I found her running on a busy street about 9 years ago.
She almost got hit by a car. She was afraid and running as fast as she could. It was almost impossible to catch her, but I did. She was scared and frightened. She had no collar or tags. She was very jumpy and I calmed her down. I took her home and comforted her. She did this cute cuddling her head up to my chest which no dog has ever done. I knew she was at home then.
I put and ad up and tried looking for her owner, nobody claimed her, so I took her. I took her to the vet and he said she was a chihuahua mix and was about 8-10 years old at the time, which now would make her 18-20 years old. I was going to college at the time so I gave her to my parents to take care of because I wasn't living here. They were happy, they loved dogs and had some already so she had some others to play with. I visited all the time and loved her.
Over the years she was very happy. I took her for walks all the time and she ran all the time and skipped along happily. She has really long legs for a chihuahua which makes her look like a mini greyhound. It's so cute. She would run up the stairs and be really friendly and happy and do the cute head cuddling thing.
For the past two years though, she has gotten very sickly and old. The doctor said she has Alzheimer's. I had no idea animals could develop that. She is also getting blind in one eye and losing her hearing. She will walk laps around the house and seems disoriented most of the time. It is very sad. She gets angry a lot and growls, not wanting to be lifted up and she doesn't do the cute head cuddling thing anymore.
This past week, my mother told me she had gotten worse, but she doesn't want her to be put to sleep. We took her to the vet and he said there's nothing he can do. One day this week he thinks she had a stroke. She was walking in tiny circles and kept doing this weird thing with her head. I feel horrible about all of this and try to help her as much as I could, visiting and staying with her at night. It is heartbreaking to see her get old and see her this way. She doesn't seem like she's suffering though as far as pain goes.
It's so hard to see something, or somebody you love get sicker and not be the same as they were before and to not be able to do anything about it. I give her all my love all the time. Has anyone experienced their dog having alzheimer's?