Posted 27d ago
It’s the time all dog owners dread – when your dog begins to show their age and can no longer do things they once enjoyed. Charlie, who is now aged 13, was once full of energy and often took part in agility, but since last year he has suffered.
To make sure her poorly border terrier has the best life that remains, Beth Wilson, from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, bought a special lead to warn other dog walkers to give them space, in the hope that Charlie could have a peaceful stroll without any bother.
When other dogs approach Charlie, it heightens his anxiety, and he isn’t able to keep up with the other energetic pups.
Charlie suffers with anxiety, arthritis and kidney failure (Image: Beth Wilson)
Beth, 30, said: “Charlie can’t walk much anymore. He can get out of breath and tire very fast and because of this we tend to just let him sniff and potter as much or as little as he likes.
“I think at the age of 13 he should be able to enjoy his short outings without being stressed. If a big dog came up to him he would react as he is only 6kg. It makes the walk extremely hard as he gets so anxious and that stays with him for the evening often. He’s always been an anxious boy. He can be a typical terrier too and yap.”
The new lead cover, from Bedford & Bark, is bright blue and printed with the words ‘elderly dog give us space.’
Late last year, Charlie would wake up with a limp because he had arthritis. Later on, the vet discovered his kidney levels were failing so his diet was changed to raw. But unfortunately Charlie’s kidneys have got worse and he will suffer bad days including cramps, being sick and lethargic.
The bright blue lead with printed wording warns the pair need space (Image: Beth Wilson)
Beth said: “It really irritates me when we’re out and I see a dog approach. I will always go out of my way to let others pass with dogs. And I’ll often use the watch me command.
“With or without our lead cover some people are respectful of the fact I have clearly gone to the side, but others aren’t. It upsets me that even though people can see he is elderly and anxious that they just don’t bother.”
Beth and Charlie have only had the lead for around a week but she says it has helped to warn people about his need for space.
She said: “It would just be nice if people could be more aware. Not every dog wants to say hello or be bombarded by other dogs. Also people with younger dogs, I appreciate they just want to say hi, but one day their dog will be sore and tired, maybe even poorly. And at that age they should be allowed to enjoy their time as they wish.”
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