In Good Health

Elaine Petersen had laminate floors installed in her Windermere, Fla., home a couple of years ago — only to have the proverbial rug pulled out from under her.

It was a nightmare for Ramsey, she says of her now 11-year-old Golden Retriever, who was so unsure of his footing that he refused to walk through the living room. Because Ramseys rear legs had atrophied, we were afraid they would slide out from under him.

So Petersen covered her slick new floors with huge area carpets, and Ramsey got his house back.

Sharing your life with an aging dog can have its challenges — some of them, like Petersens, as dramatic as they might be unforeseen. Along with graying muzzles and slower reflexes, senior dogs have special requirements in their twilight years.

Pick up this month’s issue of Dog Fancy for the full story.

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