I have known for quite a while that I treat my dogs too much like humans and less like dogs. Some of my friends even joke that I am a "crazy dog lady". I take it in stride because it was a conscience choice on my part and not an accident that I dote on them like I do. Truly in my mind it almost seems like common sense.
Problem: Trudy can't walk far
Solution: Get her a stroller
Problem: Lily is cold
Solution: Put her in a sweater
The most recent problem has been Trudy's arthritis. She goes through good days and bad days. The bad days usually consist of me carrying her around and taking her outside because her back legs don't work. The veterinarian has her on several medications, but even those can't keep up with her pain level sometimes. So what does one do when their puppy cannot walk and cannot take more meds? You hire a masseuse, of course!
Trudy had her first at-home massage last week and although she didn't quite know what to do at first, she quickly realized the relief it created. I wasn't completely sold on it until the masseuse started telling me things about Trudy that I didn't tell her in advance. She knew exactly what was bothering Trudy and where! That night Trudy slept better than she had in quite some time. The plan is to get her a massage every couple of weeks to manage her pain. Crazy dog lady? Yep, I am okay with that.