If hes not in alot of pain and is still having good days hold on to him. If hes living a normal life and everyone is happy then im sure it will be ok. When it gets to the point were he cant get up to go potty, he cant see and is running into the door, walls ect then put him down, I hate to see dogs in alot of pain but it sounds like both of yo uare happy, Hes probly just old when animals and people get old they get sore and there body wares down but thats just part of life.
He is really good looking. Does he have hip dysplacia (sp?). I ask because I had a shepard that had that, and know what a horrible time it is to decide what to do.
I can only offer what we did. Our baby had the above disease and was on meds, he did well for some time. We just made sure he never over did it. He had a heated pet bed to help soothe the pain in the cooler weather. Then he could not control his bowl movements anymore and that was when we decided it was time. He never had accidents in the house, so when that happened the last time..he looked at me with such sadness, as if he was embarrassed. I thought he is telling me I have to let him go now. We have his ashes so he is always with us, and always will be. You will know when it is time, he will let you know.
My heart goes out to you, I know it is hard. Enjoy the time you have with him now.
Without actually seeing your dog or living with him, it sounds like he's not quite ready to go just yet. Having put down old and sick dogs before, dogs have a way to let you know they're ready to go.
They become listless, depressed, not interested in eating. They prefer to be away from people and activity. Their eyes take on a vacant like stare. If they're in pain, they'll cry or whimper or just refuse to move.
If a he can still smile and his eyes are bright and alert and his appetite is good, just spoil him for awhile longer.
I had a black lab that told my mom when he was ready to go. I was younger and don't remember quite as much from it. He was 16, lived a great life but had been living with cancer for a few years. One morning he wouldn't eat, couldn't get up. It was time and he showed us in his own way. The vet came out to the house and put him to sleep in his bed with my mom and I and his best friend, my chihuahua Bella. It was very sad but they let you know when they're ready to leave.
this may sound fruity call an animal communicator adn ask them to ask him how he feels we use one all the time for our rescue. we have had dogs we werent sure abotu tell us all kinds of things. about the type of homes they want, aches and pains, and even a few that we werent sure if it was time or not. the dogs have answered that tough question for us.
I'm sorry your having to go through this, but I always base my choice on whether there are more bad days than good, have you tried glucosimine also there is a food adda tive called DINOVITE which I recommend. Bear (my dog) is arthrtic and has cushings disease, and between the things I have mentioned and the Cushings meds she has improved greatly.
This may have already been said, but I cant read replies right now Im on my way out the door.
But honestly? As long as he's still having those good days, I say let it go this way. It's when he has no more good days, and his quality of life is truly suffering that you'll know that HE is also truly suffering, and that would be the time to do him the favor of letting him go peacefully.
Just imo, but that's most definitely what I will be doing. Watching a dog get old is tough, but being old and a little more immobile than they used to be on certain days, or taking a day off doesn't mean they have no quality of life left. It seems to me he does. He's just old and needs breaks ;)
We all do when we're old! Doesn't mean it's time for us to go. Just time to slow down. When the time is truly right, you will know and you won' t even have to ask, Im sure. You know him better than anyone or any dog communicator, and you'll know when he's ready.
By the sounds and looks of things, Timber looks fine. If he is permanently lathargic and unable to move, or deaf/blind, and other serious illnesses then yes, put him to rest.
But your dog sounds to be fine right now, so treasure your time with Timber until the time comes. Something tells me you know in your heart when that horribly hard time of putting your dog to rest comes.