Curtis – October 2015

It’s amazing how Curtis can look so great in some photos and terribly old in others (he’ll be 16 in January). Lucky for us he’s still interested in food, so I got this shot by holding up an I and Love and You dog treat.

Since we’re in the Portland area this week, we were able to go to Curtie’s regular vet. The last time we were here was in June 2014, and Curtis was 71 pounds. In February when we went to vet in Phoenix, we learned he dropped to 50 pounds. In July we went to a vet in Breckinridge and we were happy to see that he gained 6 pounds. Since then Curtie has gotten skinnier and this week we learned that he’s down to 47 pounds.

The vet ruled out kidney failure, which is good news to us since we can keep him on his current food which he LOVES (he had lost interest in his old prescription food) and we can also keep him on his incontinence pills.

The weight-loss indicates cancer, and at his advanced age, we aren’t going to pursue a cancer treatment, instead we’re going to increase his food. He’s now getting the amount of food you’d feed a 100 lb dog (time to stock up on poop bags) and lots of treats throughout the day.


On to his eyes. Our poor sweet love has been having eye issues for awhile. In Breckinridge he was diagnosed with Canine Uveitis (eye inflammation) and given prednisone eyedrops for a duration that would lead us up to our visit this week in Oregon. His eyes haven’t improved, and quite possibly got worse.

Dr. Dan is putting Curtie back on antibiotic eye drops for the rest of his life and is also doing a 30 day trial with some drops that he’s having made special for Curtis. Hopefully this will provide the old bear with some relief.

2015 Cost of Camping:
117 night paid camping
163 nights free camping
280 days this year
Total spent: $2266.99
Daily average cost: $8.10

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  • Reply Cheryl October 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    16 years old, what a lucky dog!!! He looks so happy in his photos (probably because you’re bribing him with treats :-). Enjoy every day with your special boy!

    • Reply Leigh October 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Not quite 16…in January!! 🙂

  • Reply Russ October 9, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    What a sweetheart. Sending all my love and best wishes to Curtie-poo.

  • Reply robin October 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    awwww, curtis!!! at 15+, i say give him whatever he wants! he looks good!
    poor ruby had endoscopy on wed. ‘angry’ looking lesion biopsied.
    she’s on pepcid, prilosec and carafate.
    expecting biopsy results tomorrow. or hoping?
    she has become very picky and wants only ‘party animal’ wet food.
    so that is what she gets! she’s 13 and has us wrapped around her finger?
    anyway, we’re her slaves seeking only to please the little princess…

    • Reply robin October 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      update on ruby. agressissive stomach cancer.
      nothing but palliative treatment.
      heartbreaking really.
      felt like I had my sisters heart in my care.
      well, we still do.
      sweet girl….

      • Reply Leigh October 14, 2015 at 2:22 pm

        Aw honey I’m so sorry. It is heartbreaking. xoxo

  • Reply Pam Wright October 9, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Good to hear he is still doing all right. Just keep up the love:)

  • Reply nan October 9, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    You are struggling with Curtis’ aging and we struggle with Noah’s (the cat), Noah has lost more than half his healthy weight. There is a thyroid problem along with a nasal / respiration problem. Our fur kids are so precious to us. We do what we can and leave the rest in God’s hands. Hugs to both of you.

  • Reply Lynne (WinnieViews) October 9, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Aw, what a sweet boy he is! So sorry to hear about Curtis’ current medical challenges. It sounds all too familiar to me, as my dog Millie had very similar symptoms (weight loss despite a voracious appetite, along with eye inflammation that would seeming strike out of nowhere). In Millie’s case, it turned out to be lymphoma. As she’d been thru the cancer-wringer once before and was now 10 years old, we opted for a simple, inexpensive palliative approach– prednisone pills, along with her favorite foods and treats. She was happy and alert right up until her last day, and thankfully, passed peacefully in the RV with me by her side.

    Hoping that the coming days are extra special for both you guys and Curtis.

    • Reply Leigh October 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks Lynne, we are really treasuring Curtie’s good days, and dare I say – good weeks. We’ve had 2 good weeks in a row now. 🙂

  • Reply Gayle October 10, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Oh, poor guy. Hope the extra food and eye drops help. He still looks so happy, and we know how much he’s loved. Old age in our pets is such a tough thing to deal with.

  • Reply Live Small Ride Free October 10, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I just want to give Curtis a big fat kiss on the snout! He’s adorable! It’s great to hear that he’s 15+ and still doing well overall. Tybee, my lab/rott, just turned 13 years old. What is this incontinence pill that you write of? Tybee is starting to have incontinence issues so if it’s a magic pill – please share!

    • Reply Leigh October 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Aww thanks! C is on a very magic pill called Proin. We tried natural remedies and they didn’t work, but the Proin has made life bearable for us all. It’s really common and your vet will likely prescribe it after a kidney/blood test.

  • Reply Lin October 10, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Love seeing and hearing about Curtis. Bless his heart!! Our senior dog and cat had the weight issues also. Sending him hugs and also to ya’ll as I know how it is to worry about them so and try to get them to eat. He is a lucky boy to have you caring for him and I know gives you so much in return.

  • Reply Koos de Heer October 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Oh my, Leigh, you scared me with that headline. I thought for a second I was going to read an obituary. But fortunately his time has not come yet. I hope however that whenever the end does come, it will be with minimal suffering. Glad to see that you are doing everything to make his life comfortable.

    • Reply Leigh October 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Ooh sorry to scare you! We are certainly bracing for it – it IS inevitable and he’s definitely an old guy. 🙁

  • Reply Liz October 10, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    What a handsome boy! Sounds like he’s living a full, happy life with you guys. We have three pups, two of whom are 12 and 11 years old, so we’re beginning to see some aging. It’s hard. I love how they’ve always kept their spirit and zest for fun and adventure, even when they’re walking slower, eating less, and not hearing as well. Older pups are so, so wonderful.

  • Reply Heather Foeh October 10, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Oh sweet Curtis! This brought tears to my eyes… sending all three of you big hugs.

  • Reply Rachel October 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Aw, hugs to Curtis! Poor baby. I’m glad he’s getting lots of treats and I hope the eye drops help!

  • Reply Brenda October 12, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Aw, I know you are doing the best possible for Curtie and he knows it too! Love that first photo – he is wanting that dog treat 🙂 More hugs for him (and the two of you).

  • Reply Bill D. October 13, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Leigh, when I first saw your post’s title, I had to take a calming breath in and out before clicking to read your update on Curtis. I was relieved that Curtis is still hanging in there with you and Brian… he is so lucky to have a caring and loving home!

    Our Corgi, Tasha, is our pollen meter because whenever the pollen count in up, her eyes get watery and crusty. I’ve found that using a clean washcloth that has been moistened and heated in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds, not only helps soften and remove the crust, it seems to make Tasha feel soothed and comforted. I do this routinely every evening, along with brushing our Corgis’ teeth. Hope this helps!

    Best to you, Brian and Curtis!

    • Reply Leigh October 14, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Aw thanks Bill. We use warm water on a cloth too. He doesn’t love it, but he lets us do it.

  • Reply Troy October 14, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    That sweet old man – please give Curtie a hug for me – and I hope he hangs in there. xoxo

  • Reply Todd October 15, 2015 at 8:10 am

    That sweet old man! He is so lucky to have such a loving family to look after him. Hug his neck for me!!!!

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