and antibiotics might not be enough. He might need gum surgery. Our vet is consulting with a nearby canine dentist.
I wrote Trupanion asking if a medically necessary dental cleaning was covered under his policy. Didn't hear back.
We also picked up some dry Hills K/D.
Evening walk at 9:30pm. Didn't want to walk. Then he did. No poop. He's back and panting a lot.
Mon Jun 25
We took Yoshi into therapy early so we could walk around on the Canal Trail so he would poop. He poops a lot on the K/D cans as he pooped even before we drove over.
I'm hoping to buy some dry K/D tomorrow when I pick him up from his dental.
Evening walk. Took a while to get him on his feet. I might want to check into getting a boy Ginger Lead for him.
Sun Jun 24
Yoshi walk at 6:30pm. We got part of the way to Fountain, but he turned around. He was pretty exhausted from yesterday. Terri has him mostly eating the K/D. His breath is terrible, so we need to get the dried kind which should come in a Tuesday.
9:45pm walk. Evelyn and I met up with Judy for a little bit. She was walking back from Christina's where she is taking care of her dog. (He spends the day with her but seems to prefer to sleep in his house.)Sat Jun 23
Yoshi walk. I walked him over to Jill's house just to see if he could get there. He did and then kept going all the way to the end of that block and we then came all the way around the block and returned via Court. He's pretty exhausted and I had to prod him to wake up enough to eat later on.
Fri Jun 22
Yoshi walk. We left around 9:30. Walked down to Court and we were joined by Evelyn and Officer Jill (off-duty) appeared on a walk too, so she walked with us. They had never met before, so they had a fun conversation. Jill noticed that Yoshi wasn't using a cart like he was yesterday when she saw him and I explained that he uses it as a walker when it's warmer. At night he has plenty of energy and doesn't need it though he kept losing booties. When we returned back to Evelyn's house Yoshi paced and paced around every one. "Does he ever stop?" "Eventually yes if he hasn't had too much sleep.
Thu Jun 21
Walk with Yoshi. i put him in a cart and booties to get some exercise and he got around the block fine. Officer Jill and her 14-year-old daughter were out walking. Her daughter is recovering from ACL surgery, so is on crutches. Her and Yoshi made a pair.
Tue Jun 19
Yoshi to see Dr Applegate. He has some serious gingivitis, so he's going to get a dental next week and I got a lot of assurances that most of their dentals are on senior dogs. He's going to have her do it on Tues next week.
He has the beginnings of kidney disease though he passes the most accurate test. We are going to give him some Hills K/D (which he loves). She also prescribed some Senilife which is intended to help his brain function.
She also suggested that he see Dr. Cheryl Schwartz.
Mon Jun 18
7:00pm I put him in the cart and walked him down the street and part of the way up Court until he wanted to turn around.
At 9:30pm when it was cooler he, Evelyn, and I walked down the street without a cart. He was moving right along and we ended up going up and down twice.
Fri Jun 15
Yoshi is eating very slowly, so Tues next week at 3pm Dr. Applegate is going to have a look at his teeth. I based it up some with a mallet to make it easier on him.
Wed Jun 13
Yoshi acupuncture with Jorge. He got through it ok and he seems to be moving around better new. Can't really tell, but it can't hurt and definitely seems to help.
Yoshi's booties are late, but at least they are in San Francisco. We will definitely keep an eye out for them and I hope they don't come in the middle of my interview.
He walked around the block at 4pm fairly slow.
He had to wear a different bootie since he's really thrashed his older one. This one is stiffer and he doesn't think he can walk in it. Until he saw a cat. Then he was suddenly fine.
Tue Jun 12
Yoshi slept much of the day in his crate he has to stay out in the office with us. Our standing instructions are to pet him every so often to keep him awake.
Cathy loaned us a furminator. He doesn't like it because unlike a comb, the tines are fine enough that they are always pulling on his fur regardless if there is a tangle or not. I groomed him with one of our regular combs and got rid of a lot of his extra fur which is now all over the backyard for the birds.
Mon Jul 11
Yoshi slept all night and has been doing so for a few days now. The Wellness supplements might be helping his sleep better.
Yoshi PT. He did well and he seems to still be moving around better.
While he hasn't gained weight past the 2 pounds overweight, I'd like to see him lose that weight it possible. Terri will make his breakfast 1/4 c Wellness and 1/4 c Nature's Logic Sardine. Then his early dinner can be 1/4 c Wellness and then in the evening a 1/4 c of either Nature's Logic or our leftover Prairie Salmon.
Sun Jun 10
Yoshi walk. Got around the block slowly. No doggles this time. No dog drama either.
Took him back out at 1015pm. He lost a bootie, so we had to repeat the entire walk and he didn't seem to mind at all. I think the joint supplements in the Wellness Complete Health are making a difference.
I wrote this to his vets.
Hi Park Centre,
I was supposed to let you know how Yoshi did on his NuLo Trout food. He didn't like it and was always ravenous.
We've switched him to Wellness Complete Health Chicken which has a bunch of joint supplements and he seems to like it, and is acting a little more spry (which is why Canine Rehab is cc'ed). It's 14% fat which is lower that the Prairie Salmon (16% fat), but still a little high, so I'm trying to cut it with some Nature's Logic Sardine (8% fat).
It that doesn't work then we'll cut it with pumpkin. He is still 2 pounds overweight at 24 pounds.
Sat Jun 9
Yoshi walk. I put doggles on him to see if he would be less reactive. Not much difference and it's just with the "smoke" lenses. The blue mirrored one might be a little darker, but they don't fit him nearly as well as they did with Trek so I'm not sure.
Fri Jun 8
Yoshi walk at 4pm. We went slowly around the block. He's less steady and losing some muscle but Ziji says his hamstrings are in excellent shape.
Took a lot of effort to wake him up for the 10:30pm walk. Cheese helped.
At 10:30pm we went up and down the full block.
I have yet another food for him to try Wellness Chicken. This is also with the Nature Logic and a little bit left of the Prairie Salmon.
Wed Jun 6
Yoshi saw Ziji. His back end is getting weaker. She encouraged us to hold up one of his rear feet and then let it go to exercise his fast twitch response. She also showed us how to uncompress his spine by running our hands down his back in opposite directions.
Tue Jun 5
On our evening walk, Yoshi, Evelyn and I came across Jim (of Christina and Jim) working on Stephanie's car. Apparently her alarm is going off all by itself.Mon Jun 4
Yoshi doesn't really like the Nulo dog food so we're going to switching
him to good old Wellness Chicken and Oatmeal. The regular one at 12%
senior one is only 10% fat and he'll gnaw off a leg out of hunger. The Prairie Salmon is 14% fat.
Sun Jun 3
Walked Yoshi around the block at 4pm. It was hot today so he moved slowly but we got all the way through it.
Later on at 10:30pm it was much cooler and he walked the full length of the block, but it took him a while to warm up.
Sat Jun 2
Yoshi evening walk. Took some effort to get him to wake up enough to walk but once he got out into the night air he was fine. Went down to Fountain and back.
Fri Jun 1
Yoshi walk. Went around the block. Allison and a friend said hello to him.
Evening walk. He went down to Court, turned around and went all the way down to Gibbons.
He seems to have more energy these days.
Wed May 30
Yoshi acupuncture with Jorge.
I had a hair appt with Veronica today. She and her twin sister America just had a 40th birthday surprise party in San Francisco, which is admirable that her husband pulled off.
Yoshi walk - all the way around the block with no cart though he did have a boot on his back left foot. That boot is wearing out, so I hope his new ones show up soon.
Sun May 27
Walked Yoshi down the block and back just before our dinner of fajitas and other goodies.
He's going back out again around 9:40pm.
We all went down to Fountain and back this time.
Sat May 26
Yoshi bath. He was smelling pretty rank. The trouble with bathing him is he stays wet for hours even with blow drying, so we have to wait for warmer weather. I actually blew him dry again hours later because he was still damp.
I'm on a campaign to not let him sleep much in the early evenings as he keeps me awake late at night with his pacing. So I keep him out of the bedroom them and let him doze near me where he doesn't sleep as deeply I hope. Of course he's passed out right beside me right now so i'm not sure I'm winning this game. I gave him some extra bits of cheese too hoping that would stay in his tummy longer.
Yoshi walk. At 6pm after a hilarious few moments of trying to put booties on him while he was in a cart we went down Lincoln to Fountain. I didn't think he would get all the way around the block which is why we didn't try it.
This is all ironic as at 10:30pm he was rarin' to go sans cart and with only a boot on his rear back foot. We got down to Court and back and he still wanted to go so we went all the way to Gibbons and then back to Evelyn's house and then back home. He was still bouncing. Maybe he doesn't need the cart so much but it seems to be heavily temperature dependent. The night air agrees with him.
I ordered more Ultra Paws. The boot with traction is listed as a "close out" so I'm glad I did it.
Order number: 12667 ($18.46)
Wed May 23
Crab Cove First Real Cart Walk
Took him out to Crab Cove for an actual walk in the cart to see if it
would help him walk further. It worked better than I hoped for.
While we will keep him on his own feet for as long as possible it's good to see he can get more exercise this way.
We went over to the duck pond, walked over the bumpy wooden path/bridge and nearly ran back.
Bobbie suggested separating the leg rings to see if that helps or
hinders his leg movement. I will try that later it's just a velcro
He was so happy.
We started on the grass not in the cart just to let him walk some then
we soon switched to the cart on grass, then the path (with booties on).
Later one we lost a bootie that I went back to get on my own (it wasn't far).
Glad this is an option for him.
Tue May 22
Yoshi didn't get Prozac this morning as he's going to get it in the
evening, so see if it helps him sleep better. It's not a sedative, but
it can help with anxiety some. He keeps moving around as I sit here
working at my desk.
Yoshi first time in the cart to try to get more exercise. No problem.
Zoom. Walked to Court and Johnson and back. I put some light weigh dog
booties on both his rear feet.
10:30pm walk. Just us this time in a light drizzle. I had him walking
this time with a good on his left foot (the one that always drags.)
Mon May 21
Yoshi had a re-eval with Dr. Erin Troy the rehab vet. He's stable and
not getting any worse which is excellent news and the best we could hope
We are going to move his Prozac to the evening to see if it helps with his sleeping.
After his senior blood test, we are going to get a four week supply of
Rimadyl to have on hand and try a two week course to see if if makes any
difference in his movement.
The Adequan shots (which is officially a drug and not a supplement)
help with rebuilding his joint tissue that he's likely losing from elbow
arthritis, but it is not a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID).
In general, he seems quite happy. Dr Troy says that Corgis never seem to
give up on life. It's just their personality. It's nice that he's
mellowed with age. Other dogs don't mellow as they get older, their
behavior gets worse. Let's hear it for small favors.
I did make mention of him wanting to chase two Huskies down the street
and after a couple of barks and two seconds of fake running/charging, he
gave up on it as not worth the effort. His hearing is not that great,
but that's expected. I've been trying to teach him handsignals and to
recall to the sound of hands clapping. It works part of the time, but he
doesn't always put together that I am asking him to do something. (Some
He is going to continue with weekly hydrotreadmill and cold laser sessions. Thankfully Trupanion is paying 90% of that now.
She did say something interesting. We are looking for a way for him to
get more exercise because he's gaining weight because he can't walk as
far. Apparently a cart where he can still have all four feet on the
ground will help (as long as he wears boots on the feet that are
dragging (important to avoid infection). His acupuncturist was concerned
about him giving up on walking if he started to use a cart and she
referred back to Corgis not being the type to give up and she's not that
worried about it.
We also discovered quite by accident that if your dog wears a hole in a
boot, it's a great diagnostic tool for figuring out exactly what part is
I could put sturdier boots on him, but he walks better with the less
butch ones: the Ultrapaws that do not have the hard plastic covering.
7pm walk. Seeing other dogs gets him excited and he gets more exercise. Hmmm.
10:30pm A neighborhood cat keeps cornering us in the driveway.
Not Zachary this time. Yoshi would not move off of the lawn while the
cat was staring at him. I finally put him in the backyard to pee, but a
few minutes later carried him out to the sidewalk to do our little mini
walk. The cat followed us to the sidewalk but stayed out once we move
down the walk some. My poor neighborhood. Bark Bark Bar.
Sun May 20
I was out walking Yoshi up and down the street during all this. Met
Becky who lives on Lincoln more towards Broadway. She had a Corgi who
lived to be 18. I told her I was impressed but she said that he wasn't
in the best of shape.
Then we did our evening walk with Evelyn at 10:30pm
He's walking mostly ok though not perfect. He wears a boot on his left
rear foot. He has a re-eval with Dr. Troy tomorrow, so I'm uploading a
video from 2-26 for comparison.
I uploaded a video from Feb and there's little difference between now and then.
Sat May 19
4pm Yoshi walk. We went around the block on
Johnson. He sped up to bark after a couple of Huskies ahead of us
which was entertaining, but it didn't last that long. It did shorten his
10:30pm evening walk. when I was getting us ready, I stepped on Yoshi's
back foot and it didn't seem to bother him much which is a concern.
Evelyn and I paused for a moment to chat with a neighbor Tom who scared
me when he emerged from the shadows. I was wearing a headlamp and he
said he hoped we'd find the coal mine we were looking for. I usually see
Shideh his wife instead, but I see him from time to time.
Fri May 18
Yoshi's sister Ashi has passed away. She was probably past her time. Now there is just Dylan and Yoshi left.
Yoshi is basically okish, but sleeping a bunch. I am concerned about him, but he's not a young man anymore. He is due for a senior blood test in June. We probably should go ahead and do that. When I get him out into the night air, he perks up, so it is partially a temperature thing. he was moving right along at 10pm.
His food claims he can have 1 1/2 cups of food a day which is an insane amount given that he was fine on 2/3 c of food a day of his higher fat food. He will probably be ok with 1 c a day, so tonight he's going to get a full third for his evening snack and then we'll try 1/2 c each meal for a little while. The only issue with the new food is it has more fiber, so he's going to be pooping more. Hope he makes it through the night.
Thu May 17
Yoshi Adequan shot this morning. His calming cap worked great in the vets office. Walked right by another dog.
We are switching Yoshi's food to Nulo Freestyle Senior which is trout and sweet potato with turkey and some chicken and a lot of pea flour. 12% fat as compared to Prairie Salmon's 16%.
Yoshi evening walk did ok. Using a boot on his back left foot.
Wed May 16
Yoshi acupuncture. We tried the calming cap to see if it would make him less nervous but I didn't see any change and took it off. He's generally ok just figity. The calming cap helps with his reactivity when he sees other dogs but probably isn't necessary in this case.
Mon May 14
Yoshi PT. Just me and Tech Jenn working with Yoshi. He actually did quite well.
I recorded it to show Dr. Troy who he's going to see next week. also made on on land one pacing around the therapy room.
Yoshi evening walk. After sleeping all afternoon and through a 3.6 earthquake, we went on a brisk walk up and down the block twice with Evelyn. the only trouble is I forgot his boot.
Just before that he was hanging his head over the side of the snuggler and started gacking and then threw up some. Then got up and peed (my fault as he hadn't been out in a while.) Yoga mat is outside after being hosed off.
Filed Yoshi PT claim. I need to record them in Shared expenses.
Thu May 10
Lori Drouin passed away this morning at 4:30am. Larry told me yesterday that she was mostly unresponsive, so I knew it wouldn't be long, but I'm still pretty torn up about it. She was my obedience trainer since Cali was a puppy. She has helped me teach every one of my dogs. I'm feeling at sea about this. I miss her.
Yoshi walk 5pm. We walked down to Fountain and back. He was moving a little slow, but ok.
Then at his 10:30pm short walk he was moving right along. He knows he gets a treat at the end of that one (it has his medication in it).
Wed May 9
Yoshi peed and pooped in the house because I wasn't paying attention to his pacing with intention. He kept me up part of the night with his pacing which is different, so I was deliberately ignoring him which wasn't a wise choice.
Yoshi walk. At 5pm we were on our way to Bay Farm Seaview park, but I decided to just try walking from Veterans court. The tide was really low so we were able to walk a little bit on the bit of sand that was briefly uncovered which gave him a nice chance to get some good smells in.
Evelyn has been sometimes joining us for our evening walk down the block which makes it much less of a chore at 10pm.
Wed May 2
Yoshi to Jorge for acupuncture. Terri gave him Pet Calm which may have taken the edge off his stress but he still nervously panted the entire 20 minutes with the needles inserted. It doesn't hurt him, but every so often one will zing and how do you explain that to a dog that it's ok and it's not going to get any worse?
Tue May 1
Yoshi Krusi Park. The park was very busy, so we didn't walk in the field area at all but walked past the kids play area and then walked all the way around the tennis courts. He's dragging his left rear foot and has a sort spot on one of his pads so he needs to either wear a boot or walk on grass. I carried him around the asphalt pathways. Walking across on the fields is preferable. For his evening walks, he'll have to wear a boot.
Mon Apr 30
Yoshi PT Appt today at 10:30am.
There is a drag sore on his rear left foot so he needs to wear a boot when on pavement. He can also wear a Pawz bootie.
Of course during his night short walk I completely forgot about the bootie so we only went part of the way and I carried him on the driveway.
Sun Apr 29
Walked Yoshi around the block on Johnson.
Sat Apr 28
We are dropping Yoshi off at Park Centre for the day and evening and racing off to catch a 11am SouthWest flight and then we'll drive to Jack Peterson's stopping at Whole Foods.
Thu Apr 25
Went over Yoshi's PT video of him walking in the hydrotherapy treadmill
from Apr 23. He consistently holds his left foot up longer than the
right one. They tell me this means that the left leg is weaker than the
right and he can't hold the right foot up as long.
I bathed him today finally, and we need to remember to put his flea stuff on tomorrow.
Yoshi walk. We just went all the way down High St. and back. He seems to know where he is more if I just go in a straight line.
Sat Apr 21
Filmed Yoshi frapping in the yard which was a lot of fun and cool to see him moving freely unleashed.
Yoshi Krusi Park. Avoided one shepherd mix who was barking hungrily at a
small dog. We went around to the other entrance and didn't go anywhere
near the dog, so neither dog saw each other. Remarkably, right as i was
taking him out of the car a very small dog walked behind us with their
person and I managed to not let Yoshi see the dog until later.
The park itself was really nice. We walked in a loop behind the
backstops and then out onto one of the baseball diamonds and then worked
out way back to the car. His left rear foot drag is really obvious in
the ballfield dirt. It was a relatively longish walk for him, but it
didn't tire him out too badly.
Fri Apr 20
Yoshi walk at 8pm. I love that we're getting long days now. We
went around the block. No dogs no drama. He's walking slow, but he's ok.
Wed Apr 18
Yoshi acupuncture. He doesn't like it, but if I just hold his collar
he'll just sit or stand and even though he's panting the whole time, he
doesn't shake his head. Jorge is happy with his condition not worsening.
I think we're going back to giving him some Pet Calm as the chamomile
in it takes the edge off. I didn't use it today as I wanted to see a
comparison. I covered his eyes to get him past the next dog without
issue. It's a little scary how well this works. It works in the
Muller/Canine Rehab office too. It doesn't matter that he can smell the
dog, not knowing where it is makes him not bark.
Yoshi walk. We went around the block and he's walking fine which is so
cool to see. He does pause every so often but he's doing remarkably
well. He hadn't pooped all day but did on his walk. Which means that he didn't need to during his 10:30pm walk. He kept wanting to turn around early to hurry up and get the rest of his dinner and treats (which are his medicine.) He sleeps better at night with something in his stomach so his dinner is divided into two parts.
Tue Apr 17
Yoshi looks enough like a cartoon dog, I can use his image in a
logo, so I am creating a drawing of him happily working on a hydro
treadmill and I'm going to use it for my writing logo.
Mon Apr 16
Yoshi PT. It was too close to his hydrotherapy last week so we just did cold laser only this time (There weren't any available appts later this week.)
We actually missed our 11am appt thinking it was 1:45pm (wrote down the wrong time.) so we rescheduled for 2:30 and went over to Sprouts to get some food and headed over to Lakely park which is a really nice park to just sit near and walk Yoshi around some. I tried to take a few photos, but he mostly wouldn't hold still, but I did get one finally.
Sun Apr 15
Yoshi walk. I didn't want to be around the block and get caught in the rain, so we just went all the way down Lincoln to High St and back.
Fri Apr 13
Yoshi PT. He walked 15 minutes in the hydro-treadmill and then paced
more around the room before we captured him for his cold laser therapy.
Then he got home and crashed on the bed for hours even skipping his
dinner until I took him for his evening short walk to take care of the
usual bodily functions at 10pm. He seemed to be walking ok even kind of
quickly because he realized he hadn't eaten yet.
Thu Apr 12
Yoshi and I went to Crab Cove and had a fabulous time. It was windy and we walked all the duck pond and then we circled back.
Wed Apr 11
Yoshi and I continue to take a late night walk and then has the
rest of his dinner with 4 pieces of string cheese. He sleeps through the
night for the most part. Sometime he wakes up and paces for a while,
but stops after a few trips back and forth. One time a couple of days
ago, he didn't stop and we just put him on the bed. He is usually
sleeping in one of his snugglers or his crate as he gets too hot when
he's on the bed when we're in it with him.
Mon Apr 9
walk. We slowly went around the block on Johnson. Barked at a couple of
dogs but I was able to get his attention though if I'm too slow he'll
go right back to barking. He also barks at people, but he's clearly not
Fri Apr 6
Raining all day today. No walk for Yoshi. Fortunately there was a
break in the rain at 10pm, so I could get him out to poop without him
Thu Apr 5
Yoshi Krusi Park we had the place mostly to ourselves save for one
group, and a Mom and her small kid. Mound St. entrance again and we
went all the way across to touch the tree then walked over to a couple
of the diamonds to run very briefly on the dirt. He enjoyed it.
Wed Apr 4
Yoshi to Krusi Park.
It was starting to get cold so he was in good spirits. Went all
the way across the park and then on to touch a tree. Then we went back
in a short curve. Barked some at the carts used to transport softball
gear like the bases.
Tue Apr 3
Yoshi Krusi Park. We walked all the way across it
and back. There were a couple of smaller dogs off to the size but he
didn't react to them at all. He only briefly growled at a Golden walking
by, but then decided that his time was better spent eating treats. Good
Fri Mar 30
Took Yoshi to Crab Cove. It was enjoyable for both of us. Lots of space
around him, only the occasional dog. Got his toes on the sand of the
beach bluff. I took more duck photos. We walked from the parking lot
diagonally to the water and then looped slowly back while taking in the
geese coming in for a landing.
Sun Mar 25
Yoshi slept all night and let me sleep in too.
Yoshi walk. We went to Bay Farm because Krusi was too busy. It was windy
and cold, I was freezing and Yoshi was in heaven. He even ran part of
the way back to the car.
Sat Mar 24
Yoshi slept all night again. I did let him out at midnight right before I went to bed.
am feeding him 1/3 c kibble twice a day and 3-4 pieces of string
cheese. Dinner is split in half, so he gets cheese twice in the evening.
That will change to once in the late evening.Fri Mar 23
I walk Yoshi at night around 9 or 10pm to get him to pee/poop.
tells me she would be happy to join Yoshi on our late night walks, so I
have her cell phone. It would be fun to have company. It was raining
tonight, so I told her to skip it this time.
Yoshi acupuncture. Tried not holding his head and he didn't shake his head.
Sun Mar 17
finally went back to Guerro's Taqueria in Pacifica off Reina del Mar to
get a veggie burrito. I took Terri, and Yoshi went along and we went
down to the state beach and walked Yoshi a while there letting him enjoy
it, and bark at everything and nothing. The burrito was every bit as
good as I remember it. There's nothing exotic about it, just great
Pinto beans perfectly cooked, very yummy Mexican Rice, salsa, cilantro, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole.
Yoshi had a lovely time walking on the beach at Pacifica State Beach. Got his feet a little wet.Thu Mar 15
Yoshi barked and barked again at Rudy the heater guy, then got better when we just put him on the floor.Mon Mar 12
Yoshi PT at Canine Rehab in Walnut Creek.
He is not showing signs of worsening. It's not clear he has DM at all, though he likely does.
Sent off his Trupanion claim form. They've been so terrific at covering his costs once we met his deductable.Wed Mar 7
Yoshi Krusi Park.
It was nice there wasn't any baseball practice going on. We walked out
on the infield and I could see his right rear foot dragging, but
otherwise he was walking ok. We walked all the way across the park in a
curving manner. Touched the back fence, and then walked back across.
Trek and I used to do this a lot. It would be good to do this with him
fairly often too.
Yoshi did ok with Jorge and acupuncture this morning. Terri gave him
some Pet Calm which has chamomile and other things which took his
nervous edge off a little. He didn't shake and fling off the needles
quite as much.
We've been having a heater installed and Rudy the
installer had to be in house to work on the inside vents. He used to
have a pit bull mix so he wasn't intimidated at all by Yoshi doing his
"intruder" growl. "Co'mere you let me rub your neck." It was hilarious.
Growl growl growl hmmm mmmm.
Later on we took Yoshi to see Ziji his chiropractor for a tune up. She
says that he's doing surprisingly well and says to keep him active and
on his feet. She did do a large adjustment in his mid-back.
Tue Mar 6
Yoshi is getting antibiotics for his eye twice a day for 7 days, so until next Monday.
Mon Mar 5
Yoshi's eye look swollen and reddish. He skipped his water treadmill at Canine Rehab and just did cold laser and went to Park Centre to see Dr. Levin. We now have eye antibiotics to put in his eye each day.
Yoshi PT at Canine Rehab in Walnut Creek. Jenn was his therapist today.
We have him walking in a hydro-treadmill and then he gets cold laser
treatments. He is now walking 15+ minutes which is terrific. Pretty good
for a dog that will be 14 years and 7 months on the 28th. He slept for
most of the rest of the day, but he kept us company in the evening and
took a very short walk in the evening to pee and poop.
We went over to Crab Cove and it was really nice. Almost no dogs around. Some people came by to say hello to him. We went on to the beach bluff for a bit. Maneuvered around some of the local water fowl - mostly geese. Yoshi really isn't a fan of geese, so he doesn't bother them at all.
Yoshi PT this morning. He did well. It's cold this morning and he's loving it while we all shiver.
Yoshi walk. He really
didn't get a walk today. Just the 5pm and 10pm one to poop. He just
wanted to sleep all day though he did join us to watch Olympics. I try
not to let him crash in his crate all day (I want him to sleep at
night), but encourage him to join us even if he is mostly just sleeping.
For the past month he has been
waking Terri up in the middle of the night because he is hungry. I am
trying to add 1/4 cup of rice to his evening snack. He slept through the
night yesterday. He was gaining weight but it may have stabilized.
Yoshi PT. He did fine, but he gets tired about 10 minutes in. They have him doing 15 minutes.
also got his second flu shot so he's done with that. The only thing
he's due for is bordetella (kennel cough) and they can give it to him
when he goes in for boarding on April 28.Feb 9
has an infection under his arm. Vet (Dr. Wallace) thinks it's a staph
infection. She gave us a mousse to try for 5 days which might avoid
needing oral antibiotics. He was so not happy to be at the vets. He had
an acupuncture appt, so he'd kind of had it with being messed around
with. He got his adequan shot today.Feb 8
walk. First time outside in a cart. He did pretty well though I will
have to go somewhere where we're not steering around baseball practices.
It seems to help his side to side stability. And he has no issues
with the cart which is amazing.
Yoshi evening walk. I've cut his
melatonin down from 6mg to 3mg, because if you get too much melatonin
you sleep soundly for a little while and then wake up again which is
exactly what's happening.Feb 7
Went to Lincoln Park and watched some soccer practice and steered around a couple of dogs (no problem.)
10:30pm took him out to poop. I'm always dragging him down the street
as he wants his evening treats which are meds. He gets a snack then too.Feb 6
Yoshi midday walk. He doesn't see as well so he barks at people too, but he's easy enough to manage.
evening walk. He met my neighbor Evelyn who was working on her
daffodils in her front yard a little, and he greeted her nicely and
didn't bark at her. He still is waking Terri up at night so he's getting
his meds in pill pockets, a snack of kibble, and a few cubes of
sourdough bread.Feb 5
I've been working a lot and that's changing for a little while so I'll have time to catch up here.
Yoshi treadmill. He does very well in the water. His walking looks much better when he's in it. He went to 14 minutes. Jenn was the tech with Sherrie there doing paperwork.
Yoshi got up at 3am last night. I didn't get back to sleep until daylight.
Yoshi walk. We went to Washington Park but this time we parked closer to the water and not at the dog park. We had a lot of space around us so we slowly wandered around that field and then crossed the path to go over to the next one. I tried to film him walking, but he just looked at me which is what he's trained to do. His walking is very unstable to begin with and then improves with time and usage.
Yoshi walk. I'm off work for a little while, so I get to do a lot of Yoshi's walks again. He is 14 1/2 so his walk are very leisurely but at 4pm we did manage to get all the way out to Santa Clara and around. I also give him a short evening walk around 9:30/10pm for him to poop. He also gets his meds then so he always wants to come home for his treat and evening snack.
The evening snack is that he's been walking Terri up in the middle of the night around 2:30am because he's hungry (she takes him out to pee also.)
Last night I feed him most of his midnight snack at 10pm and he slept till 5:30am.
Tonight I gave him all of his midnight snack at 10pm. His meds also include 6mg of melatonin which stops his night pacing and helps him sleep better at night.
Asked Dr Joan Coates for Trek's DM pathology report results. She sent them.
24 Jan 18:
The spinal cord has severe thickening and fibrosis of the arachnoid, with proliferation of arachnoid cells The entire spinal cord stains poorly with LFB. The white matter appears condensed with a few interspersed dilated axon sheaths. Motor neurons contain scant lipofuscin. Neurofilament stains demonstrate a drastic reduction of axon diameter in all funiculi. There are numerous tiny axons present, even in the ventral white matter, and interspersed axons are enlarged in caliber. There are blank spots in the dorsolateral white matter. There is strongly increased GFAP staining circumferentially in the white matter, particularly the peripheral white matter. Gemistocytes are locally evident.
Yoshi walk. We wandered around Krusi Park which he seemed to enjoy.
We put him on Melatonin yesterday to hopefully help with his night pacing which is common for senior dogs to do.
His days look pretty similar except for when he goes to Physical Therapy or Acupuncture or to the vet to get an adequan shot (once a month). Terri walks him mid-day.
He is walking Terri up in the middle of the night because he's hungry. She makes him go outside to pee also.
I asked about Yoshi's night pacing and Kathy Carlsen suggests Melatonin and Dr. Applegate agrees suggesting 3-6 mg dosage, so I ran off to Walgreens and after some Prius arguments I have some 3 mg tablets.Jan 10
We're keeping some of Yoshi's kibble back and feeding it to him at night in hopes he'll stop waking Terri up to go out and pee and come back in wanting a snack. He won't settle down without it.)