Lucy went to the vet for her wellness check up and vaccination update last week.  Dr. Sara asked how Lucy has been and I mentioned that she’s slowing down quite a bit.  Dr. Sara checked her reflexes and thoroughly examined her and said that it appeared that Lucy has some arthritis going on in her spine.  Ouch, that makes an awful lot of sense, as I will explain.

Lucy has the run of the house, plain and simple.  And if she wasn’t such a perfect dog this would not be allowed, but she is, so she does.   During the evening she would get up on the couch, between Hubby and me, and soak in the love.  She hasn’t been doing that for a while.  We thought maybe it was due to the hot weather.  But it appears the she just wouldn’t jump up on the couch because it hurt to do so. 

Dr. Sara talked with us about different options and due to Lucy’s sensitive tummy we are going with the more holistic approach rather than medications.  Did you know that acupuncture and chiropractic care are options for pets?  Dr. Sara said it’s important to keep Lucy moving, so we have started our mornings and ended our evenings with leisurely short walks.  It’s a nice way to start and end the day with our best four-legged friend. 

As far as getting up on the couch?  Well, the three of us put our heads together and found a foot stool that will enable Lucy to get up, ever so slowly, on the couch and back to soaking in our love.