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The Hazards of Loving an Elderly Dog

Matty update:

There’s a stone in Matty’s bladder that’s 6cm large. It could stay put for the rest of his life, it can roll around harmlessly, or it can dislodge, block his urine flow, and kill him in 24 hours if I’m not watching. Surgery is an option, but an expensive and painful one. Although I love my dogs insanely, I’m a pretty pragmatic dog owner. He’s thirteen, not three. But he’s not nineteen, either, and this is the first time anything has gone wrong with him. Basically, I’m smack dab in the middle of a big grey area without a clear correct answer.

Two weeks ago he started dribbling instead of peeing in a stream, so I made an emergency vet appointment for the next afternoon. I asked Rob (my ex for new readers; Matty was originally his) to come, too. [We have a possibly only-in-Brooklyn “co-parenting” relationship that works out really well when either of us needs a dog sitter… or an extra set of hands at the vet.] I had to put the dogs in a town car to get them there. Leeloo spent the whole ride hiding behind me and shaking (we have to travel as a pack; she has meltdowns when they’re separated) while he rode with his face out the window enjoying the view. He’s so good natured.

The ultimate conclusion was that we’ll take a wait and see approach. He’s been a little bit grouchy with Leeloo lately, and I’m concerned that’s part of it. At the groomers he growled at her, and the other day their play fight got a little too rough. It’s so hard to think about. I’d always assumed that when “that time” came, it would be more of a cut and dry thing, not a ticking time bomb in his bladder that may or may not go off at any second. This is kind of the worst, but I’m hoping for the best.

Matty, dude, you’re breaking my heart.


  1. Gavin

    6 November 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Oh, Matty! He’s an awesome little guy and I’ll be thinking about him.

  2. Kathryn

    7 November 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I don’t know what to say, but I didn’t want to not say anything, so I’ll just leave this here:

    <3 Matty <3

  3. Nikki

    10 November 2014 at 1:15 pm

    So sorry to hear about your dog. My dog had four bladder crystals last winter and we did the surgery, and one of them had traveled and almost completely blocked his stream . If you want to talk to someone who has been there about it feel free to email me!

  4. Cindy

    11 November 2014 at 4:20 pm

    This part sucks. The old dog thing. I feel ya. And I’m also sending hugs.

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